Alfresco Dinner Party for Father’s Day

This year, we get to celebrate Father’s Day early since my parents are visiting from Dallas for our son’s graduation and his graduation party. Because the weather is so great right now, I decided to have an Alfresco Dinner Party for Father’s Day to honor my amazing dad. They love being outside when they are here since the temperatures in Dallas are getting really warm.

Alfresco Dinner Party for Father's Day - Home with Holliday

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For this dinner party, I decided to bring in a local friend for some help. She owns Distinctive Tabletop Rentals which provides an array of beautiful pieces for creating lovely table settings for parties or events for large or small groups. As you may well know, I have an enormous collection of tableware and stemware but, sometimes, I just want to mix things up. However, I don’t always want to buy a whole new set of a particular piece. I am also running out of storage space! 🙂

Once I communicated my vision with DeeDee, we decided which elements of mine we would use and which ones I could rent from her. The collaboration brought this lovely setting together.

Alfresco Dinner Party for Father’s Day

Because this dinner is celebrating my father, I wanted it to be a bit elegant which is why I opted to use a tablecloth over my outdoor table. I also decided to bring some of my chairs from inside to create a lovely setting on our patio. Also, by using some of my indoor seating, it really softened the look.

Alfresco Dinner Party for Father's Day - Home with Holliday
Alfresco Dinner Party for Father's Day - Home with Holliday
Outdoor Alfresco Dinner Party for Father's Day - Home with Holliday

Place Settings for our Alfresco Dinner Party for Father’s Day

Once I previewed DeeDee’s inventory, I decided that I wanted to use her cream square dinner plates and bowls that would combine well with my grey salad plates. I had the perfect set of napkins to tie it all together. These napkins are not available anymore but I sourced a few similar options below.

Placesettings for an Alfresco Dinner Party for Father's Day - Home with Holliday

Since we were eating outdoors, I loved the idea of using her square rattan chargers (especially since I do not own any!) and matching napkin rings. The rattan provided such nice contrast to the ivory linen. It was so nice to be able to just rent these items from her so I didn’t have to go buy a whole new set of plates and chargers!

Placesettings for an Alfresco Dinner Party for Father's Day - Home with Holliday

For the glassware, I used my grey water goblets but added in her gold wine glasses for added color and texture.

Placesetting for an Alfresco Dinner Party for Father's Day - Home with Holliday

DeeDee and I have been friends for many years. We have worked on several boards together and have hosted multiple parties and galas together for non-profits we have supported. Not only because of her sizable collection of partyware, but her hostess skills also made it such a perfect idea for her to go into this business. Can you imagine how much fun we had going through her inventory to put this together?!

Placesetting for an Alfresco Dinner Party for Father's Day - Home with Holliday
Outdoor Alfresco Dinner Party for Father's Day - Home with Holliday

For the centerpiece, I stayed away from flowers. This potted herb garden was perfect not only because it is fresh and organic, but I can also continue to use it through the rest of the season. Plus, it smells so delightful, especially when the wind blows!

Backyard Alfresco Dinner Party for Father's Day - Home with Holliday

When it comes to mixing things up for table settings or special events, one way to save money is to, as they say, “beg, borrow or steal” (not literally, of course!!). Look through a sharing neighbor’s staples or consider borrowing items from a family member, etc. If not, there are great companies out there where you can rent pieces to use without breaking the bank. If you are in the Denver area, certainly give Distinctive Tabletop Rentals a try! DeeDee will totally take care of you.

Alfresco Dinner Party for Father's Day - Home with Holliday

For more ideas for masculine table settings, stop by a recent post of my son’s 18th birthday dinner party. It also includes other ideas for Masculine Dinner Party Ideas which would be great for Father’s Day.

16 COMMENTS

  1. roxanne | 28th May 19

    You’ve managed to design a beautiful table with a bit of a masculine feel, perfect for father’s day. well done, pinning!

    • Holliday Johnson | 28th May 19

      It was easier to do than you would think! Thank you for the pinning, Roxanne. I really appreciate it! XO

  2. Kim @Serving Up Southern | 29th May 19

    Hi Holly!
    This table setting is perfect for Father’s day! In this case, the square charger, plates, and bowls add a masculine touch to this setting. I especially like the gold tones you used. I would love for you to share this at Homestyle Gathering via Serving Up Southern.
    >>> Kim

    • Holliday Johnson | 29th May 19

      Hi Kim! I certainly will and thank you so much for your kind words! XO

  3. Mansa Krishnamurthy | 29th May 19

    Such a gorgeous setting! I love the square plates – the look is so unique!

    • Holliday Johnson | 30th May 19

      Thank you so much, Mansa! I am so glad you liked it and I appreciate your kind words.

  4. Tana - Your Marketing BFF | 29th May 19

    You perfectly captured a gorgeous table setting for Father’s Day! And that potted herb garden is a brilliant idea that can be used (and moved around) all season long.

    • Holliday Johnson | 30th May 19

      Thank you, Tana! It was also a very cost effective centerpiece. 🙂 I actually used it last night to season our fish!

  5. Crissy | 30th May 19

    Your al fresco tablescape is stunning! I love the potted herbs that add freshness to the tablescape without feeling too feminine. I’ve long admired all your tablescapes, by the way. Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About!

    • Holliday Johnson | 30th May 19

      Thank you, Crissy! I really appreciate you saying that. It is nice to still be using the herb garden after the fact. 🙂

  6. shawna | 30th May 19

    Your tablescape is gorgeous. I love the amber glassware and the herb centrepiece!

    • Holliday Johnson | 30th May 19

      Thank you so much, Shawna! The herb centerpiece was a bit hit and inexpensive as well. I am so glad you stopped by!

  7. Julie Briones | 31st May 19

    Super lovely, Holly… as always. Those vessels next to the centerpiece are so pretty! Are they smokey gray with a gold bottom? Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About, my friend!

    • Holliday Johnson | 4th Jun 19

      They are, Julie! Another great Homegoods find! Thanks for stopping by! XO

  8. tracy watson | 3rd Jun 19

    This is gorgeous!! You gave me a few ideas for our father’s day celebration!

    • Holliday Johnson | 4th Jun 19

      Excellent! That makes me so happy. I hope you have a wonderful celebration!

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