Avocado and Corn Salad

When we were in the Hamptons a few summers ago, we got this amazing avocado and corn salad at a specialty grocery store.  I think it cost like $15 for a small container, which is outrageous.  So, I took a picture of the ingredients and tried to recreate it once I got home.  You can make it for a large crowd or for one!  I made it for Henry’s Baptism BBQ.  It is always a big hit at parties and it is a perfect summer snack with all of the fresh ingredients (some of which we have growing in our garden).

Avocado Corn Salad - LiveDineParty








Lime juice


Olive oil

Salt & pepper

The amount of each item really depends on how many you are making it for and there is no wrong quantity of each item.  For example, I personally despise cilantro and my husband loves it (it is a battle in our house) so I try to keep that ingredient to a minimum.  For the lime juice, honey and olive oil you just want enough to coat everything so start by adding it slowly.  I usually start with half a lime and just drizzle the olive oil and honey.



Baptism BBQ

We recently celebrated king Henry’s baptism.  It was a special day for our little guy, but I wanted to keep it casual.  After the baptism ceremony our family came back to our house for a BBQ.


The theme was simple white and baby blue, inspired by the invitations we chose from Minted (sample below).

Sleek Baptism & Christening Announcements

I didn’t do much in terms of decorating since the party was outside.  Simple baby blue tablecloths, a blue hydrangea and white hyacinth centerpiece and a blue and white styled dessert table brought the theme to life.

For the menu, I kept it to the standard BBQ menu.  This is a tried and true menu for a summer BBQ.


Avocado and corn salad served with tortilla and pita chips



Hot dogs

Steak tips

Chicken cutlets


Orzo caprese salad

Potato salad

Spinach & strawberry salad


Fruit salad

Assortment of cookies

Rice Krispie treats

Oreo truffles


Oh Henry! chocolate bars (my favorite touch to the party)


I will be sharing a few recipes from the menu over the next few weeks. The party was a success and of course we were left with so many left overs!

Hamburger Cupcakes

Hamburger Cupcakes - LiveDineParty

Having a BBQ this summer and need a dessert?  These hamburger cupcakes are super cute and easy to make.  And, they were a hit at our summer BBQ this year.  I used boxed yellow cake mix as a time saver (I know I’m disappointed in myself too), but made my favorite homemade chocolate buttercream frosting.

  • First make the cupcakes according to directions and let them cool completely.
  • Make the chocolate buttercream frosting and chill for twenty minutes so that is easier to work with.
  • Slice the cupcakes in half using a serrated knife to create the hamburger bun.
  • Pipe on the chocolate frosting on the bottom half of the cupcake.  I used a star tip for this.Hamburger Cupcakes - LiveDineParty
  • Layer on green, yellow and red icing for the lettuce, mustard and ketchup.  I used a basket-weave tip for the lettuce and two different sized round tips for the mustard and ketchup.

Hamburger Cupcakes - LiveDineParty

  • Cool in the fridge so that the frosting can set prior to putting the top of the bun on.
  • Enjoy!