Last night was quite the perfect night. My not so little any more sister Mady turned 18 and I decided to throw her a surprise dinner party. For about a week, I had been looking up ideas on Pinterest and coordinating the whole party with Mady’s boyfriend. She was totally clueless about it which was a miracle because I’m not a very good secret keeper when it comes to surprises. When planning the party I knew I wanted to have a very cozy, intimate feel. To be honest, it turned out better than I even imagined and I was quite proud of myself for throwing a cute little soiree. It was a night full of memories and laughs. I may have even cried because Mady’s an adult now and it’s really weird, don’t judge. After a couple more Orange San Pelligrino’s and that divine cake made by Annie Bee Bakery I was back to feeling 100%. HA.
This party was perfect for the end of Summer/transition into fall and was actually fairly easy to throw together and plan. SO, I decided to throw together a list of my tips to throw a perfect outdoor soiree! Here they are:
10 Tips For Throwing the Perfect Outdoor Soiree
- Bring the indoors outdoors. I brought out bedding, pillows, rugs, candles and pretty much everything cozy. This helps make the quaint, intimate setting.
- Make a playlist that you feel would compliment the party. Play music you won’t have to talk over but still helps set the tone of your party. Music totally helps complete the vision!
- There’s no such thing as too many flowers.
- Let there be light! Candles are your friends. Use lots of them.
- If you plan on doing some flower arrangements, make them messy and use wildflowers. This made our table setting colorful but laid back. Flowers are a great way to add a pop of color.
- String lights make everything magical. It helps make the whole setting seem warm and transforms the space into an outdoor room.
- Get inspired. Check out Pinterest for some great ideas for outdoor parties. You can find anything from lighting to tablescape ideas!
- Create a dish collection. I used a collection of random white plates (both small and large) to add some shape and personality.
- Think of your table as a blank canvas. Play around with greenery, use fun vases, cactus, flowers, anything you want. For our party, I used everything from candles to cactus to polaroids as pretty touches to our tablescape.
- Last but obviously not least, partayyyy.
Photos by Jordynn Buehner
Cake by Annie Bee Bakery
Party planned and styled by me
Pillows c/o Loloi Rugs
Dip Dyed napkins DIY found here
Happy Sunday everyone! I hope you all enjoy the long weekend.