This is a long post… but it’s so so good. So read through it all, and be sure to grab the goodies at the end!
There is just something about summer that I love so much. In high school, going to the beach all day and then having a bonfire with friends was my all time favorite thing to do. Besides eating bags of cherries with my bestie while we watched SVU all weekend long, but that’s a whole other story! Anyways, as we we get older and our lives get busier, I began thinking to myself… why don’t we still do that with our friends?! I immediately though of my husband, who would rather not eat cheap hot dogs by a campfire, and my girl friends who are actual chefs/foodies and enjoy eating at nice restaurants with fun cocktails. Me, I could eat cheetos and hot dogs like nobodies business… but ahem, we’re adults now, right?
In an effort to preserve the last few weeks of this summer weather, (yes, I know it’s already technically Fall – but it’s still in the 90’s over here in SoCal) I brainstormed with my #1 gal and chef extraordinaire, Marlene Bernstein, on how to pull off a fun beach bonfire dinner party, but you know, more adult-ish. When it comes to incredible, inventive recipes – this girl does not disappoint! I just handled the decor… and fun little details. So we gathered our fav friends, made a cozy little spot for ourselves in Huntington Beach, and Marlene whipped us up one of the best meals I’ve ever had – over a bonfire at the beach!
For our “spread” we brought a small table, and placed a surfboard on top to make more of a buffet table to keep all our apps and dishes out of the sand. It was such a great idea! We had 3 different Queso Dips + avocado salsa as our appetizer. a giant Wild Mushroom Pealle, and S’more Ice Cream Rootbeer Floatsfor dessert. It was the perfect meal huddled around a campfire. Be sure to scroll through to get all the ingredients and recipes for each item so you can try it out yourself! Don’t live near the beach? Don’t worry! All of these would make for a great meal while camping or just in your home enjoying the last few summer nights!
Now for the dessert! These were seriously soooo delicious. I found the mugs (and bowls) at Army Surplus 4 Less, and I got “mini mugs” and made candles in them as “favors” for all our guests to take home with them as a momento of the day. They turned out so cute.
I love looking back at these photos being surrounded by amazing people, eating good food, making memories, and enjoying nature. So much good. Be sure to check out Joe+Kathrina – the brilliant photographers who captured this day so perfectly!