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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.

Late Summer Entertaining Ideas From Lolita

We all know that fall is coming, but honestly, there is just a bit more summer weather left to enjoy!

That means pool parties, barbecues and backyard entertaining. Designs by Lolita wants to make it easy for everyone to plan their own celebration, whether it’s for a birthday bash, a Labor Day barbecue, or a get-together just because.

The brand known for its hand-painted barware also has an acrylic collection that makes party planning a cinch. The collection includes everything you need—serving trays, pitchers, ice buckets, cocktail shakers, bowls, plates, cocktail napkins, glasses—to serve up a fabulous soiree.

The newest additions are the Chip and Dip Trays, which come in two flirty, fun prints to impress your guests as they nosh away, and one perfect centerpiece:

Pretty in pink “Oops A Daisy”

Summery “Flip Flops”

Flip Flops Chip and Dip Tray

(Photo Credit: designsbylolita.com)

 “Flip Flops” Giant Margarita Glass– a 16-ounce stunner to put on display as a stylish centerpiece. Fill it with whatever you want to anchor your table and complete the whole look.

Flip Flops Margarita Glass

(Photo Credit: designsbylolita.com)

Use them to serve snacks and appetizers, and let your guests sip in style without worrying about shattered glass on the patio. The acrylic collections make late summer entertaining a breeze, so you can stay casual and cool by the pool!

I recommend serving healthy Mediterranean-style snacks like Baked Lentil Chips and hummus instead of  traditional chips and dips from these serving trays. Add a selection of olives for some variety!

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