Throw a Summer Solstice Party

Pop, clink, cheers! Summertime is here.

Garden party with wood table and small jar lights
Photo: Schon & Probst/Getty Images

Celebrate the longest day of the year with a simple, stylish cocktail party.

01 of 05

The Provisions

Garden party with wood table and small jar lights
Schon & Probst/Getty Images
  • Invitations: Use a sun-motif rubber stamp to add a touch of brilliance to plain note cards. And if your friends aren't familiar with the solstice, be sure to explain its significance on the invitation.​
  • Decorations: Fete nature―and create a lush ambience at the same time―with homemade topiary balls (directions on the next slide).

    You don't need a cabana-like tent in your backyard to hang them from―the ornaments look just as stylish hung from an outdoor umbrella or a deck railing. At twilight, make sure you provide plenty of lighting.

You don't need a cabana-like tent in your backyard to hang them from―the ornaments look just as stylish hung from an outdoor umbrella or a deck railing. At twilight, make sure you provide plenty of lighting.

02 of 05

DIY Decor

0806cane-leaves
Rob Howard

Wrap a garland of artificial ivy around a topiary ball―this one is 7 inches in diameter, but you can vary the size―and secure it to the ball every few inches with floral wire. You'll need a wire cutter to snip the garland and the wire. Create a tightly-knit sphere of greenery or wrap the garland loosely so light peeks through. Topiary balls, ivy garlands, and floral wire all available at craft stores.

03 of 05

Set the Mood

Terracotta Pot Candles
Philip Friedman; Styling: Blake Ramsey

Set out tea lights in tiny holders and small terra-cotta pots clustered in groups to make a big impact. If you have time to spare, make your own candles.

04 of 05

The Drinks

Berry Vodka Spritzers
Rob Howard

Treat your guests to refreshing beverages, like sparkling wine or one of these delicious cocktails:

05 of 05

The Food

Crab Toasts With Lemon Mayo
Gentl & Hyers

Serve savory little bites inspired by dishes from Scandinavian countries, where the solstice is honored with an annual festival. Try crab toast, along with fancied up crudités and cheese-and-cracker platters:

Was this page helpful?
Related Articles