07.09.18

MORINGSTAR FARMS OUTDOOR DINING!

outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest

i’m really excited about this post! before every shoot i have a vision in my head of how i want it all to come together and my goal is to always match the vision with the final images but this shoot exceeded my vision. it was the perfect light, all the decor came together perfectly in a relaxed way. this is our second post in a series of three for . it was really fun to hear all your feedback on our first post, lots of people are excited about us featuring more veggie/vegan friendly foods and we’re excited too! this time it’s all about their  ® Spicy Black Bean Burger, which has been a fave of mine for years.

outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
 outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest

the whole inspiration of this series is to encourage everyone (meat eaters included!) to make room on your grill this summer for vegetarian and vegan foods. and that it’s a category of cuisine that doesn’t need to be exclusive, you can grill it and serve it right along side a piece of meat. we’re hoping that these images make you want to bust out your grill (or head to your local park) and enjoy a meal outside!

outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest

we threw in a ton of colorful elements into this outdoor dinner, gingham napkins, bright florals, mismatched table linens, etc. i like to mix and match different prints and colors that are all in the same family but that make it feel a little more rustic and natural. there is a time and a place for perfect dinner parties but outdoor BBQs are a great time to keep it low key and uncomplicated with food and decor.

outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest

for drinks we served lemonade with mint and lemonade ice cubes which keep your drink cold but don’t dilute it as it melts and iced coffee with coffee ice cubes (which are so easy and always a hit with guests!)

outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest

one of the keys to keeping hosting from becoming overwhelming is to keep the food on the simple side, you don’t need tons of different options, just a solid main course with some sides and a simple dessert. for the burgers, we decided to mix it up and serve them with lettuce wraps instead of buns. we offered toppings like crumbled feta cheese, regular and beet hummus and cucumber salad (recipe below!). the feta paired with the ® Spicy Black Bean Burger was a solid match!

outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
 
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest

for sides, we did individual foil packs on the grill with potatoes and radish. to make these, you simply cut the potatoes into wedges and slice the radishes in half, drizzle with olive oil, salt and Herb De Provence and place inside foil squares. wrap the sides up and place on the grill. these will take longer than the burgers to cook through so put them on first!

outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest
outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest

the cucumber salad is two cucumbers diced, half a red onion, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon red wine vinegar, all mixed together! you can eat it on it’s own or top on the burger, it’s delicious both ways!

and our simple dessert was just sliced strawberries, tossed with raspberries, fresh mint and topped with whip cream, yum!

outdoor dining with MorningStar Farms | designlovefest

throw a blanket over a picnic table or create a place to eat on the ground by spreading pillows and blankets out on the floor. entertaining doesn’t have to be complicated! focus on creating a relaxed environment and everyone will have a good time!

cheers to eating outdoors more this summer! xx bri

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styling by: bri emery and joanie cusack
this post was made in partnership with 

10 COMMENTS

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    Nikki says:

    Everything here looks so yummy!

    Stephanie says:

    Beautiful setting, everything looks delicious!

    x
    StephC

    Anonymous says:

    Where can inbuybthis gorgeus trays?

    bri says:

    right here! ttps://bit.ly/2zqZB4R

    bri says:

    they are from shop terrain!

    Anonymous says:

    [email protected]
    Asked about the trays😜

    Anonymous says:

    Yes! Do tell about the try/plates please!

    bri says:

    they are from shop terrain!

    Janel says:

    We can all benefit from being less cruel in what we eat. A vegan diet is better for ourselves (it can actually REVERSE diseases like cancer and diabetes), our plant and the animals. XOXO

    Janel says:

    planet** 🙂

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