Summer Solstice Gardening Party
June 12, 2018
Tomorrow is the summer solstice, the longest day of the year. Why not celebrate this weekend with a summer solstice party, specifically a gardening party. You can welcome the first day of summer with your family and friends while sharing with them the joy of gardening.
Nations around the world have been celebrating the summer solstice for centuries, with elaborate festivals that honor nature. So, why not continue this tradition in your own way with a gardening party? A gardening party is a festive event in which people can eat great food, socialize with loved ones, and connect to nature by planting flowers, fruits, or vegetables. It’s an informal, entertaining, and educational way of saluting the summer season.
Listed below are a few Mindful tips for your summer solstice gardening party.
- Summer decorations. Fortunately, with a flourishing garden, you won’t need many decorations. Keep it simple. You can set up your party on the patio or in a clear spot in your yard. Consider setting the table with fresh cut or potted flowers (from your garden possibly). For a particularly sunny day, be sure that you have shade with a large, bright umbrella.
- Festive foods. When you plan your menu consider getting fresh summer staples like cucumbers, tomatoes, sweet peppers, eggplant, summer squash, and possibly watermelon for a sweet dessert or fruity, after dinner martini. Or maybe feature some of the goodies harvested from your own garden. Have you been growing berries like strawberries? Consider letting your guests pick some as a delicious appetizer.
- Green thumb garden activities. While you’re planning and organizing consider using your summer solstice party as an educational opportunity, especially for any gardening novices or kids in attendance. Give them a tour of your garden and let them get hands-on experience by planting or watering your plants. If your guests are experienced gardeners, consider having a sharing session where you and your guests can share your successful gardening tips.
- Midsummer traditions. When planning your summer solstice party, try to incorporate traditional midsummer celebration traditions. For instance, consider lighting your fire pit or starting a fire in your grill. It’s a creative way to honor the Finland tradition of Midsummer Eve bonfires. Or make flower garlands and crowns in the Russian Midsummer tradition.
- Gardening gifts and favors. Along with any leftovers from your delicious meal, consider sending your guests home with materials for their own gardens. Consider giving them seeds or maybe potted plants. Or consider gardening tools like gardening utility aprons that are personalized with their name or gardening gloves. This will encourage them to keep gardening all summer long.