Summer Solstice Dinner Party

A couple weeks back (the night of the summer solstice in fact ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) we gathered with some friends in our friend’s backyard – Kelsey’s in fact! Kelsey loves to throw themed parties – heck, she just loves to throw parties! That is one of my favorite things about her – her desire to host, welcome, and celebrate! It is something I admire and am deeply encouraged by.

So we arrived in our floral prints and bright colors carrying cases of beers and bottles of wine. We laid out the blankets and carried the plates of food outside. We passed around the baby (because she is so darn adorable!) and theย bowl ofย ceviche. We swapped stories and shared memories. We laughed, ate, and enjoyed the longest day of the year.

It is moments like this when I wished we had a yard to gather in. Our town-home is lovey and has been such a perfect fit for us these last (almost) 5 years but I am excited for the day where we have more space for hosting. Backyard gatherings have a little piece of my heart and our “future home list” has a good yard as a requirement! Thankfully we have friends with backyards that invite us over and let us stay late into the evenings ๐Ÿ˜‰

PS: As I was writing this post, I was reminiscing on all the other gatherings we have celebrated at Dan & Kelsey’s & I wanted to share them with you! It is so fun to look back like this – it is one of the reasons that I blog!! You may also notice some familiar faces ๐Ÿ˜‰

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  • Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl

    Oh my gosh, that doggy picture is just the cutest! Also, what a perfect backyard for Summer!

    • Right?!! That’s Delta and she is adorable! She was running up the tree to get a toy!!

  • This sounds so wonderful! There are few things better than time spent like this with your best friends.

  • Love this, these pictures are beautifully taken!

    • Thank you so much!!! I love trying to capture the everyday moments like these!!

  • You guys are the cutest bunch, and that is SUCH a fun idea for a summer party!!! I need to start getting dates on our calendar for things like this!

  • Rebekah Gaspar

    Ahh how fun! I love casual gatherings like that, and what a great idea to have one to celebrate the summer solstice!

  • Allison Ellzey

    OMG how cute is this! I want to have a garden party now!

  • This is so cute! You can really sense the community so strong here which I love!!

  • Stacey Eckert

    What a beautiful day for lovely friends! I wish we could do more outdoor summer parties here in Florida but it’s just so deathly hot, I would just melt into a puddle. I do love a beautiful outdoor space, maybe I’ll try this during our “winter!”

  • Omg how fun!!! I love backyard parties. There’s just something about being surrounded around nature, with delicious food, and loved one’s – it’s the best.

  • Amy

    This party looks like the things my dreams are made of! I would spend hours out there!

  • Looks like you had a wonderful party with friends!! So fun that you have a big group like this to celebrate life with ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Crystal Gareau

    Awesome photos. It looks like the dinner party was fun.