Celebrating During Covid

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(photo courtesy of One Kings Lane)

Celebrating holidays during this time of Covid 19 definitely looks different than years in the past. But, plans don’t have to be totally dismissed! Most of the large fireworks displays have been cancelled because of the large gathering cautions. But, you can have a sweet and socially distant picnic for family or friends who need a break from being inside. ¬†We are sharing tips on what to serve, shortcuts to take, and how to use what you have or gather what you need. The easiest table decor for the summer are bunches of hydrangeas (Trader Joe’s has great ones) in vases gathered through the house.

Food Collage

(photos by Nickie Stone and Corbin Gurkin)

For heavier food options- store bought fried chicken, and since it’s the season, local tomatoes sliced and watermelon slices are super easy sides. Here in Charleston, we have to serve shrimp- either peel and eat or cocktail style. When serving cocktail shrimp, I like to get take out bags of the pellet ice from Chick Fil A or Sonic and set up a display to keep them cold. Also, dress up chips and dips or cheese displays by bringing serving pieces of furniture outside for your set up.

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(photo courtesy of One Kings Lane)

Disposable Bamboo serve ware and plates is an easy way to avoid clean up, be good to the environment, and still look a little elevated. Available on Amazon in a flash!

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Cocktail Collage

(photos courtesy of One Kings Lane and Corbin Gurkin)

I of course, like to put thought into the bar and drinks we’ll be serving. A self serve bar that’s easily accessible is the best way to keep it easy and guests happy. Don’t forget your bottle of hand sanitizer. The 4th is obviously a great time to take advantage and go with a red, white, and blue theme. In the warmer months I substitute Rose for the “red”. Vodka sodas with a splash of fresh grapefruit and fresh blueberries are my perfect summer drink, but Gin and Tonics can work also. Or, you could offer a more budget friendly beer only option and support many of the local breweries that are struggling. Many of ours offer summer releases with lovely cans.

Happy Fourth of July!