Summer Zest

Summer Zest Party
Recently, I got some of my gal pals together for an early summer gathering, to celebrate the warm weather and get excited for the new season. Held at my friends gorgeous apartment in Westwood, we sipped refreshing drinks, ate some delicious food, and got to enjoy each other’s company. Who doesn’t love spending a Saturday with friends and sun!? For this party, I wanted the drinks + pastries to have lemon incorporated to the recipes. Lemons are such a great addition to a summer beverage, and also pack in some great health benefits.
Summer Zest Party
The Set Up
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I used Minted for all the adorable paper party decor. Not only do they have a wide variety of designs to choose from, they have customization options so you can create your perfect party. I chose a theme that had some yellow + mint colors, since I knew that would be a great canvas for the vibrant lemons. Minted also makes it so easy to set up your decorations, providing the necessary supplies with your order. Seriously adorable and oh so fun.

The Treats
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The cupcakes + cake pops were B-E-A-Utiful and oh so delicious. Dots Cupcakes in Pasadena knows their cupcakes, and every gal couldn’t believe how cute + yummy they were. What’s a party without some adorable cupcakes? The two flavors both had hints of lemon that complimented the cocktails so well, Strawberry Lemonade and Lemon Drop. YUM.
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The Sips
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Summer Zest Party
The first beverage I served was a Rosemary Lemon Margarita. Super easy to make, this drink was tasty and very well received.

 Ingredients: 
Lemons/Lemon Juice
Club Soda
Sugar
Tequila
Rosemary Sprig

I lined the rims with pink Himalayan salt, rather than traditional white. (Full recipe here).

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Summer Zest Party
The second lemon infused drink I served was White Wine Sangria, a must for an early afternoon get together. I used ONEHOPE wine, a company that not only makes great wine, but also gives back to the community.

Ingredients:
1 bottle of ONEHOPE Sauvignon Blanc
1 bottle ONEHOPE Sparkling Wine (optional topper just before serving)
1 cup raspberries
lime slices (1/2 lime)
orange slices (1/2 large navel orange)
orange juice (from 2nd half of large navel orange or ~1/4 cup)
lemon slices (1 lemon)

(Recipe adapted from here.)

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Summer Zest Party
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Summer Zest Party
In addition to the cupcakes + drinks, I served fruit, cheese, crackers, chips and dip. No guest left hungry!
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The Gals
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Summer Zest Party
Friends, warm weather, drinks, a pool and summer on the horizon makes for an excellent reason to celebrate and enjoy some summer zest together.
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Have a GREAT summer!

[A huge thank you to Minted, Dots Cupcakes and ONEHOPE Wine who provided items + helped make this post possible!]

All photos by Samantha Zachrich.


9 Thoughts on “Summer Zest

  1. Love this little summer get-together! And those cupcakes! They look AMAZING!

  2. What a lovely idea! so inspiring Jessica – you all look great the food and drinks look so delicious! thanks for sharing

  3. jvdf on June 4, 2014 at 9:27 am said:

    Wow i totally want to plan a party now! Beautifully done!

  4. Beth on June 4, 2014 at 10:56 am said:

    YAY! Everything looks so beautiful! Great setup! :)
    <3 it all & thanks for choosing ONEHOPE!

  5. taylor on June 4, 2014 at 11:41 am said:

    obsessed. so cute, jess – great job!

  6. Allie on June 4, 2014 at 12:00 pm said:

    Adorable! Looks like it was a fun day!

  7. Amazing, Fabulous, Fun…I love it all Jess!

  8. Love all the details and the items from Minted were fantastic for this event. Simply + enthusiastically approved by Simply Troy!!! Great job!!!

  9. Such a lovely bright party! I have a glass table top, and I often find it difficult to make the table look good (especially in photographs) when I am entertaining! You blew me away with yours today!

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