An Effortless Backyard Dinner Party
To close out our summer this year, we hosted a dinner party in the backyard. Couple things you must have for this scenario one being perfect weather and the other, a great group of friends to enjoy it all with.
So where do I even begin with this dinner? It's by far one of my faves ever.
How about the wine? The darling family behind Maiden + Liberty asked if we'd like to taste the wine that they make in their family run vineyards. We said yes. Obviously. So they sent over the sweetest person on the planet to pour several different wines for us to taste.
The setting was all farm inspired. At the market I always see piles of wood slats laying in the back. They let us take a few and we set them into the grass with pillows and blankets all around.
Having a bar cart on wheels is so convenient because you can move it all around. For this dinner we wheeled the cart right onto the grass the in backyard by our dinner set up and set up an ice bucket, tons of glasses and dish towels to clean up any wine that dripped down the bottles.
I wanted a moody palette of flowers. Sort of a nod to the sadness of the summer ending and a wink to the start of fall. Oranges, red, purple, pink and green were the perfect mix.
My friend Anastasia of Sag Harbor Florist has a farm where she was currently growing the most beautiful dahlias and picked buckets of 'em for us to use. We styled them all through the wood slat table creating the prettiest look!
Naturally, Crafty Maggie whipped up a little DIY wine cork name card for each guest with some household items that she found....doesn't get more fitting than this...
For dinner I wanted to serve a really fresh, seasonal meal but I did not have time to cook. There's a local gourmet market in Sag Harbor that I'd been dying to try, so I gave it a go and was not disappointed. The roast chicken, grilled salmon and vegetables were out of this world. The best part was they kept perfectly tasty at room temperate so we weren't rushed to eat!
The weather was wonderful and we had the most fabulous time making memories with dear friends.
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