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My Must Have Dish for Summer Entertaining

Well, it's official...summer is here! And to kick off summer, I'll be vacationing in Florida with my family this week, and best of all going to the greatest place on Earth...Disney World! My son is turning the big 5 on Saturday, so this vacation is all in celebration of this big milestone. I went to Disney World for the very first time for my 5th birthday, so I'm super excited that my big boy gets to do the same. Plus, this will be his first time flying, along with my daughter, and our family and friends are going with us too, so there's so much fun in store, I just can't contain myself! Be sure to check back soon for a full recap.

So while I'm in Florida, and you're home celebrating summer, I wanted to share a great dish you can add to your summer entertaining menu. Whether you enjoy hosting backyard barbecues/cookouts, ladies nights in, or simply spur of the moment get togethers with family and friends, this dish is sure to be a hit and great addition to your summer meals. Whenever I'm invited to a potluck or entertain in the summer, my go to dish is pasta salad, and often times I add shrimp. I adopted the recipe I use from my mom, and made a few slight tweaks to make it my own, such as using rotini instead of spaghetti noodles. This refreshing and delicious dish is perfect with grilled entrees, and many times I eat it as an entree itself for a lighter lunch.

INGREDIENTS

  • 1 box of rotini noodles
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 cucumber
  • 1 cup of chopped bell peppers
  • 1 bag of carrots, broccoli, and cauliflower mix
  • 1 large bottle for Kraft zesty italian dressing
  • 1 container of McCormick's salad supreme seasoning
  • Old Bay Seasoning
  • Tail-off shrimp
  • Glass serving bowl

RECIPE

  1. Boil rotini noodles according to the directions on the box. Then rinse and set aside.
  2. Rinse and chop all of the vegetables into bite size/finely cut pieces using a knife. Alternatively, use a food chopper, which I love because it saves so much time, or buy pre-chopped vegetables. Once you are done, put the chopped vegetable mix into a bowl, and mix well.
  3. Place 1/3 of your cooked rotini into a glass serving bowl. Add 1/3 of your chopped vegetable mix into the glass serving bowl. Then sprinkle a nice amount of salad supreme seasoning over the mixture and add 1/4 of the zesty italian dressing. Mix all of the ingredients in the bowl well.
  4. Optional Step: If you want to add cooked shrimp to your pasta salad, rinse the shrimp and then season them in a seperate bowl with Old Bay Seasoning. When doing step 3 above, add 1/3 of the shrimp from the bowl to the mixture.
  5. Repeat step 3 twice (and optional step 4), which should result in a large well seasoned bowl of pasta salad with or without shrimp.
  6. My suggestion is to cook your pasta salad the day before your intend to eat it and let it sit in the refrigerator overnight to wake up the flavor. Save any extra salad supreme, vegetable mix and zesty italian dressing.
  7. The next morning, taste the pasta salad, and add extra salad supreme and zesty italian dressing as needed. Then sprinkle a little of the vegetable mix on top. Serve and Enjoy!

I don't know about you, but now I'm hungry and can't wait to make another batch of this again soon! Tell me if you plan to try this tasty summer dish, and 1 of your favorite go to dishes for summer.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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Wedding Wednesday: RBlovestory

Happy Wedding Wednesday! I love my sensational clients and receiving exciting emails! So when former sensational bride, Ryan, reached out yesterday to share she and her hubby's wedding day video highlights, my day was made...I've probably watched it 10 times already haha. The couple tied the knot on June 19, 2015 at Ebenezer AME Church in Fort Washington, MD, followed by the reception at the Key Bridge Marriott in Arlington, VA. Their love story is so beautiful, and I truly enjoyed being apart of their journey to the aisle. Their big day was nothing short of amazing, and you can take a peek for yourself  here.

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Special thanks to all of the amazing vendors, who helped make their day shine even brighter!

Wedding Planning and Stationery - Sensational Soirees

Photography and Videography - George Street Photo and Video

Florals - Ora's Flowers

Make Up Artists - Lola's Beauty Mark and Tiffani N Co

Couple's Transportation (pictured above) - Regal Limousine

Cake - Couture Cakes by Sabrina

Rentals - DC Rental and A Grand Event

Tell us what you think about this beautiful wedding in the discussion section of this post.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

 

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Lemonade Stand Feature

Happy Fun Friday! I hope you've had a sensational week, and that your weekend will be, too. Summer will be gone in just a few short weeks, so you have to soak up the sun and summer fun while you can. A few weeks ago, a cute lemonade stand I created was featured on the Forever Your Prints blog; check it out here. If you plan on hosting an event over the next few weeks or just want to have some fun with the kiddies, consider incorporating a lemonade stand. It is sure to liven up your soiree, excite your taste buds, and of course be fun for the little ones. From lemon cookies to lemon rock candy to lemonade, this set-up is extra sweet!

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Isn't this the cutest?! Special thanks to Kacey Dangerfield for the colorful backdrop and Forever Your Prints for the printables. Share with us the best thing about your Summer in the discussion section of this post.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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Fab. Glam. Thirty!

With 2015 less than 30 days away, we've been reflecting on all the amazing events and celebrations we helped plan this year! To say it has been a sensational year is truly an understatement. That being said, this month we're planning to share a few new recaps from events we assisted with this year. First up, is a posh and purple 30th Birthday we planned this Summer... The birthday girl, NaTasha, had the vision for her birthday soiree to exude fabulosity, glamour and of course 30! She loves to dance, and she's quite the fashionista, so a chic, lounge/dance party was in order. To help bring her theme to life, we incorporated her favorite color, purple, and fashion elements. One of our favorite tributes to the birthday girl was a hand painted portrait of her by The Artist Cierra Lynn. Guests were able to walk the purple carpet, enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres prepared by Victory Chef, and dance the night away at Avery's on H St. Check out a few highlights below, to include fashion inspired cupcakes and a fun selfie station for guests to snap a few selfies throughout the night:

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Tell us what you think about this fabulous and fun birthday soiree in the discussion section of this post.

Sensationally yours,

Shalyce

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