My friend Katie's Birthday happens to fall on Summer Solstice,the longest day of the year. This year it also happened to land on a Friday! Woo hoo! Taking advantage of the first day of summer we planned a gourmet picnic at the Lake Harriet Bandshell. I crafted a 5 layer chocolate chai ice cream cake. Emily and Danielle helped to troubleshoot transportation and melting concerns. Katie arrived at the lake at 7:20 only for the entire park to retreat as the worst thunderstorm of my life swept across Minneapolis. We sought comfort at the Larson residence and soon after flash floods erupted and the power went out. Nevertheless we lit up that cake and celebrated. Once the storm calmed we explored the neighborhood, oogling at all the fallen trees. Happy Birthday Katie!!