a summer dinner party on the roof


My sister, Lizzy, hosted a rooftop dinner party a few weeks ago. She lives in a high rise where the roof is planted with herbs and native grasses. Our friend, Ansley, brought the most delicious watermelon drink. I brought some pretty napkins and some garden roses and dahlias and Cori brought some gorgeous hydrangeas from her garden.

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Dinner party

The menu: Gazpacho (in shot glasses), roasted sweet potatoes, cipollini onions and kale in a chile lime vinaigrette, drunken beans, milk-braised pork, roasted chicken, cabbage slaw, fresh salsa and Mexican rice with crunchy green onions.


Dessert: Vanilla ice-cream with bourbon soaked cherries.

It was delicious and a lovely evening with friends! Summer is fleeting here in the NW and I plan to continue savoring each moment.

Photos: Chelsea Fuss. Menu: Elizabeth Fuss. Produce provided by The Hillsboro Farmer's Market.


  1. Beautiful set up! I love that someone is wearing a friendship bracelet there…they were so much fun to make.

  2. So lovely. I love summer meals. It’s so relaxing and fun. I’m grasping onto the sunshine while I can too! I see you made it to Cost Plus. Hope you got to pick up some Bundaberg. Now I’ll need to go back to get some of those gorgeous napkins!

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