Do you want to turn your evening with friends into a “Farm Fresh” dinner party right in your very own home? I’ve got some easy ideas just for you to bring your inner farmer out in style! When my guests arrive, I’m always sure to have a delicious signature drink available for them to sip on. I gathered fresh rosemary and squeezed lemons, to pour the sweetest of sweetest infused lemonade. Let’s make it!
Rose Infused Lemonade
1 frozen Minute Made 12 oz. juice
1 Lemon, sliced
Fresh Rosemary to garnish
2 cups of tonic water
1 bottle of Rose ( your choice )
Mix all together, and pour! Serve chilled or with ice
Every dinner party must start off with the right decor, and what better place to begin than heading to your local floral shop, in my case I found some affordable bouquets of fresh flowers at Trader Joes. Make sure to cut the stems down a few inches, prep your floral dish to start designing. Use pops of color and a bunch of greenery! This will bring your table a sense of texture and that “wild flower picked” look you want! You can purchase your wet foam at Hobby Lobby + water resistant floral tape to make sure your floral is secure.
Insert your greenery first as your base and finish off with your accent floral. What’s an accent floral? A flower that you find colorful, larger and that stands out! Have fun with it, spread them around in different spots! This is going to be your center arrangement for your table!
Want to re-create the atmosphere of eating outside on a woodsy farm table indoors? Focus on elements like herbs, fruits, and veggies to style your table! I sprinkled organic pears, tomatoes and relishes to act as the “runner” along the side of my arrangement. The nice part about the farm vibes, it’s ok to get a little messy with it, so cheers to your friends across the table and break some bread!
Instead of your place mat positioned as usual, flip it around and let it drop down under your plate, you can easily change this look by turning the mat towards your body like in the photo. I added a little bit of left over greenery for each linen napkin for an accent, and you should too!
A healthy salad is a sure staple to any farm to table evening. I have an easy DIY Organic Arugula salad that will sure make your guests swoon with color and taste, topped with a zesty dressing! My mouth is watering already thinking about it!
Zesty Organic Arugula Salad
In a large bowl mix:
1 bag of baby Arugula
Light handful of Almonds
4 Tbsp Red Wine Vinegar
¾ cups Olive Oil
½ tsp. garlic powder
4 Tbsp Lemon Juice
½ tsp pepper
½ tsp salt
2 Tbsp Sugar
1 tsp. dry mustard
To me “Farm-to- Table” is about bringing all the elements of preparing meals the old fashioned way, straight from the farm — from your local market — to your home. Good conversations, healthy eats, sharing dishes and enjoying the simplicity of “dinner time”. I hope that you can re-create your very own farm to table dinner soon with these useful tips!