A Perfect Summer Garden Party

What’s even better than having kick-ass female friends? Kick-ass female friends who feed you, obviously.

Which is why a summer garden party hosted by the fabulous Katy and populated with some of my favourite ladies was an ideal way to spend a Saturday afternoon. Prosecco bottles were swiftly popped open, as a circle full of gals on a picnic blanket struggled to put together paper flamingo straws.

Then the heavens opened, the gazebo made a break for the skies before we quickly fixed it back down again, and thunder cracked over our heads. So we huddled under the newly-reinforced structure, hoping for the weather to subside.

And within ten minutes, the sun had returned and we were ready to tuck into our eagerly awaited lunch as we raised a glass to classic British summertime…

Sharing plate of tomato bruschetta at a garden party | Mini AdventuresEating Peach, Avocado and Crispy Chicken Caesar Salad at a garden party | Mini AdventuresThe perfect garden party with Newman's Own and Little Miss Katy | Mini AdventuresThe perfect garden party with Newman's Own and Little Miss Katy | Mini Adventures

If you haven’t checked out Katy’s recipes yet, you seriously should, as she’s QUEEN. I usually suck at making salads and they usually just end up being sloppy, soggy affairs, with limp lettuce and some lazily sliced cucumber as the stars of the show. She, however, managed to make up four delicious bowls of fun and innovative salad creations with a selection of tasty dressings from Newman’s Own.

Get this girl a cookbook deal.

My faves were the Crispy Chicken, Peach and Avocado Caesar Salad, and the Spinach, Pea and Bacon Pasta Salad with Ranch Dressing. We also went home with our own selection of dressings from Newman’s Own so we could recreate our own. All profits from the sales of their products go to charity, which is awesome!

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As well as the perfect company and food, I also found the perfect summer party dress. I’ve always cooed over Joanie Clothing’s wares on other blogger babes, but it wasn’t until their recent sale that I snapped up my very own slice of pretty, with the Cathy Pink and Black Stripe dress, down to just £22 in the sale (in fact, now it’s just EIGHTEEN QUID). I KNOW. Bargain.

It makes me feel like a cute af, sassy little princess.

This dress is a million times out of my usual comfort zone, yet I feel SO ‘me’ in it. I’ve always felt like, as someone optimistically pushing five foot two, midi length dresses would basically make me look like a tree stump. Apparently not! Even with converse (my favourite way to casual up a frock), the dress seems to cut off at just the right point on my calves.

Plus, it SWOOSHES. And it’s silky, and it has sleeves, and POCKETS (yasss), and it’s basically a dream.

The perfect garden party with Newman's Own and Little Miss Katy | Mini Adventures

After taking each other’s photos descended into dancing madness and yells of ‘BE A KUMQUAT’ (ha, injokes), the last of the prosecco was sent down the hatch and we began to head off to our Saturday evenings. FYI, mine included the new Planet of the Apes movie and an early night, because I’m rock and roll like that.

Even though we battled with the elements to begin with, a little bit of rain and thunder didn’t put us out at all. It just goes to show that pretty much any situation can be made a million times better with the addition of tasty food and fantastic people.

Plus a sturdy gazebo, perhaps…

A huge thanks to Katy for organising, Erica for providing the actual garden, and Charley, Claire, Jasmin, Natasha, Haydy, Vicky,  Viki and Laura for being awesome company! 

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  • Sophie

    Ah looks like a lush day. Also adore that dress on you so much!
    Sophie
    x
    A Story of a Girl

  • And now I want everything in the Joanie sale!!!!

  • Amy Eade

    Aw I saw this on Katy’s blog too, looked like such a lovely afternoon and her food does look amazing! I love your dress too 🙂
    Amy xx
    http://www.callmeamy.co.uk

  • Oh you babe <3 thank you lovely one!!! xxx

    PS. YOU LOOK SMASHING IN THAT DRESS!