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.
The Set Up
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 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.
The first beverage I served was a Rosemary Lemon Margarita. Super easy to make, this drink was tasty and very well received.
I lined the rims with pink Himalayan salt, rather than traditional white. (Full recipe here).
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.
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.)
In addition to the cupcakes + drinks, I served fruit, cheese, crackers, chips and dip. No guest left hungry!
Friends, warm weather, drinks, a pool and summer on the horizon makes for an excellent reason to celebrate and enjoy some summer zest together.
Have a GREAT summer!
All photos by Samantha Zachrich.