#JKID Event | Alfresco Summer Dinner

Wednesday, September 05, 2012

As another summer sets, I’m reminded of all the good times we shared this season. Alfresco dinner parties with a bevy of my party peeps, backyard bbq’s grubbing on some greasy meaty faves, daily poolside dips to preserve my season’s tan….Ahhhhh summer, I sure dis you when you’re here but yearn when you’ve departed. That’s it! I’m making a concerted effort to start throwing fall and winter dinner parties…oh yes, OUTDOORS! Isn’t that the very reason we pay the big bucks to live in SoCal? Endless summer y’all! 

Throw your own "Alfresco Summer Dinner" with these budget friendly tips: 

1. Create a themed menu and enlist friends to bring their version of that dish.
Since summer's coming to a close, we kept the menu light and fresh with Spanish-inspired faves like skirt steak, chicken enchiladas, and sweet corn salad.
You can get inspired with seasonal offerings from foodtv.com or even pinterest! Who doesn't love a good potluck?! 

2. Remember that presentation is key! I ALWAYS make it a point to set the table with a theme in mind. Warm reds and burnt yellows litter the tablescape reminding me of sunsets in SoCal. Purchase inexpensive market flowers by the dozen and look to your own backyard for fillers. Not only does the space feel lively and welcoming, food sure does look a lot better on a fully dressed table. 

3. Keep it fancy, but functional. My number 1 rule when throwing alfresco dinner parties: no dishes! I purchased gold chargers for 50cents each at my local thrift store and layered styrofoam plates directly on top of them. You get the glam look without the dirty dish soap. It's all about creating a mood with the decor, then replacing the key pieces with disposable items. Who wants to do dishes when you're simply lounging and enjoying a fabulous time?? 

Happy Hump Day y'all!
How will you celebrate your last days of summer??? 


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  1. This looks like the perfect summer soiree!! <3 Everything looks beautiful

  2. o0o0o0 lovely arrangements :) Hugs from California! xx,
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  3. Beautiful pictures!


  4. Great tips and amazing photos! Always sad to say goodbye to summer!

  5. I love outdoors dinner parties! This one looked beautiful and fun!

  6. Amazing! The decoration is so perfect and elegant! I love the pictures! It seems a perfect dinner!

    Kisses, Rebeca

  7. Beautiful tablescape and top! That strawberry summer salad looks delicious.

  8. Great pictures, lovely art a la table!

  9. Good tips. Lots of people need to learn how to host better parties - myself included. I like the idea of a themed menu.
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  10. loving your table set up, just beautiful!

    Leopard and Lillies

  11. The photography looks incredible.. and the food looks even better!! Wonderful tips for any occasion xx

  12. Beautiful table setting!


  13. So beautiful! Sunflowers are my favorite!

  14. Everything about these dreamy pictures smell hapiness and summetime. Just love it.

  15. Great photos! Looks like you really know how to throw a party and make it look beautiful!

    xoxo Bree
    The Urban Umbrella

  16. This is amazing!! So professional. I wish I could throw one of these as beautifully as you did!

  17. OMG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! your blog makes me soooo hungry every single time i visit! luvly :)

  18. these pictures look perfect!! makes the food look so good! loving your blog, girly~



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