Monday, March 26, 2012

A spring, outdoor dinner party

Erik and I hosted a laid back outdoor dinner party on Saturday.  We had wonderful weather, 72 degrees and sunny.  Hanging out on our deck, I was reminded, once again, how much I love MN springs and enjoying every moment of it in our backyard.  I also realized that while it is totally possible, hosting a dinner party with a new baby is a lot of work.  I was exhausted by the end of the night!  It was worth it though, and I think Juliet loves being outdoors with friends as much as we do.

On the menu:

Sangria, wine and whiskey (for the boys)

Two kinds of crostini: caprese bruschetta and white bean with thyme
Cheese and crackers

Main course
New York strip steaks
Garlic mashed potatoes

Lemon orange chiffon cake  (this cake is amazing, perfect for spring).  I am doing a full post on the cake tomorrow so stay tuned!

Our fabulous guests!  Libby and Summer snuggled with Juliet as I ran back and forth from the deck to the kitchen, prepping food.  I did get to sip a glass of Sangria and it was delicious.


  1. Looks like an awesome time! Pretty impressive menu for having a new baby. All of the food looks delicious!


  2. I love spring,mainly because its usually our summer(weatherwise)here in Ireland LOL! Definately going to try this lemon cake,my family are lemon cake buffs :)

  3. It was a fun Saturday and I loved hanging out with the girls while the boys golfed! The food was yummy...I ate too much bread as usual!


  4. What a great day and a great menu!

  5. Looks fabulous and what a lovely menu! xo

  6. I love your post! Thank you!! We linked to it from our blog :-)