A Midsummer's Night Party
I've been slammed with the chaos of summer these past few weeks, but some things are more important than a packed schedule. Like a dear friend's BIG 4-0. I wasn't about to let a little factor like reality or the limits of time and space get in my way.
So I challenged myself to come up with something unfussy that would capture my wild, strong, breathtakingly beautiful friend. And then it came to me. Go for the passion, embrace the mess, and focus on loving every second. Wine, food, friends, and an uninhibited spread Bacchus himself would have approved of.
If this party is a dream, I don't want to wake up.
Our Midsummer's Night theme began with a single concept. Charcuterie board gone wild. I transformed the table into a riot of grapes and flowers and made art out of the mess. The entire point of charcuterie boards is to embrace combining finger foods.
We embraced it alright. With passion.
All of our nearest and dearest nibbled, and laughed, and tumbled out onto the back lawn in a tipsy array of good will. I might have helped get things rolling by creating some pretty potent cocktails, including a Minty Moscow Mule and some Strawberry Nectarine Sangria.
Keeping the focus on friends and fun allowed me to enjoy myself for once and made this Midsummer Night's Party a dream come true.
Create your own Midsummer Night's Dream.
Strawberry Nectarine Sangria
One bottle Moscato
One bottle Citrus Vodka
One bottle Sparkling Water
In a small canning, fill 1/4 of the way with chopped fruit. Drizzle with agave and top with a shot of vodka. Fill 2/3 way with Moscato and then top with sparkling water. Let sit in the canning jar in the fridge for 24 hours before serving.