In case you didn't realize it, the summer solstice is fast approaching—it's this Friday, June 21—and it not only marks the first official day of summer, but it's also the longest day of the year here in the northern hemisphere. You may be familiar with the fact that some people choose to throw a summer solstice party to celebrate the change in seasons.
The longest day of the year seems like the ideal excuse for a party, so here are some ideas for a backyard celebration of midsummer. And if you don't get around to throwing a summer solstice party, there's no expiration date on these outdoor party essentials!
In this crazy world of technology, things tend to become so last minute and impersonal. Sending an invite in the mail is a perfect way to let your guests know that you are thoughtful and paying attention to detail. It sets the tone for the whole evening, and who doesn’t like to get something pretty in the mail? I even like to use a stamp that goes along with the theme. I’ll head to my local post office and see what they have to offer and either choose something that goes along with my color scheme or theme. If I think enough ahead of time, I’ll order pretty stamps off of Etsy or personalize them on Stamps.com. Paying attention to little details like that are what will really knock your guests’ socks off.
Flowers Make The Table
I can’t say it enough, florals just make everything prettier. Although it’s an investment, adding fresh flower arrangements to any event are key. If you can, enlist the help of a great florist. If you can’t invest in a florist, you can go to your local market for florals. Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods have great selections. And if you can’t invest in florals, simple greens or even fruit can beautify a table easily.
Flower crowns are essentially a requirement for a summer solstice party. Have a set ready for your guests upon their arrival or set up a DIY flower crown station. Not only will this keep them occupied as you finish up the dinner prep, it will also allow guests to better acquaint themselves with everyone there. Now that’s a win-win.
What's A Party Without Cocktails
If you want to go the cocktail route, making up batches of drinks saves you the trouble of bartending during the party. Rhubarb Mint Mojito, made with sparkling wine, sounds light and refreshing.
Don't forget the non-drinkers in the crowd. Sparkling lavender lemonade or thyme lemonade sound like lovely options.
Floral Ice Cubes: If you don’t already have decorative drink stirrers or fancy glasses, consider sprucing your drinks up with floral ice cubes. Pro tip: Before removing the frozen cubes, pour water over the tray to ensure the cubes stay intact! (via Brit + Co).
There's so much to love about summer: the explosion of great produce; the chance to fire up the grill; afternoons spent enjoying leisurely meals outdoors with friends and family. Whether you're planning a beachside picnic, a feast under the stars, or just a weekend backyard barbecue, celebrate long days and warm nights with a few of our summer recipes.
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Rea Owens-Byerly is a lover of fab parties, gorgeous weddings, curated gifts, and chic stationery. She is a certified wedding planner who specialize in designing, planning, and executing fabulous weddings and events. As a designer, styling is an extension of her and all the things that she loves.