Flowers are blooming, the sun is shining, and there’s a fresh scent in the air. What better way to celebrate the season of new beginnings than by throwing a beautiful bash at your Beechen & Dill new home? A spring dinner with family or friends is the perfect opportunity to whip up that refreshing meal you’ve been dreaming about all winter!
Not to mention, you get to put your best decorating skills to the test. After all, what’s a spring dinner party without delightful decor? Break out your cooking equipment and unleash your inner artist — here are a few tips for a tasty time this season!
Get the dinner party started
Let’s toast to spring! Head outside to enjoy a fancy and fun cocktail under the warm Illinois sun. Your guests will love getting into the spring spirit! Pro tip: the key is to keep the drinks simple and fresh.
Transport yourselves to the luxurious countryside of France with a Lady Mary, a flavorful cocktail made with Lillet Blanc, fresh-squeezed lemon juice, basil leaves, and chilled brut champagne. This easy and sophisticated drink will certainly set the tone for the rest of the dinner!
For something a little more robust, try a Bourbini, a beautiful drink that’s bursting with flavor! Made with bourbon, peach bitters, peach liqueur, and sparkling wine, each sip is a tasty treat. Garnish each glass with a mint sprig and you’ve got the party going in no time!
Small bites for big appetites
Everyone loves something to munch on while mingling. Get your guests ready for dinner with amazing appetizers that will almost have them forgetting about the main meal.
There’s no greater taste of spring than fresh, melt-in-your-mouth mozzarella. Mini Caprese Skewers are a bite-sized snack that will quickly disappear from everyone’s plates. These skewers are made with halved cherry tomatoes, fresh mozzarella balls, fresh basil leaves, extra-virgin olive oil, and freshly ground pepper.
Of course, any appetizer plate needs a little bit of savory crunch. Try these delectable, easy-to-make Pepperoni Basil Tomato Puffs to satisfy your guests. Check out the full recipe here.
The main event
Once your guests are finished with their apps, have them head to the dinner table to enjoy your lovely creation.
Nothing says a spring dinner quite like pasta. Add in the deliciousness of shrimp, feta, and crunchy snow peas and you’ve got yourself a memorable meal. Penne with Shrimp, Feta, and Spring Vegetables is so tasty that your guests will never know it only takes about 25 minutes to make!
If you’ve ever thought that delicious meals can’t be healthy, Fish Taco Bowls would beg to differ! This delightful dish combines the festive flavors of spring and summer into a fun bowl that guests will love diving into. Not to mention, it looks so beautiful! With a total cook time of 25 minutes, you’ll want to keep making this meal all season long.
Wash it down with a delectable dessert
Every springtime dinner calls for something sweet! Finish up your dinner party with Coconut Banana Pudding, a tasty treat filled with the comforting flavors of springtime. Light and refreshing, this pudding is the perfect ending to any meal.
If you have childhood memories of enjoying Neapolitan ice cream in the warm weather, you’ll absolutely love this Neapolitan Sheet Cake. Packed with so much sweetness, this marble cake will send your taste buds to heaven!
Freshen up with festive flair
One of the best parts of spring is its natural beauty! Complement the aesthetic of a classic Illinois spring with some seasonal decorations!
For the table:
Add pops of color to your centerpiece! In your flower vases, tint the water with food coloring to match the flower. The mix of festive colors will turn your dinner table into the happiest spot in the home. Try Midwest gems like purple tulips, pink peonies, and orange irises!
Sometimes, the greatest things are the simplest. Make each place setting feel welcoming and special with a lovely decoration. A simple flower, such as a ranunculus stem, tied with a twine ribbon is the perfect adornment to each napkin.
For the door:
They say to never judge a book by its cover, but that doesn’t mean we can’t decorate our doors! From a wreath made with shades of pink tulips, to lemons, to an earth-tone egg wreath, you can create your own incredible design!
From cooking tasty dishes to decorating with your personal style, you’ll love throwing a festive bash in your stylish and spacious Beechen & Dill new home.
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