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How to Plan a Backyard Dinner Party – Part One

I love to plan parties. I created this backyard dinner party for my family and it was amazing. Today I am sharing how to plan a backyard dinner party at your own home.

How to Plan a Backyard Dinner Party

This post was sponsored and created for Flat Top Hills wines and the opinions are entirely mine. This post is for readers 21 years and older.

What a magical evening this was. I wanted to create a dinner party for our family. We are still “staying at home” and yet I wanted to create a really special evening.  And besides, what better guests are there than family?

Today I am sharing how to plan a backyard dinner party.

Flat Top Hills Wines

Planning a Dinner Party

I was recently selected to be an Ambassador for Flat Top Hills wines and they asked me to create a #flattopmoment. I decided to create a tablescape featuring their wines as part of an incredible dinner party. I wanted to create a magical dinner complete with decor, lighting, ambiance, good wine, and a home-cooked meal.

Enjoying Wine with Dinner

We loved having the wines with our dinner and it really was magical. 

Table with Lights

How to Create an Outdoor Dining Room

It took me a while to select the location for our dinner. While we have held quite a few parties in our backyard, I had never done anything poolside.

So I picked this area in front of our pool.

How to Build an Outdoor Dining Room

A few years ago I bought some old vintage porch posts. I used them to create an outdoor dining room and wanted to do it again,

Porch Posts

I bought these porch posts at a vintage sale but you can find them on Facebook Marketplace. Just search for “porch posts”

Vintage porch posts have a hole in them so I figured out that I could pound stakes in the ground to partially support the posts.

Setting up the Porch Posts

I also used some 1″ x 2″ x 8′ lumber to secure the porch posts on top. You can get the idea from the photos below.

Setting Up the Dining Area

How to Create a Poolside Dinner Party

Next, I placed another board across the center top of the frame. I hung three strings of cafe lights which I bought a few years ago and have used so many times!

Setting the Table

I decided I needed greenery across the top board and asked my husband if he could trim our tree. He gladly obliged and I placed the small branches all across the top. I secured them with green floral wire.

Poolside Dinner Party

Setting the Table

I have a pretty big inventory of charges, tablecloths, and dinnerware. I decided it would be fun to use copper accents so I selected a burlap runner, woven placemats, and copper chargers.

I made the floral centerpieces and added my favorite copper candlesticks. You can get three of these copper candlesticks for only $21!

I absolutely love how the table came out. I made the place cards with my circuit machine. I promise to share how I made them in my next blog post!

Table Setting Ideas

As the evening progressed, the table became more beautiful as the sun set.

Backyard Table

Thee lights were so unique and created a perfect ambiance poolside.

Backyard Dinner Party

The table was simple but created the perfect #flattopmoment.

Table in the Backyard

I also shared more details about the table setting, how to make the place cards, and how to make flower arrangements with grocery store flowers in this blog post.  To find out how to make the paper lanterns go to this blog post.

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How to Plan a Backyard Dinner Party

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31 Responses

  1. Thank you so much for sharing. It is beautiful! Can you share if you made or bought the pool lanterns. I LOVE this idea!

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