Backyard Party Ideas: An Anthropologie-Inspired Dinner Party

When you put three blogger/influencers together for a retreat in Arizona and you are having a dinner party while you are there, this is what happens! While at a luncheon on our trip, we were discussing backyard party ideas and decided to pop into an Anthropologie store to find some goodies for the dinner party we were having at our hostess’s home later that day.

Backyard Party Ideas - Anthropologie-Inspired Dinner Party - Home with Holliday

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Beautiful Backyard Party Ideas: Anthropologie Inspired Dinner Party - Home with Holliday

First, let me tell you how the retreat came together. I met Lory of To Have & To Host on Instagram. Her profile said she was “owner of too many napkins” so I just knew we would be instant friends! 🙂 Soon after, I found Holly of Home with Holly J on Instagram as well. I reached out to her because names were so similar (I am Holly J as well!) and our blog names were so much alike. We hit it off immediately.

Backyard Party Ideas - Anthropologie-Inspired Dinner Party - Home with Holliday

Making a long story short, we had several long phone calls together and found out that we were all cut from the exact same cloth, so to speak. We started collaborating, supporting each other, helping each other through our blogging journies and decided we wanted several days together to continue building our friendships. Lory hosted us in her home town for the retreat and we had more fun than can be explained!

Backyard Party Ideas: Anthropologie-Inspired Dinner Party

We have been so excited to share this post with you! Hang in there…this one is loaded! Here are ways to create a similar backyard dinner party.

Beautiful Backyard Party Ideas: Anthropologie Inspired Dinner Party - Home with Holliday

1. Use a colorful color palate.

We started out using this Woven Sawyer Throw Blanket as a table topper and as the inspiration for the look. The rattan placemats added such style to the place settings and a great foundation to the Old Havana dinner plates that we flipped over.

Backyard Party Ideas for Summer - Anthropologie-Inspired Dinner Party
Colorful Backyard Party Ideas: Anthropologie Inspired Dinner Party - Home with Holliday

2. Feature natural textures.

Not only do the rattan placemats add a natural texture but the fringed linen napkins with the weaved napkin rings also added a nice touch.

Backyard Party Ideas: Anthropologie Inspired Dinner Party - Home with Holliday

3. Use fresh cut garden flowers in your centerpiece.

We decided to anchor the centerpiece with the white hydrangeas first and then layer in the smaller arrangements. The mint julep cups were a perfect vessel for the mixed flower arrangements.

Simple Backyard Party Ideas: Anthropologie Inspired Dinner Party - Home with Holliday
Backyard Party Ideas: Anthropologie Inspired Dinner Party - Home with Holliday
Simple Backyard Party Ideas: Anthropologie Inspired Dinner Party - Home with Holliday
Beautiful Backyard Party Ideas: Anthropologie Inspired Dinner Party - Home with Holliday
Beautiful Backyard Party Ideas: Anthropologie Inspired Dinner Party - Home with Holliday
Beautiful Backyard Party Ideas: Anthropologie Inspired Dinner Party - Home with Holliday

Can I tell you how much fun we had putting the flowers together in Lory’s prep area?!?!

Backyard Party Ideas: Anthropologie Inspired Dinner Party - Home with Holliday
Backyard Party Ideas: Anthropologie Inspired Dinner Party - Home with Holliday
Simple Backyard Party Ideas: Anthropologie-Inspired Dinner Party - Home with Holliday

4. Pay attention to the details for the finishing touches.

For the glassware, we used Lory’s pink fleur de lis water glasses. We also added the Pommed Jute Pillows to the host and hostess chairs which really finished things off so nicely.

Backyard Party Ideas: Anthropologie Inspired Dinner Party - Home with Holliday
Lovely Backyard Party Ideas: Anthropologie Inspired Dinner Party - Home with Holliday
Lovely Backyard Party Ideas: Anthropologie Inspired Dinner Party - Home with Holliday
Backyard Party Ideas: Anthropologie Inspired Dinner Party - Home with Holliday

Lory’s gold flatware added a some nice warmth to the table.

Simple Backyard Party Ideas: Anthropologie-Inspired Dinner Party - Home with Holliday

We took a tiny break for an instastory, thanks to Holly!

Simple Backyard Party Ideas: Anthropologie-Inspired Dinner Party - Home with Holliday

Before dinner, we got to enjoy some wonderful downtime hanging out in Lory’s garden. It is actually her husband’s baby and it is incredible!

Backyard Party Ideas: Anthropologie Inspired Dinner Party - Home with Holliday

Thanks for stopping by today to see these Backyard Party Ideas and to learn more about my best blogging buddies. They each wrote their own post of our fun evening and I would love for you to stop by their posts to see what they shared. I am so grateful for these ladies and the amazing time we had together.

Backyard Party Ideas: Anthropologie Inspired Dinner Party - Home with Holliday
Backyard Party Ideas: Anthropologie-Inspired Dinner Party - Home with Holliday

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Photography provided by Jennifer Markle of www.jennifermarkle.com.

18 COMMENTS

  1. Julie Briones | 4th Jun 19

    Gorgeous, Holly! I’m going to spend more time reading and gazing at this tonight… We missed you Tuesday Turn About last week! Hope you’ll be joining us this week… we just went live! 😉

    • Holliday Johnson | 5th Jun 19

      I don’t know how I missed that! I will check in now. I hope you enjoy the post!! XO

  2. Fabiana | 5th Jun 19

    It looks like you all had such a fun time!

    • Holliday Johnson | 5th Jun 19

      It is so much fun to put it together with like-minded ladies!!

  3. Elsa white | 5th Jun 19

    Dear holly,
    thank you for your post! I always look forward to them, they are always so inspiring to me!

    • Holliday Johnson | 5th Jun 19

      OMG, Elsa! That is so sweet of you to say! You just made my day!!

  4. Kim @Serving Up Southern | 5th Jun 19

    Hi Holly!
    This is beautiful! The combination of vibrant colors and warm tones are stunning. And I love the throw blanket you used for the table topper! Y’all did a fabulous job! I hope you’ll share this at Homestyle Gathering this week!
    >>> Kim

    • Holliday Johnson | 7th Jun 19

      I got right on it, Kim. Thank you so much for your kind words! XO

  5. Crissy | 7th Jun 19

    There’s so much eye candy here, Holly! I enjoyed hearing the story of how the three of you came together to support each other and collaborate. Aren’t fellow bloggers the best? They just get it! Thanks for sharing at Tuesday Turn About! Pinning!

    • Holliday Johnson | 8th Jun 19

      I couldn’t agree more, Crissy! It is such an upside that I never expected. Thank you for stopping by!

  6. Julie Briones | 10th Jun 19

    Love those chargers, and the aqua colored place settings! Just beautiful! So glad you linked up at Tuesday Turn About!

    • Holliday Johnson | 10th Jun 19

      You bet! I am obsessed with the plates for sure!! Have a great day, my friend!

  7. Lory parson | 10th Jun 19

    The best collaboration table I have ever had the pleasure of styling. I really feel there are many more of these in our future!! xoxo

    • Holliday Johnson | 12th Jun 19

      Absolutely, my friend! My head is churning with ideas! See you soon! XO

  8. Margaret | 12th Jun 19

    I can see the Dallas background. I don’t live there now….but I did enjoy many days there. I’m glad you have found like spirits. Enjoy

    • Holliday Johnson | 12th Jun 19

      It is so nice when you meet new kindred spirits! Who would imagine that it would happen through Instagram! Dallas is certainly “home” to me.

  9. Cindy | 12th Jun 19

    such a lovely garden get-together! I love the idea of meeting people on social media and then actually meeting them in real life! thanks for sharing your blogging event with us!!

    • Holliday Johnson | 12th Jun 19

      You are so welcome! Some people thought we were crazy to go on a trip with ladies we had never met. It was, however, beyond my expectations!

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