Outdoor Dinner Party Decor with La Crema Wines

Long time no talk, chickadees! I've been busy having a baby and being a lawyer and such... But I'm back in action and cannot wait to show you what I've got up my sleeve in the coming months! Fall is on the horizon. I cannot wait for the weather, the apple everything (I prefer apple to pumpkin. I know, I know. Bad blogger!) and the anticipation of the holidays. But we are only just now halfway through summer- today as a matter of fact! So I'm going to show you how to make the most of the rest of the season!

La Crema asked me to give their fans my advice and best tips for successful outdoor summer entertaining and I was happy to oblige! I'm sharing some of my tips with you here, too, but make sure you head on over to the La Crema blog for the full 4-1-1! I'm taking the mystery out of magical summer dinner parties for you. First up is my favorite entertaining topic- decor!

Take your decorating cues from nature! For this outdoor summer dinner party I stuck with a color palate completely influenced by the season itself. Lush, vibrant green and bright, warm gold against the classic backdrop of black and white. I allowed nature's beauty to guide me in every major decor element for this table, from the floral arrangements to the leaf place cards!

All you need is a leaf and a paint pen to make the most adorable little place cards. Not just for weddings and huge receptions, place cards are a simple and easy way to instantly elevate the "special" factor of any gathering, no matter how small. There is just something nice about not having to decide where to sit. Your guests will appreciate the effort as well as the beauty of this quick little trick.

A gold paint pen (and 13 years of Catholic school penmanship) gave me everything I needed to take these grocery store vase fillers to the next level. That brings me to my next tip- don't shun the grocery store floral department! Sure, they're bound to have plenty of gerber daisies and babies breath. But even the most basic of grocery store floral departments will have something you can use to pretty up your table! I always stick with one type of bloom in a single color. I discard any filler that came with the flowers (usually ugly ferns or babies breath) and add in my own. If the floral department doesn't have any interesting filler you can always forage in your yard, or grab a bunch of kale from the produce department!

I found these gorgeous bellflowers in my local specialty grocer. Aren't they lovely? They resemble huge lily of the valley. I simply placed them in gold spraypainted bottles for a simple yet striking arrangement!

That's not all I did for my table's centerpiece, though! Up next I will share an awesome DIY centerpiece that naturally- and beautifully- repels insects! Won't you join me?

 

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of La Crema. The opinions and text are all mine.

 

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of La Crema. The opinions and text are all mine.