How to throw the dreamiest summer solstice soirée

Beautiful table being set up for an outdoor summer solstice party with a photo of Marlien Rentmeester.

Summer solstice is well-known for being longest day of the year and first day of summer. But in addition to its astronomical significance, it’s also a day in which people around the world seek spiritual renewal and gather to revel together. To celebrate this occasion, Evite co-hosted a luncheon with Marlien Rentmeester, founder of LE CATCH, for some of her closest girlfriends at her beautiful home in Rustic Canyon. Read all about how we brought it life (and get inspired to throw a party of your own)!

  1. Hold it outdoors—and opt for a bright tablescape
Outdoor table with green florals and white umbrellas.

Take advantage of the glorious weather and go al fresco! Patio umbrellas keep your guests cool even when the sun reaches its zenith, while vibrant table linens (we used these linens from La DoubleJ) and seasonal flowers bring color to the table. Isa Isa Floral created this lush, textured display of greenery for our luncheon. 

  1. Choose a solstice-themed invitation
Rainbow colored invitations with stars and "Join Us" written on it.

Whether you're looking to host a summer solstice soirée, a Midsummer celebration or a classic summer party, a bright, sunny invitation sets the tone for your event. We love the retro vibes of this Summer Solstice Sun Invitation and this Summer Solstice Stars Invitation, both by Phoebe Tillem! 

  1. Serve a solstice-inspired menu

Close your eyes and think of a place abundant in relaxing sunshine, mouthwatering cuisines and people living their lives to the fullest. The Mediterranean is what comes to our minds, so for our menu, we served lavash with mezze plates of şakşuka, hummus and labneh as a starter, with a little gem salad, flaky white fish, roasted cauliflower and a summer succotash as the mains. Fresh lemon tarts were the perfect dessert, but throughout our luncheon, we enjoyed natural white and rosé wines from el VINO

  1. Add a spiritual component to the party

The solstice is seen by many as having considerable spiritual significance. We brought in a tarot card reader for our party, but you can also create a traditional solstice bonfire complete with dancing and music. Outdoor meditation and yoga are other great options if you aren't into bonfires or tarot!

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