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Sizzlin’ Summer BBQ Ideas

26 Jul

Summer BBQ Ideas at The Stationery StudioThere is still plenty of summer left to enjoy outdoor get togethers.  We’ve put together some of our favorite ideas from recipes to gear to help you host a fun BBQ to celebrate summer or just a great excuse to get together!

Barbecue Spiced-Rubbed and Sauced Chicken

This recipe can be found in The Barbecue Bible Personalized Leather Book by Steven Raichlen.  This book is full of great grilling recipes and also makes a great gift for someone who loves to BBQ!

 

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The Barbecue Bible Personalized Leather Book by Steven RaichlenRECIPE NOTES
  • Yield: 3 to 4 servings
  • Method: Direct grilling

INGREDIENTS

For the chicken:

  • 2 to 3 chicken breasts, each cut into 1 ½-inch pieces
  • 1/4 cup of barbecue rub
  • 1/2 cup of barbecue sauce
  • Oil for the grill grate

For the veggies (pick your favorite):

  • 1 red onion, peeled and cut in quarters or sixths
  • 2 to 3 bell peppers cut into 1 ½- to 2-inch pieces
  • 1 cup small to medium cremini mushrooms
  • Extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons barbecue rub

You’ll also need:

  • 2 to 3 hardwood chunks or 1 ½ cups wood chips, soaked and drained; flat metal skewers, instant-read meat thermometer; basting brush.

RECIPE STEPS

1: Set up your grill for direct grilling and heat to high. Brush or scrape the grill grate clean and oil it well. Add wood chunks or chips to the fire (or smoker box if using a gas grill).

2: Season the chicken pieces on all sides with the rub. (Optional: Lightly oil the chicken pieces to help the rub adhere to the chicken.)

3: Place all the veggies in a mixing bowl and drizzle with olive oil, then season with the barbecue rub.

4: Slide the chicken pieces and veggies onto the metal skewers. Place the chicken and veggies on separate skewers as they have different cooking times.

5: Grill the veggies 2 to 3 minutes a side for a total of 5 to 6 minutes. Grill the chicken on each side for 2 to 3 minutes. Baste the chicken with barbecue sauce and grill for an additional 1 to 2 minutes per side.

6: Remove the grilled veggies and chicken skewers from the grill. Use a grill glove to hold the skewer when removing the chicken and the veggies since the metal skewers will be hot. Optional: Sprinkle the chicken kebabs with additional barbecue rub, if desired.

7: Serve immediately.


Personalized Wood Cutting Board

Maple 16 inch Rectangle Your Text Cutting Board

Our personalized maple cutting board is a versatile board for summer entertaining.  It can be used for grilling, a charcuterie board or even a serving board.  Our board was featured in USA Today as a must-have board for good reason!


Limoncello Collins

Tritan drinkware

If you are looking for a delicious summer cocktail, we are totally inspired by this Limoncello Collins recipe we found on foodandwine.com.  We suggest our personalized Tritan drinkware to serve your drinks for outside entertaining.  They look like real glass but are shatter-resistant.

Ingredients

Ingredient Checklist
  • 12 ounces gin
  • 8 ounces fresh lemon juice
  • 24 paper-thin lemon slices
  • Ice
  • 16 ounces chilled club soda
  • 8 mint sprigs

Summer Entertaining Ideas

2 Jun

Hello Summer!

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Summer is just around the corner!  Summer is a great time to gather with friends and family for cocktails, BBQ’s, Fourth of July and much more.  We’ve put together some great ways to entertain this summer with ideas to get your party started!

 

Boat Party

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Whether you own a boat or rent a boat, invite friends aboard for a day of summer fun.  You can keep it casual with lighter fare and portable drinks while you enjoy a day on the water.  You can bring sandwiches from your favorite deli and a cooler for your drinks.  You can always find an island or marina to enjoy an offshore picnic or visit a restaurant as well.  Just don’t forget to pack sunscreen!  Use a personalized tote to keep all your boating gear in (which also comes in handy for farmers markets and pool/beach days!).


Cocktails on the Patio

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Spend a beautiful summer evening on the patio with friends.  You can serve cocktails and hors d’oeuvres while you chat under the stars (we found some great hors d’oeuvres recipes to get you started).  Set the tone with string lights, candles and music.  You can serve beverages in shatterproof drinkware to keep entertaining stress-free (here are some great cocktail recipes to try). For personalized napkins, cups, plates, trays, cutting boards and more, shop our Summer Entertaining Supplies boutique.


Ice Cream Social

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There’s nothing like a good old-fashioned ice cream social. You can easily put one together for young and old alike.  This would be a great way to have a fun Sunday {or SUNDAE!} afternoon with neighbors.  So easy to have either in your garage, on your patio or even your front driveway.  Have guests come and make their own sundaes to enjoy on a hot summer day.  Make sure to include all the toppings like nuts, candies, cherries, whipped cream and sprinkles.


Fourth of July

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Nothing says SUMMER like the Fourth of July.  A time to celebrate our independence and enjoy time with family and friends.  You can plan a fun dinner and the entertainment is already set if you plan to watch the fireworks.  Plan a whole theme of red, white and blue from outfits to food to drinks.  You can also plan to see a local parade!

I hope these ideas help you with making fun summer memories!

XX,

Jennifer

Whimsical Napkins Perfect Even for Formal Weddings

9 Aug

Wedding CoupleThe family wedding I attended recently, in honor of Carly and Jason Bradford, was one of the outstanding weddings you can imagine. From the flowers to the table settings to the absolutely gorgeous bride and groom, the entire night was magical.  And I had the pleasure and privilege of helping with the printed napkins for the rehearsal dinner and the reception.

The rehearsal dinner was at Manny’s Deli in Chicago, a family tradition for over 70 years.  It’s not unexpected to run into Chicago politicians, mayors, visiting presidents and celebrities there, plus the who’s who in the city.  A true highlight for visitors to Chicago, it’s located in the south loop and is a “must see”.

Manny's DelicatessenThe rich history surrounding Manny’s is shown in their dining room with walls decorated with news clippings, reviews, snapshots, and memorabilia demonstrates how deeply Chicagoans treasure this historic restaurant.  This is an institution in Chicago serving up daily doses of stacked corned beef, potato pancakes, brisket, soups and all the traditional deli extras that you would expect.

As a selection for a wedding rehearsal dinner, there were napkins featuring fun phrases that were a bit unexpected but uniquely fun and indeed perfect for this union. The fun napkins were used for the appetizers, drinks and desserts.  Napkins featuring expressions like “Nosh Drink and Be Married” and “One Day Away” make a fun accent to a wedding celebration!

aug-wedding-napkinsThe next night, The Art Institute of Chicago’s Modern Wing was the setting for the wedding and unlimited doses of romance.  The famous and gorgeous works of art provided backgrounds for photographs that will be cherished for years.  Some of the memorable photographs include the stained glass windows by Marc Chagall, who infused his landscape of familiar American icons, references to Chicago, and symbols of the fine arts with an ethereal approach.  And there is the famous painting A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte painted in 1884 by Georges Seurat, not to mention the many sculptures ideal as artistic backdrops.

aug-wedding-artInstituteThe truly romantic evening featured absolutely gorgeous flowers and candles which enhanced the beautiful ceremony, not to mention the exceptional wedding gown and grooms tux, wonderful music, plus a ceremony intertwined with a story of love, romance, and family history.
Wedding CeremonyThe table settings enhanced the wedding reception and was a masterpiece of style and sophistication.  Both the monogram and duogram with wedding date were selected to be used on many of the printed wedding essentials featuring the artwork used on the wedding invitation, itinerary, wedding program, place cards and more.  This monogram was created in a romatic typestyle featuring the intertwining of the bride and groom’s initials representing their love and union.

Cutting the Wedding CakeHalf the napkins and guest towels provided featured a formal traditional approach, featuring the monogram and duogram.  The other half used at the wedding bar and appetizer stations, were a bit more on the fun side and unexpected, but lovely!  They added a dose of whimsy to printed napkin at this formal affair.  These napkins were also ideal for the couple’s bar during the reception and made for a relaxed yet upbeat and still perfectly elegant presentation.

Wedding Cocktail NapkinsFor your next occasion, consider a variety of traditional and whimsical printed wedding napkins to be used in various locations within your special occasion!

Have fun planning and enjoy all the beautiful events in your life.

Best regards,

Renee

Photo credit:  Carasco Photography