Entertaining 101: Girls’ Night Dinner Party

banner pic Last weekend I was fortunate to host a backyard bachelorette party for one of my girlfriends at our place. It was such a blast to dress up our backyard space and host the evening. IMGP9520 For the decorations, I tried to keep the base layer neutral so I could use it throughout the weekend while adding a few festive decorations as well.  My favourite accent has to be the DIY vintage mason jar candle holders that cover the table surrounded by fresh flowers.  I created the wrap on the jars for the wedding shower (the weekend prior) which I was able to re-use for this event (Full tutorial on the blog on Wednesday). IMGP9515 With food I wanted to put together a menu that would cater to socializing around the table but also one that would minimize my time in the kitchen. I was able to put together some mediterranean inspired platters (based on this idea from Emily of Cupcakes and Cashmere) with the addition of fresh veggies and feta cheese.  The best part was being able to throw the naan bread on the BBQ so I didn’t have to leave the party to be able to serve them warm. 2014-06-07 13.33.11 For refreshments I decided to make a fresh Strawberry & Lemonchello Rose Spring Sangria using this recipe.  I have to confess – this recipe is SO easy to make (5 ingredients including fruit), and SO easy!  I have a feeling this is going to quickly become my go-to drink to serve for summer get-togethers. It’s delicious! 2014-06-07 18.53.56 Dinner was a good challenge as I wanted to maintain a (mostly) gluten-free main that was both filling yet light. I decided on this scrumptious Moroccan Chicken Salad from Half Baked Harvest to tie in with my appetizer platters.  What I liked best about this meal was that I was able to easily prepare it before my guests arrived, I simply heated the meat and cheese on the BBQ when we were out back. It was so tasty!

For dessert I wanted to keep it simple with it being a “festive” night. I opted to make my own fruit platter with a plate of sweet treats from my local grocer.  I liked being able to have these out earlier so guests could munch at their leisure. A pitcher of lemon water always helps too! IMGP9521 Although the cold brought us in earlier then we expected, it was a fun (and delicious) night. I’m so excited to have officially commenced backyard festivities on our patio and with such great company. Stay tuned for more summer host and entertaining tips and tricks on the blog coming up.

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