Tuesday, May 28, 2013

A Backyard Dinner Party

As we enter summertime, Matt and I get party fever. We have several parties planned for the summer and I have a feeling there will be many more popping up in between. Last weekend we hosted 6 couples for a dinner party in our backyard. With the help of our good friends down the street we threw this party together in a matter of 6 hours. 
 
Saturday morning we woke up early and frantically headed to the grocery store, Home Depot and back to the grocery store two more times to get everything we needed.
 
Tablescape Details: 6 ft folding tables {Home Depot}, bench {made by hubby}, folding chairs and candelabras {borrowed from friend}, disposable Chinet, linen tablecloths, peonies, candles {Harris Teeter}, table runner made from wrapping paper {Target Dollar Aisle}.
 I was pretty excited with how it turned out.
 The weekend before, Matt and I strung bistro lights in the backyard and they looked awesome as the sun set. We purchased our lights from Target {$12/string}.
We also picked up a cute patio set from World Market on sale a few weekends ago and finally assembled it for the party.
 And of course no party is complete without cornhole...
Matt built beer stands earlier in the weekend for another party we are planning so he was excited to debut them early.
For the wine station, I added a strip of washi tape to a stack of cups so everyone could keep track of their drink. Who doesn't love washi tape and wine?
 Of course Charlie was loving all the attention.
 Lots of marinated chicken!
And the best part - the FRIENDS!
Time to get workin on the next party!
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28 comments:

  1. Everything looks amazing, but I must say those beer stands are the most genius thing I've ever seen. Way to go, Matt!

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  2. Oh my gosh...such a gorgeous party! I want to come over!

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  3. What fantastic backyard entertaining ideas! Thanks for sharing!!

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  4. Perfection! Like something out of a magazine! Love the beer stand he built! Good idea! Absolutely LOOOVE the 'relax' pillow!!

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  5. Absolutely in love with this! I nearly died when I saw some of these pics on Instagram, but I am loving the full-sized version up on the blog. Definitely, definitely taking some notes and finding inspiration for our next backyard soiree!

    XOXO,
    Rebecca

    www.DarlingCashmere.blogspot.com

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  6. How adorable! I can't wait to get in our new house and start having parties :) You and your hubby are both so creative and handy! Everything looks perfect!

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  7. Your outdoor table and lights looks straight out of a magazine, you did such a great job with the decor!

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  8. adorable! I've never seen that barefoot refresh crisp wine. I'll have to keep my eye out! yay for summer!

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  9. Looked like such a fun, relaxing evening with good friends! Love the tablescape, friend! :)

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  10. Beautiful!!! Everything looks so beautiful,I love your backyard!

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  11. You're such a great hostess! Love it all!

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  12. This is stunning! I so wish I was there, haha! I love the beer stands for corn hole, Stephen would be jealous!!

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  13. That is so pretty! I love the table setting. I've been dying to have a dinner party, and I just might have to do it now!

    Amanda @ Running In Heels
    amandarollo.blogspot.com

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  14. Looks BEAUTIFUL and looks like so much fun! :)

    I am adding this to my summer bucket list!

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  15. the peonies are just gorgeous!

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  16. wow!!! everything looks fabulous!! y'all are just too cute!! Your backyard is beautiful!

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  17. Please share your chicken marinade with us, it looks like you only serves thighs? I love that you have so many friends. Your party looks fabulous. :)

    Lisa

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  18. Such a beautiful party! Love that washi tape and marker trick - worked like a charm for Megan's party as well :)

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  19. so much fun. everything turned out great. washi tape and wine, pretty flowers, yummy food, friends and beer stands =perfection in my book. we had the peach wine this weekend from TJ's with fresh peaches and pureed strawberries and champagne, both were delish. Thanks for the rec!

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  20. Gorgeous party! Now I want bistro lights and an alfresco party :-)

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  21. I can/can't believe that y'all pulled this together so quickly! Everything is absolutely gorgeous & looks like so much fun! I will definitely have to tell my Matt about those beer holders! We need those! :)

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  22. Beautiful! I adore the candlesticks and peonies. So elegant! If you are planning a party for the 4th of July, you should stop by Pottery Barn's website. This weekend while shopping around, I fell in love with their summer items and had to force myself to walk away from the store. I took a few pictures of the patriotic tablescape I saw in the store and blogged about it yesterday if you would like the links for the future (not that you need it because it seems like you are the hostess of the year)Great job! Looking forward to seeing all of the other parties y'all throw!
    ~Kristen{southerndoeandcompany.blogspot.com}

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  23. I love your wrapping paper table runner! So cute and I never would have guessed it was from the Target dollar rack - it looks great with the peonies! :-)

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  24. Looks like a fabulous and fun party! Do you happen to know what kind of trees those are planted along your fence??

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  25. Wow, it all looks fabulous. The table setting truly looks gorgeous. And I love the beer stands. Any chance you can come plan my next party? :)

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  26. Your outdoor dinner party looked absolutely beautiful! Not going to lie, I fell in love with your patio set and ordered one for myself. I had been searching high and low for the perfect one and that was it!

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  27. wow, this looks so nice! we're eager to start hosting friends over the summer, great inspiration!

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