Adding Decor to the Outdoor Dining Room

This is part three of my story about creating a magical engagement party. Today I am going to share how I added decor to my outdoor dining room. My goal for the engagement party was to create a beautiful California Hamptons environment that was relaxed and fun. In truth, this was probably my favorite part of creating this wonderful party.

You can also read my earlier posts.

Part one – How to Plan the Party of Your Dreams“.

Part two – “How I Built an Outdoor Dining Room for Sixty Five Guests

Rentals

I rented eight tables measuring 8 ft. by 30″. I also rented 68 padded white chairs. Everything else that we needed for the party I already owned, including the buffet tables.

Linens and Table Settings

When I rented the tables and chairs, I inquired about renting tablecloths. I am not a big fan of polyester tablecloths and the rental company quoted me $48 each to rent their nicest polyester tablecloths. Since I needed eight, that was out of the question. So I headed down to the fabric mart in Los Angeles, which is located all around the large fabric store, Michael Levine’s. I spent almost two hours looking for tablecloths. In my mind, I had a very specific need which was twenty-seven yards of 60″ wide blue and white striped fabric. You can watch my shopping trip in my story highlights. I considered a lot of options and I am so happy I didn’t settle because at the last store I found exactly what I wanted. And it fit my budget of less than $7 per yard. The good news is that I can reuse the fabric for a slipcover or pillows or whatever! 

 I mentioned I had selected a color scheme of white, gray and blue. I was able to source 65 plates in my butler’s pantry and I love the mixed assortment. I also had enough silverware, water glasses, wine glasses and white cloth napkins to set both tables. Remember when I organized my napkin drawers in the butler’s pantry? That project made all of this possible!

Centerpieces

For the centerpieces, I was able to borrow these vintage brick molds from my friend Debra Hall. The fact they are gray and chippy made them better than perfect! I just love them! 

Over the years I have collected a lot of vases and I used a lot of my vases and some mason jars. I needed 36 vases and a lot of flowers! I sourced my flowers from two different. I partnered with Flowers by Gallonei and they sent me two large boxes of white hydrangeas. Their flowers come straight from South America and are shipped free via two-day Fedex. Each box has thirty hydrangea flowers and they are all just perfect. I also went to the Los Angeles Flower Mart and bought lots of fresh eucalyptus and white flowers to finish off the centerpieces. I was so happy how they came out.

Lighting

The lights that were hung above the tables were the Btightech Ambience Pro LED Waterproof Outdoor String Lights from Amazon. I used two 48′ strands. On the tables, I used my rechargeable solar lanterns by Sonnenglas. I added blue and white sea glass and charged the lids of the mason jars in the sun for twelve hours. They looked fabulous.

Polaroid Photos

I wanted to share some photos of the bride and groom to be and found a company that would print any photos in a 3″ x 4″ size vintage Polaroid.  used a company called FoxPrint and they turned my order around in one day.

The cost of each photo was thirty-five cents and so worth it! We found photos of the bride and groom to be on their Instagram and Facebook accounts. I hung the photos on dimmable LED Photo Clips and also put them in the tables using my vintage flower frogs.

Tomorrow I will finish the decor details and then Friday we will talk about the food and menu!

Before and After Photos of the Transformation of Our 100 Year Old Home

On the blog yesterday I posted a lot of the finished rooms in our home. By finished, I am referring to the new neutral (white) themed rooms. I heard from a lot of you who wanted to see the before and after photos. I didn’t even think to include them in my post. But given the huge number of you who wanted to see them, I have written this post, which is all about before and after.

So let’s get started.

First, our master bedroom. Here is how it looks now.

 

And here it was before. Don’t even ask me why the bed isn’t even centered over the window! Oh my gosh. We redid the tile around the fireplace, replaced the rug, curtains, and bedding. And painted the walls. Then I bought new end tables, lamps and the bench for the end of the bed. Plus I made a new headboard out of an old vintage door.

 

Then there is our family room. Here is what it looks like now.

 

And here it was before. I replaced the rug, added new slipcovers to our sectional and added the vintage white windows and ladder chandelier. I also replaced the two chairs.

 

Our living room also got an overhaul. Here is it now.

 

And here is the before. I slipcovered the sofas and made a new coffee table. I also added the new general store counter. But the paint, rug and artwork over the fireplace stayed the same.

 

Many of you have already seen the dramatic transformation of my office.

It is now my craft room and it looks like this.

 

And this is what it use to look like.

When you see these photos I hope you can see that it is not hard to make a change if you don’t like your decor. I hadn’t done anything in our home for years and we were way over due. I was so busy and knew I would eventually get around to it! I cannot even tell you how happy I am with the changes that took place in our decor last year!

We still have more rooms and makeovers to share. Plus a lot of projects still to do! So stay tuned.

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