We’ve been feasting on all things Al Fresco today and with the cloudy skies outside my window, I couldn’t be happier to soak in a bit of e-sunshine. Fabulous cocktails, inspired florals and an easy breezy attitude is what should always define outdoor entertaining and this next little gem of a luncheon, photographed by Carina Skrobecki, is just that. The best part? Totally approachable, no fuss design with a whole lot of laughter. Oh and we designed a fun little buying guide and color palette so that you can transform your own outdoor oasis into something dreams are made of. Click here to see the whole fete.


From the bride’s sister…

When planning my twin sister’s bridal shower, I knew I wanted to do something that was relaxed, but thoughtful. We had decided to throw the shower in her new backyard at her home just outside of Seattle, which had a perfect patio for a long banquet-style table for everyone to sit and have a plated meal. I had seen a lot of Mad Tea Party inspired bridal showers, but felt we could still pull it off a bit differently. As a designer AND a photographer, I’m always looking to the small details to pull an event together, however, I knew if we went this route I wanted Camille to know that despite how “styled” this was, the day was about showering her with love and surrounding her by friends and family, thus a lot of the decorations, food, and overall set-up was done by friends of the bride. It was truly a team effort. Even the fabulous cake was baked by one of the bridesmaids.

Photography: Carina Skrobecki Photography / Flowers: Local Farmer’s Market / Event Catering: Simply Real Health / Ceremony Location: Bride’s Backyard in Seattle / Invitations: Carina Skrobecki / Shoes: Nordstrom / Dress: J Crew

Darling, right? I mean it’s easy, it’s effortless, it’s intimate and yet it’s absolutely fabulous. A little fete that anyone can do on any budget. And we heart it in a big way. So much so that we decided to break it down, add in a few more layers and give you a recipe for outdoor party perfection…

1. Tart via Flickr /  2. Pitcher via Anthropology / 3. Dipped Spoons by Mr. and Mrs. P / 4. Plastic Pink Cups via The Future Perfect / 5. Quiche via Baked Bree / 6. Painted Vases via Two Delighted / 7. Cotton Napkins via Mr. and Mrs. P / 8. Chevron Print Table Runner via Etsy / 9. Mint Gift Tags via Mr. and Mrs. P / 10. Wooden Plates (similar) via Chef Rubber / 11. Signature Cocktails via Pinterest / 12. Chalkboard Name Tags via  Amazon /  13. Butcher Paper Roll

So here’s what we did. Starting with the amazing grey and white chevron print (which we envision as napkins or a photo backdrop) we kept our colors a bit muted and easy. We love the peachy pinks paired with the mint greens and golden hues. It feels feminine but natural. We envision lining the table with butcher paper and serving food on bamboo disposable plates to keep clean up a breeze and the decor totally approachable. Keeping the menu really simple with prep ahead foods like quiche and gorgeous tarts will allow you, the fabulous hostess, to kick back with one of those Frenchy cocktails (1 1/2 oz Pear Vodka 3 oz Pineapple Juice 1 oz Cranberry Juice) and really enjoy yourself.

A fabulous signature cocktail idea perfect for Al Fresco dining is coming up next!