Tuesday, August 9, 2011

The "Yay" dinner party

 When our friend Allison heard that she and her family would be moving, my girlfriends and I planned a little going away party.  Weeks later, when we heard the awesome news that they would get to stay after all, we decided that we still needed a dinner party in her honor.  So we turned it into a "Yay! Alli can stay!" party instead.  It was a hit.
 
First, I'll show you the decorations outside: On the picnic table, a piece of brown packing paper, seagrass placemats from Ikea, layered under my cream everyday "Sorrento" dishes, bamboo utensils found here, gray and white striped straws from bakeitpretty.com  mason jar glasses (cause that's the only way I roll) along with my chalkboard pots filled with herbs. Found here, in my Etsy store.  I used my numbered napkins (previously created and sold by me on Etsy). Hanging above the table, is my Ikea candle chandelier, that I spray painted oil rubbed bronze (and nearly threw across the room while assembling).  I also placed a few white candles in the center of the table, because I thought a girls only dinner party in Alli's honor deserved a little sparkle.
 I ended up removing the packing paper, because I needed to place a piece of it between the pots and our plates so we didn't have to brush dirt off our dinner plates.  (That was a last minute tweak.)
 
 




 These were so cute.  I'm going to put them into my picnic basket for future use after this!
From left, it's Maria, Kristin, Kristin (we love our Kristin's around these here parts) Nurse Nicki, and Allison. 
 And back inside, here's what I did: I made Adrain hack all my hydrangea bushes to bits and bring the bounty inside for a punchy purple pop of color.  (Say that ten times really fast.) The best part- FREE! I dug out some colored chalk and drew a fun and celebratory message for Alli, on my chalkboard.
I decorated a little sign, welcoming my guests. 
I love this old bucket.  But to make this arrangement work, I had to flip a cake pan upside down and set it inside, as a make-shift platform.  Never underestimate the power of jimmy-rigging things.  I filled a smaller container with water, and placed it on top of that.  It was perfect and sweet.
 
 
 For dinner, I went with a salad topped with grilled shrimp, and these parmesan breadstick/crutons.  (Salad is always a good choice, when you have mint chocolate Oreo cupcakes waiting. 
I dumped a bunch of things like chopped cucumbers, split grape tomatoes, diced red onion, corn, avacado, and crumbled blue cheese into a bowl.  Then I took ranch dressing, blitzed it with fresh cilantro, and then added it to the bowl of veggie mix.  We topped our shrimp salad with it, and it was summer evening perfection.  Totally girl friendly food. 
I love how we talked until it turned dark and the mosquitos began biting.
 
 Um... and I also love that Alli gets to stay.


Yay!

20 comments:

Talia said...

Oh, you are a beautiful hostess! Every single thing is lovely. I am in love with your house. What a warm and inviting place. Thank you for sharing!!

Kelli said...

How sweet are you to have such a cute little party. The setting is just beautiful and I'm sure the friends were even better!

Jensamom23 said...

What a sweet dinner! The prple hydrangeas are gorgeous, too!

Farmgirl Paints said...

girl you are a mini martha...it's all SO stinkin' pretty. you can throw a party like no one i have ever seen!!!!

PandaMom said...

I pinned TWO of these pics onto my Pinterest site!!! The one of the ABOVE the table looking through the chandelier and the one of the bread in the bucket!! Too cute! Can I PUH-LEASE come to the next one? The ONLY thing keeping me away is that little ol' thing called an airline ticket. Bleh.

Alicia said...

um...you forgot to invite me, but other than that i am BLOWN away by your martha-esque abilities! you can throw a mean (or really nice...whatever way you want to look at it) party!! you reminded me i have a big fat pink hydrangea that needs me to pick it.

Jessica said...

oh, my! beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!

Claire said...

gorgeous! also, i am so jealous of your kitchen!!

Cheryl said...

what a sweet friend you are. You make even the simplest of evenings so special. I love everything you put together. The salad sounds delicious. Girl you have to stop teasing us with all these foodie pics. Makes me hungry. : )
So glad you and the girls had a great evening together and that....of course Ali can stay. Having moved quite a bit, i sure know how she feels and you feel. Y'all had reason to celebrate.
Girl, that bucket just makes me smile and the fact that you had hydrangeas in it makes me smile even more. LOVELY!
Have a blessed day!

Sheri said...

What a cute party! Your friends are so lucky to have you :)

Rebecca Palm* Gallimaufry Photography* said...

You should have your own show. I'm sure someone has already said it to you, but I would love to watch it, as well as come to a dinner party at your home. Great ideas!

Lissa said...

Your home is so fresh and clean and inviting! I would've felt so honored to be at that event! Every detail is perfection! LOVE the photo where people are eating. You have come into your own dear mama and you're rocking it!

Little For A Little While said...

What a fun party, and what a sweet friend you are!

Jeannie said...

What a blessing to have a nice group of girlfriends! Love the purple hydrangeas and all your sweet ideas!

Elaine @ Sunny Simple Life said...

What a pretty post. Your photos are always so lovely.

The Every Day Extraordinary said...

You just give everything the perfect touch: ) Love how you think of all the details to make everything so special!

ReFresh ReStyle said...

Everything is gorgeous! and those Hydrangeas are beautiful!

Courtney Walsh said...

Hey Sasha, can I be your real life friend? If I were, I would never, ever leave your house! :)

paige said...

this looks WONDERFUL!!!
i love it all, from the ikea placemats & craft paper to the little glass filled candle holders...love it all!
what fun yay she can stay party!
xo

steve Mark said...

Wow. This is really great post. I like it so much.

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