girls dinner // summer tapas party

June 26, 2012

about time for a second installment, don't you think?


just like last time, we're keeping things casual with a smorgasboard of deeeelicious tapas and red sangria (one of my personal faves) on the porch, all of which were deceivingly simple.

 first order of business? getting that patio table set. we went with a graphic fabric swatch (one of the girls has this on hand for an upcoming sewing project), but a tablecloth, blanket or quilt will do just as well. if you're forced to go solid, use napkins, dinnerware and accessories to add pattern and texture. there really aren't any rules! one or two standout items (umm...hello! that gorgeous turquoise vase bursting with peonies) can really make the table come to life.




then it was time to get our grub on. in the true spirit of spanish tapas, we divvied up food responsibilities, each with two apps to share. i opted for roasted red pepper hummus with pitas and delectable little herbed goat cheese, strawberry basil sandwiches. there was also beet salad, pimentos, spicy lime shrimp, artichoke crisps, and edamole (that's edamame guacamole).

we stuffed ourselves silly, to say the least.


stringing up some lights added serious ambiance, and allowed us to keep the party going a liiiiiiiittle later than anyone intended....but such it is when ladies find time to get together, right??



laura conjured up some festive belly bands for our glasses o' fruity delight (diy details here).


the girls over at ampersand are detailing how you can get the look yourself.


and for your drinking pleasure, a recipe card for that delicious red sangria from yours truly.


 available for download here.

mandatory group shot:

all photos courtesy of the very talented eric linebarger

awwww.

also, if you're like me and are sometimes challenged by the task of creating the perfect dinner mix, this one sure delights the earlobes.

hope this inspires you to call your girlfriends for a little dinner fun of your own! ox

28 comments:

Anna @ IHOD said...

Well its amazingness right here...not surprised!
LOVE all the color and the tablescape is perfection!
Cheers,
Anna

Tiffany @ Savor Home said...

Looks like you ladies had a smashing good time! The food and the photos look amazing!

Oh Sunnie Day said...

That looks fabulous!!

xx

jen

Mrs. Gumshoe said...

Yum! Beautiful table and beautiful tapas. Especially your goat cheese/strawberry concoction. Now you need to start adding recipes to your posts! :)

Roxy Te said...

you gals are too cute!! and the food looks amazing! when we lived in nc we had this thing called supper club with another couple a block or two away. the best memories :)

Amanda Hill said...

Oh what fun! The pic are amazing!

Erin said...

Please come to my house and set this up for me. Please.

Crissy @ House of Marlowe said...

Looks like a great time. Good food with good friends..... can't think of anything better!

Gaby [The Vault Files] said...

So so excited to see this again. The photos, the food, the mood, you all look amazing, love love love this :)

InteriorGroupie said...

Looks lovely - the food and the decor!

my favorite and my best- MFAMB to you said...

spectacular photos.
looks like a magazine spread.

seriously sad to have not been invited though.

Naomi@DesignManifest said...

Love it. Great looking spread, decor, photos, ladies. Almost makes me want to move to Kansas City.

xo

Emily @ NewlyWife said...

How fun! We've done this a few times with the girls and the spread was magical. My mouth is watering just thinking about it...

Emily Lynne {The Best of this Life} said...

This is awesome! Love the mood, the fun and you guys all look like you're having a blast!

Sharon said...

Just love girls special time, looks like it was a lot of fun.

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ODonDesign said...

Fabulous spread and colors! Looks like everyone is having a ball.

Erika [small shop] said...

Holy Pucci! Fantastic spread and every detail between. You girls know how to dinner party!

Redlilocks {Swoon Worthy} said...

Oh my god, this is just GORGEOUS! I love the pattern and the colour combination - these parties blow me away, I so need to get myself some more stylish friends! Hah! ;) xxx

kristy said...

Gorgeous!! Looks like so much fun!

Rachel {little bits of lovely} said...

All of this food looks mouth-wateringly good! You have done such an amazing job styling this; the whole thing looks incredible + it looks like you are all having so much fun too! xx

My Love Wedding Ring said...

This is all so beautifully presented!! How lovely!

agirlandherfood said...

Such a great idea. I want to start doing this! Great presentation!!!

Brigid @ Willow Gazing said...

Girls dinner, I love it! Such a great idea and I love all the decor. I'm taking notes from this one. Thanks.

Punctuation Mark said...

That is such a great idea... I love that you have been able to keep on doing through the years!

paper{whites} said...

Love this idea and series. Can't wait to see more (from a first-time visitor! So glad to have found you via Grey Likes Nesting.

plumbers in Toronto said...

Hi, I came across your site researching interior design ideas as well recipes. Thanks for the post.

Sal said...

Girls dinners really are TRULY the best! I look forward them ritually and getting caught up with lots of laughter and sweet friends. Love all these pictures and your lovely decor! xo Sallie


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