Summer Sailing Trip


The perfect summer spread! | A Fabulous Fete
 

I don't know what's better than friends, the sea, and a fridge full of Prosecco on a gorgeous summer day. So a few weeks ago, we gathered a few close friends and hopped on a sailboat to spend a little time in one of our favorite places. Our boat left from the Marina in Newport Beach and slowly sailed down the coast to finally anchor in Laguna for the day. 

We packed up the necessities; cameras, bikinis and LOTS of cheese. Since we knew we'd be nibbling all day on some light snacks, we made sure to bring our favorite Santa Margherita Prosecco Superiore. It was the perfect light and bubbly addition to our day of lounging and taking a few dips (despite the recent shark sightings... yikes).

 
Friends on a boat | A Fabulous Fete
Newport to Laguna Beach sailing trip | A Fabulous Fete
A day sailing | A Fabulous Fete

 

Our catamaran was equipped with 2 giant trampolines on the front which we all spent almost all of our time on lounging! It was the perfect place to snack, sip, take a nap and even watch the dolphins.

 

Our day sailing from Newport to Laguna | A Fabulous Fete
Whale watching in Newport | A Fabulous Fete
A day sailing with friends | A Fabulous Fete
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Boat trip with friends in SoCal | A Fabulous Fete
Cheese platter for our day on the boat | A Fabulous Fete
 

After we spent a few hours sailing, we finally anchored in Laguna Beach to set up our spread and jump in. I brought my usual; WAY too much cheese, some meat, veggies, olives and a few figs for garnish. It was actually not as much work as it looks like! We left everything packaged and in the cooler until it was time to eat. I set it all out in a few minutes, added a few fresh flowers and we were ready to go. This was actually devoured within an hour if you can believe it!

 
Santa Margherita Prosecco, perfect for a summer day trip! | A Fabulous Fete
How to set up a simple cheese plate when you're not at home! | A Fabulous Fete
What we always add to our cheese spread | A Fabulous Fete

How to Build a Balanced Cheese Plate!

One thing that I've found after years of serving cheese platters to our friends while entertaining is that you need to have a variety, but not SO many options that it's overwhelming for them. One time we turned our entire kitchen counter into a cheese board. I had to label it all and tell people about it, it was a little too much! So now, I always buy the following:

- a soft cheese (we love brie)

- a mild/crowd pleaser cheese (usually gruyere)

- a "stinky" cheese... something for the adventurous ones;) (you can do bleu or even a flavored goat can get pretty strong)

This works every time! It pleases everyone, guaranteed. I mean... unless you hate cheese or something. Worried about what to pair all of these cheeses with? Whites are almost always your best option. Reds can overpower many of your cheese selections, so sticking with a lighter varietal never fails. And finally, don't forget to finish off your spread with some meat and a touch of fruit. I typically pick up a mix of prosciutto, salami and/or chorizo to offer the same sort of mix that we would with the cheese. And while some people snack on the fruit, I'll be honest and let you know its usually a garnish;) Figs, grapes and pear slices are always winners though!


Mini carrots make a cute addition to happy hour snacks! | A Fabulous Fete
Snacks on the trampoline for our day sailing | A Fabulous Fete
Summer sailing trip | A Fabulous Fete
Anchored in Laguna Beach | A Fabulous Fete
A Day at Sea | A Fabulous Fete
Summer in CA | A Fabulous Fete
Pink skies | A Fabulous Fete
Sailing trip with friends | A Fabulous Fete
The perfect spot for sunset | A Fabulous Fete

 

On our way back, we took more polaroids (so FUN!), played a few games and admired the amazing sunset we were lucky to get that night. The day flew by, and we are 100% planning our next one! If you are in SoCal I'd highly recommend planning a trip of your own. They have everything from larger charters to Duffy boats in Newport. It was such a nice break from talking work, or the usual stresses in life. We were free from any distractions but our group of friends and acting like kids again swimming around in the ocean.

 

A day sailing with friends | A Fabulous Fete

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Images by Kimi Domino

3 Steps to Perfect Frosé


How to make this simple frosé | A Fabulous Fete
 

If you haven't heard of frosé, then you either don't have the internet or you live under a rock. It's everywhere. I hadn't had the chance to try it, so I wanted to try it out on my own at home! It only took 2 tries... I honestly thought the first time, that if I just froze rosé it would be delicious. NOT true, don't try it. One of my favorite cocktail girls on insta told me that when you freeze alcohol, it intensifies the alcohol flavors and something that normally tastes sweet becomes bitter (something to do with science and your tastebuds). Noted. So I added sugar and fruit like the internet said to, and it was MUCH better. I think I could use even less sugar next time, and I'd love to try some different fruit flavors, but overall it was winning combo.

 
Instructions to make strawberry frosé at home this summer! | A Fabulous Fete

Instructions:

  1. Add Rosé to a small flat dish or pan, put in your freezer
  2. Add water, sugar and strawberries to a pot, cook over medium heat and bring to a boil. Boil for around 5 minutes or until your strawberries have lost their color. Remove and cool.
  3. Strain strawberries from your sugar mixture and toss, add the remaining liquid to your Rosé. Leave to freeze for 6-8 hours (or overnight is best!)

Ingredients:

  • 1 bottle of Rosé
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup of water
  • 10 fresh strawberries

 

Once your mixture is frozen it's ready! Scrape with a spoon to create the shave ice looking flakes, add to a bowl or glass and serve! Since your frozen mixture has alcohol, it won't fully freeze which is how you will get it to the slushy consistency, cool right?!

 
How to make summer's most popular frozen drink, at home! | A Fabulous Fete
You have to try this frosé recipe! It's super easy and only has 3 ingredients | A Fabulous Fete
 

So if I tried it again, I would definitely add some lemon and maybe try raspberry in place of the strawberries. Have you guys tried making frosé? What did you put in yours?

 

5 to Follow


 

These are some of my favorite posts and I love/can't wait to put them together. I spend a lot of time finding inspiration on instagram for all different kinds of projects, so I have a fair amount of people I could/should/will share with you that provide inspiration in so many different ways. I've recently had this switch of what I'm looking for on there though. For a long time I followed the typical brands and sites you'd think someone in the wedding industry would... but it started to get redundant (if I'm being honest). I've found that looking for inspiration in travel, style, beauty and fellow stationery peeps has been the best source to keep me motivated. I want to see color and texture and amazing styling and well thought out photos. So, I wanted to share a few of my favorites that range from lifestyle to products. I feel like these are the people that I am consistently looking for on there to see what they posted today.

Who are your faves to follow?

(click on images below to go straight to their account... and follow;)

 

@kobimaguire

@bearjournal

@ariellevey

@gatherhomelifestyle

@kristine.lo