This time of year can be tricky — just this past weekend I had the toughest time figuring out what to wear, because though the calendar reads fall, the temperature outside isn’t quite there yet. And when it comes to hosting an outdoor dinner party in mid-September, we face the same predicament. So when Alexandra of Pink & Honey reached out to us with the stunning photos from her late summer harvest dinner party in the park (shot by Genevieve Renee), our jaws hit the floor. Using ingredients that highlight summer’s bounty in a palette of early autumn colors, she hit the nail on the head in this perfectly transitional gathering. Click through for all the gorgeous details and Alexandra’s inspiration, and be sure to stay tuned for more MADE dinner parties in the future!
Celebrating outdoor dinning and all things homemade, a small group of creative friends gathered for a thoughtful evening of food and drink in a hallway of trees. It was the launch of a dinner series we’ve affectionally named, MADE. Drawing on a collective passion for excellent food and beautiful environments, we reveled in a late summer harvest dinner in the park.
Inspired by vegetable garden colors, I used a red, gold and green palette for the tablescape details and florals. To create an organic, fresh picked looked, I loosely arranged sunflowers, red dahlias, seeded eucalyptus and kale (such a great texture in an arrangement!) in small galvanized buckets to line the table.
Simple touches like pretty place cards on ginger beer bottles, Ikea dishtowels as napkins, and adding candlelight to the table upon dusk, made for a memorable evening of entertaining.
Each couple contributed unique pieces to build the personalized summer menu. Our aim was to use seasonal produce in every course, and source local and organic wherever possible. As we enjoyed each course, the respective chef explained a little about their dish, the inspiration and the origin.
My hubby has been perfecting his bread making with guidance by the famous Tartine Bakery‘s cookbook. The Walnut Sourdough Loaf was a stunning hit.
Rustic Sourdough & Walnut Bread, Local Cheese from Springbank Cheese Co., Nuts, Olives & Sweet Red Plums
Other guests shared their labor of love from their garden. Each element of the salad was completely homegrown.
Whole Roasted Organic Chicken from Bowden Farm Fresh Chicken, Dilled Potato, Carrot & Yam Smash
Homegrown Garden Greens, Tomatoes & Peas
Pimms Cups Cocktail
We all left with a mini homemade dill pickle favor in hand and wonderful memories of a warm summer evening with friends.