Happy Friday! Yesterday was the official first day of Summer and I wanted to share some photos from an impromptu dinner party I threw last week. Tis the season, for Summer dining al fresco and this last minute gathering was a huge success. Good weather, good company and good wine are my first three secrets to any Summer party. The fourth would definitely be a light and easy Summer menu. Scroll down below for all the details.
I invited my friend and neighbor Mylien and our realtors Cindy and Misty over for a last minute dinner party and Decoy Wines Cabernet Sauvignon was the perfect ice-breaker.
Heirloom Tomato, Red Onion and Cucumber Salad with Basil
Oven Roasted Shrimp Skewers
Fruit, Nut and Cheese Tray, Assorted Crackers and Olives
Sparkling Pink Lemonade
Chocolate and Mint Chip Ice Cream (I bought this brand, but try this homemade recipe if you have the time)
I’ve been really loving Decoy as my go to wine lately. This Sonoma County winery has such a decadent palette at an affordable price point. Perfect for entertaining or an evening “wine down” after a long day. I also had some sparkling pink lemonade on hand, which normally goes over quite well at parties, but this time remained un-opened. One thing I will say about Manhattan Beach is that we do really love our wine!
This Gluten-free Fusilli with Broccoli and Sun-dried tomatoes is so easy to make and can be prepared ahead of time. In case you missed it, I posted the recipe on Monday. Check back next week for the recipes for the Pesto Zoodles, Oven Roasted Shrimp Skewers and Heirloom Tomato, Red Onion and Cucumber Salad. The key to this menu is that everything can be prepared ahead of time. That way you have plenty of time to enjoy your company and wine. 🙂
Summer dining al fresco really attracts a crowd in Manhattan Beach. While nearly every home has a patio (or three), you’ll rarely find anyone using them other than a cute little puppy or kitten. Throwing a dinner party really drew a crowd though. A few other neighbors came out to say hello and Mylien’s husband Scott came out to join us when he saw the wine and food. Eventually Mister Pretty Little Shopper joined us as well. He’s pretty camera shy though, but I’m sure you already noticed that if you’ve been following my blog for any length of time. 🙂
Are you planning any Summer dining al fresco? I’d love to see your menu and décor as I’m always on the lookout for new entertaining ideas.
This post was sponsored by Decoy Wines. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please drink responsibly.
Photos by Mo Summers.
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