The universe is clearly sending us a message. A slew of new fall cookbooks happen to feature the most delectable pasta recipes we’ve seen in a while, and after much twirling, tossing, and tasting, we’ve chosen the very best. We’ve provided step-by-step instructions for each delicious dish, so pull out those deep pots and get ready to blow guests away at your next dinner party. Click the photo to get started!
Country crooner Kenny Chesney not only sings about the good life, he drinks to it also thanks to his newly-launched line of rum, Blue Chair Bay. Inspired by easy island living, these beach-flavored drinks — in Coconut, White and Coconut Spiced — are sure to transport you straight to the shore. But before you pull up a beach chair and start mixing a Piña Colada, why not try a drink concocted exclusively for InStyle? Blue Chair Bay’s master mixologist Jonathan Pogash blended pomegranate flavors, lime juice and a dash of champagne for the “Always InStyle” cocktail in InStyle’s signature red hue. Scroll down to get the full recipe, and head to bluechairbay.com to see where you can purchase the rum in a store near you. More
Now you can make the Prince of Cambridge’s arrival even sweeter—with cupcakes! Sprinkles, Magnolia Bakery, Baked by Melissa and Georgetown Cupcakes are celebrating the royal family’s new bundle of joy with special cupcakes to commemorate his arrival. These sweet treats are a must-munch for royal enthusiasts, each with its own blue and white-themed twist. Click to see photos of the cakes, plus information on how long you can snag a taste.
Fourth of July weekend is the unofficial midway point of summer, so there’s no better time to try a new ice cream flavor. These homemade varieties—based in Ohio, Texas, New York and Pennsylvania—are the favorites of Katy Perry and Sarah Jessica Parker and can be shipped to your doorstep, so no travel required! Serve these gourmet flavors for an ice cream sundae no child (or adult) will be able to resist. Click through the gallery to see them all.
Heading to a Fourth of July bash this week? No need to go empty-handed with these fun and festive foods and hostess gifts. From a pastry chef-caliber nine-layer rainbow cake to quick-and-easy watermelon stars, we’ve got a recipe for every party—or equally fun home accents (patriotic champagne, anyone?) to thank your host. Bonus: Should you be hosting a get-together and fall into the “ultimate procrastinator” category, we’ve got plenty of party-decor ideas, too. Click to get a dose of inspiration.
‘Tis the season for weekend getaways and lounging poolside. Hopefully you’ve scored some great invitations from generous friends. Show your appreciation (and guarantee a repeat offer) by arriving with a thoughtful hostess gift tailored to your host’s tastes. Think of something original like a DIY champagne flute kit (don’t forget to add a bottle of bubbly) or a chic set of cloth napkins. Or bring something irresistibly edible like these locally made jams or gold-dusted cake pops. Click the photo to see our favorite ideas, and Bon Voyage!
Summer is finally here, and who isn’t the mood for some warm weather entertaining? Fire up the grill and cue the burgers, hot dogs and seasonal greens. In celebration, we’ve rounded up a selection of our favorite outdoor plates in wild bright colors, pastel stripes and rainbow chevron. Click through to see all the photos.
The upcoming 4th of July holiday will be extra sweet for many this year, following yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling overturning California’s previous ban on same-sex marriages and declaring that the Defense of Marriage Act violates the Constitution. Whether you’re throwing a bash to celebrate equality or just feeling a little extra proud of our balanced government, this ombre layer cake from the July InStyle is sure to impress. Don’t be intimidated by the 11-inch height or the graduation in color, it’s actually very easy to create. For starters, take the speedy route by using a cake mix, and swap your liquid food coloring for gel versions for a richer hue payoff. (The same technique will work for a brighter, more rainbow-like effect — if you prefer a more bold treat.) “I also like to frost three layers at a time, then refrigerate them for 30 minutes before doing the next three,” said Sarah Jones of Brit.co, who created the dessert. “That way, the layers stay condensed and don’t wobble.”
See the full how-to and recipe in our July issue. Download it now.
Plus, see more great summer recipes.