There is a dream that I have:
Being a lucky New Yorker with access to my apartment’s roof, I host a dinner party. I run out of neither wine nor food. I am not stressed—nay, I am even elegant and cool. I glide around, gregarious in a linen caftan. A light breeze blows as the sun sets over Brooklyn.
This is not entirely realistic (I am still in search of a caftan, and I am still dinner party-shy). But it’s also not not realistic. Why not? We, you and I, are good cooks. There’s an outdoor space somewhere we can descend upon for an impromptu dinner party. And there are plenty of occasions to make it happen. (Some of them barely worth calling “occasions” at all—and all the better for it.)
Everything you need for a summer dinner party is within easy reach. Here’s how we’re doing it, three ways:
Beach Picnic! Beach Picnic!
For days when: It’s too darn hot to be anywhere but the closest body of water.
Don’t forget: An arsenal of tools as summer-easy as they are smart and useful. (And small enough to pack in your beach bag.)
French Market Basket with Double Handles
Pan Bagnat: Le French Tuna Salad Sandwich
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Weck Tulip Jars (Set of 6)
Everyday Beach Throw
Strawberry Cake for Mother’s Day (and Other Days) by drbabs
For days when: You want your toes in the grass and a grill nearby.
Don’t forget: To buy ice. To plan on lingering late into the evening. And if you have a kiddie pool… We’d be into it.
Russel Wright Melamine Dinnerware & Serveware
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Everyday Ice Tray with Lid (Pack of 3)
Dew Drop Wired LED Lights (Set of 2)
Summer Pasta alla Caprese by Merrill Stubbs
Less “Dinner,” More “Ice Cream”
For days when: The air-conditioning breaks. The power goes out. You just need to eat ice cream for dinner.
Don’t forget: Fun stuff. This isn’t a late-night spooning-from-the-pint situation—this is a full-on ice cream social.
Sorrento Double Walled Glassware
What’s Better than Fried Ice Cream, with No Frying Involved?
by Sarah Jampel
Real Caramel Sauce
by Alice Medrich
Structured Nylon & Leather Travel Coolers
Paddle Pop Mold
Strawberry, Rhubarb, and Lime Ice Pops by Isadora
Dream a summer evening dream: What would be on the menu? Tell us in the comments.
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