The weather may not be cooperating much yet, but summer really is just around the corner and that means it’s time to start entertaining outdoors. Yay! As much as I enjoy and appreciate an elaborate affair, my absolute favorite parties are the ones that have been very carefully executed, yet are so simple that they’re just perfect. And so when I saw the pictures from this lovely backyard dinner party to celebrate a law school graduation last weekend, I knew that sharing it was the perfect way to kick off the summer season in hopes that we can all remember to spend the next few months sitting back, relaxing, and enjoying good times with good friends.Kelly mixed party favorites with everyday items to find the perfect balance. I love how she used her husband’s law school books as risers for the drink dispensers!
There’s just nothing more lovely than enjoying a meal with good friends and family under twinkling lights and the night sky. The combination of the alternating rustic coastal placemats, the mason jars filled with votives and flowers, and the floor length tablecloths and gold chairs make this summer soiree simply elegant.
All Images: Maaike Bernstrom Photography