Host an Outdoor Dinner Party

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Ever since moving into our home and falling in love with our patio, I knew I wanted to throw the perfect outdoor party to host our first round of guests.  My vision was a rustic chic vibe with lots of greenery, classic stemware, and a few unique DIY details. The outcome was better than I imagined… a dreamy outdoor oasis. Read on to see how I brought it all together!

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Rather than a traditional centerpiece for my table I created a table runner of moss and placed brass lanterns and a wooden crate overflowing with succulents down the center of the table. My goal was that guests would continue to find new elements they hadn’t initially noticed throughout the dinner, like a hidden candle or a random flower.

To bring this to life I headed to World Market where I was on the hunt for rustic elements to incorporate into the table. There I found an amazing long and narrow wooden crate as well as the lanterns. For the crate, I created a box overflowing with succulents {in case you missed this fun DIY project from Monday’s post, see here!}. For the lanterns I bought two of each size and placed one on either side of the succulent box. On either side I also placed a few small floral arrangement of white Dahlias, Eucalyptus and Dianthus ‘Green Trick’ {the green puffs!}.

Ideas for Hosting Summer time outdoor dinner partyIndividual Wooden cutting board at each tablesettingSucculent CenterpiecesWorld market lanterns

I liked the idea of sending off my guests with a parting gift so that’s where my miniature olive oils came into play {how to make them here}. I found the cutest mini glass jars with swing tops and placed a sprig of rosemary inside, and then finished off with olive oil. To complete the look, I placed a small cutting board at each table setting equipped with two bread options, a small dish of sea salt and their own olive oil jar to enjoy. The swap of bread plates for these cutting boards was perfectly in line with the rustic vision I was aiming for! {Btw, I bought these Wood Cutting Boards at West Elm.}

Host an Outdoor Dinner PartyNapkin StylingEach guest has their own cutting board and golf flatwareWooden Cutting Board

For glassware and flatware I wanted a selection that would dress up the table a bit without being too formal {no melamine here!}. For stemware I chose the Simon Pearce hartland goblet and the white wine goblet for serving wine and water {I love this brand which is American-made and hand-crafted!}. Then my West Elm gold flatware has been a staple this summer, so of course I chose to use them yet again! Last but not least I mixed and match blue and white napkins which I secured with  a string of burlap! I am looking forward to using this table theme well into the Fall, and hope a few details have inspired you as well!