Summer Entertaining: Cocktail Hour


 This post is sponsored by Pier 1 Imports.

There is no part of the day I love more than the early hours of the evening...particularly in the summertime. There is something so magical about the sun setting and dusk’s arrival. It can make an ordinary night downright enchanting. And that is why I’m particularly fond of cocktail hour…So is the rest of my family as a matter of fact. Haha!


We often get together on the weekends to decompress after a busy week and enjoy one of my mom’s amazing meals. I may not be as naturally good a cook as she is (hey, I’m working on it), but I have managed to master the art of entertaining and, therefore, throw a mean cocktail hour.


Before we all sit down to break bread, we like to sip on a nice glass of wine and put out an appetizer or two while the kiddos play at our feet. There is something so relaxing about simply sitting outside and enjoying the beautiful summer evening, as well as each other’s company!


My new coastal inspired furniture and accessories from Pier 1 Imports were the perfect accompaniments to our latest family cocktail hour. I served our favorite corn salsa (recipe below) in my new galvanized tray, which we noshed on while cozied up on my Pier 1 San Mateo settee and chair as the sun set over our heads. It doesn’t get much better than that, folks!

Corn Salsa Recipe

1 can black beans, rinsed
1/2 green pepper, diced
1/2 red or orange pepper, diced
1 cup corn kernels, steamed
4 green onions sliced
Italian salad dressing to moisten

Mix the above ingredients together and toss with the Italian salad dressing. Refrigerate for at least an hour. Add more dressing if desired. Serve with corn or tortilla chips.


So, do you enjoy summer cocktail hour as much as I do? Why not make it a summer tradition?!? You can find everything you need to throw your own summer cocktail hour celebration at Pier 1 Imports!

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Images via Marissa Stratton Photography

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