This post is sponsored by PAMA.
Hello, friends! I have teamed up with PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur to bring you fun entertaining ideas to inspire you to celebrate summer in style.
If you are a busy mom like me, you are definitely looking forward to taking a much needed break considering school is out and you are probably putting so much energy into finding ways to keep the kids happy, active and entertained this summer. How about planning a casual gathering and inviting your girlfriends over for fun drinks and easy yet delicious food? It would be perfect for some “mommy time”!
This past weekend, some fabulous friends and I got together for a fun summer gathering out in the patio. I planned an easy, portable menu filled with delicious finger foods, such as Swiss & ham with pickled vegetables sandwiches, Brie and Pomegranate Crostinis (recipe courtesy of PAMA), salad cups and refreshing PAMA signature drinks. Best part? Nothing takes more than 20 minutes! No worries, we are sharing the recipes with you! I kept the décor simple, which you can easily recreate the ideas using patio string lights, lanterns, decorative pillows and fresh flowers.
Let’s talk about the food and drinks, shall we? “PAMA also pairs well with most foods, and is used in both cooking and baking to create vinaigrettes, glazes, sauces, and desserts.”
Serve up these delicious Brie and Pomegranate Crostinis (recipe courtesy of PAMA). They are so easy to make and trust me, they will be a big hit!
- 1 cup balsamic vinegar
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1/4 cup PAMA
- 1 French baguette, sliced into 1 inch slices
- 2 tbs olive oil
- 8 wt oz brie cheese, sliced
- 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds
- 2 tbs chopped flat leaf parsley
Add the balsamic vinegar, brown sugar, and PAMA to a saucepan over high heat. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally. Reduce heat to a simmer and allow to cook until thick and syrupy, about 15 minutes. Preheat the broiler on your oven. Add the bread slices to a baking sheet, brush the top side with oil. Broil until golden brown, about 3 minutes (if your broiler heats unevenly, you may need to rotate the baking sheet halfway through), remove from oven. Flip the slices over, place sliced brie on the non-toasted side. Return slices to the broiler until cheese has melted, 1-2 minutes. Plate crostinis, drizzle with balsamic glaze (add glaze to a plastic squeeze bottle for easy and pretty presentation), sprinkle with seeds and parsley. These ham & swiss with pickled vegetables sandwiches are perfect for easy entertaining! For a fun presentation, wrap them in wax paper or craft paper sandwich wraps tied with twine and handwritten tags.
Tip: You can prepare the sandwiches the day before the party. Place them in freezer bags and refrigerate overnight.
For extra fun, serve your favorite summer salad in mini cups. Guests can enjoy their mixed greens while mingling.
Entertaining tip: You can fill up mini labeled bottles with delicious salad dressing. They also make great take-home favors.
For dessert, make simple lemon cupcakes with vanilla frosting topped with pomegranate seeds. Perfect summer combination of flavors!
“PAMA’s sweet yet tart taste makes it the perfect addition to any summer party, whether in the form of refreshing cocktails, party punches, or sweet frozen summer treats.”
Set up an inviting self-serve drink bar with refreshing pomegranate flavored drinks. We prepared one of PAMA’s signature drinks – PAMA Kiss. All you need is PAMA pomegranate liqueur, sour apple vodka and cranberry juice. Definitely a crowd-pleaser!
To make your own PAMA Kiss, just follow this recipe:
- 1 1/2 oz. PAMA Pomegranate Liqueur
- 3/4 oz. Premium Sour Apple Vodka
- 1/2 oz. Cranberry Juice
Mix ingredients in martini shaker. Shake well and strain into martini glass.
For more amazing PAMA recipes, please visit http://pamaliqueur.com/recipes/
Styling & Photography: Andressa Hara – stylist/creative director of Twinkle Twinkle Little Party
Feeling inspired to host your own summer party? There’s still time to enter the amazing PAMA contest. You can have the chance to win a $500 gift card and a party kit to help you plan the best party ever! Have I mentioned PAMA is picking 4 runners up who will receive a $250 gift card each + party kits. Click here for details and learn how to enter!
PAMA Celebrate Summer Contest. NO PURCHASE OR PAYMENT NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN. A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. Starts on 6/22/15 at 12:00:00 p.m. ET and ends on 7/20/15 at 11:59:59 a.m. ET. Open to legal residents of 50 United States and D.C., who are at least 21 years of age and older. Void where prohibited. For complete Official Rules, visit PAMALiqueur.com/CelebrateSummer. Sponsor:Heaven Hill Brands, 1064 Loretto Rd., Bardstown, KY40004.
And do not forget to follow our PAMA Celebrate Summer Pinterest Board. We pinned beautiful and creative party/entertaining ideas you can easily repin! https://www.pinterest.com/twinklelilparty/pama-celebrate-summer/
This post was sponsored by Heaven Hill Distilleries Heaven Hill Family of Brands. Bardstown, KY © 2015