By Anna Kocharian

Published on June 13, 2016

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produced by ANNA KOCHARIAN

On the longest day of the year, we can’t think of anything more fitting than an outdoor fête. Is there anything like an evening spent around a table at dusk with your closest friends and family? Probably not. We rounded up everything you’ll need to set up for the perfect summer solstice party. Take a look!

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For a day that is so closely associated with all things natural, try and keep the focus on just the bare essentials.

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Line the backyard with string lights, preferably over the dinner table, for an evening under the stairs … even if you can’t see the real thing.

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TABLE TOP

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For the more rustic event, outfit a wooden outdoor table with a basic linens in the form of runners or napkins. Bonus points for napkins in muted pastels!

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Keeping in line with the natural and free-flowing aesthetic of the table setting, opt for dinner plates organic in form.

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Complement the dinnerware with water glasses in a sleek smokey finish.

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Lend a delicate touch to your tabletop essentials by wrapping them up in strands of baby’s breath.

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And because no glass should ever be empty (especially at a party!) we will be filling ours up with this rose and tarragon gin lemonade.


Get the recipe on Heather Christo.

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TO SERVE

Deck the table with servingware that pairs well with the dinnerware. This diverse bunch will do the trick.

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incorporate wooden details where you can! 

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A Scandinavian-inspired candleholder that will blend seamlessly in with the decor of the table.

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FLOWERS MAKE THE TABLE

No midsummer gathering would be complete sans a free-flowing display of seasonal florals. Opt for an eclectic arrangement in an assorted selection of vases.

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Up for something a little more creative? Consider a floral chandelier of sorts, hung above the dinner table, for a truly captivating effect.


Get the scoop on Green Wedding Shoes.

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Flower crowns are essentially a requirement for a summer solstice party. Have a set ready for your guests upon their arrival or set up a DIY flower crown station. Not only will this keep them occupied as you finish up the dinner prep, it will also allow guests to better acquaint themselves with everyone there. Now that’s a win-win.

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Before serving dinner, set up a DIY bruschetta bar for guests to nibble on. We are absolutely loving the assortment of summer-friendly snacks and eats on this stunning board.


Get the scoop on What’s Gaby Cooking!

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Who can forget the cheese? Here is everything you need to know for setting up the perfect cheese board.

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We’re completely infatuated with the bright shades of this summer salad. Pick up seasonal greens and produce from a local market, and throw together a fresh mix with a little vinaigrette.

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We’ve got dessert on our minds, and this layered strawberry confection is essentially the definition of bliss.

Get the recipe for this strawberry and elderflower chiffon cake on Honestly Yum!

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