Monday, September 24, 2012

Under the Stars - A Surprise Dinner Party

Recently my wonderful friend turned 30. Her sister and I schemed to throw her a surprise party, and with the help of one of my favorites, our dear friend Lizelle, a beautiful evening came together. 

We dragged our dining room table out onto the deck, used the existing outdoor dining table, and borrowed yet another folding table to create enough space. Our tablecloths were mostly old sheets. None of our glasses or vases or candleholders matched. Because its September and we weren't sure of the weather, we draped mismatched blankets on the back of each table, but serendipitously didn't use them - it was such a beautiful night. The menu was as easy as can be, and most everyone pitched in somewhere or another with food and drinks. I put together the flowers using basic skills Glenys taught me, making the most of only a few inexpensive grocery store bouquets. But when the candles and string lights were lit, you'd never know any of that. It just felt so soft and elegant and carefree. The mood was set - and the conversation {and sangria} flowed well into the night.

{yes, those are balloon animals you see. Our friend Dacia has some skills!}


This night stayed with me for days. 
It was far from perfect. But we laughed so much and so loudly my soul was full from the echo of it. I'm not very good at living in the moment - but on this evening, the moment was all there was. This night was for stories - retelling our best memories and sharing our favorite things about the guest of honor. And the entire evening was saturated with love for her. 

Just as it should be. 




  1. looks like a lot of fun, and beautiful!!

  2. Beautiful. Thanks for sharing it. I checked Target and did not see those lights. Do you have a link for catalog number for the lights? Most stores in my area don't have these patio string lights.


    1. Hi,

      Thank you so much! Target seems to have them at random times throughout the year. I found these ones at World Market that are similar:

      Ours are clear bulbs, but otherwise they are very close. I made a tutorial on how to make poles to hang them on here:

      Hope that helps!

  3. You can also find them on Amazon...



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