We are thrilled to have Lynn Lilly from Craft Box Girls with us with sharing her quick summer party recipes. These delicious summer recipes are sure to be a splash with your guests!

Summer is officially here and we are celebrating with a pool party with our friends and family! Beat the heat with delicious recipes, drinks and a fun day by the pool! We have the perfect recipe for you to celebrate summer!

Get your guests excited before they walk in the door by inviting them to your party with Tiny Prints summer party invitations.  We used the Summer Spills: Persimmon style.

Quick Summer Party Recipes

Along with the heat comes sunshine. Display Sunscreen in a festive hand painted clay pot. Your guests surely will not forget to protect their skin with this custom art creation displayed on the table.

Quick Summer Party Recipes


  • Clay Pot
  • Acrylic Paint
  • Ribbon or Rick Rack
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer
  • Painters Tape


  1. If you would like to paint stripes or a design, use painters tape to create your design.
  2. Once the paint is dry use a hot glue gun to attached ribbon or rick or rack.
  3. Let the entire pot dry for at least 1-2 hours.
  4. Outdoors or in a well ventilated area, spray the pot with Mod Podge Clear Acrylic Sealer.
  5. Wait 30 minutes before using.

We added a pop of color to our party decor and a bit of comfort with Tiny Prints personalized pillows.  We used the Forever Dots Clover design. They looked fantastic in our guest’s chairs.

Quick Summer Party Recipes

A party is not complete without a delicious menu! We treated our guests to easy but flavorful appetizers, seasoned bacon cheese burgers, pasta salad and Mexican street corn on the cob.

Quick Summer Party Recipes

Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Mini Sausages:

  1. Wrap mini sausages with raw bacon, skewer with a tooth pick.
  2. Sprinkle with brown sugar.
  3. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Pizza Dip:

  1. Mix 4-6 ounces of Philadelphia Cream Cheese with powder garlic to taste.
  2. Spread the mixture on the bottom of an 8 or 9 inch glass pie dish.
  3. Add a layer of pizza sauce.
  4. Top with a layer of shredded Mozzarella cheese.
  5. Add another layer of pizza sauce.
  6. Top with a layer of shredded Mozzarella and Parmesan cheese plus pieces of pepperoni.
  7. Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes or until cheese is bubbling.
  8. Serve with pita chips, pretzels chips and crackers for dipping.

Don’t forget to keep you guests hydrated. We had an assortment of fruit and a homemade lemonade with fresh strawberries and lemon slices.

Quick Summer Party Recipes

Our main course include simple bacon cheese burgers, Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad Classic Pasta and Mexican street corn on the cob.

Quick Summer Party Recipes

The party was success and our guests are already asking about the next one! Happy summer!

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For today’s post we are excited to have Sarah Jane from Clean & Proper who will be talking all things letters, from how to write a handwritten letter, to essentials and accessories. Sarah Jane reminds us that letters are not just for party invitations or holidays, the next time you need to send a message think twice and choose to go the extra mile by sending your message through the mail. Make it easy on yourself with this how-to guide including fun accessories that make letter writing an experience of its own. We are loving all that letter writing has to offer and we hope that you embrace it too!
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Letter Writing Essentials

In an age of digital technology, where emoticons rule and shorthand is no longer a skill-set dominated by executive assistants, it seems as though the art of letter writing has morphed into a paragraph-long text message. Don’t let that be the case! There are so many beautiful notecards, stationery sets and even writing accessories that should be embraced and shared through correspondence and letters.

I love beautiful stationery and any excuse to send a handwritten letter to loved ones. I’m infamous for throwing parties that are announced through printed invitations—my favorite go-to selections available through Tiny Prints, of course. But, parties needn’t be the only reason to mail letters. Keeping up with friends, family members and even thank you notes present an ongoing excuse to sit down with pen and paper.

The recipient of your handwritten letter will be touched by the effort and thought you’ve put forth. I’m notorious for saving all letters and cards. I can never bring myself to get rid of a beautiful holiday card or thank you note on personalized stationery. It feels as though it’s a crime to disregard such beauty by tossing it into the trash or recycling.

Besides, to embrace letter writing is to embrace the essentials necessary for correspondence . . . aka accessories!

Paper For a Handwritten Letter

From monogrammed notecards to illustrated thank you cards—there are so many options when it comes to the paper. Luckily, no one said you can’t mix and match. Experiment with different paper trims from rounded edges to scalloped sides.

Have fun with the colors and patterns! I always love an illustrated floral design, but I also keep plenty of conservative, monogrammed selections in my stationery collection at home. These are perfect for interview thank you notes or baby shower thank you notes to your mother-in-law’s friends.

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Writing Instruments

Truth be told, I have terrible handwriting. Therefore, I’m a little picky with my writing instrument choice as it seems that certain pen designs accentuate my poor penmanship. Regardless, I always write in black ink which is a requirement for formal letters or thank you notes. For letters to my girlfriends I may choose to have a little fun by selecting a purple or thin gold marker.

If you really love writing, explore the art of calligraphy. A skill that never goes out of style, it will be cherished for as long as you chose to write.


Believe it or not, there are countless options when it comes to envelopes. Though your envelope should also snuggly wrap around your letter or notecard, there are different shapes you can choose such as square and rectangular.

It’s best to match your envelope color to your card or stationery paper, though white is always a safe option.

Address Labels

I love address labels, though my true weakness, aside from beautiful stationery, are address label stamps! I never have to worry about running out, especially with self-inking stamps. And like I said about my handwriting, address labels ensure my envelope presentation remains as beautiful on the outside as in.

Address label stickers and stamps are always a creative way to jazz up the envelope. Experiment with a design that matches your card stationery, or choose a stamp with a whimsical appeal.

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