Midday Fix: Easy backyard entertaining tips

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Bren Herrera

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Mason Jar Lighting:
Give your outdoor night party some sparkle by filling mason jars with colored sand and tea light candles. Cluster a few on tables to create a centerpiece or line them along your backyard walkway.

“A la mode” Stations:
Create DIY stations featuring sangria and salsa. For sangria, dice up fresh fruit that will make for the perfect white or red sangria. For salsas, chop up chiles, veggies and fruits and serve with tortilla chips.

Extra, Extra!:
Instead of using standard parchment paper, wrap your sandwiches/wraps in newspaper. First, wrap half of the sandwich in clear plastic wrap. Then, fold newspaper around the plastic wrap using a toothpick to secure your delicious creation.

Fruity Bites:
For a refreshing dessert, hollow out a halved watermelon and fill with fresh cut fruit. Serve along with skewers so your guests can pick and enjoy.

White Sangria

fresh cut apricots, peaches and strawberries
1 bottle Madria Sangria Moscato

Pour wine into empty pitcher with fresh chopped fruit, add ice and serve.

Sangria Cubes: Instead of pouring your sangria over ordinary ice cubes, try freezing the sangria and a variety of fresh cut fruit in fun ice cube tray molds. Match the molds to the theme of your party, like palm trees or fruit shapes.

Pineapple and Jalapeño Relish:

1 pineapple, cored and diced
1 red pepper, diced
1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
2 jalapeño peppers, seeded and finely chopped
1 cup Madria Sangria Moscato
1/4 cup orange juice
4 teaspoons honey
1 lemon
1 teaspoon nutmeg
1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
Pinch of salt to taste

In large mixing bowl, combine all ingredients except for the orange juice and wine. Gently stir in orange juice and wine. Chill or serve at room temperature.

Salsa Bar: Switch up your dinner party routine by letting your guests customize their meal with DIY a salsa bar. Chop up a variety of unique chiles, fruits and vegetables and serve with chips. Let your guests pick their favorites.


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