This weekend we had the opportunity to host a very unique event at our house. We decided to throw a dinner party and the catch was everyone had to wear white and all the decor and table settings would be white! This theme snowballed, as my girlfriend Kim (who was hosting the party with me) and I started getting our creative juices flowing. Before we knew it, the party planning was full on and we were going Mach 3- “The guests can wear white! We will rent white linens and chairs! Let’s decorate with white flowers!” and on and on. So this post will be a bit unique in that I’m going to walk you through, step by step, how we pulled off such an elegant event for a few of our friends!
We decided on a white theme because it just seemed like a great way to kick off the summer here in the Okanagan. It was also easy for my friend and I to take on certain tasks separately while running our busy lives- everything was going to be white. No matching shades of colors or worrying about how things would all tie in. I did the same thing for my wedding in Mexico. I couldn’t imagine trying to match a bridesmaids dress to the color chair sashes and flowers that were available at our resort down there so all white it was! It looked stunning. Anyway, back to the dinner party;
This whole dinner party came about because we host a bigger “Canada Day” party for a very large group every year. The chef that caters the party suggested that he prepare a dinner for us to showcase his skills and give us peace of mind for our main event. It was kind of him and he gave us a great deal on his time and talents for this party. To save some money we supplied our own beer and wine, purchased all the meats and cheeses for our charcuterie platter, and I made the cupcakes that were the dessert. This way the chef did three courses while the other two (the appy and dessert) were done by us. Kim and I also made our own flower arrangements with bouquets from Costco. They have beautiful flowers there and are very affordable. We bought the flowers the day before the party and kept them in the basement until the next day. They still looked very fresh and beautiful!
This takes some of the pressure off of yourself by being able to split duties and costs. We were also able to pool all of our things together! We used her dishes, my glasses, her candles, my flat wear, etc. Together we had everything we needed and relied on a rental company (Avalon Event Rentals Inc.) for the things we didn’t have such as the beautiful Chiavari Chairs and sashes, the linens for over the tables, and the white napkins.
- Plan, plan, plan….lists, lists, lists!
To pull a party off like this as seamlessly as possible a bit of planning and organization is necessary. Kim and I talked a lot in the few weeks leading up coordinating everything we could. We each had our separate lists of things we were each in charge of. The day before we met up and did a mock table set up and collected all the glasses, dishes, candles, tables, etc. that we would be using and brought them down by the lake so they were ready for us the next day. Delegate as well! I put my husband in charge of picking up the rentals the day of and doing the heavy lifting. He was happy to help out. Some of the things on my list I had to save for when little Maverick was napping so that he wouldn’t get in the way. Assembling the flowers was one thing he definitely didn’t need to be around for! Kim and I also set a timeline as to what we needed to be setting up and when so that everything would be all ready for our guests to arrive. Leave extra time. Trust me you will need it. There is so much to do last minute and things get chaotic!
Once your guests arrive and things kick off try to relax and allow the evening to flow. Let people help you. Your guests understand that pulling off a dinner is a lot of work and are more then willing to help you out. (Especially if your pregnant!) Our guests were wonderful about serving each other wine and water, helping assemble cupcakes, looking after Maverick while he was at the party and passing out and clearing dishes. I am so grateful for that because we honestly couldn’t do it all on our own.
Hairstyle done by me with a little coaching from Exclusive Hair & Beauty Styling!
Maverick enjoyed the party for about an hour too!
He loves to smell flowers right now! So precious.
With my beautiful co-host Kim!
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Bebe Camilla Lace Maxi Dress size xxs, Earrings J.Crew, Wedges Jimmy Choo, decorations in my hair were from Michael’s Craft Store’s bridal section (I just pulled a few of the picks apart and bobby pinned them to my braids.)
H&M Chinos size 12-18 months in Beige, Shirt was from a market in Mexico that my mom picked up for him!
Costco Edison Light Bulb Strands– These were AMAZING! They are so industrial and the strand is very long. 48 feet and 24 bulbs per strand! The set even comes with extra bulbs which I’m sure will be handy. We used two strands (one on each side of our lawn) and it worked out great. In searching for these lights I noticed other brands weren’t nearly as long or heavy duty. Plus they were also more expensive and you would need multiple strands put together to achieve the same look. These from Costco were PERFECT! I could not find the black strands online but they had tons of them in our store in Kelowna for $56 Canadian.