Memorial Day means the start of summer and what better way to celebrate that with a rooftop dinner party with close friends? Set against the New York City skyline, I teamed up with chef and culinary instructor Clare Langan to create a beautiful, intimate evening with a few of our favorite people. We focused on an easy, yet well-curated menu and simple decor.
From Clare: Food was the focus at this styled dinner party for the couple who loves to cook together, craft homemade cocktails and entertain friends at home. An intimate rooftop gathering was just the thing to make the big city seem smaller.
As a chef and food stylist, I believe food should look as good as it tastes. The inspiration for the evening was the lush fruits of summer: deep, rich blackberries, juicy peaches, nectarines and apricots. Vintage peach and blackberry stamps greeted guests on our kraft and cream calligraphy paper goods. The sweetness carried over into the floral design, with branches of young blueberries, blush hyacinths, hydrangea and other super market finds.
A mix of vintage and modern pieces allowed each dish to shine. We loved the antique ‘berry bowls’ from Little Vintage Rentals. Each guest was gifted a bottle of Lemon Simple Syrup, delicious in cocktails or iced tea, to enjoy all summer long.
Photographer: Becka Pillmore | Recipes & Food Styling: Clare Langan | Creative Direction & Floral Design: Lindsey Brunk | Production Assistant: Casey Evans | Calligraphy: Laurel Writes | Vintage tableware: Little Vintage Rentals