So lets just get right to it. I knew I wanted to have a small dinner party at my home on the patio and that's exactly what I did.
Anytime I have anything it starts with me creating a photo album of inspiration photos. ALL My inspiration photos for my dinner party came from pinterest (per usual). I literally searched outdoor dinner party and instantly found pics to match the vibe I was going for. Super chill, super cute, good food, good drank, & good people.
It's really quite simple to create a bomb tablescape if you have the following essential items:
Table linen (table cloth & napkins)
Some sort of table runner (preferrably greenery)
Now it's time to plan
So I knew exactly what I wanted in my head but now I needed to bring it to life. Mentally I was preoccupied with finishing up Kyla's room. I really wanted to be pretty much finished with her room before i started another small project... but wait now my best friend is having a long weekend celebration for her b-day in Malibu a week before my birthday & I knew I needed to go. This year I should've been on 3 trips before her birthday but because of covid 0 trips, 2020 has been exhausting so I definitely needed this trip for my mental health. I needed a break. So I had to prepare for the trip ( yall want the blog for the trip or nah?) Anywho... in my mind I was going to start planning my birthday dinner as soon as I hit the plane.
So now that I was in Malibu, no work, kids or husband I was ready to work out the details.
I knew I needed to send invites out asap. I went on greetingsisland.com and found a cute free invitation that kinda sorta matched the vibe... it was simple, cute, straight to the point.... but most of all free!
Now that I have my invitation I needed to finalize my guest list. With covid I knew it wasn't going to be a bunch of people. Honestly I feel like dinner is extremely intimate, I knew I wanted the vibe to be natural..... nothing forced, no forced conversations just to avoid awkward silence, which normally happens when you put a bunch of people at a table that don't know each other.
My household is big and I definitely wanted my kids to enjoy the evening.
With my husband, myself, my 15,13 & 6 year old that's already 5 people 😩
Overall the guest list totaled 16 people.
I sent my invites out, my husband reached out to someone to prepare dinner, the menu we came up with was steak, shrimp, mac n cheese & a veggie
Ok so we have are invites sent
We have someone to prepare the food and we have a menu
The drinks were next. So important! 2020 has been hard. I needed everyone to be relaxed, feeling good and just ready to vibe.
I reached out to Sarina’s sip service! Because of my career i'm huge on customer service and professionalism and she was amazing.
We linked up to talk about the drinks and come up with a menu. I knew I wanted to have specific drinks for the menu. We came up with (one of my favs) lemon drop martini, side car (for my Henny loving friends) strawberry & peach patron margarita's ( for my patron loving family members) and a Shirley temple for my kiddos.
So now the hard part... color scheme. Since the dinner party was going to be outside the color scheme had to go with the color of my patio furniture, navy blue and white. Blue isn't a color that I would normally use so it was hard for me to visualize it.... I knew pink had to be one of the colors, something about the color pink, the perfect soft shade ( it makes my heart smile) I searched blue and pink dinner party decor and omg I found my inspiration! I found the picture!
Ok, so I needed the vases. The vases were going to give me my blue that I needed. (So i thought)
I figured id buy some dollar store vases, spray paint them white and use my cricut to make a navy blue stencil. Mind you its Monday, the dinner is Sunday & I had to work the whole week minus Friday.
We're having a party baby!
On Monday I went to millers party rentals and rented:
Two 8ft tables
2 floor length table cloths the color was peach but it looked more like and ivory/ pinkish color
16 navy napkins
16 plate chargers (clear with gold trim)
4 glass pitchers
16 chiavary chairs
On Tuesday I started searching for my vases and I found a bunch online but none of them would've arrived in time. I went to homegoods and I found some similar vases from my inspiration picture. I grabbed 5 of them. Reached out to colonial florists, I use them a lot for work, I was pressed for time so I just had to go with it.. I sent him my inspiration photo, I dropped the vases off to him Wednesday, we agreed on a dozen pink roses for each vase and a bunch of white miniature roses to add fullness. We scheduled delivery for Saturday. I asked him to send me a pic after he completed one vase so that I could decide if we needed to add more roses. He sent me the pic on Friday around 7pm and when I saw it I instantly knew that I made the wrong decision. The roses were perfect but they weren't perfect with the vase. The white roses looked Ivory inside the true white & navy vase. I instantly texted back and told him we needed all pink roses but he told me it was too late 🥴
I was so annoyed, I just kept looking at the picture. The flowers were going to make the table.I needed them to be perfect. My daughter and sister told me not to worry,I would figure it out like I always do BUT
I spent the money I spent so that I wouldn’t have to figure it out. It was my birthday weekend I didn't want to figure it out.........but I didn't have a choice the dinner party was less than 24 hrs away. I got out my feelings and got it done, I went to dollar tree and grabbed 6 vases, then hobby lobby for gold spray paint. I've never spray painted glass before but it was super easy and it only took me 20 mins.
Check my instagram for the video of me spray painting the vases, I cant upload the vid for some reason.
Video below is after the glass vases were spray painted gold.
My sister came over and made the name plates while I spray painted the vases because I was literally running out of time & she's a pro on the cricut so I knew she would deliver exactly what I wanted.
I ordered clear acrylic name plates from amazon and we used the cricut to cut the names and add them to each acrylic plate. My bestie always haves them at all of her events and I just love em. It makes it more personable and serves as a super cute party favor.
So overall everything came together and it just worked out. It was perfect. The energy, the vibe, the drinks Sarina poured!. It was just a great night that I needed! Happy Birthday to me!
Mommies just know that we deserve great days ! Make yourself a priority, we spend
our days do things for work, for the children, our husband, and households WE have to spend time doing things for ourselves. I know that if i'm off then my whole house is off. I will continue to find time for me, I'll continue to create great memories, and I'll continue to show my children that if you put your mind to it you can create whatever view you want in life.
xoxoxoxoxox, until next time!