Dining alfresco is just one of the simple pleasures of summer that I enjoy every year. Being outdoors with the fresh Pacific Northwest air and the color-changing sunset makes a meal that much more delicious (and always more Instaworthy). My friend Carly and I put together a simple, casual dinner to enjoy while atop her apartment's roof in downtown Seattle.
Even for the most impromptu meals with a close friend deserve an aesthetic worth fawning over. I decided to embrace the shades of summer with bright yellow and green plates and cups from the Whitney Port for Cheeky collection. I love the natural elements of the designs and how the lemons and palm leaves play off of each other in colorful contrast. While this specific collection is no longer available at Target, there are sure to be more vivid offerings to collect from Cheeky this summer.
I grounded our en plein air aesthetic with beautiful candle votives from glassybaby. Each intricately unique votive is made by hand, creating a stunning conversation piece on any tablescape. The rave green votive radiates light and positive energy with its vibrant green hue and its connection to charity. In fact, 10% of each sale is donated to the Seattle Sounders FC's RAVE Foundation, which is dedicated to empowering under-served youth by building small fields in cities for free play, removing barriers to participation and even supporting and creating innovative programming through soccer. With an impactful commitment to community and a dedication to the art of glass-blowing, it's hard not to love each and every votive glassybaby creates.
For the dinner itself, Carly and I snacked on an assortment of meat and cheeses on a wood charcuterie board. The most important thing to keep in mind when creating a charcuterie board is variety. Having several types of cheeses with different textures is essential to balancing out the meat and bread ratio. Spicy Kale Caesar salads from Evergreens were easy additions to our meaty menu. We also sipped on peach-pear-flavored La Croix sparkling water and wine while the sun went down.
Outdoor dining can be as elegant or as relaxed as you want it to be, the best part about the experience is you'll never have to do much to enhance the setting. Let nature do it's thing and illuminate the night with a candle votive or two.