This past weekend marked the official first day of summer! To celebrate such a wonderful day I decided to host a patio barbecue, and ring in the new season with food, drinks, and friends.

HomeSense is one of my favourite stores to shop for unique and affordable items for your home. They continually update their stock, so it’s key that I go every couple weeks so I don’t miss out on anything (or so I tell myself and my poor bank card). With patio season in full swing, I found so many great items for my summer party! I picked up the perfect plates, beautiful glass beaded tumblers, and a classic pitcher, to fill with sangria of course.

My favourite summer salad is one inspired by a Chef Michael Smith recipe – it’s super easy, healthy, and would be great to bring to a potluck or picnic. I’ve altered the recipe slightly and have listed it, along with the sangria recipe we made below.

Cheers to summer!

Until next time,

Courtney