I admit, I’m a lucky girl with an amazing outdoor space right in the middle of the city. It’s pretty great. The sad part is that I don’t feel like it gets used enough, especially with our short summers. So when my good friends from out of town told me they were coming for a visit I decided to go all out and host a proper rooftop patio dinner party. I threw in a few DIY decor projects to make it extra special, which I’ll post in more detail later. Don’t hate me but I pulled almost all of this together with stuff I already had around my place (I have a lot of stuff..it’s kinda a problem).
I made the bunting with some scrap material I had and the table runner with a bunch of doilies I picked up at a thrift store that I didn’t know what I was going to do with. Both the expandable table & chairs are from Ikea in case you’re wondering. The pillows & lantern are from Homesense last season.
I don’t usually do proper place settings, but like I said, I went all out. I made the name holder from dollar store forks and used a gold marker for the name (psst: I’ll let you in on a secret – my writing isn’t that beautiful, I printed them in a pretty font (Janda Celebration Script) and traced them with gold marker). The stunning glasses are part of a hand painted vintage set that was gifted to me by a good friend who knows me well.
I used some of my vintage glass collection for vases with bright jewel coloured flowers.
Pardon the blurry iPhone photo but what a great panoramic to show you the whole spread. I went all out with the decor but kept the menu pretty simple. I made BBQ ribs for the first time (success!) along with watermelon mint feta salad, potato salad, grilled veggies & caprese salad.
There’s nothing better than sitting around a table with good friends on a beautiful summer night. That is one happy bunch of people.