Shai’s Top Trends for Summer Entertaining!

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Shiraz Events founder Shai Tertner is a lifestyle expert that has helped some of the most well-known hosts in the Hamptons put together memorable fetes. Check out his lifestyle advice in this months’ Manhattan Magazine and MetroSource NYC.

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We sat down to speak with Shai about his top 5 secrets for summer entertaining which will be posted in parts:

“In the current environment people still want (and need) to have a good time. However, people are finding that they need to be a bit more creative to maintain their typical standard of style with their new found budgets. Even the most relaxed summer parties require a certain amount of planning. Here are my tips for scheduling and entertaining in the Hamptons this summer:

 1. Set the mood for guests as they come back to your house from a day at the beach. Bossa N’ Marley’s, Bossa N’ Roses, Bossa N’ Stones CD plays Bossa Nova reproductions of very familiar songs by these famous performers (Guns and Roses, Bob Marley, and The Rolling Stones). These collections of songs are great for lounging, or for background music while having dinner. Those CD’s music can be downloaded from iTunes. 

2. If you have ever visited Brazil you would know that Brazilians are fun loving people and can have a wonderful time with very little. Combat the summer heat and create a Brazilian Caipirinha bar complete with a colorful selection of fruit. This will add an interactive element to your event, and will allow your guests to choose and customize their cocktail.

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This is actually very easy and inexpensive to do: Pick up fresh fruit from a fruit stand during your trip to the cottage. These will become your central ingredients for the weekend’s signature cocktail.

The Strawberry Cherry Caipirinha

Leblon Cachaça

  • 2 oz. Leblon Cachaça
  • 3 Strawberries
  • 3-5 Cherries
  • 1/4 Lime
  • 2 tsp. Superfine Sugar or 1 oz. Simple Syrup
  • Glass-Rocks

Muddle the lime, strawberries, cherries and sugar in a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and add Leblon Cachaça. Shake vigorously. Serve in a rocks glass. Garnish with a strawberry.

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An alternative…

 The Strawberry Basil Caipirinha

Leblon Cachaça

  • 2 oz. Leblon Cachaça
  • 3 Strawberries
  • 3 Basil leaves – torn
  • 1/4 Lime
  • 2 tsp. Superfine sugar or 1 oz. Simple Syrup
  • Glass-Rocks

Muddle the lime, strawberries, basil and sugar in a shaker. Fill the shaker with ice and add Leblon Cachaça. Shake vigorously. Serve in a rocks glass. Garnish with a strawberry.”

Stay tuned for more of Shai’s Tips!

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