End of Summer Party Ideas

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.

Party Time Tiny Prints Invitation

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!

Pretty Polka Dots Dinnerware

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.

Summer Table Setting Details

Gorgeous Table Setting

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.

Jam DIY Favors

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.

Decorative Table Details

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!

Be sure to visit Young & Entertaining for more entertaining tips and recipes!

Shop: Party Invitations | Custom Stickers

Tags: , , ,
Category: DIY
Bookmark the permalink

We are thrilled to share with you a sneak peek of the Tiny Prints 2014 holiday card collection today!

See below for the five show-stopping trends that fuse the joy of the season with striking details taken from the runway. Tell us in the comments what your favorite trend is and make sure to Pin it!

Winter Botanicals – indulge in the timeless beauty of luscious peonies, red berries and intricate vines.


Delicate Frost – let the wonder of your story unfold in a winter wonderscape painted with a soft palette and a dusting of fresh snow.

delicate frost holiday cards

Back, White and Bold – strike a beautiful balance of black and white with modern patterns.

black white and gold holiday cards

Mixed Metals – add shimmer to any mantle with metallic effects worth their weight in gold…and silver.

mixed metals holiday cards

Modern Merry – cozy up to playful type, soft patterns and festive accents of red, green and gold.

modern merry holiday cards

Tags: , ,
Category: Designs
Bookmark the permalink