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Summer Solstice

June 24th  •  Posted in Lifestyle

Summer Solstice

I’ve been complaining about the weather for weeks now, saying how sad it was that Summer should have been around since a while but all we got was nice-ish mornings and sad rainy afternoons everyday since the beginning of June. But then, you know what, Summer wasn’t *officially* started just yet, so there were reasons to hope!

And on the exact day that marks Summer Solstice, that’s when the nice weather officially came around! And although I’ve never been the biggest fan of hot Italian summers, I can’t express how excited I am about the new season being in town! That day I bought sunflowers because they’re too pretty not to, and because my mood is *that* much influenced by seasons and weather.

Plus my excitement was even more enhanced by the fact we had plans for the very first dinner alfresco in the evening to celebrate Summer Solstice, strawberry moon and everything… which I was extremely afraid would have been ruined by one of those random early evening storms we’re now used to see coming around pretty much everyday.

Summer Solstice
Summer Solstice
Summer Solstice
Summer Solstice
Summer Solstice

But instead it was nice and warm all day, which allowed me to swirl around in my first proper summer dress until late that night. And so we put together the nicest dinner with mayo and smoked salmon croutons, homemade pizza by yours truly, mint & basil infused water and creme caramel as dessert.

We brought everything outside on the patio, lighten a string of fairy lights, allowed the sunflowers to join the party… and that, to me, was the dreamiest dinner scenario of them all!

Summer Solstice
Summer Solstice
Summer Solstice

We had some paper laterns that haven’t been used and so we thought it was the perfect time to light one and make a wish for summertime on the very first day of Summer this year. Strawberry moon was also in plans but somehow, between all the food and the bellies demanding some rest and the wishes being made and gone up high in the sky, we managed to forget it. Well, I bet we’ll remember about it in 2062! 😉

Did you celebrated this year’s summer solstice? x

  • This is an awesome post. Right now, here in Australia, it’s pretty chilly. In fact, today, we’ve had our coldest day yet! Those pizzas look lovely, a true traditional Italian pizza with few toppings, just perfect. There’s a place near Mum’s, Pizza e Vino, and they whip up the best pizza I’ve had in a long, long, long time.

    The photos look beautiful, especially the one with the lantern.

    Stephii Mattea xx

  • Ah this looks great 🙂

  • What stunning photos! I have always wanted to release one of those lanterns, they’re so beautiful. x

  • These photos are gorgeous, I love the idea of the paper lanterns!

    Carolyn x
    Carolyn’s Simple Life

  • This is so beautiful. I’m pretty sure it was tipping it down around where I live, so sadly there was no celebration of the summer solstice for me!

    Catherine | Hey, Mama

  • I’ve always wanted to go to a lantern festival! From you pictures, we couldn’t tell that the weather has been uncooperative 😀 Looks like a beautifully spent day 🙂 -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey’s

  • che meraviglia di colori<33 bella l'idea di festeggiare il solstizio d'estate. il massimo che ho fatto credo sia stato bere un mojito ma non so se conta..!XD

    xx from Brighton
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  • Rosy Flynn

    We didn’t get chance to celebrate the solstice this year in Scotland, it was freezing cold and pouring with rain, but at least I got to enjoy some nice coffee indoors

    Rosy | Sparkles of Light Blog

  • What a gorgeous evening! I’m so impressed by your homemade pizzas they look absolutely exquisite! And I love the idea of putting basil and mint in water, sounds delicious xxx
    Lucy @ La Lingua | Food, Travel, Italy

  • Alfredo Ciano

    Ciao Giada !!!