Spring is in full swing over here at The Jungalow and today we’re working with Target to share some fun tips and recipes to entertain with an Italian-inspired Gelato soiree (or serata as they say in Italian), influenced, in part, by my 7-year sojourn in Italia (but with a real California spin).
In Italy they like to keep things classic and simple. I learned so much about design, proportion and color while living there–but here in Cali I’ve learned to mix things up! So today’s recipes (and decor!) take the classic pieces (hello vanilla gelato, stripes and rattan bar carts!) and add a bit a jungalow flavor to come out on the other side with something kinda classic and kinda crazy (in the best way possible)! Also, this serata was designed to entertain grown ups, because yes, we like ice cream parties too ;).
(The last couple of pics were snapped on our trip back to Italy last year–you’ll notice we used a lot of the same colors and motifs in our gelato serata.)
I love bar carts because they are so versatile and transportable. They are truly the perfect piece of furniture for entertaining because it’s like having a buffet on wheels and you can easily scoot them from one room to the next. I’ve used them to make a ‘barden’ (aka bar cart garden) and today, we’re using the cart as a mobile serving station for our gelato!
We’ve repurposed a flower frog to hold our cones and have layered on the pattern in true Jungalow fashion with the patternful serving dishes. Mixing patterns is easy if you stay within the color palette, so we went with blues and yellow accents–you’ll notice these colors are woven throughout, and help to make the overall look cohesive.
So now for our first recipe. It’s gonna sound crazy and it’s not for the kiddos — but trust me, it’s crazy good and weird (I told you we were gonna mix things up today!)
Grown Up Floats
Chocolate gelato (or ice cream)
Dark beer – we like a coffee stout or chocolate porter
Pour the beer over the ice cream and enjoy!
Even if you’ve only got a very small balcony or porch to work with, it’s always nice to spruce up the outdoor spaces in the Spring. This is done easily by adding a bit of color and pattern to the mix. This folding stool is one of my favorites from this collection. Maybe it’s the pompom trim (I can’t resist!) or maybe it’s that it’s so lightweight it’s the kind of thing you could even bring to a picnic. Regardless, it adds instant charm to an outdoor area (and is the perfect piece to keep around in case you need extra outdoor seating for company).
OK time for another gelato recipe idea. This one was smokin’.
Smoky Salted Caramel Sundae
-Vanilla bean gelato (or ice cream)
-Real caramel sauce
-Sprinkle of smoked Malden Sea Salt on top
You can try other grown up treats too: For other floats, how about a sparkling rosè with citrus or peach sorbet? Or cream soda and bourbon with vanilla gelato/ice cream? Wanna get fancy with your sundae bar? Try homemade boozy cocktail cherries, instead of maraschino; or good dark chocolate shaved on top! Use patternful serving bowls and don’t forget to dress up your booze in pretty pitchers.
So, to recap, here are a few tips to host some homies in a gelato serata (or any other serata for that matter…):
1.) Mixing patterns is easy if you stay within a set color palette.
2.) Use a bar cart as a mobile buffet to bring the party along with you no matter what room you’re migrating to.
3.) Even if you’ve only got a very small balcony or porch to work with, you can still host an indoor/outdoor shindig. Keep folding stools on hand for extra seating and bring out pillows and blankets for guests to keep things festive and cozy.
And then all that’s left to do is to have fun! divertitevi!
To get the look from our gelato serata, shop these pieces:
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