Sweet Summer Supper: Al Fresco Dinner Party

Sweet Summer Supper: Al Fresco Dinner Party // Photo credit This Wild Season // Twin Stripe Blog

With summer coming to an end in just three weeks, I want to savor every remaining minute of the beautiful, warm evenings before the temperature starts to drop. I recently had a chance to celebrate the season and plan a festive al fresco dinner with a group of extremely talented ladies.

Sweet Summer Supper: Al Fresco Dinner Party // Photo credit This Wild Season // Twin Stripe Blog

Left to right: Katie of Twin Stripe (aka me)  |  Susannah of Feast + West
Asharae of This Wild Season  |  Julia of Tag & Tibby

We were fortunate to have a stunning backdrop to host our summer supper. Susannah’s aunt and uncle welcomed us with open arms to their beautiful Mount Holly, N.C. home. We spent the day making a mess in their kitchen and moving their farm house table around to prepare a lovely farm-to-table supper.

Sweet Summer Supper: Al Fresco Dinner Party // handlettered menu // Photo credit This Wild Season // Twin Stripe Blog

Sweet Summer Supper: Al Fresco Dinner Party // Photo credit This Wild Season // Twin Stripe Blog

The ever talented Asharae hand lettered the beautiful menu for the evening (and she took all of the photos). We selected simple recipes that use fresh, seasonal ingredients. Much of food used in the meal came from farmers markets or our very own gardens. Over the course of the week, you will be able to find all these delicious recipes shared on our blogs.

Sweet Summer Supper: Al Fresco Dinner Party // sunflower // Photo credit This Wild Season // Twin Stripe Blog

Sweet Summer Supper: Al Fresco Dinner Party // tabletop decoration // Simple place setting // Photo credit This Wild Season // Twin Stripe Blog

Julia and I worked together to create a rustic chic tabletop that consisted of simple elements to create an effortless look. Working with a large farm house table was a dream come true! I can’t wait until I have my own to throw dinner parties.

Sweet Summer Supper: Al Fresco Dinner Party // tabletop decoration - hydrangea // Simple place setting // Photo credit This Wild Season // Twin Stripe Blog

Sweet Summer Supper: Al Fresco Dinner Party // Simple place setting // Photo credit This Wild Season // Twin Stripe Blog

We laid down a simple white runner with some red stitching as our base. From there we added sunflowers in milk glass vases and freshly snipped hydrangea in a vintage metal colander. To round out the flowers, we placed fresh fruit in ceramic farmers market crates The fruit became dessert for some guests. To complete the look, the table was set with simple white plates and linen napkins tied with a sprig of rosemary.

Sweet Summer Supper: Al Fresco Dinner Party // Photo credit This Wild Season // Twin Stripe Blog

Sweet Summer Supper: Al Fresco Dinner Party // tabletop decoration - hydrangea // farm to table summer menu // Photo credit This Wild Season // Twin Stripe Blog

Watermelon Orange Margarita Punch, Feast + West  |  Bader Hill Farm Citrus Herb Roasted Chicken   |  Cathead Biscuits, Feast + West

Sweet Summer Supper: Al Fresco Dinner Party // tabletop decoration - hydrangea // farm to table summer menu // Photo credit This Wild Season // Twin Stripe Blog

Grilled Mexican Corn, Feast + West

Sweet Summer Supper: Al Fresco Dinner Party // smoked salmon & cucumber bites, Mojito Melon Salad, honey lavender gin and tonic // farm to table summer menu // Photo credit This Wild Season // Twin Stripe Blog

Smoked Salmon & Cucumber Bites, Twin Stripe  |   Mojito Melon Salad,
This Wild Season  |  Honey Lavender Gin & Tonic, Twin Stripe

Sweet Summer Supper: Al Fresco Dinner Party // Skillet Peach Crisp // farm to table summer menu // Photo credit This Wild Season // Twin Stripe Blog

Oatmeal Peach Crisp, Tag & Tibby

Sweet Summer Supper: Al Fresco Dinner Party // Photo credit This Wild Season // Twin Stripe Blog

A huge thanks to Asharae, who we deemed official photographer, for the stunning photos . Be sure to check out her cooking blog, This Wild Season, and her amazing wedding photography business, Grain & Compass.

I’ll be back this week sharing my recipes for smoked salmon & cucumber bites and a honey lavender gin & tonic. Both are so tasty, so don’t miss them! Want more summer supper? Follow the hashtag #sweetsummersupper on social media as we share more photos from our evening.

Have a wonderful week!

katie

About Katie

Katie is the voice behind lifestyle blog, Twin Stripe. Her blog is dedicated to helping readers create a bright and modern lifestyle that doesn’t cost a ton. Twin Stripe features easy DIY projects, tasty recipes, entertaining ideas, style tips, home decorating inspiration and more. Katie lives in Greensboro, N.C. with her fabulous husband, Chad, and adorable pup, Hobbes. She spends her spare time decorating their 1950s bungalow and throwing festive parties. Katie believes you can never have too much glassware or glitter!

11 thoughts on “Sweet Summer Supper: Al Fresco Dinner Party

  1. What an amazing setting. I made a big mistake 35 years ago getting a formal dining room set, when a farm house table can be so beautiful. All the food looked delicious. You all did a great job.

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