Forty years is a long time. Especially when you’re talking about being married. My parents recently made it to that milestone–and we (their children) are very lucky to have such role models in our lives. To celebrate their 40th anniversary, we held a casual sit down dinner party for 16 people out in my parent’s beautiful backyard.
The inspiration for this event came from the green of the early summer in Virginia and a piece of Tommy Bahama fabric I found. Which led to an inspired menu of “Floribbean” food. Some of which had to be driven up from Florida–who knew plantains were so regional?
This party is a great example of how you can make just a few special touches using quality materials and simplicity and have a beautiful outcome.
Paper lanterns from Beau-Coup were strung from the pergola on the porch and hundreds of twinkling lights hung to create a bit of atmosphere. Tea candles were also placed along the length of the table and around the porch area for ambiance. I just love a party with a little twinkle!
The hydrangeas weren’t quite in full bloom by the time this party was held, but I was able to walk through my father’s garden, along with those of a few neighbors, and gather enough big blue blossoms to fill my vases. Each vase was specially wrapped with jute for extra detail. The place settings had inexpensive round placemats layered with white plates and napkins tied with banana leaves and raffia. One of my favorite things sitting down to eat during the party were the water bottles on the table–we chilled then and set them out for self-service during dinner. A little jute detail made them fit in perfectly!