Dining Alfresco

4 years ago
Dining Alfresco
 
Last weekend, I hosted a small dinner party with a few close friends and family members. I love when it gets warmer and we can take the party outside! I opted for mason jars with chalkboard labels, so there wouldn't be any drink mixups and less trash #gogreen I chose to keep the drink menu simple, we imbibed in crisp white wines and a few Dark n' Stormy's. I used simple, but spectacular decorations from The Flair Exchange and I kept dessert simple with a s'mores station. We finished off the evening, illuminated by globe lights and the bonfire, while toasting marshmallows for s'mores and failing at capturing sparkler photos.
 
{tassel garland and tissue paper confetti c/o The Flair Exchange}
 
{adding garnishes to my personalized mason jar}
 
{going up and down the patio steps I opted for flats to avoid any disasters #topsiding}
 
{a bucket keep drinks visible and provides easy access -- a must for a busy hostess}

We filled our bellies with...
Lemon Herb Couscous Salad
Red Onion and Parsley Potato Salad
Fruit Salad
Pea, Herb and Cheese Salad
Thyme and Rosemary Grilled Shrimp
Lemon, Thyme and Rosemary Grilled Chicken
S'mores Made with Your Choice of a Hershey's Bar or Reese's Cup

{most of these pretty glass bowls I picked up during antiquing trips}
 
{i used small chalkboard easels to label the food and avoid the "what is this?" question} 

{pea, herb and goat cheese salad}

{parsley and red onion potato salad was a group favorite! #noleftovers and two recipe requests}

{i used my secret ingredient to marinate the chicken and shrimp}

{just a fruit salad -- a summer party must have to offset all the delectable mayo laden deliciousness }

{i love couscous, but do not have any go-to recipes, so this summer i will be testing out a few}

{s'mores + sparklers station}
 

 

p.s. we hung the globe lights way up above the party, under the deck and it kept the bugs away the entire evening, not one mosquito bite was reported the next day #win

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