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Lisa Beth Miller is the Entertaining & Weddings Editor for Miss A. She has been involved in the wedding industry for several years. Lisa is a bridal consultant and director of marketing and public relations for Blush Bridal Boutique and an event designer at Main Street Weddings, both local wedding businesses. In this capacity, Lisa writes the blog, website copy, and promotional materials for these businesses and assists with event planning. She was formerly a bridal consultant and did marketing and public relations work for A Formal Affair Bridal and Formalwear Boutique and was the creator of their Bridal University workshops. Additionally, Lisa teaches English, journalism, and photojournalism classes at Liberty High School in Bealeton, Virginia. She advises the school's award-winning publications, Talon yearbook and Patriot Press newspaper. As junior class sponsor, she also assists in planning Liberty's prom. Lisa has written several published articles. These include an article about advising student publications for Accents (Southern Interscholastic Press Association’s journal),an article about the royal wedding for Northern Virginia Magazine, an article about local proms for Warrenton Lifestyle magazine, and four stories about wedding planning and wedding fashion for the 2012 Northern Virginia Bridal Guide. Lisa holds an undergraduate degree in English and journalism education from Millersville University of Pennsylvania and a graduate degree in education and library science from Longwood University.

Summer Outdoor Party Entertaining Tips From Entertaining Expert Dawn Bryan

Summer is finally here and with it comes the coveted outdoor entertaining season. Dawn Bryan, founder of  The Qualipedia, offers some basic summer party hosting tips that will also turn your outdoor event into a spectacular evening.

Summer entertaining ideas from Dawn Bryan

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Party Basics:
Arrange guests in small comfortable groups, to foster mingling (this can be done with small tables or even over-sized grass blankets with filled baskets anchoring the corners)

Offer fun water toys/floats for parties with a pool

Enhance ground seating with rugs, pillows, or blankets

Serve up a rain date on the invite so there is always a contingency plan

Buffet Basics:

Arrange food in this order: entrees, sides, salads, bread, butter and condiments – always prepare extra portions

Provide enough extra dishes and silverware for second helpings to be enjoyed on clean dishes

Position the drink table away from the buffet to avoid traffic jams

Offer leftovers in take-away containers, especially to guests who have children

Summer entertaining ideas from Dawn Bryan

(Photo Credit: qualipedia.com)

Beyond Basics:

Create a signature theme with a recipe, color, music, or games

Send guests home with a gift bag that relates to your theme. (Example: If your party theme is Fourth of July, find some sparklers and ring pops with a note attached saying “let freedom ring” to fill each goody bag!)

In your gift bag, include a take home bagel or Danish for Saturday or Sunday morning breakfast

Above all be sure you feel comfortable, look great, and are ready to have a fantastic time!

Have a wonderfully entertaining  summer!

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