Guess what? It’s time for another Summer Dinner Party. I am so happy I get to plan a special dinner for my extended family.
I am so happy that we will be hosting a dinner party in early August to honor my father-in-law. It’s a small gathering of family and I want to create a wonderful table and setting. Of course, I also want to serve a really nice dinner. Even though it is all family, we do need to observe social distancing.
The guest count should be around 11 people. I really want the evening to be an intimate environment and yet make sure there is social distancing between the families.
How to Plan a Summer Dinner Party
Planning the Dinner Party
I always make a list of everything I need to plan for my dinner party. My list for this party includes:
Here is what I have planned so far.
With eleven guests, I considered using long tables. But then I realized we would be too far apart to encourage socializing (while distancing).
So I am going to use a square table. I am also going to use my pillars to create some hanging lights.
We are definitely going to set up a table in the center of our backward. We will move the table up toward the house as this is a great location.
I decided to use my two wood table toppers because when I put them together, the two tables are perfect for this size group.
The table-toppers measure 45″ x 90″ so when two are put together they make a 90″ square. We can fit four guests on each side of the square the table but since we only have 11 people, I can set the table so that three sides will have three chairs and one side will have only two chairs. I think that works!
I always like to have a theme for my party and I think I am going to highlight sunflowers. Sunflowers are plentiful right now and I think they will be perfect for our dinner.
This is my inspiration. I painted this sunflower painting a while ago and it is one of my favorites!
I have found so much inspiration for this party because it has is such a great theme.
I have new hanging lights that I can’t wait to share. They are so affordable and easy to make!
I intend to create fresh sunflower centerpieces made with grocery store flowers.
Wood tables, placemats, chargers, china (TBD), silverware, napkins, and ball jar drinking glasses.
I am going to make a sunflower stencil and make some themed napkins. You will love seeing how easy this is. I. cannot. wait to share them with you,
Place Cards – TBD
Menu – TBD
I will be planning a surprise dessert!
This is an example of the set up for the party I want everyone to be seated at a square table.
Isn’t this festive?
The party isn’t for two weeks (it is Sunday, August 9th) so I have some time to get everything done. What a nice change!
I hope you will join me as I plan for this party. It’s going to be fun!
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