One of my favorite things to do during the summertime is to entertain family and friends. I love to play hostess and put together dinner parties and get togethers. I have so much fun picking out the perfect dishes and dinnerware, decorations, and food for the party.
You might already know I have a slight obsession with anchors (and anything nautical, really).
The anchor and crab Seascape Plates (pictured above) screamed out my name, so I bought a set of 8, as well as three of the matching anchor and crab Seascape Platters.
One of my favorite little nautical details was this Seahorse Spreader. So cute! And of course I had to have the matching Seahorse Servers, too, to serve with the Caesar salad. You might also recognize the Lagoon dinnerware from my Coconut Macadamia Mango Crusted Mahi Mahi recipe. I used the large Lagoon Platter for serving the garlic bread, and I used the large Lagoon Serving Bowl to serve the Caesar Salad in. I love the light aqua color, and the way that it almost looks like sea glass… beautiful!
Since no party is complete without World Market’s delicious Italian Sodas, I picked up five different flavors for our dinner. So refreshing!
For our surf and turf dinner, I decided to go with shrimp and lobster tail and top sirloin steak. Yummmm!! We grilled the shrimp and steak, and boiled the lobster tail.
The meat and seafood tasted absolutely perfect! To go with main dishes, my mom and I made some delicious salads.
I made a Caesar salad, and my mom went out to the garden and picked fresh tomatoes, basil, cucumbers, and dill to make a tomato basil salad and a cucumber onion salad. The salads tasted so fresh since the ingredients came straight from the garden!
One of my favorite side dishes I created for this meal were the Rosemary Potatoes with a Creamy Caper and Dill Dipping Sauce. I love that I can smother my potatoes in a tangy, creamy dipping sauce without feeling guilty, since this sauce is made with a Greek yogurt base (instead of heavy mayonnaise) and various herbs and spices. No guilt at all!
The many different flavors in the sauce all fuse into one, and are amazing with the potatoes, but could also easily be used as a sauce for the shrimp, lobster, or steak. Here’s the recipe so you can try making your own!
Rosemary Potatoes with a Creamy Caper & Dill Dipping Sauce:
For the potatoes:
- Red potatoes
- Olive oil
- Fresh rosemary, chopped
- Sea salt
- Diced onions (optional)
- 1 cup plain Greek yogurt (I used Fage)
- 1 Tbsp. capers, chopped (I used canned)
- 1/4 tsp. white pepper
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 2 Tbsp. fresh dill, chopped
- 1/8 cup fresh lemon juice
- 2-3 Tbsp. red onion, chopped
- Sea salt, to taste