Lemonade

This party is inspired by leisurely trips to the farmers market, the smell of fresh flowers as they’re trimmed and arranged, a cold cocktail topped with crisp fruit, the satisfaction of picking herbs from your own garden and the “never-ceases-toimpress” charcuterie board.

Looking to get in the mood?
We recomend these summer time reads:
Wild Game by Adrienne Brodeur
Normal People by Sally Rooney
The Farm by Joanne Ramos

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Entertaining
More than just a meal, a dinner party is an excuse to spend time with family and friends. Keep the party going long after dessert with these suggestions.
Playing Cards

Want to turn your evening into a summer movie night?

We recomend:

  • Call Me By Your Name
  • To Catch a Thief
  • The Endless Summer
  • Emma

Gifts for your guests (consider wrapping them with a sweet little ribbon)

  • Honey lavender
  • Beach towel
  • Drink floaties

Other Fun Stuff

  • Camp Cards by Wilderness (these are playing cards & conversation prompts)
Menus
Beverages

Wine is always a good idea, but signature cocktails can really set the mood. Choose one or more from below to start the party off right.

WINE PARINGS

Rose: Wolffer Estate’s Summer in a Bottleor Whispering Angel
White: Pinot Grigio
Red: Pinot Noir

Suggested service in all purpose or designated wine glasses Because there are 5 bottles of wine per glass, we typically estimate 3-4 glasses per person (to be safe). For 6 guests, this means about 5-6 bottles split between white and red, depending on your crowd’s preferences. If your guests lean more toward wine than other alcohol or cocktails, increase these amounts.

Wines

APEROL JASMINE SPRITZ

Suggested service from a large pitcher into individual Collins glasses Cocktail can be fully prepped ahead of time, minus the addition of seltzer

Ingredients for 6 cocktails

  • Lemon simple syrup
  • 1 cup sugar
  • Peeled zest of 4 lemons, plus 1.5 cups fresh juice
  • 12 ounces gin (chilled)
  • 6 ounces Aperol or Campari (chilled)
  • teaspoon aromatic bitters, such as Peychaud’s or Angostura
  • 24 ounces seltzer (chilled)
  • Rosemary sprigs and peeled lemon zest (for serving)
  • Frozen lemon wedges or ice (for serving)

INSTRUCTIONS

In a saucepan, combine sugar, lemon zest and 1 cup water. Bring to boil over medium heat, stirring until sugar has dissolved. Remove from heat and let cool completely.Strain, discarding zest; stir in lemon juice. Cover and refrigerate in an airtight container until cold, as least 1 hour and up to 2 weeks. Makes 2 cups. In a pitcher, stir together syrup, gin, Aperol and bitters. Top with seltzer, add rosemary and lemon zest, and stir once to combine. Pour into glasses with frozen lemon wedges; serve.

Wines

RASPBERRY AND LEMON ROSE SPARKLER

Suggested service from a large pitcher into individual Collins glasses

  • Ingredients for 6 cocktails
  • 1.5 pints fresh raspberries
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 1 bottle sparkling rose (chilled)
  • Sliced lemons and raspberries for serving

INSTRUCTIONS
Smash raspberries with sugar and lemon juice in a pitcher (can be done in advance of the party). Top with sparkling rose just prior to guest arrival. Serve over ice with sliced lemons and raspberries.

ROSY KOMBUCHA MOCKTAIL

Suggested service in Collins glass Can be fully prepped minus addition of kombucha

  • Ingredients for 6 cocktails
  • 4 oz fresh lemon juice
  • 4 teaspoons finely grated fresh ginger
  • 40 oz original kombucha (chilled)
  • Lemon wedges for serving

INSTRUCTIONS
Stir gin, Campari, lemon juice and ginger in a pint glass or measuring cup. Add in kombucha. Strain through a fine-mesh sieve into an ice-filled pitcher or glass. Garnish with lemon wedges.

Styling and Accents

If you’re not inspired by what you have
at home, we’ve created a few
suggestions. The goal with the decor is
to keep things light, fresh and colorful.

Candles
Portable Fireplace by D.S. and Durga
Orange Blossom by Jo Malone

Cocktail Napkins
Linen cocktail napkins from Amazon

Dinner Napkins
Carmel Dinner Napkins in Dusty Blue by One Kings Lane

Napkin Rings
Fez Napkin Rings in beige by One Kings Lane

Ice cube molds
Shell molds from Amazon
Rose molds from Amazon

Votives (don’t forget the inserts!)
Gold rim votives from Amazon
Blue glass votives from Amazon

Dinnerware
Visto stoneware from Crate & Barrel:
blush cocktail plate, white salad plate and blush dinner plate
Marin dinnerware from Crate & Barrel in blue

Cocktail glasses
Collins glasses from Amazon

Flatware
Ivory flatware from Crate & Barrel

Water glass
Blue hobnail from Amazon
Bormioli Rocco from Amazon

Wine glasses
All purpose glasses from Amazon

Single Use
Cups from Frances H Designs
Plates and Utensils from Amazon

Floral and Decor

INSTRUCTIONS

Determine whether your arrangement will be on the dinner table (and therefore need a lower center of gravity for ideal crosstable conversation) or the bar / kitchen island / etc. (which can be a taller piece). A good rule of thumb for basic arrangements is that your arrangement should be at least the same height as your vase.

Remove any extra foliage from the lower 2/3 of the flower.

We love, love, love fresh flowers! If florists aren’t open in your area, pick up some
bundles at Trader Joe’s or Whole Foods. Below are a few suggested varieties!

Beginning with the greenery, trim stems diagonally (this allows for more water) and place immediately into the vase (filled with water). By angling the greenery diagonally, you’ll create a “grid” to anchor the blooms.

Evenly distribute the bigger blooms (called “mass” floweers) – use odd numbers and vary each bloom’s height. If they haven’t opened up, try clipping the stems and placing in warm water for 20 minutes or spinning the stem between your hands (as though you’re
warming chilly hands).

Add the secondary smaller flowers (called “filler” flowers). Then finish with the most delicate blooms, or spectacular statement stems.

Turn the arrangement and tweak from all angles to ensure every seat gets a good view.When placed on the table, stone fruits can be added to the base alongside votives for extra impact.

For Something A Little Different, Try…

If you’d prefer a floral garland verses a vase arrangement (and are okay plating the meal verses serving family style), focus on the foliage mixed with fruit, as the blooms will likely wilt. Begin with the greenery, ensuring the clipped stems are hiding, and add clumps of 1, 3 or 5 pieces of fruit as vignettes. 1-2 vignettes per foot is plenty.

Fashion and Style

When life gives you lemons, dress for it in shades of sunny yellows, fresh greens and bright blues. Breezy dresses and collared shirts in playful patterns add to the festive vibes this party is sure to bring. If you’re looking for something new to mark the occasion check out our recommendations below.

DRESSES
Noelle Tiered Maxi Dress by Intermix Polka Dot One Shoulder Dress by Lisa Marie Fernandez for Target Tiered Popover Dress in Vintage Kelly by J.Crew Midi Dress in Embroidered Chiffon in Bright Kiwi
by J.Crew
Geometric Lace Midi Dress in Golden Sun by J.Crew
Poplin Tiered Maxi Dress by Banana Republic
Ruffle-Trim Crepe Dress by Lauren Ralph Lauren
Marley Dress in Lemonade by Reformation
Lemnos Belted Off-the-Shoulder Perforated Floral-
Print Cotton Midi Dress by Marysia
Herbarium Floral Printed Linen Dress by Agua by
Agua Bendita
Belted Shirred Cotton-Poplin Midi Dress by Self-
Portrait
Easy Maxi Dress with Wrap Tie Skirt in Yellow by
Eloquii
Pomelo Floral-Printed Linen Maxi Dress by Agua by
Agua Bendita
Eileen Dress by Reformation

JUMPSUITS
Balloon Sleeve Palazzo Jumpsuit in Sun Glazed by Eloquii
Tie-Waist Linen Jumpsuit in White Sea Moss Gingham by J.Crew
Mila Jumpsuit by Boden

TOPS
Yellow Olivia Peplum Top by Pomander Place
Blue Gingham Patti Top by Pomander Place
Tabitha Pleated Blouse by Sea
Brightside Swing Blouse by Zimmermann

BOTTOMS
Fadua Skirt and Belt by Silvia Tcherassi
Stripe Poplin HIgh-Low Skirt by Banana Republic

SHIRTS
Regent Fit Oxford Blue and Green Plaid Sport Shirt
by Brooks Brothers
Casual Short Sleeves Shirt by Kenzo
Washed Linen Shirt in Sun Stripe by Bonobos
Lightweight Button-Down Shirt in Green Stripe by
Bonobos
Camp-Collar Striped Matte-Satin Shirt in Blue by
Chimala
Slim Lightweight Secret Wash Cotton Poplin Shirt in
Parker Gingham by J.Crew
Slim-Fit Tech Stretch Cotton Shirt by Banana Republic
Reissued Riviera Short-Sleeve Shirt in Yellow
Lemons by Bonobos

PANTS
Pleated Linen Shorts in Emerald by Drake’s 250 Skinny-Fit Pant in Stretch Chino in Navy by J.Crew
Stretched Washed Chino Shorts in Faded Navy and Soft Yellow by Bonobos
Aiden Slim Core Temp Pant in Coastal Blue by Banana Republic

ACCESSORIES
Faye Earrings in Buttercup by Jennifer Behr
Lemona Drop Earrings by Baublebar
Attica Grosgrain Headband in Lemon by Jennifer
Behr
Sicilian Lemon Crossbody by Serpui
Citrus Slide Sandals by Kate Spade
Lucie Suede Pumps in Vivid Lime and Prussian Blue
by J.Crew
Leather Espadrille Wedge Sandal in White Leather
by Banana Republic
Carina Espadrille in Amarillo Pastel by Castaner
When Life Gives You Lemons Mask by Mmccandle

Place Setting and Details

A FEW OF OUR FAVORITE FOLDS

THE KNOT
Fold the napkin in half diagonally. Starting from the point of the triangle, roll towards the long edge. Finish by tying this rolled up napkin into a knot.

THE POCKET
Fold a square dinner napkin in half, then in quarters. Fold the open corner’s top layer to meet the opposite corner. Turn over the napkin, fold it into thirds, and turn it back over. Tuck your polished cutlery into the pocket. Add a place card or printed menu to the vignette, if desired.

THE NAPKIN RING
Lay your napkin flat on the table, pinch the very center and lift it up. Then slide the pinched portion through your napkin ring and adjust the folds

Below is EVERYTHING else you need for a successful event!

Speaker system
Printer and paper (for menu cards and any other printables)
Vase
Clippers
Lighter or matches
Inserts for votives or any other candles
Table Settings (we recommend 1 or 2 extras of each, as things like slippery
fingers or unexpected guests have been known to happen)
Appetizer plates, cocktail napkins and or skewers for hors d’oeuvres
Salad and dinner plate (which can be combined, if necessary)
Napkin
Salad fork, dinner fork, spoon and knife
Water glass
Wine glass(es)
Serviceware
See the menu section for each dish’s suggested service plan
Carafes for prebatched cocktails and water
It’s always good to have a few extra service spoons on hand

OPTIONAL
Cocktail glasses
BoxCharger underneath dinner plate
Place cards + holders, if you’d like to assign seats
Napkin ring
Wine bucket and ice scooper
Water pitcher.

Stationery

Utilize the file sent to you and Paperless Post to invite your guests.
Then make them feel special with printed menus, seat cards, & take away gift tags
by using our editable .pdf and printing at home or with your local print shop

Music

It’s no fun to walk into a quiet party!
Here are 2 playlists we love that set the right tone for a fun, summery evening.

Happy Folk on Spotify
Houndmouth meets The Lumineers

Classic Rock Roadtrip on Spotify
Imagine if Creedence Clearwater and
the Rolling Stones made 1 giant band

Timelines and Checklists

10 DAYS BEFORE PARTY

Review the optional list of items to order and decide whether you’d like to purchase anything (Pay close attention to delivery dates, as supply chains may be interrupted due to COVID).

Create your guest list, send digital invitations using our printables and consider any dietary needs of your guests.

Ensure your guest list complies with local (COVID) gathering restrictions.

5 DAYS BEFORE PARTY
Ensure all of the items you ordered have arrived
Select the menu items you’d like to serve and review the cooking equipment and
suggested service / display

2 DAYS BEFORE PARTY
Ensure your speakers or music projection system is in working condition
Grocery shop

DAY BEFORE PARTY
Tidy the kitchen, dining area and guest restroom
Ensure you have enough ice either premade or purchased
Prep anything from the menu that you’d like to avoid doing tomorrow
Check in with guests and confirm what time they’ll arrive

DAY OF CHECKLIST

It’s the big day! Below are our tips to help start your party in the best, least stressful way possible.

MORNING
Open the windows and allow some fresh air into your home
If you haven’t already, ensure all beverages are chilling
Set the dining area with plates, napkins, glassware, flatware and stationery, along with any other optional items.
Create your floral arrangement.
Decorate the table with your floral and decor.
Run and empty your dishwasher – there’s nothing worse than having to do dishes with guests watching!

FOUR TO SIX HOURS BEFORE GUESTS ARRIVE
Pre-prep any menu items that can be completed / started beforehand

ONE HOUR BEFORE GUESTS ARRIVE
Finish any menu preparations
Light candles (don’t forget the restroom!) and ensure guest entrance areas are lit
Start the music
Take the chilled alcohol out of the fridge and ensure the first bottles of wine are opened
Take your hors d’oeuvres out of the fridge and set for guests
Snap a photo of your table and share it with us using #bluebirdinabox
Take a deep breath, pour yourself a cocktail and enjoy the evening!

SAMPLE PARTY TIMELINE

6pm Guest arrival and cocktails begin
7pm Guests sit for dinner and First Course is served
7:30pm Main Course is served
8:15pm Dessert is served
8:45pm Evening continues with cocktails / conversation prompts / movie etc.

Thank You

From the bottom of our hearts, thank you for purchasing and enjoying this box. We hope it brought you as much joy as it has us.