After a quick trip to Atlanta this week, I could hardly wait to get back home and put this post together for you. I’m excited to share table decor from a garden party in a friend’s gorgeous back yard here in our quaint small town over the weekend. Mrs. Garden Party was gracious in letting me share her creativity with you.
I transferred all 60 something pictures from my phone. These pictures aren’t the greatest, but you’ll get the idea. After scrolling through the pics and choosing all I want you to see, the scaled-down number is 33. I know!
The rustic farm tables (made from chunky wood) and colorful chairs must be from several sources, I would imagine. Although, I’ve heard that Mr. Garden Party is very handy with wood and saw.
Our hosts give several garden and lawn parties each year, and they’ve certainly perfected their techniques. Don’t get me wrong…they’ve done their share of formal parties, as well. Long white table-clothes, white chairs…you get the idea.
The main table was set special – for the guests of honor, a happy couple celebrating their engagement. The family and friends who gathered are happy for them, too.
The centerpiece is as simple as a plank of wood, moss chunks spread over it, colorful Mason jars filled with freshly cut flowers (from another friend’s yard), and votive candles. I didn’t get an after-dark picture, but it is amazing how much light these little votives provide.
On the patio, the table was set with chargers of raw-cut wood rings, cross-cuttings from tree sections. We’ve had many fallen trees in the past few years. Have I mentioned we live in tornado alley? It’s nice to see something so useful made from a fallen tree!
I rushed to get these photos before the guests arrived, but the sun was setting fast.
The serving area swept guests by a ladder holding plates, napkins, and utensils. Isn’t it beautiful? I love how vines and flowers (also from the friend who arranged the table flowers) adorn every aspect of the decor.
An antique leather travel case held the utensils (top shelf). So clever! Notice another wooden charger beneath the napkin stack (bottom shelf).
Just beyond the ladder sits the hor d’oeuvre table (and later, desserts!), then onward to the main course serving table.
This made a nice “traffic flow” leading to the main table.
You must see the main serving table centerpiece – made from an antique store treasure.
This vintage leather bag (possibly a doctor’s bag or small suitcase?) offers a grand repeat of the travel case/utensil holder. The grand part is the size, along with the added element of texture among the rustic tables, wood planks, moss, burlap, flowers…(I could go on forever). Love!
Beyond the main serving table, follow the pathway to the left for a beverage. Have you ever seen a beverage station like this one? I know! I told you it’s amazing.
The tub contains Mason jars of lemonade and sweet tea, our beverages of choice here in the South.
Notice the Mason jars of paper straws to the left of the tub. Guests simply remove the lid seal, insert straw, and slurp…
How I wish I’d taken a picture of a filled jar of sweet tea, complete with lemon slice. Ha! (I was serious about the slurp!)
A water station was nearby, a huge pottery bowl filled with ice and water bottles. Don’t you love the window frame?
Another rustic table top. The white iron base adds a beautiful, dainty element against the chunky top.
I’m sure you can imagine how comfortable the guests were at this party. There was nothing stiff and formal about it…just everything vintage, rustic, and casual. A perfect evening! After a week of rain and heat, God provided perfect weather and temperatures.
Stay tuned for the two remaining posts about this beautiful garden…the seating areas, arbors (Yard Tour Part 1), garden vignette’s, and all the fun and enjoyable details (Yard Tour Part 2) spread throughout this wonderful yard. If you haven’t already, please sign up for my posts by email (upper right in sidebar, y’all).
Have you enjoyed “attending” this garden party virtually? Does it give you ideas for a party of your own?
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