Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Summer Soiree

I have been looking for an excuse to throw a fun little outdoor party all summer and finally decided to just do it before the weather wouldn't allow it. (Loren's parents graciously let us use their backyard and take over their kitchen). It was the perfect night with good friends, food, and atmosphere, the only thing missing was the Hacketts :(

the set up


place cards

a mix of Ginger Ale, Perrier, pickle and olive jars for our flower vases (I save any cute bottle or jar and use them for vases all the time)

tissue pom-poms (homemade), string lights from Target


baby food jar tea light lanterns I made last year

some of the boys playing bocce ball


the girls: me (in a skirt I made this summer), Emily, Courtnie, Kristin, Cami, and Amy

the boys: Tad, Loren, Jake, Hans, Jeff and Brad

the whole gang


a perfect evening!
(hopefully an annual happening)

On the menu was: lemon pasta, green salad (thanks Rossis), corn on the cob (thanks Hubrichs), cheesy bread sticks (thanks Hopkins), Grandpa Shaw's orange mint punch, and apple crisp with vanilla ice cream for dessert (thanks Cannons).

Also, someone decided it would be a good idea to recreate this awkward family picture.
I don't really have any words for this.


13 comments:

brooklyn said...

gah! what a beautiful party. i've been trying to find an excuse to have a pretty party too. love all the details.
i love the recreation at the end. classy.

and i love the little pictures on the side of your blog of the places you've been. what a great idea.

Kristin said...

I am laughing all over again at that awkward family photo...so funny! I had no idea you MADE the pom poms (of course you did) and MADE your skirt (of course you did). So glad you posted these, the night was magical and made me feel like I was at a special party hosted by Martha. Loved it.

Debbie / Cranberry Fries said...

I saw this on Kristen's page and hopped over to see the beautiful event. It is so lovely and I just wanted to say you are amazing. How fun to get to create something so awesome and share it with dear friends. Inspirational.

katherine said...

oh jamie. this is beautiful! you are so creative and i just love all the details!!! well done friend. maybe you should throw one for a busath reunion party?! ok, and seriously, i am showing up soon!

duff said...

Jamie-that is really a pretty setting--Krissie was so excited to go and since that evening can't stop talking about what a clever friend you are. AND who new
she even found a place to buy fresh eggs--check that one off her list. JOB WELL DONE!

Kim said...

That looks AMAZING! Straight out of a catalog. You thought of every detail. I love it. I really really really wish we could have been there!

Oh and I want your skirt.

Is there anything you can't do?

camihubrich said...

I'm so glad you posted pictures, I wanted to show my mom since I was telling her all about it. The night was perfect. Thanks for all the hard work. Not a bad way to end the summer.

Sherrie Batty said...

Ummm... do you live in a super high style magazine... beautiful.

marcie b said...

what a lovely evening. i keep telling myself that someday i am going to throw a fancy garden party, but really, it is probably just something i will talk about a lot and never actually get around to. great job for putting together such a pretty party.

Mike and Kimmy said...

Wow!!! So gorgeous!!! I love it! Each detail is perfect. Can we be invited to the next party? :)

the mortensen's said...

um, I wish we lived in Utah so we could have a dinner party with you guys! So fun! And that family picture is hilarious!!!

yes yes yinz! said...

oh wow. laurie just told me about your end-of-summer dinner. dreamy.
so impressive--you are incredibly talented.

.:emily:. said...

Um...Hi magazine cover! I dream of putting something like this together, and then I get to high strung and anxious about it and end up with a BBQ with paper plates and canned soda! :/ ugh