Summer Celebration

This post is sponsored by Blue Diamond Almonds

Summer — the season of backyard BBQ’s and intimate outdoor dinner gatherings. There is something magical about dining al fresco whether it’s under the night sky with a table lit by globe lights, on a picnic blanket on the beach, or a rustic feast on a farm sampling the season’s freshly picked produce. The warm weather brings people together to catch up after a long winter and create new memories. 

Every summer I love to host at least one dinner for a small group of friends and/or family.I really enjoy setting up colorful tablescapes and preparing a hodgepodge of small appetizing plates for guests to sample over wine. It’s a wonderful opportunity to try out new recipes and introduce guests to dishes that they might not have had before. I love attending dinner parties for the very same reason — the opportunity to try a new appetizer or cocktail. I’m a bit of a foodie and it’s one of my favorite ways to bond with the special people in my life. 

A little over a week ago I hosted a small wine & cheese gathering on my friend’s farm in Pomfret, CT. I can’t think of prettier backdrop anywhere. The lilacs and trees were in full bloom and the grass was lush and green. We set up a rustic table and chairs alongside a gorgeous stone wall underneath a tree for shade. It was unseasonably warm that day which partially initiated this mini outdoor feast I had planned only the night before. 

I wanted the setup for this gathering to be as simple as possible and for the most part it was. The morning of Kiel and I packed up our car with my favorite plates, stemless glasses, table runner, candles from home, a Champagne bucket, food, and Rose’. We mixed in flowers I picked from the farm with a small bouquet I bought at Whole Foods to decorate the table. 

I kept the menu “very light” with a charcuterie board and a sampling of  Blue Diamond’s Crafted Gourmet Almonds in every variety — Pink Himalayan Salt, Black Truffle, Rosemary and Sea Salt, and Garlic, Herb, and Olive Oil. A small white flag was placed in every almond bowl with the name of each flavor so everyone would know which kind they were trying. I’ve seen name tags displayed on cheese boards and thought this idea could also be perfect for almond sampling. 

Turns out the almonds ended up being the hit of the party. Everyone loved tasting each flavor. Group favorites included Black Truffle and Rosemary and Sea Salt for a tie. There’s something extra delicious about the texture of the skinless almonds combined with herbs and spices. It was impossible to eat just one. The almonds also enhanced the flavors of the meats and cheeses we were enjoying. As someone who really enjoys a good cheese plate, I’ll be including Blue Diamond’s Crafted Gourmet Almonds from now on.

Here’s what I shared on my Charcuterie Board: (Meats) Prosciutto, Soppressata, Salami; (Cheeses): Goat Cheese Rolled in Herbs, Brie, Mozzarella Balls, Parmiagiano Reggianno; (Fruits & Vegetables): Green Grapes, Peaches, Olives, Cape Gooseberries, Figs; (Other): Honey, Sea Salt Crackers, Crostini Crackers,  Dried Sour Cherries,  Crafted Gourmet, and Sprigs of Rosemary for Garnish. When putting together any Charcuterie Board the more variety the better. There is almost no wrong way to do it. 

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  1. Simplement Lui on May 28, 2018 at 10:52 pm

    What a beautiful table and delicious food! I can't imagine your guests did not appreciate πŸ˜‰

  2. Unknown on May 29, 2018 at 12:26 am

    OMG! Sorry, what is the brand of dishes and table runner? Thanks!

    • Sarah Vickers on May 29, 2018 at 11:22 am

      Hi! I just shared them in the scroll bar above.

  3. Dressed With Soul on May 29, 2018 at 1:57 am

    What a wonderful party!
    xx from Bavaria/Germany, Rena

  4. on May 29, 2018 at 2:35 am

    Beautiful pictures here, how life should be spent.

    Small Doctor – Remember

  5. Allie on May 29, 2018 at 4:37 am

    What a gorgeous spread! I love how the serving ware matches the table runner, it’s such a beautiful blue and white pattern! xAllie

  6. Non-stop Noor on May 29, 2018 at 4:55 am

    That table looks amazing! Love how you styled it! πŸ˜€

    xo Noor

  7. ReneeWright on May 29, 2018 at 10:23 am

    The table is styled so well! Who is your dress by?

    • Sarah Vickers on May 29, 2018 at 11:22 am

      Thank you so much!! Zara

  8. Ewa Macherowska on May 29, 2018 at 10:33 am

  9. jandrew on May 29, 2018 at 11:01 am

    I was just thinking of lunch while doing my work here ! Well the charcuterie looks extraordinary.
    I’m of to the deli.
    Dress The Part

  10. Cristina SF on May 29, 2018 at 1:04 pm

    What an amazing feast! The table is just perfect!

  11. cottagedreams on May 30, 2018 at 4:21 am

    This has to be one of most favorite of your posts. Love the creativity and your sense of simplistic elegance that can be created anywhere!!

  12. 7SEVENDAYS on May 31, 2018 at 1:55 am

    Guys…every time I see your pictures I would like to be with you

  13. Cathy on June 18, 2018 at 8:54 am

    You have such a classy sense of style. I love your tableware.



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