SOURCE: Almond Board of California

Almond Board of California

July 12, 2011 12:25 ET

HGTV Star Rick Rifle Shows How Pantry Staples Like Almonds Pave the Way to Quick, Easy Summer Gatherings With Style

Lifestyle Expert Shows How to Be Party-Ready With Summer Entertaining Tips and a Chance to Win the Pantry2Party Sweepstakes

MODESTO, CA--(Marketwire - Jul 12, 2011) - As summer approaches, warm weather and clear skies present the perfect opportunity to host and connect family and friends for traditional cookouts, impromptu cocktail parties and carefree dinners. While planning and organizing an event can become daunting, summer entertaining is meant to be a relaxing experience that everyone can enjoy, even the host. Almond Board of California and HGTV star and lifestyle expert Rick Rifle show how to make your next soirée stress free with simple and festive pantry-to-party tips to create an unforgettable experience.

"Summer entertaining season is about to heat up, so whether the neighbors drop by unexpectedly or you're hosting your annual backyard bash, relaxing al fresco is the way to go," says Rifle. "Usually, when I have guests over I like to pull from the pantry essentials I always have on hand, like almonds, to help liven things up without breaking a sweat. With a well-stocked pantry it makes any spur-of-the-moment entertaining opportunity effortless."

Designed to utilize and highlight pantry staples and entertaining essentials, Rifle's top tips to get party-ready include:

  • Everything's better in a martini glass, right? Not just the sippable treats. A stylish martini glass filled with roasted almonds is a quick way to add a touch of glam to your impromptu gatherings. Alternate with glasses filled with water and floating tea lights for a sparkling touch of sophistication.
  • Look at your table linens differently. Instead of your usual flat table runner -- scrunch a colorful tablecloth up and use as a three dimensional accent on your entertaining table.
  • Got the brunch bunch coming? Decorative bowls with seasonal fruit, tall tumblers, a bucket of ice and pitcher of almond milk make for a smart, do-it-yourself smoothie station.
  • Spiced almonds always hit the right note and they're so simple to create. Just toss whole natural almonds from your pantry with a bit of olive oil and your favorite spice mix. Toast lightly and voilà! Instant party snack.
  • Sliced almonds add the perfect crunch to store-bought salsa for that made-from-scratch look right from the pantry. Sprinkle a few sliced almonds on top for just the right touch.

From now through July 24, 2011, aspiring entertaining gurus and their friends can enter to win the Pantry2Party Sweepstakes at AlmondBoard.com. One lucky entrant will win a grand prize consisting of a private in-home consultation and $500 entertaining pantry makeover shopping spree with Rick Rifle where he will provide the lucky winner a pantry-to-party makeover. During his visit he'll provide guidance on how you can create tasty party treats from existing pantry stock and recommend pantry essentials that should always be on hand. He'll also show how to repurpose existing linens and tableware with simple design tips to create a party-ready setting -- indoors or al fresco.

For these and more entertaining tips from Rick Rifle, and for details on how to enter to win the Pantry2Party Sweepstakes, visit AlmondBoard.com.

About California Almonds
Consumers all over the world enjoy California Almonds as a natural, wholesome and quality food product, making almonds California's leading agricultural export in terms of value. The Almond Board of California promotes through its research-based almonds approach to all aspects of marketing, farming and production on behalf of the more than 6,000 California Almond growers and processors, many of whom are multi-generational family operations. Established in 1950 and based in Modesto, California, the Almond Board of California is a non-profit organization that administers a grower-enacted Federal Marketing Order under the supervision of the United States Department of Agriculture. For more information on the Almond Board of California or almonds, visit AlmondBoard.com.

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