Wednesday, May 21, 2008

the great outdoors

good morning all! i thought it might be nice to show some fun ideas for an outdoor, and at home rehearsal dinner. i am blessed to have in-laws who prepared my husband and me a wonderful dinner party on their deck in multnomah village for our rehearsal dinner. it was a gorgeous summer night as we were surrounded by overgrown trees lit with lanterns and candles on each of the tables, and fantastic grilled food by my father-in-law--the night was filled with easy conversation and longtime family and friends--
surprisingly, it was just what we needed before our big day the next evening.
i found some summer menus that could go perfectly with an outdoor setting too. so rather than trying to create a personalized setting in a stuffy restaurant, take advantage of the weather and try a chic dinner party at home!

umbrella--ballard designs
drink dispensers, lanterns, & outdoor table settings--pottery barn
pink paper lanterns--estilo weddings
cushions, outdoor colorful trays, & wooden candle holders--west elm
bbq condiment set--pottery barn
flatware carrier--the macbeth collection

citrus grilled chicken

a fresh take on a backyard favorite

pancetta cheeseburgers
tex-mex fish tacos

*all recipes courtesy of

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