Recently, we hosted a dinner for a dear friend of ours that was in town. As I mentioned in my "A Porch Kind of Weekend" post, I love eating out on our porch - but previously had only had casual meals on our loveseats. After writing my monthly article for MyWell-Being.com all about creative Outdoor Entertaining, I was itching to set a complete table outside... so, I pulled our dinning room furniture out onto the porch for a magical dinner alfresco.
Read more of my Outdoor Entertaining tips and inspiration in my recent post on MyWell-Being.com.
Outdoor Dinner Party Menu :
Orange & Blueberry Summer Brew Cocktails
Tomato & Squash Grilled Bruschetta
Brown Sugar & Sesame Steak Kebabs
Grilled Fingerling Potatoes with Chives and Sour Cream
Mini S'mores in the Oven
Stay tuned next week for the recipes!
I love wheat beers. During the summer I'll take a cold wheat beer with a slice of orange over a glass of wine any day. For this party, I used Boulevard Wheat Beer, fresh squeezed orange juice, vodka and blueberries for a new twist on a Summer Brew (usually vodka lemonade + beer).
For dinner, we grilled steak and vegetable kebabs marinated in a brown sugar, sesame and garlic marinade. I'm not sure how I just figured this out - but... did you know you can grill potatoes? They take no time at all and have a great smokey flavor.
Blue hydrangea are my summer favorites and happen to be blooming in masses everywhere this year because of all of the rain. I miss my big hydrangea bushes in our old house and have settled on planting them in our urns on the front steps this year.
A big bunch of hydrangeas is my favorite "non-arrangement" floral arrangement. Unlike other flowers that look great mixed with others, hydrangea are meant to be on their own bountiful in bunches - they set a sophisticated yet casual tone. I have these in a Match Pewter vase, a wedding present that we've gotten soooo much use out of.
Here is the view of the table from the dining room, just outside the french doors.
The scene - just as the sun was setting and just before our guests arrived. I love these Celebration candles. I used small, thick-glassed votive holders with sea salt to hold the candles.
Aren't they magical and very chic? Stay tuned for the recipes to come!
MyWell-Being.com, read the article here.
Here is the easy to pin strip!