For this Summer Soiree theme, we wanted to create an easy to put together outdoor dinner that could be used to celebrate a special occasion, or just elevate an everyday dinner with friends. With Zoës Kitchen Live Med Party Pack, our free Summer Soiree Printable Collection and our tips + ideas, you can easily create your own memorable summer celebration!
Zoë means “life” in Greek and this is embraced in every aspect of Zoës Kitchen. They embrace the Mediterranean way of life – that a fulfilled, happy life is one shared with family, good friends, great food and that eating wholesome, fresh ingredients is key. Zoës delivers goodness by giving guests more time to celebrate life by offering simple, convenient and tasty recipes that can be enjoyed throughout life’s many occasions.
Tip #1: Send out our free printable Summer Soiree invitation and get your guests excited about the gathering!
Tip #2: Move your dining room outside for the evening! Dining al fresco is always a good idea when the weather is nice! Create a side serving station for food and beverages and spruce it up with our printable decorative banner. Hang pretty outdoor lanterns to use when the sun sets!
Tip #3: Create beautiful place settings with a gorgeous table runner, soft yellow napkins, white tableware and our pretty printable pieces!
Download the Summer Soiree collection below!
Tip #4: Place cards are a great way to make your table feel personalized and to eliminate the question of where guests should sit.
Tip #5: Zoës Kitchen basil pesto & classic hummus with pita and cucumbers provides beautiful pops of color! Use white bowls and platters for eye-catching contrast.
Tip #6: The thin ribbons of zucchini and squash and the bright colors of the fresh vegetables in Zoës Kitchen Live Med Salad make for a beautiful presentation. This delicious salad will have all of your guests raving. Place in a large bowl and have wooden salad servers nearby for easy serving!
Tip #7: Zoës Kitchen Spinach and Mushroom Piadinas are delicious and best served hot and piled high on a platter!
Tip #8: Use a variety of sizes of bowls and platters to create different elevations on your serving station. Add labels to help guests know exactly what delicious foods they’ll be enjoying!
Tip #9: Every celebration needs dessert! Add a drizzle of lemon curd to Yaya’s Chocolate Cake for a fresh twist!
Tip #10: Margaritas are the perfect drink to serve at a summer soiree! Use Zoës Kitchen hand-squeezed limeade as your base and serve in a beverage dispenser so your guests may refill their glasses as often as they please.
Tip #11: Unique glassware is a fresh alternative to the usual margarita glass! With a salted rim and a slice of lime, margaritas are delicious in any glass!
Tip #12: Add a printable “celebrate” tag to the stem of your glassware to tie in the Summer Soiree theme.
Tip #13: Don’t forget to dress up your table! Potted succulents are the perfect alternative to flowers during the summer. Use varying sizes and types to create an interesting arrangement.
Tip #14: Send guests home with their own mini potted succulent to thank them for coming!
Design + Styling | Kim Stoegbauer, The TomKat Studio
Assistant Stylist | Madie Richardson, The TomKat Studio
Photography | Rennai Hoefer, Ten22 Studio
Food Styling | Joanna Meyer, Baked by Joanna
Food Assistant | Laurel Morley, Sweet Laurel
Macrame Table Runner & Glassware | Anthropologie
Wood Cake Stand | Ballard Designs
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