summer solstice dinner party
June 20th marked the longest day of the year, also known as the Summer Solstice. The official start of summer is like so many other milestones on the calendar: New Years, birthdays, etc. A time to reflect and take stock of what's in our lives. A time to be grateful for the things and the people we love.
So I decided to throw a spectacularly colourful, fun, and summery summer solstice dinner to celebrate those closest to me. I invited them over to a balcony dinner and completely transformed the space to honour the change of the season.
I served my Pomegranate and Elderflower Summer Cocktail to guests upon arrival - a signature cocktail as a signature touch. In addition, I covered the space in candles and flowers. After catching up and enjoying our cocktails, we sat down to a meal of cold Cucumber and Mint Soup paired with Lentil Garam Masala over quinoa. To finish it off, I served a raw vegan strawberry pie for dessert!
With this year's Summer Solstice falling on a Monday, my goal of creating an impressive atmosphere had to be done strategically within the hour I was off work and the hour people were scheduled to arrive. The best part of the meal I planned was that I was able to prep all the food Sunday afternoon, so no actual cooking was required on the day of. All I had to do was pour the drinks and set the table!
Bonus tip: one of my guests was pregnant (and at time of writing, still is! But who knows, by the time this publishes maybe I'll have met the little guy already!) Rather than garnishing the drinks with flowers floating on ice, I had tied baby's breath to each glass for a slightly different look. To ensure the non-alcoholic drink made it to the right hands, I tied a different flower to her stem for a special touch.
Bonus, bonus tip: my balcony can be quite chilled, despite the sunny day we had. I told everyone to bring a jacket to keep warm with, but I also put out a decent supply of blankets for my guests to grab if they wanted some warmth and comfort. These little touches can make a huge difference in ensuring your guests are happy all night long.
Check out what I created in the photos below and let me know how you best like to celebrate the ones you love!