Monday, May 19, 2014

Party at the Picnic Table

A few months ago, my father-in-law gave us the most amazing picnic table.  It is absolutely huge and can easily sit 12 people.  Since the moment it landed in my back yard, I've been dying to host an al fresco dinner. 

Friday afternoon, with the forecast looking close to perfect, we decided to host a Moscow Mule social and dinner at the picnic table.  I thought the table came together perfectly and effortlessly with just a few colorful accessories, paper napkins, and some simple fresh flowers.

I recently bought these great stacking plates at C. Wonder -perfect for a utensil rest and a nice pop of color.  

I'm obsessed with these disposable linen placemats I found in Wilmington at Dragonflies - perfect for the picnic table.  I accidentally threw away the packaging so I can't find the brand, but i'll be buying more soon and will be sure to post. 

 Trader Joe's and Whole Foods usually have great deals on fresh cut flowers.  These hydrangeas were $4.99 and are still hanging in there 4 days later! 

We kept the menu pretty simple with Stonewall Kitchen Pork Tenderloin (pork tenderloin just keeps going on sale at Harris Teeter- I can't resist the buy one get one free!), squash casserole, grilled asparagus, and Pasta Salad. 

Simple votives provided a lovely glow as the sun went down, and helped keep some of the bugs away.



  1. What kind of camera/lens do you use?? Your pictures are always incredible!!

    1. Thank you!! I actually use the lens you recommended to me a while ago - the EF 50mm f/1.8. Natural light makes a world of difference!

  2. Those cups are the cutest! :) Everything looks so good.

  3. I was there and everything was as beautiful in person as it is in these pictures! What's a great night!

  4. Helloooo dreamy! This is beautiful!!! Love the C. Wonder touches!!!