Sunday, August 24, 2014

an end-of-Summer gathering . . . all our Summer favorites

We celebrated the end-of-Summer with a small, casual gathering of friends.

I can't believe how fast our Summer flew by!  

Our 5 and 6-year-old are still enjoying another week and a half of Summer vacation before returning on September 4th. So I couldn't think of a better weekend to gather friends for food and fun. 

We celebrated with all our Summer favorites . . . 

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home-grown heirloom tomatoes
Smoked Apple & Chardonnay sausages
Feta, Spinach & Garlic sausages
hot dogs
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Weinhard's Root Beer
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We gathered in our patio & yard . . . and enjoyed a relaxed setting.

Since we're still picking tomatoes (almost daily), I filled small bowls with these sweet, healthy bites . . . and placed them around for everyone to enjoy.  They are so darn good!

Along with sweet grilled corn, I served a delicious array of flavorful and juicy sausages.

Two of my favorites this Summer were Smoked Apple & Chardonnay  and Feta, Spinach & Garlic. Both are so incredibly good. And for a more casual feel, instead of piling them on a platter, I sliced them  . . . and laid then them on a wooden board as they came off the grill.  They made for great hors devours or a main coarse.

               And as the sun set, I lit small candles for our main table . . . and turned on our globe lights. We relaxed and visited well after the sun set that evening.

The gathering of good food and good friends . . . it's a wonderful way to bring Summer to an end.



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  1. Here's to making the most of the end of summer! I love this simple, but inspired menu!!

  2. What a wonderful party! I love your menu and those lights. Summer evenings with friends and family are so special! :)

  3. Love how you captured the essence of summer. Linda

  4. Beautiful! We had a summer produce dinner with my sister's family on Saturday and it was amazing. There's just something about eating fresh food outside on a warm summer evening.
    I see your basil topiary is still going strong. I'm still jealous. :)

  5. Such beautiful moments! You captured summer perfectly!

  6. Everything looks amazing. You are such an incredible hostess. I love those string lights, and your pretty wicker and flowers. And the FOOD-what a delicious menu! Lucky friends :)

  7. What a beautiful gathering this must have been, and the food looks amazing. :)

  8. What a menu! And the corn totally caught my eye! Yum!

  9. Delicious! I wanted a bite! I have never tried the different sausage but I will try to find some! My husband would love them! I came over from amaze me Monday! I'll be back to visit often. Love your blog, you have great posts and photos! Dazee

  10. What a great party. You really have a great touch.


  11. Anonymous1:25 PM

    What a beautiful party! Everything looks so delicious, especially the corn and cookies:) Yum!

  12. The wicker basket with the silverware caught me. I LOVE baskets. So I stopped by to pin it and saw all these lovely photos WOW! Now, where might the dessert recipe be? Hmmm? Thanks so much for sharing with us on Wonderful Wednesday Blog Hop on Ducks 'n a Row.

  13. You created such a serene setting I can only imagine what it was like being there. Beautiful!

  14. Can I be your friend so you will invite me to one of those parties :D

  15. Looks like you've had a wonderful summer! Beautiful photos, and thanks for sharing at Fridays Unfolded!


  16. That corn! Sounds and looks absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing on Foodie Friday

  17. What an awesome selection. We are just heading into summer so this is tempting my taste buds!!

    Thanks for sharing at Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

  18. Beautiful. You have the touch of telling stories in the pictures you share. I am always enchanted. Thanks for sharing at Foodie Fridays. I look forward to your posts each and every week.


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