Last year I fell in love with the idea of a pop up dinner by Jordan from
Oh Happy Day
. I knew I needed to do one as well and had the perfect location in mind. That was over a year ago and due to the wedding and mass craziness, I had to wait that long to put it into motion. It was so worth it.
One thing that made this pop up dinner different was I told the guests they needed to be free at a certain time on a certain date, and needed to bring a chair and dish to share. They didn’t know where we would be dining until 1 hour before. At 6pm this text went out:
Keep your booze at home and empty your bladders cause you’re dining atop mt tolmie! See you at 7pm on the cement pad.
It was the perfect location. Our view from the mountaintop was the ocean, city, and a crisp view of Mt.Baker. We couldn’t have picked a better day to dine for free with a view (aside from the mountaintop wind that made photographing very difficult).
The place settings were simple and sweet. Instead of plates I opted for cedar grilling planks. I found mine at chapters for 50% off. I scoured thrift shops and vintage fairs to collect pink vintage napkins and topped them with a sprig of rosemary and their name card which I made by cutting out circles, writing their names with calligraphy, then decorating with rose gold tinsel glitter.
Because we made it a potluck and asked people to bring their own chairs, set up was super easy. There was one long table for dining and a small square one to place the food and drinks. Set up (including photo taking) only took an hour. Everyone arrived perfectly on time (a rarity on this slow moving island) so we could start eating right away. And it was delicious!
We live in a very touristy city, and we were atop a very touristy mountain (with those views you can see why). During our dinner there were two cruise boat busses that dropped off several
tourists. They were quite surprised to see a group of people eating a full on dinner with tables, chairs and linens. But isn’t surprising people half the fun of having an elaborate dinner party in a public place? One woman visiting from Chicago said she took a photo of us to show her friends and family back home how, in this city, people can have a dinner party outside in such a beautiful place.
For dessert, I knew I wanted something fresh, easy, and portable. The minimum amount of dishes and effort was top priority. And so, mason jars were the perfect answer, especially when topped with matching labels saying enjoy!
To make your own, simply layer the ingredients listed in the image. Absolutely scrumptious!
Thank you dear friends for coming out and making this evening so fun and special!
Where in your city/town would you host a pop up dinner?