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A Summer Sonnet Overview + Free Hosting Guide

Happy Friday everyone!

We’ve absolutely loved sharing this week’s posts. We hope you’ve enjoyed the recipes and are inspired to host your own gathering. The other day I found myself in conversation with a friend and we were reminiscing over the past year. Some of our favorite nights in Redding have been like this. Often times outside, underneath the string lights and stars, with a drink in hand, surrounded by great food and community. In the daily grind of life, it’s challenging to find margin to make a delicious healthy meal, much less make the time to sit down and enjoy it. It feels somewhat counter cultural to unplug and engage at an evening meal. May I issue you a challenge? Find the hearts and those you want to share a meal with. Set a date and make it happen. Whether it’s lobster or grilled pizza, find a dish that’s simple to prepare, set the table and gather those you love. It’s worth it time after time.

We want you all to be equipped to host your own gathering, whether it’s the first time you’re having people over or the hundredth. We pulled together A Summer Sonnet Hosting Guide. It includes printable menus, recipe cards, shopping list, and playlist. Consider everything but the shopping done! Download it on the clickable link below.

A Summer Sonnet Hosting Guide

P.S. Have gluten-free, dairy-free, or Whole30 eating friends joining you for dinner? This meal becomes compliant by removing cheese from any dish.

Sources for Table:

Canape Plates from Anthropologie
Dinner Plates from World Market
Napkins from World Market 
Flatware from Target
Stemless Gold Rim Wine Glasses from Pier 1
Red Wine Glasses from Crate and Barrel
Natural Linen Runner from Crate and Barrel

Just in case you missed it, here are this week’s posts:

Gather: A Summer Sonnet | DIY Floral Bundles | Grilled Lobster Tails | Heirloom Tomato Salad with Whipped Chive Goat Cheese | Zucchini Ribbons + Asparagus Salad

Are you feeling inspired to invite friends around the table? We’d love to see it! Use #GGgathers on Instagram.


heirloom tomato salad

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Whipped Chive Goat Cheese

Confession, I absolutely love an antipasto. The salty brine of the olives, the bite of the manchego cheese, and the creaminess of a French brie. For this gathering, we decided to mix it up, and add a delicious tomato salad and whipped chive goat cheese. This is the perfect addition to a traditional antipasto plate. With the subtle sweetness and seasonal flavors of the heirloom tomatoes and the creaminess of the goat cheese, it effortlessly makes its way onto a crostini and doesn’t look back.

Keep reading for the full recipe after the jump!

Heirloom Tomato Salad with Whipped Chive Goat Cheese

6 servings


  • 1 C organic chives, split and minced
  • 1/2 C organic basil, minced
  • 4-5 organic heirloom tomatoes
  • 3 T extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 C red onion, sliced into thin rounds
  • 4 oz goat cheese
  • 8 oz cream cheese
  • salt and pepper, to taste


Clean veggies and herbs. Rough chop tomatoes and mince the herbs. Place in a bowl with thinly sliced red onion rounds. Drizzle olive oil and add salt and pepper to taste. Set aside.

Meanwhile in a small food processor, add goat cheese, cream cheese, and remaining chives. Salt and pepper to taste. If mixture is struggling to combine, add a bit of olive oil until desired consistency is achieved.

Serve alongside toasted crostini, olives, and a variety of cheeses. Cheers!

Free Resources

Click on the link below to print or save this recipe to your device.

Print friendly recipe pdf

Planning your own gathering? We’d love to see it! Use #GGgathers on Instagram so we can follow along.


gather summer sonnet

Gather: A Summer Sonnet

Summertime lends itself to a break in the routine. We embrace the longer days, wake up early to fit everything in and take a bit in the lake at sunset. Night swims and road trips become the norm. With the increased margin, our community has less structure and requires a bit more intention. We had been traveling over the past month and were ready to embrace our community again. While travel seasons and adventure definitely have their appeal, there’s something about reconnecting with those you hold dear.

A few weeks ago, we gathered friends around the common table. It was night that was marked with new introductions, great conversation, and delicious food. Inspired by a concept on the Chef’s Table, our menu was a poem. Within each stanza, we paired a course. Finding cues from the summer season, it allowed the evening to have an element of surprise and whimsy. Our flavors and table lent itself to a coastal vibe. This night was probably one of my favorite gatherings to date.

Lately, we’ve been loving the reentry of indigo, crisp linen, and natural tones. This became the inspiration for our table. We added to our white table setting, these stunning white and blue splatter canape plates from Anthropologie. Rimmed with a golden edge, they are handmade from a ceramicist at Suite One Studio in North Carolina. We placed a small bundle of camomile and lavender, tied with jute. Using additional texture, we used our favorite runner of natural linen. Each place setting was finished with a knotted white napkin, printed out poem, and gold flatware.

For the middle of the table, we played with ferns, classic white roses, pieces of driftwood, and additional notes of lavender and camomile flowers. Due to the heat and wanting to keep the house cool, we opted to leave candles out of this arrangement and firmly believe we made a great choice.

Our menu featured favorite flavors of summer. From zucchini to asparagus, to heirloom tomato, fresh herbs, and seafood from the coast, it was the perfect way to embrace everything this season has brought with it.  We allowed the evening to linger. Glasses of wine and beer were served and we reached our final course of grilled lobster as we hit dusk and cooked underneath the string lights on the patio. As the night progressed we enjoyed a dessert platter of chocolate truffles, artisan chocolate, and fresh fruit. We had guests attending that were either gluten-free or on the Whole30. With a few simple modifications, everyone could partake in the food without extra courses needed. Find our full menu below.

Gather: A Summer Sonnet Menu

Shaved Zucchini and Asparagus Salad
Heirloom Tomato Salad with Whipped Chive Goat Spread
Grilled Lobster Tails
Chocolate Truffles with Fresh Berries

Bonus: We’ll be including digital downloads throughout the week for you to host your own gathering.

If you host a gathering we’d love for you to let us know by using the hashtag #GGgathers on Instagram.

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fresh watermelon margaritas

Fresh Watermelon Margarita

It’s Friyay over here and we must admit that we love it! We’re returning from a month of travel this week and are excited for the downtime to get things organized and caught up from our adventures. We know for many a five day weekend started today so we thought sharing a festive cocktail would only be appropriate. With the combination of watermelon and lime, it’s festive and celebrates all things summer.

Keep reading for the full recipe after the jump! 

Fresh Watermelon Margarita

Makes 1 margarita


    • 1 C cubed seedless watermelon
    • Juice of two limes
    • 1 T simple syrup
    • 2 oz tequila
    • 1 oz Patron orange liqueur
    • 1 C ice
    • Wedge of watermelon for garnish


In a shaker, muddle cubed watermelon. Add juice of limes, simple syrup, tequila, and orange liqueur. Add ice and shake vigorously. Pour into a rocks glass rimmed with salt or sugar over ice. Place watermelon wedge in glass as garnish.

Cheers to a long weekend and the height of summer!

honey lavender bourbon ale

Honey Lavender Bourbon Ale

This weekend marks a special occasion in the life of Kentuckian. The Kentucky Derby is Saturday and gives us a moment to reflect, to celebrate, and most importantly to remember the horse racing traditions of our great state. Many will put on fine dresses, hats, carrying themselves with beauty and class. While mint juleps are cited as the official drink of the Kentucky Derby, most Kentuckians loathe them and would rather drink bourbon straight or as a mule. This cocktail is an updated take on a Kentucky mule and is light enough for long days in the heat or house parties playing multiple rounds of cornhole. Served with a fresh round of fresh lime, festive straw, and in a mason jar, it’s approachable, fun, and perfectly styled for my old Kentucky home.

Keep reading for the full recipe after the jump!

Honey Lavender Bourbon Ale


  • 1/2 C ice
  • 4 oz ginger beer
  • Juice of a lime, plus garnish
  • 1 T honey lavender simple syrup (find recipe here)
  • 2 oz bourbon (we use Bulleit, made in my hometown on the Urban Bourbon Trail)


Place ice in mason jar. Add simple syrup. Pour in shot of bourbon. Stir with long handled spoon. Squeeze juice of lime. Stir again. Top with ginger beer. Garnish with round of fresh lime. Cheers and may your horse win!!