Sunshine On My Mind
Let’s all take this moment to smile because summertime is here! Summer is a beautiful season filled with spectacular moments. When I think summer I think of adventures, dinner parties, beach days, sunsets, sea breeze, sunshine, sandy toes, cocktail spritzers & smiles.
Today, let’s chat about how to host a fresh, fun & healthy dinner soirée party with friends! We are talking fresh hors d’oeuvres, light & bright salads and herbaceous entrées. OH and of course cocktails that will complement your night…cheers to celebrating life!
How To Host An
Unforgettable Dinner Party
After a purposeful and busy week, I love to host dinner parties with friends. Dinner soirées are a great way to unite everyone, have a few laughs, enjoy fresh foods & celebrate life surrounded by the best company. So let me break it down for you – follow these simple steps to organize a beautiful & memorable dinner party.
Set the scene and ignite a positive vibe – you want the individuals attending your soirée to be comfortable. Choosing and being mindful of the vibe is key to a successful atmosphere. Think about who you are having over & choose a vibe that will allow them to fully be present! (Relaxing, upbeat, fun, bright, dim, outside, inside, etc.) I have a great Dinner Party playlist that I love putting on – it offers an eclectic variety of: Coldplay, LORDE, John Mayer, Conor Maynard & Imagine Dragons. If you choose to hose your party inside, think about bright v. dim lighting and candles. If you are hosting outside, be mindful of mosquitoes and have some bug spray on hand.
FOOD & DRINKS
Nothing brings people together like good food. This is so true, think about all of the beautiful memories we have that are created by cooking and dining with the ones that you love. As soon as your guests arrive, always offer your guests a fresh glass of water. I recommend placing out sliced lemons and limes to add to their waters for a fresh and delicious flair. This is a simple and healthy way to enjoy your water and optimize your at home experience. Also, have your appetizers set out and ready to go. Offer little plates, napkins and silverware if needed. Make them comfortable, sit down, catch up and enjoy the present moment. To start, I love offering simple, yet delicious platters that include a variety. (Sweet potato chips, hummus, olives, quinoa tortilla chips, salsa & cilantro, fresh veggies, toasted hazelnuts, figs & grapes)
Favorite Healthy & Delicious Foods for Your Partay
No. 1 – Hors D’oeuvres
- Lemon Peppercorn HOPE Hummus
- Salsa with a squeeze of lime & cilantro
- Trader Joe’s Quinoa Tortilla Chips
- Sweet Potato Crostini – recipe here
- Assortment of fruits & veggies – offer a rainbow
- Honey Baked Sweet Potato Chips & Lime Guacamole – recipe here
- Olives, Toasted hazelnuts, Figs, dark chocolate
No. 2 – Fresh Salad
- Honey Roasted Red Grape Salad w/balsamic vinaigrette
- California Chopped Quinoa Salad
- Grapefruit Mint Endive Salad
- Caprese Salad
- Avocado, strawberry and spinach salad w/pecans
No. 3 – Entrées
- Ginger Grilled Chicken
- Moroccan Spiced Salmon
- Lemon Grilled Chicken
- Honey garlic shrimp & pineapple skewer
No. 4 – Spirits + Drinks
- Grapefruit Spritzer: Vodka, Fresh Squeezed Grapefruit, Grape Fruit La Croix Seltzer, Splash of POM Juice
- La Croix Seltzer
- Sauvignon Blanc
- Sparkling Rosé
- Moscow Mule: Titos Vodka, Lime, Mint, Ginger Beer,
Splash of Seltzer
Planning is key to a smooth and low maintenance dinner soirée. Ensure that all of your drinks are chilled and ready to be served. I highly recommend completing all food preparation earlier in the day. That way you can simply serve it when needed. Place all appetizers on a platter and leave them chilling in the fridge. Completing all of these preparations will create a smooth and relaxed soirée.
Share Your Tips With Me Below,
I LOVE Learning Your Summertime Soirée Tips + Tricks
Cheers to building amazing memories this summer, I hope these tips help you to plan a smooth dinner soirée with friends! Be sure to share your favorite dinner party recipes and tips in the comments below. I love, love, love hearing your experience.
Also, explore my Self-Empowerment blog – Summertime Self Growth because summer is a time to focus on growing yourself and your life, generating an enriched life everyday.
Be spontaneous, celebrate life, go exploring & have fun
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