5 Tips for Hosting A Perfect Outdoor Dinner Party

5 Tips for Hosting A Perfect Outdoor Dinner Party

Summer is in full swing and nothing is more summer-y than an outdoor dinner party. Balmy temperatures and late twilight make your backyard the perfect place to enjoy your summer evenings. When throwing an outdoor dinner party there are key components to take into account for maximum guest comfort and enjoyment. 

Shade & Lighting

An outdoor dinner party means that you might start with the sun in the sky and end in the dark. Make sure that you think of guest’s comfort in the direct sun and the lighting needed once the sun goes down. Patio umbrellas and pergolas are perfect for shade when the sun is high. For lighting think of café lights and candle light on the table to keep it cozy and keep people around the table long after dark.

Comfort Items

 When dining outdoors you may start in the full sun of the afternoon and end in the cool darkness of night. Think of the change in temperature throughout the party and have comfort items available. Fans, light blankets and shawls are a great way to keep people comfortable and keep the party going. 

Ambiance

Set the tone of the party with music! Even though you are outside music makes people feel like they are at a proper party. A simple blue tooth speaker connected to a phone is all you need. Create a playlist in advance filled with songs that will keep your party lively.  

Table Décor

When decorating your table simple is key. Since you are dining outdoors you want to keep things low and wind proof. Low centerpieces, napkins weighed down with a napkin ring and candles in votives will ensure that even if you have wind blowing through your table décor will stay in place. 

Entertainment

Finally, nothing ruins a dinner party more quickly than bugs. Think of adding citronella torches around the perimeter to keep mosquitos away. You can also have some repellent handy for guests to use as needed. 

An outdoor dinner party is a great way to celebrate any summer holiday, or simply entertain your friends in your home. Follow these tips to create an exceptional experience that your guests will remember well into the winter months. 

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I was becoming an empty nester, a woman of a more interesting age and in transition. Sound familiar? I was at that place where we question our purpose, value, and worth and what in the world are we going to do with the rest of our lives.

I noticed women have a huge hunger to belong to a community of women where they can feel safe, share openly from their heart and have other women to do life with! This is why I created my Fave Lifestyles.

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4 Things to Look for in Authentic Friendships

4 Things to Look for in Authentic Friendships

As we move through life our friendships change and grow. Some fall away and some deepen. It can feel difficult to find new friendships and when you do, figuring out if it is an authentic friendship. So, what should you be looking for in deep and authentic friendships? We think there are four key components of authentic friendship.

 Trust

 Trust is the foundation of a great friendship. We share so much with our friends and if you cannot trust them then the friendship is built on shaky ground. As we enter mid-life we are often dealing with very personal issues like divorce, health issues, financial highs and lows and many other private things. You need to know that your friends are there to support and you can share things with them without fear that your business will be turned into gossip. Trust truly is the key to a long-lasting friendship. 

Give and Take

 All friendships have an ebb and flow of give and take. Sometimes your friend may be the one who needs more support and other times the roles shift. If you find yourself always giving and not receiving any support, it may be time to take a look at how the relationship is serving you and your needs. While give and take will not be 50/50 all the time, it should average out to an even back and forth if it is a meaningful relationship that has longevity. 

 Low Maintenance

 We have all had friends who need a lot of attention. Not only when they need support but ALL THE TIME. They are annoyed when you don’t call them regularly and feel slighted when you do not remember every important date in their lives. While these friendships can last, they are exhausting. An authentic friend is someone who understands that you both have busy lives and if you don’t chat for a period of time there is no anger or hurt. You can pick back up with them like no time has passed and you still love and care for one another. Low maintenance means that you understand that life happens, and it does not mean you love them less, you are just busy. 

 They Show Up During Hard Times

 It is really easy to be a good friend to someone when everything is going well in their lives. They need very little and the relationship does not need much attention. The friends who are authentic are the ones who show up even when things are hard. The people who are standing next to you during things like divorce, deaths, job loss are the ones who are true friends and are invested in you as an entire person not just when your life is good. 

Friendships are one of the great joys of life. Our closest friends become a part of our family and share in all of our happiness and sorrows.  Finding those special people who you can rely on, share with and support will enrich your life and make you a happier person. 

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Karen Rae

I was becoming an empty nester, a woman of a more interesting age and in transition. Sound familiar? I was at that place where we question our purpose, value, and worth and what in the world are we going to do with the rest of our lives.

I noticed women have a huge hunger to belong to a community of women where they can feel safe, share openly from their heart and have other women to do life with! This is why I created my Fave Lifestyles.

Fave is for the woman who wants to call Fave her community of women who support, uplift, and make her feel better about herself. I want to create a place where we help her answer life's questions and just do life together!

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How to Choose the Right Volunteer Abroad Opportunity

How to Choose the Right Volunteer Abroad Opportunity

Volunteering has long been proven to be beneficial to communities and to the health and well-being of the person donating their time. So, if you love volunteering why not take the practice to another country? There are countless opportunities to volunteer all over the world that will not only enrich those communities but also can offer a unique travel experience for those will to do some work. If you are interested in exploring an overseas opportunity where do you start? 

There are a lot of opportunities to volunteer abroad, from farm workers to more skilled positions there is no shortage of volunteers needed. There are many organizations that connect volunteers with opportunities.  Connecting with those organizations can make you research much easier. Spend a good amount of time looking into the organizations, the opportunities they offer and make sure it is a good fit. These volunteer organizations can help you determine location, length of assignment, cost to you and what cause will interest you. 

Location

Where in the world do you want to go? There are opportunities all over the world and organizations that can take you anywhere. If you have a specific region in mind you can search for groups that serve those areas. Or if location does not matter you can search based on length or assignment. 

Length

 How long do you want to volunteer for? Assignments can last weeks to months to years. Whether you have a week or a year there will be an assignment for you. When determining the length you need to consider how much you can afford both monetarily and in time away from your life. 

Cost

You may think that volunteering abroad cost nothing more than travel, but often there are fees involved. Costs and what are covered vary between opportunities but some of the costs are associated with things like trainings, lodging, meals, local transportation, and supplies. When doing your research make sure you are clear on the costs that you will be responsible for paying. 

Assignment

 Whether you want to teach in a village or monitor sea turtles there are many interesting opportunities available. When choosing what you want to do think about the expertise you can bring to the position and what kind of job will keep you excited to be working for free for the duration of your assignment. 

No matter what your ideal position, location and duration volunteering is rewarding. Combining that with seeing the world and volunteering can be once in a lifetime experience that enriches your life and helps others. 

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Karen Rae

I was becoming an empty nester, a woman of a more interesting age and in transition. Sound familiar? I was at that place where we question our purpose, value, and worth and what in the world are we going to do with the rest of our lives.

I noticed women have a huge hunger to belong to a community of women where they can feel safe, share openly from their heart and have other women to do life with! This is why I created my Fave Lifestyles.

Fave is for the woman who wants to call Fave her community of women who support, uplift, and make her feel better about herself. I want to create a place where we help her answer life's questions and just do life together!

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3 Ways to Manage a Major Life Transitions

3 Ways to Manage a Major Life Transitions

Major life transitions are inevitable. Sometimes they are exciting, weddings, moves, new babies and new jobs. Sometimes they are sad things like divorce or death. Whether they are happy or sad these transitions can be hard to navigate emotionally. There are ways to manage major transitions so that you can come out the other side healthy and balanced. 

Practice Self-Care

 When we encounter major stress in our lives it is very easy to stop taking care of ourselves. We stop exercising, doing things we enjoy and practicing self-care. As women we tend to take on everything and put ourselves on the back burner. When dealing with major changes and stress make sure you keep your well-being on the to-do list. It not only maintains your routine which makes you feel in control. It also keeps your body and mind healthy and better able to manage your stress. 

Take Charge of the Change

 People tend to feel especially stressed when they do not know what is coming. If there is a way to take some control in the situation it makes you feel like you have some say in what is happening in your life. When we prepare and know what to expect (as much as is possible) we feel like our hand is on the wheel. In some cases you cannot control everything, but by choosing something you can do to prepare, or learn about the situation you take back come control and put yourself in the driver’s seat of your life. 

 Focus on the Positive

 There is always a positive aspect to any major change. Even if it is just looking at it as a new chapter in your life. By focusing on the positive you see the hopefulness in every situation and it can make you feel better. If you dwell on the loss or the disappointment of a change you will feel the weight of the world on your shoulders and things seem unsurmountable. Positive thinking leads to positive feelings, so try to see the silver lining in the change. 

Every single human being will encounter major life changes and the way they are handled can create an environment that makes it easier or harder to handle. By managing the life changes and not letting them take over your life you will get through it with confidence and grace. 

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Karen Rae

I was becoming an empty nester, a woman of a more interesting age and in transition. Sound familiar? I was at that place where we question our purpose, value, and worth and what in the world are we going to do with the rest of our lives.

I noticed women have a huge hunger to belong to a community of women where they can feel safe, share openly from their heart and have other women to do life with! This is why I created my Fave Lifestyles.

Fave is for the woman who wants to call Fave her community of women who support, uplift, and make her feel better about herself. I want to create a place where we help her answer life's questions and just do life together!

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Our Five Favorite Summer Cocktails

Our Five Favorite Summer Cocktails

Summer has arrived in the Pacific Northwest and it is warm and beautiful! No matter where you live there is something so refreshing about sitting outside and sipping a delicious cocktail while soaking up the sun. In honor of the summer season we wanted to share five cocktails that we are enjoying this season! 

 Paloma

 The Paloma is a delicious and refreshing tequila and grapefruit drink. It is similar to a margarita, but simpler to make. Here is a recipe for a simple Paloma. 

 Ingredients

  • 1 cup fresh grapefruit juice
  • ¼ cup fresh lime juice
  • 2 TB simple syrup
  • 1 cup Blanco (silver) tequila
  • 1 cup club soda

 Directions

  • Combine the grapefruit juice, lime juice, simple syrup and tequila. Stir to incorporate well. Keep chilled until ready to serve. 

 Basil Gimlet

 A gimlet is not a drink you see on the menu every day, but this basil and gin cocktail is simple, refreshing and perfect for summer! 

 Ingredients

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 large bunch basil, coarsely chopped
  • Ice
  • 6 tablespoons gin
  • 4 tablespoons lime juice
  • Basil sprigs, for garnish (optional)

 Directions

  • Make basil syrup: In a large microwave-safe measuring cup, combine sugar, 3/4 cup water, and basil.
  • Microwave on high until sugar dissolves, 3 to 4 minutes.
  • Let basil steep in syrup 20 to 30 minutes, then strain (you’ll have enough syrup for 4 drinks).
  • Fill 2 highball glasses with ice. Into each glass, pour 3 tbsp. gin, 4 tbsp. basil syrup, and 2 tbsp. lime juice. Stir and serve, garnished with basil sprigs.

Moscow Mule      

 Is there anything more refreshing than a frosty copper mug filled with a delicious Moscow Mule? It is the epitome of summer and never gets old! Even if you do not have the copper mugs, this is just as delicious served in a glass. 

 INGREDIENTS

  • 2 ounces vodka (I recommend Tito’s brand)
  • ½ ounce fresh lime juice (about ½ medium lime)
  • 4 ounces ginger beer (I recommend Fever-Tree brand)
  • Lime wedge, for garnish

INSTRUCTIONS

  • Fill a copper mug or similarly sized glass with ice. Pour in the vodka and lime juice. Fill the glass with ginger beer and gently swirl it with a spoon once to mix.
  • Garnish with a lime wedge, and enjoy!

Sangria

 Sangria is such a lovely summer cocktail. You can make it with red or white wine and it is a great drink to make in large quantities for parties. There are lots of variations of sangria, but this is the best recipe we have found. 

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup orange juice
  • 1 (750 milliliter) bottle dry red or white  wine
  • 1/2 cup triple sec
  • 1 lemon, sliced into rounds
  • 1 orange, sliced into rounds
  • 1 lime, sliced into rounds
  • 1/4 cup white sugar (optional)
  • 2 cups carbonated water (optional)

Directions

  • In a large pitcher or bowl, mix together the brandy, lemon juice, lemonade concentrate, orange juice, red wine, triple sec, and sugar. Float slices of lemon, orange and lime in the mixture. Refrigerate overnight for best flavor. For a fizzy sangria, add club soda just before serving.

Aperol Spritz

The Aperol spritz was once very popular and seems to be making a comeback. It is extremely simple and very refreshing on a hot day. You can also customize this drink by swapping out the club soda for blood orange or other citrus soda to make it a bit sweeter. 

Ingredients

  • Sparkling wine such as Prosecco or Cava
  • shot Aperol
  • 1shot club soda
  • 1slice orange

Directions

  • Mix together in a wine class and garnish with an orange

 We love all five of these cocktails because they are refreshing and delicious! They are also easy to make and do not have a huge number of ingredients. They can easily be made at home and in large quantities if you are hosting a party. We hope you are able to give them a try and find them as yummy as we do.

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Karen Rae

I was becoming an empty nester, a woman of a more interesting age and in transition. Sound familiar? I was at that place where we question our purpose, value, and worth and what in the world are we going to do with the rest of our lives.

I noticed women have a huge hunger to belong to a community of women where they can feel safe, share openly from their heart and have other women to do life with! This is why I created my Fave Lifestyles.

Fave is for the woman who wants to call Fave her community of women who support, uplift, and make her feel better about herself. I want to create a place where we help her answer life's questions and just do life together!

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