IT’S OFFICIALLY SUMMER! Yay! We’re taking a break from our regular Thursday calligraphy tips and giving you a fun way you can celebrate those hot, long days of summer. I’ve been dreaming about having my friends over for a summer rosé party so I thought you could do some dreaming and plan a summer rose party, too! Below are some ways you can throw one yourself, including a fun frosé recipe at the bottom of the post. Have fun!

 1 // Gather together – I love a good excuse to gather my gals (or gents!) together for a party. It doesn’t have to be for any special occasion, just the simple fact that it’s summer will suffice! Also, we could all use a little pep in our step during the week so why not do a weeknight hang? Of course you can just group text everyone (keep it simple!), but why not make it even more fun with invites? Maybe practice your calligraphy skills with our fun ink colors or try out these paperless post invites: invite 1,  invite 2invite 3.

 2 // Set up – it doesn’t take much to make a party feel festive. We happen to think our Rosé All Day gold foil napkins and coasters pretty much do the trick and will make your guests feel fancy. We generally don’t fuss with much else besides flowers. Because as you know, we LOVE flowers. Pick a location, preferably outdoors, to have your party. A patio is always a good choice and I never use mine as much as i’d like to! If you’re tight on space, don’t let that be an excuse for not gathering in your apartment. It’s all about the company at the end of the day, right? Unless you have no AC or fans blowing…then that could be an issue LOL.

3 // Food – Nothing goes better with rosé than a good ole fashion cheese plate, amirite? We like to combine a soft cheese like Camembert, a sharp cheese like New Zealand Cheddar, a stinky cheese like Stilton, something sweet like dried fruits or honey, something spicy like whole grain mustard or dijon, and lastly a variety of nuts like dry roasted or marcona almonds with rosemary. Add slices of crusty french bread or crackers and your cheese plate is good to go. And since it’s summer…try to throw some fresh fruit together for people to munch on.

4 // YES WAY Rosé – We like picking out rosé that is on the dry side. Dry = not sweet. A good rule of thumb is to go for a rosé from France, specifically Provence. This is a good list of yummy budget rosés. Our favorite is Summer Water. What about trying frosé? No that’s not a typo. Frosé is frozen rose and it was a hit last summer and we still dig it on a hot summer day. Try the recipe below for frosé or check out this list for other rosé cocktails.

Frosé recipe from Bon Appetite

Ingredients

MAKES 4 TO 6 SERVINGS

  • 1 750 ml bottle hearty, bold rosé (such as a Pinot Noir or Merlot rosé)
  • ½ cup sugar
  • 8 ounces strawberries, hulled, quartered
  • 2½ ounces fresh lemon juice

Preparation

Pour rosé into a 13×9″ pan and freeze until almost solid (it won’t completely solidify due to the alcohol), at least 6 hours.

Meanwhile, bring sugar and ½ cup water to a boil in a medium saucepan; cook, stirring constantly, until sugar dissolves, about 3 minutes. Add strawberries, remove from heat, and let sit 30 minutes to infuse syrup with strawberry flavor. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into a small bowl (do not press on solids); cover and chill until cold, about 30 minutes.

Scrape rosé into a blender. Add lemon juice, 3½ ounces strawberry syrup, and 1 cup crushed ice and purée until smooth. Transfer blender jar to freezer and freeze until frosé is thickened (aim for milkshake consistency), 25–35 minutes.

Blend again until frosé is slushy. Divide among glasses.

Do Ahead: Rosé can be frozen 1 week ahead.