Why oh why is summer almost over? The last couple days have been deceivingly autumnal in temperature, but I know we have a few hot days left. Somehow, Labor Day weekend is around the corner, and we are left to cherish the last few drops of summer.
Earlier this month, I met up with three local blog friends to plan an epic end-of-summer dinner party. Katie of Twin Stripe, Julia of Tag & Tibby and Asharae of This Wild Season (who took all the gorgeous pics in this post) met me at my aunt’s house and we cooked and staged this sweet summer supper using produce we found at local farmers markets. Check out this dreamy lighting right before we ate!
It was so much fun to cook and get to know these three ladies better, especially because our friendships blossomed on the Internet first. Each of us brought two recipes to the party, and it was cool to see our different strengths come through. Katie and Julia set the table with a mixture of modern and vintage tableware. Asharae took photos, hand-lettered our menu and art directed our shoot. And I mainly stayed in the kitchen, overseeing recipes, like this Watermelon Orange Punch.
This fruity, tangy tequila pitcher drink was such a hit. After a long day of cooking and decorating, we all indulged in a few glasses of this summer sip. Made from pureed watermelon, lime and orange juices and a bit of tequila, you know this punch would go over well at any end-of-summer gathering. (You’re totally welcome to skip the tequila, too!
Click through to see more of our Summer Supper and to get the Watermelon Orange Punch recipe!
And now for a quick look at all this amazing food. I hope you’ll follow along with Katie, Julia and Asharae no so you can catch these recipes as we unveil them all over the next couple weeks. We’re also using the hashtag #sweetsummersupper on Instagram to share more photos from our fun day together!
Hungry yet? You should be. I am salivating just looking at these photos and remembering how delicious everything was! I wish we could go back in time and eat it all again. And now for that cocktail. // susannah
P.S. I really love this photo of the four of us! (The color coordination was totally unintentional, I swear.)
P.P.S. Be sure to keep an eye our for everyone’s recipes! You do not want to miss them!
Serves 6 to 8
A colorful end-of-summer punch
20 minPrep Time
1 hrCook Time
1 hr, 20 Total Time
- Cut watermelon in half. Working in batches, scoop out half into a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth. Strain through a sieve over a large bowl.
- In a large pitcher, mix 5 cups of watermelon juice with tequila, lime juice, orange juice and sugar. Stir until sugar dissolves. Refrigerate until cold, about 1 hour.
- Before serving, add ice and orange slices. Rim cocktail glasses with salt and pour punch into glasses. Garnish with orange slices.
Adapted from Punch Bowls & Pitcher Drinks: Recipes for Delicious Big-Batch Cocktails by Jeanne Kelley and Sarah Tenaglia (affiliate link)
(Photos by This Wild Season)