ENDLESS SUMMER


There’s no better way to hold onto that footloose and fancy free summer vibe just a little bit longer than by hosting a party!  Today I’m sharing photos of the late summer soirée that I helped my friend pull together to celebrate her husband’s birthday.

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The party was a classic clambake, but the raw elements – tried and true picnic tables, kitschy plates and cheerful sunflowers – would work equally as well for a classic fall BBQ or for an Oktoberfest celebration complete with a craft beer bar, sausages and strudel!

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This was a relatively impromptu celebration, planned and hosted in just over two weeks.  We chose uncomplicated elements such as paper placemats to highlight the simple wooden tables…

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Mason jars for water glasses, and preppy blue and white striped napkins tied up with rope for a nautical feel.

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The melamine “How to Eat a Lobster” plates added a touch of whimsy, as did the place cards…which were secured with clothespins and included a note on the back wishing the birthday boy a happy birthday.  The birthday boy, of course, had his own personalized message.

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I found these charming blue and white ceramic vases on the “Sale” table at one of my favorite garden centers

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and we filled them with sunflowers — which are abundant and reasonably priced this time of year.

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The finished product:

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We used burlap wrapped votive holders to layer in another interesting texture (here they double as a caddy for appetizer forks)…

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and scattered a few marine elements around to keep the decor light and playful.

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These giant lobster claws starred in many a late night photograph!

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(Lobster drink stirrers on the bar.)

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A vessel for the host’s signature cocktail…

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Prepping the appetizer table:

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The buffet table:

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The picnic tables:

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And cupcakes, treats and candy for dessert!

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I loved that this party was so spontaneous and that many of the elements – the mason jars, the blue and white vases and the burlap votives – can easily be reused for future celebrations.  The lobster placemats are from Carrot and Stick but Hester and Cook also has a great selection of paper mats and table runners.  Meanwhile, these fun napkins from Harvey & Strait could be just the ticket for your next “boil.”

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Ditto this adorable pillow.  Quite the catch!

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Although it’s sad to wave goodbye to summer entertaining, I am so excited for the change in seasons:  The promise of crisp and sunny afternoons, colorful mums, perfectly round pumpkins, apple picking, tailgates and cozy autumn suppers.  Bring it on!  Happy “Back to Everything!”

xo,

Cath

 

Party Resources:  Caterer – Fjord, Rentals – Smith’s.  Photos:  CT.



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