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Hola, Chicas!

With 4th of July right around the corner, I thought I’d share with you guys another one of my super simple (but oh so delicious!) entertaining ideas. I can’t think of a better way to cool off on a hot summer’s day than with a refreshing slice of icecold watermelon. And you know what makes watermelon even better? Smirnoff Watermelon! Yep, you read that correctly. These spiked watermelon wedges only take a few minutes to prepare, and your guests will happily thank you for the treat.

Here’s the rundown on how to prepare these frozen treats for your 4th of July get-together:

  1. Cut one 1 watermelon into wedges. If this task intimidates you, no need to fret. This video walks you through step-by-step.
  2. Once you’ve cut your wedges like a pro, gently place them into a large gallon size freezer bag.
  3. Carefully pour in enough Smirnoff Watermelon to soak the entire contents of your bag.
  4. Seal the bag (very important!) and place in freezer for at least 5 hours or overnight.
  5. Serve frozen slices to your guests, and enjoy responsibly. Remember, each slice equals 1 serving!

Follow Smirnoff on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for more recipes and inspiration for your summer celebrations! #Punch4Everybody

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smirnoff for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine. Thanks so much for supporting the brands that help make Closet Confections possible. And remember to always drink responsibly!

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{Kate Spade Straw Hat, Gap Fit & Flare Sundress, Dooney & Bourke Handbag, Michael Kors Sandals}

Guys… I really thought I was done adding to my straw hat collection, and then THIS happened. There I was casually minding my business in Century 21, ready to leave empty-handed, when I saw this adorable hat out of the corner of my eye. Did I mention it had a red clearance sticker hanging off of it? Well, that’s it… summer hat shopping is officially over… probably!

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I purchased this straw hat and straw tote for my trip to Hawaii earlier this year, and they’ve been my constant companions all summer long.  They’re both such classic pieces that go with just about everything in my closet… so can you really blame me?!

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I absolutely LOVE having friends and family over for dinner, but as the temps crank up, the last thing I wanna do is slave over a hot stove and force my husband to wash be faced with a sink full of dirty dishes afterwards. One of my favorite summertime entertainment hacks is a simple, delicious, backyard shrimp boil with served with a pitcher of ice cold raspberry ‘tee-time’ punch (basically and half & half spiked with Raspberry Smirnoff).

For the shrimp boil, all you need to do is find a BIG OLE pot and follow this recipe. Trust me, it’s fool-proof! I also like to toss in a few whole garlic cloves for a little extra zing. You can either make it on top of the stove and transport it, or fire up your outdoor grill. Once everything is all cooked up, you just dump it all out on top of a few sheets of newspaper or butcher’s paper, and let the crew dig in and fill up their own plates. I recommend keeping a few moist towels on deck for sticky fingers! Clean up is easy since you make everything in one pot. When everyone’s done eating, just roll up the scraps in the old newspaper to discard.

As for the real star of the show… just follow the Smirnoff punch recipe below, and let the good times roll! And be sure to follow Smirnoff on Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest for more recipes and inspiration for your summer celebrations!

Raspberry 'Tee-Time' Punch

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Smirnoff for IZEA. All opinions are 100% mine.
Thanks so much for supporting the brands that help make Closet Confections possible. And remember to always drink responsibly!

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In case you haven’t noticed, peasant dresses are having a serious moment this season. I don’t typically follow trends, but this one has me completely on board. Below are a few other options I’ve got my eye on.

So my question to you is this: Will you, or won’t you, be giving the cold shoulder a try this season?

P.S. Don’t forget to enter my Citizen Watch giveaway!

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