Summer Rooftop Dinner, Downtown Kansas City

This past weekend I invited a few of my closest girl friends over for a rooftop dinner at my place! It was partially a late birthday celebration & partially an excuse to have my friends over for a fancy dinner. Not everyone was able to make it, but it worked out & became the perfectly sized intimate dinner around our table! 
My friend Lauren helped me with the decor & the prep & my incredible husband made us a full 3 course meal for 8 of us!! He is THE BEST!!

For appetizers we started with a watermelon, avocado & cucumber salad, which I could have eaten the whole tray of. We also had peach caprese salad with prosciutto, which was probably my favourite part of the night. Summer is peaches. Peaches are summer. That's all.
We drank Loveblock Sauvignon Blanc & Frosé [we used this recipe!].

Over the years I've made many friends, spread out in all the different places I've lived & stages of life, but really & truly, I've made some of my best friends here in Kansas City. These girls hold such a special place in my life & I've truly seen the ups & downs with all of them. Friendships take time to grow deep, but it's so worth it to put in the hours of life together. 

For the main course, Nate made us a rice & quinoa pilaf, arugula & beet salad with a simple balsamic dressing & a lemon chicken. I wanted to hug my plate & am so thankful I have an amazing husband who crushed this dinner. He is truly one of the best cooks I know & I loveeeee everything he creates!!

One of my favourite parts of the night was everyone going around sharing their first memory of me. We've been really lucky to all do life together [to some extent] through our local Church & so everyone was able to participate & share. There were some hilarious moments & some serious memories. I also shared some goals for my 27th year of life & that opened up convo for everyone to share their year. I had one of those moments where I looked around & couldn't believe these girls were a part of my life. Deep & wide, these girls are not afraid of being authentic & sharing their heart.
Brooke took some photos too, so that there was proof I was actually there.
*cue all the photos with me in them*
*authentic laughter bc friendship*

Having this dinner was something I had wanted to do for a long time. I'm so inspired by Megan Gilger at The Fresh Exchange & their Simple Evenings. I would love to do these more regularly. There's something so special about gathering over food & authentic conversation & being present in your relationships. 
& finally, not pictured was the Strawberry Rhubarb Crumble with a fresh coconut cream that we all demolished.

*shout out to insanely grainy black & white photos. they're actually my fave.*
Have you ever wanted to host a dinner party? I would encourage you to gather even a few of your friends & enjoy the summer weather before it ends!!