Entertaining Inspiration {From Amy Neunsinger}

This shoot by Amy Neunsinger
is for a winter party feature at OKL,
yet the whole vibe translates
simply for any season.

Vintage and mix-matched? Check.
Family style service? Yes, please.
House cocktail with Limoncello? Boom…
baby, you know I like to make my own!

Scroll on for the cocktail’s recipe, and soak up
inspiration from Neunsinger, who started
her career at Martha Stewart Living.

the dessert bar


Limoncello Spritz (from Frances Boswell)

Makes one cocktail

An easy, refreshing cocktail to whip up in a flash with no muddling, shaking, or straining required. This drink goes down like a treat, so buyer beware.
Crushed ice
Several paper-thin slices of limes, lemons, and oranges1.5 ounce shot limoncello, Sparkling water, Mint sprig, to garnish


Fill a pretty cocktail glass halfway with crushed ice. Layer in citrus slices to the brim. Add a shot of limoncello and top off with sparkling water. Garnish with a sprig of mint.


Someday soon I will host an outdoor

feast in our cottage’s backyard…wanna come?

Peace to you right where you are.



  1. May 1, 2016 / 6:43 am

    Beautiful soulful entertaining…..and when your enyertaining I would love to be on the guest list 🙂
    Beautiful photo of you.

  2. May 1, 2016 / 11:29 am

    Perfectly stunning and welcoming – everything from the navy and cream candles to the wall behind the dessert bar. Beautiful. And "Yes Please" to an invite – what fun! Hope you are well Michele and enjoying the Springtime!

    • May 3, 2016 / 4:55 am

      Thx, Joan. I am loving the sunshine of the desert.

  3. May 2, 2016 / 12:41 pm

    What a gorgeous outdoor feast! Love everything about it, laid back yet fancy and special! Absolutely yes to the invite!

    • May 3, 2016 / 4:56 am

      Laid back yet fancy is sooooo up my alley. Xox

  4. May 2, 2016 / 2:36 pm

    Goodness absolutely spectacular!!! I will add that fun drink to my summer entertaining list! Have a lovely day! xo Leslie Sinclair

    • May 3, 2016 / 4:56 am

      Time to make the limoncello!

  5. May 3, 2016 / 2:45 pm

    This looks like a fabulous party, thanks for the ideas!

    You look beautiful as always!

    Looking forward to seeing your photos of your first party!

    • May 7, 2016 / 4:33 am

      thanks, beautiful blogger.

  6. May 5, 2016 / 5:07 am

    What a gorgeous spread, I love taking in all the details of an outdoor party like this. Won't it be wonderful when you can begin entertaining from your new backyard? I look forward to seeing those pictures. And yes, I'll have that shot of limoncello in my drink! 😊

    • May 7, 2016 / 4:34 am

      so much to do before we can begin to plan an outdoor fete! i need a longggg custom harvest table! and lights! and grass without weeds!

  7. May 5, 2016 / 5:25 am

    What an absolutely beautiful series of photos. There's something about these outdoor parties that is so romantic;) Limoncello sounds delicious and perfect for summer. Such a fun post Michele!

    • May 7, 2016 / 4:35 am

      thanks for reading, su. xox

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