Posted: Jun 20, 2013 8:00 AM
 
Summertime is the perfect time to host a moms-only brunch or lunch, complete with slim-n-sexy cocktails, small bites and lots of laughs. 

Invite list

We've found keeping your invite list to your nearest and dearest makes this summer fun day most successful for you since you won't feel like you have to wear your hostess hat the whole day.

About a month before the big day, send out snail mail invites or a fun Evite for your girls' day. If you want to keep it to moms only (no significant others or kids), note that in the invite so there is no confusion. Plus, this allows your guests time to line up the sitter or make sure their baby daddies are available to pull kid duty that day.

We've found keeping your invite list to your nearest and dearest makes this summer fun day most successful for you since you won't feel like you have to wear your hostess hat the whole day. You can simply kick back with your besties... the ones who know where to refill their glasses when they're ready.

Pick a theme

Choose a fun theme like a "favorite things" party or a mani/pedi or DIY spa day. Note the details of your theme in the invite. For example, "Bring a trashy summer novel to trade!" or "Bring your favorite polishes for mani/pedi time."

One of the most fun theme parties my friends and I do is the favorite things. We each bring a new item (with a $10- or $20-limit such as a lipstick, lotion, hair product, etc.) to the party and then we conduct a white elephant gift exchange. Everyone gets a fun trinket to take home, and getting through the gift exchange is so much fun.

Prepare some sips

If you're doing brunch, offer some summer a.m. staples like mimosas or unique yet simple sips like Champagne with sliced strawberries or diet lemon-lime soda with orange slices.

Summer fun- Sips

I love serving a simple fruit smoothie to start off the day. Toss bananas (I peel, slice and freeze them in advance), blueberries, raspberries or strawberries, a few tablespoons of plain Greek yogurt, ice and some orange juice (or almond milk) into the blender and go to town. Pour it into a pretty cocktail glass and you're done!

Neat eats

Serve some easy snacks that you can make in advance and serve up when everyone's ready to start noshing. Always set out some eats like crudité and dill dip, and then add heavier apps later like blanched asparagus heads and a smear of cream cheese wrapped in thin slices of prosciutto or a rough chopped salad of yellow tomatoes, fresh mozzarella and basil splashed with EVOO and balsamic vinegar and sprinkled with salt and pepper.

Summer Fun neat eats

Rule No. 1

The point of a moms-only party is for the guests — moms! — to get together to relax and enjoy one another without having to chase down the kids or worry about a thing. So take your mom hats off at the door and prepare for a day without a care in the world. Cheers!

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