I can’t even pretend to be immune to the trendy flamingo – she’s everywhere and she’s fabulous. So naturally, when it came time to host a fun summer solstice party, I decided we’d fla-mingle by the pool – because nothing says summer fun than lazy lounging and floating in the blue water on a hot afternoon!
The summer solstice was on June 21 – but this party is perfect anytime this summer. The two most important parts of any party? The invitation and refreshments. Vivi and I were watercoloring the other day when I actually mastered a flamingo that was passable – so I used it to create a quick and easy invitation that could be printed or just emails. I included the .jpg file at the bottom of this post if you want to use it, too!
Since we were celebrating the Summer Solstice and celebrations are just better with bubbles, I served Gloria Ferrer Sonoma Brut Sparkling wine. It’s cool and crisp and just right for a special help-yourself drink station.
The Sonoma Brut is a 91% Pinot Noir/9% Chardonnay blend meticulously crafted to preserve the fruity and exuberant flavors of both grapes in Sonoma, California at the Ferrer vineyards and caves. Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards is Carneros’ original sparkling wine house, owned and founded by the Ferrer family of Spain. Named for José Ferrer’s wife, Gloria, the winery opened in 1986 in the breezy, now-famous region in southernmost Sonoma County.
Gloria Ferrer Caves & Vineyards was the fulfillment of a longtime family dream: to make world-class méthode champenoise sparkling wines in an exceptional New World terroir.
I think that sparkling wine tastes good with everything – but this particular blend is fantastic with summer favorites like shellfish and crab or roasted chicken. It also pairs beautifully with triple-creme cheeses and lemon – so I served chicken skewers with a lemon pepper dipping sauce (recipe coming soon!), brie on toast, and a fabulous crab dip I picked up and plated. Easy and super stress free!
By setting up a help-yourself drink station, my guests were able to refill on a whim and it provides a nice social aspect to any party — AND we grabbed the whole tray to run inside when the clouds opened up and it started POURING on us! So instead of celebrating in the pool, we celebrated the rain from inside!
You can share how you’re celebrating summer AND enter to win great prizes by entering the Gloria Ferrer #BeGlorious #GloriousSummer Photo Contest.
Click below to open the blank flamingo invitation in a new tab/window. Then right click and save the image to your computer. // FLAMINGLE INVITATION //
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