Summer Party Inspiration

It’s been awhile since I shared any Bijou stuff over here–mostly because it’s been awhile since we’ve done a shoot. We’re in the midst of planning our fall issue though, so that will change soon!

My pal and partner in crime Jackie recently posted some shots from our rustic vintage inspiration shoot (you should totally check out her blog, by the way. Lots and lots of pretty photos!). When I saw these photos again, it struck me that it was not only good inspiration for a laid back backyard wedding, but for any kind of laid back backyard celebration.

It’s perfect for a breezy summer evening filled with talking,  laughing, and eating under the stars. The best part? You can put something like this together without spending much money at all.

We collected a bunch of mismatched dishes and crocheted pieces. We happened to have a lot of this stuff on hand, but they’re inexpensive and easy to find in thrift shops, Goodwill, and Salvation Army stores.

We love the tablecloth because it adds a bit of sophistication that would otherwise be lacking. It really elevates the look so it doesn’t just look like any old picnic, don’t you think?

For a centerpiece, we used an old mirror to sort of contain things and added old family photos, pretty bottles and an old tin to hold flowers. The possibilities are really endless. Candles, a pretty pitcher, floating flowers. There are so many pretty options!

Rustic/Vintage for Bijou Issue I: Styled by Jackie Pfeffer and Jen Garry / Photos by Jackie Pfeffer

For the food, we set up a wooden saw horse with another crocheted cloth laid over it. We added bright flowers, a stack of dishes and some pretty upcycled bottles. These used to hold Yuengling, but once they were cleaned they seemed perfect to sip refreshing summery spritzers from.Revisiting these photos makes me want to call up some friends and plan a little backyard barbeque!

What are your must-haves for a summertime party?

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