Fourth of July!

photo 3We’ve made it through a VERY long winter—finally we are almost there—Fourth of July! This year we’ve made it easy for you. Amy Kimball Events has launched its very own “Party in a Box”—a simple way to make your party chic. All you have to do is open the top and walla, all the elements are there for you to make your party fun and festive! This is the first in a series of holiday-themed Party in a Box items we will have for you, stay tuned.

As a professional party planners, we always have a few fun tips up our sleeve, for this holiday don’t worry about a full bar, have some beer and wine on hand but a great way to take your party to next level is create a signature drink, here’s one we love: Red, White & Blue Sangria.

Red-White-and-Blue-Sangria-2 Red, White & Blue Sangria

Yield: 8 to 10 servings

Prep Time: 15 min

Love this recipe for a patriotic holiday…


2 bottles dry white wine (Sauvignon Blanc is good)
1 cup triple sec
1/2 cup berry-flavored vodka
1/2 cup freshly squeezed lemon juice
1/2 cup simple syrup (see tips below)
1 cup blueberries
1 1/2 cups hulled and sliced strawberries
1 cup raspberries
1 1/2 cups pineapple chunks


Combine all ingredients in a large punch bowl or pitcher and stir well. Cover and refrigerate at least 4 hours. Serve well-chilled with a good scoop of fruit floating in each drink, or serve over ice.


*To make 1/2 cup simple syrup, boil 1/2 cup water and add 1/2 cup granulated white sugar. Turn heat to simmer and stir until dissolved. Turn off the heat and let cool. Now it’s simple syrup!
*Use fresh fruit for this recipe. Frozen just won’t be great.
*To make star-shaped pineapple pieces, cut long & wide pieces of pineapple off the side of the fresh fruit. use a star cutter to cut shapes.

Source: (adapted from 101 Sangrias and Pitcher Drinks)