Plush armchairs beg to be cozied up in with a good book and an iced tea. To make an outdoor space especially inviting, use elements more often found indoors, like comfortable furniture, pillows and rugs.
Search your grocery store baking section for a mini cake with white icing. Style the cake on a small cake stand. Create a quick DIY cake topper by sticking roses and baby’s breath right into the cake. A beautiful way to update an inexpensive store bought cake.
Discover the pleasures of hibiscus iced tea with Roselle Jamaican hibiscus (Hibiscus sabdariffa). The fleshy sepals that form after flowering brew a bright red tea packed with Vitamin C and anthocyanins. Grow as a potted annual north of Zone 10. Overwinter indoors, providing temperatures above 60 F for consistent growth.
If you have time and want to manage your budget for drinks, making prepared drinks is a fun addition to any outdoor party. For an outdoor party, I would suggest melamine drinkware or glassware you won't miss if it gets broken. Everyone loves budget-friendly fresh-brewed iced tea during the spring and summer. Pair tea with your favorite bourbon, simple syrup and fresh fruit for a light, refreshing summer beverage.
Don't leave Richmond without a stop at the cute-as-hell Charm School Social Club ice cream shop where you can get non-GMO, grass-fed cow-sourced ice cream in an array of flavors (birthday cake, strawberry shortcake, lime cherry-ade, lavender ice, Thai iced tea), sundaes topped with Virginia peanuts and even vegan ice cream The interior is a Wes Anderson-worthy rhapsody of old-school graphics, local art and more style than a human can bear. Just go.
Give summer’s favorite thirst quencher a refreshing twist by adding mint sprigs to your pitcher. Just add washed mint stems to a pitcher of lemonade, and let it sit at least 30 minutes. Strain before serving—or not. Serve over ice in tall glasses garnished with a mint stem and lemon wedge. Mint also blends well with iced tea and makes a cooling herb water. To maximize mint flavor, before adding leaves to your brew, crush them slightly to release essential oils. Bruised edges will brown, but it won’t harm your beverage. Simply strain leaves before serving.
Combine Tres Agaves Blanco Tequila, cold brewed tea, lemon juice and simple syrup in a cocktail shaker and dry shake for 5 seconds. Pour into Collins glass with ice and top with soda water. Add 5 dashes of angostura on top and garnish with reindeer moss.