A Party that Gives Major Alfresco Dining Goals
March 9, 2016
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The second March 20 rolls around, I'm determined to move my party train outside. Spring is all about alfrescoing and this Phoenix Tablemakers party from Lauren Kelp has us dreaming of wine sipped open air style. She teamed up with Constance Higley + Ashley Cooper for a creative dinner series celebrating the best of the best in Phoenix. Start planning your next backyard get together with these pretty details.
Tablemakers embodies the belief that entertaining is supposed to be a celebration – a beautiful, wabi-sabi celebration of friendship and community. It is not about making things flawless or Pinterest-perfect, it is about inviting others into your sacred space – your home – and building community. My goal, throughout this whole series, is to inspire you to open your home and grow your community. To organize a happy hour, a lunch, or a dinner party for 12, whatever it is, it doesn’t have to be perfect – it just has to be honest & true.
With that belief in mind, we gathered 30 of Phoenix's artists, makers, movers, & shakers and threw a dinner party for the books on a ranch in the middle of the desert. There was no agenda, no fuss, just good food, great wine, and even better conversation.
My passion for entertaining is centered around creating a space where everyone feels comfortable to relax, let their hair down, and hang out until the sun comes up. Our hope with these traveling dinner parties is to celebrate the 'maker' in all of us & create a community that encourages collaboration & camaraderie rather than competition.
With the backdrop of Tremaine Ranch, we set up long harvest tables (hand made by the owner!) and set an elegant farm inspired place setting (thanks to urbAna) with florals from Posies Floral along the center as a relaxed, unstructured runner. Between the delicious feast from Laurel Morley & the perfectly paired wine from Kendall-Jackson the night was unstoppable. As a fun surprise to our guests, we invited a local favorite dessert truck, Waffle Love, to stop by and treat everyone to the most unbelievable waffles (seriously, they are out of control).
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 For some of the recipes behind this soiree check out...

Creamy Past with Sage Meatballs | Maple Sea Salt Roasted Almonds