For the ultimate end-of-summer party, Kippy from Young and Entertaining shows us how to elegantly style a tablescape and create a sweet treat that will leave guests impressed.
Can you believe how quickly the summer is flying by? This time of year, I’m always looking for a reason to be outside. I just have to soak up the summer warmth before it’s too late!
I love hosting friends for dinner, but by August, I’m pretty much barbeque’ed out. I’ll use any excuse to break out my polka-dot wedding china, so I thought, why not host an inside-out dinner party? A little formality at the picnic table if you will!
The first task is to choose the invitation of course (every formal party needs a formal invite). When I saw these Party Time invitations I thought they match my china perfectly and would also serve as the inspiration for the rest of my table.
Once I have a theme or color scheme in mind, it’s hard for me change my course. When I wasn’t able to find the perfect pale-pink napkins that I envisioned, I ended up heading to the fabric store. There, I found just the fabric I was looking for and used one of napkins at home as a template to cut the fabric. I didn’t even hem the napkins and no one ever knew!
I also picked up a really rich, leathery fabric from the clearance bin in a pail beige hue. It was pre-cut so I sort of just crossed my fingers it would work. I ended up cutting it in half and using it as a table liner, rather than a fully draped tablecloth, and it worked wonders. The thick fabric was just what the picnic table needed for a formal party.
My canned strawberry jam served two purposes: party favor, and place cards! For a little durability, I used label stickers on card stock, then punched a small hole in the corner for a ribbon. Visit www.youngandentertaining.com for my easy Strawberry Orange Jam recipe.
Fresh flowers are always a nice touch, but I prefer to keep any flower arrangements low so guests can see each other over the table. I use my stemless wine glasses in lieu of vases.
There’s still time to enjoy this beautiful summer so grab your friends, head outside, and surprise everyone with a simple, elegant party at the picnic table!
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