Pool Party

Epicurious editor Lauren Salkeld and entertaining expert Gina Provenzano share tips for hosting a poolside gathering, including a swim-themed table setting and recipes for melon coolers, fruit salad, chicken burgers, and watermelon and tomato salad.

Released on 6/19/2012

Credits

Starring: Gina Provenzano and Lauren Salkeld

Transcript

00:08
Hi, I'm Lauren Taco.
00:10
Welcome to Epicurious' guide to summer entertaining.
00:12
Today we're gonna show you how to throw a pool party.
00:14
I have Gina Prevezono here with me,
00:16
friend and entertaining expert.
00:18
Thanks for coming, Gina.
00:19
Thanks for having me.
00:20
Today's menu is all about a pool party.
00:22
We've kept the menu really light, really healthy,
00:24
but also full of flavor.
00:26
We've got open-face chicken burgers
00:28
with a basil mayonaise.
00:29
Next up we've got some summer rolls.
00:32
These have chicken in them
00:33
but you can also make them vegetarian.
00:35
It's always good to have a vegetarian dish on your buffets.
00:37
You never know who doesn't eat meat.
00:39
[Gina] Okay Lauren, what is in that salad?
00:41
It looks so delicious.
00:42
[Lauren] Baby rugula's on the bottom
00:43
and then we've taken two of summer's best,
00:46
watermelon and tomato,
00:47
topped with feta and toasted almond.
00:49
We've also kept dessert really light and healthy.
00:51
It's a big beautiful fruit salad.
00:53
Go to your farmer's market or local supermarket
00:56
and see what looks the best, what's fresh and local,
00:58
and paddle it all in a bowl
00:59
and we've topped today's fruit salad
01:01
with a mint and maple syrup.
01:03
Gina, this table looks amazing.
01:05
It's bright and colorful and really fun and pool-like.
01:07
Why don't you tell us about it.
01:09
[Gina] You have plenty of beach towels around
01:11
so why not drape one over your table
01:14
then it's an easy table cloth
01:15
and it adds a lot of color.
01:16
[Lauren] Well and also you won't have to iron this.
01:18
[Gina] Not at all and it's absorbent
01:20
so any spills get quickly absorbed away.
01:22
This was just a little fun idea.
01:24
It just welcomes your guest.
01:25
If you have a place setting
01:26
you can write individual guest names, too.
01:29
This was also a fun idea.
01:30
We just made a little cover.
01:32
It keeps the bugs away while you're sipping your cool drink.
01:34
[Lauren] Now inside we've got our melon cooler
01:37
which is super refreshing and delicious
01:38
and you can totally make it non-alcoholic
01:40
but I actually spiked this one
01:42
with a little bit of vodka.
01:43
It's an adult-only party today
01:45
so why don't we give that a try.
01:47
That sounds good to me.
01:49
Here's to summer fun.
01:51
Cheers.
01:52
Cheers.