Thursday, August 2, 2012

Summer shindigs ~ Part 1

Since August is not only MY birthday month,
but also the birthday month of many of my good friends & family members,
I figured it apropos to feature some fab summer party ideas.

Let's start this week by talking tablescapes.
And cocktails!

Any / all of these fun ideas would be amazing for your summer shindig.
(And they are not that ridiculously priced either.  Score!)

Start with a piece of burlap as your table runner,
which also acts as a blank canvas...

For things like:
Single big, bright blooms of zinnias or dahlias in mason jars
Lots of unscented (or Citronella) tea lights in clear votives
Colorful charger plates + white dinnerware

elegant garden place cards

simple Ikat linen napkins

ceramic market baskets to hold centerpieces or fresh fruit

festive floral tumblers

And to fill those festive tumblers,
you need a festive summer cocktail!
Ones that feature fresh muddled summer fruits and/or herbs??

I stand whole-heartedly by the Bufala Negra.

And look forward to trying all any of the following:

And one "mocktail" for those who can't / don't care to booze.

And these rose petal ice cubes
would make even plain old ice water party perfect!

Is it just me, or are you now parched?

~images via coco+kelley, rifle paper co., west elm, anthropologie, zara home, & coco+kelley~

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