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Happy Hour: A Booze-Free BBQ

I usually head home to Montana for the 4th of July, because you really can’t beat celebrating in a small town.  Sadly, given that Independence Day is inconveniently happening on a Wednesday, I will be stuck in D.C. this year.  Sad face.

On the plus side, I was invited to a small barbecue at the home of one of my mentors.  I was prepared to bring my customary hostess gift–homemade sangria in a glass pitcher that they can keep–when I noticed that the invitation said, “As this is a family event, no alcohol will be served at this gathering.” 

I’m sorry?  Does that say, “no alcohol?”  At a party, in D.C.?

Well…alrighty, then.

Since I can’t bring alcohol, I’ll be bringing a delicious dessert that I spotted on Annie’s Eats

It’s called Roasted Cherry Chocolate Tart, and doesn’t it look completely and totally ah-may-zing? In fact her entire blog is incredible.  The only way to cure my envy is to make and devour as many of her recipes as possible.

(P.S. Stop drooling.  You’re embarrassing yourself.)

Lucille Scalloped Dress ($90)

Since this fete will be outside, I’ll need a cotton dress to keep me from melting into a puddle of goo on the patio.  I think this light and airy scalloped-eyelet dress from J.Crew is the perfect solution. 



  1. anon says:

    Southern girls are taught how to wear white for such events. its an exercise in the near impossible. Is DC considered southern? Y'all can do it!

    November 30, -0001/Reply
  2. Ellie says:

    I would never survive in a white dress with that dessert! It's just an open invitation for me to be a klutz!!

    June 29, 2012/Reply
  3. arlington says:

    that dress and that tart cannot coexist in harmony, only mutual annhilation

    June 29, 2012/Reply
  4. helixy says:

    I've never been to a family event where alcohol wasn't served. Psh! The dress is adorable, but I would also lose to the dessert. 😛

    June 29, 2012/Reply
  5. lisa says:

    I had no idea you were from Montana. I'm sitting in Bozeman, reading your blog, hoping that I will some day have style.

    June 29, 2012/Reply
  6. Hill Mama says:

    I feel the opposite way about the 4th… there is no where else I would rather be than the Nation's capital.

    I love that dress, especially in the purple color.

    June 29, 2012/Reply
  7. CynthiaW says:

    Wow – I might rethink going after realizing that there was no alcohol! Unless I'd already RSVP'd – doh.

    Maybe not though – it took me forever to recover from last 4th of July. I don't drink that much and we went to a (family) party with some serious drinkers – I was definitely hurting the next day and I didn't even drink that much compared to other people there!

    The dessert looks yummy – but add me to the list of people too afraid to attend a BBQ in a white dress.

    June 29, 2012/Reply
  8. Ellie says:

    I bought this dress (at full price!) to wear to Gold Cup and really like it.

    June 30, 2012/Reply
  9. sara says:

    This dress is fabulous. I recommend going to a J.Crew store, if you can, as it's marked down significantly more than online (or, it was at my store). It also comes in a very fun grape purple, which I own. Happy 4th!

    June 30, 2012/Reply
  10. Sophie says:

    That pie looks delicious! Hope you fared well in the DC storms this past weekend!

    July 2, 2012/Reply
  11. KJ says:

    Belle – Love your go-to hostess gift of sangria in a pitcher. Do you also have a go-to place for cute glass pitchers? And/or a link to your favorite sangria recipe?

    July 2, 2012/Reply