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.
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Can I tell you how much fun we had putting the flowers together in Lory’s prep area?!?!
4. Pay attention to the details for the finishing touches.
Lory’s gold flatware added a some nice warmth to the table.
We took a tiny break for an instastory, thanks to Holly!
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!
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.
Photography provided by Jennifer Markle of www.jennifermarkle.com.