This is the LAST one of my wildflower party posts, seriously.
I've enjoyed reliving the party here, and it does inspire me to do another party for my friends. I'm thinking of something that would be less work for me, but would allow us to invite a large group of friends out here, especially ones that haven't been yet. Any ideas? I am thinking of something where guests bring their own picnic meal and we provide dessert and drinks. What do you think of that? I have hesitated to ask people to bring anything here, but maybe that is better than no party at all, I suppose. Your thoughts? Any way, I would love to have your ideas. Please don't take this as complaining, I happily chose to do all of this work for the wildflower party, and I was happy with the results. I think I learned a lot about what worked and what didn't work, and one thing I learned is that I need to scale back next time. (Ha, ha, I know some of you are saying "DUH!!") One thing that will make things easier is that I'm all set with Chinese lanterns, bunting, and Mason jar lights, Toile bandannas (that can be used as napkins, tablerunners, etc.), glass plates, flatware, and Mason jars for drinking glasses, and beverage tubs. I adore having friends over, I'm just trying to find a way to have my cake and eat it too.
So back to my table. My goal was to have one long table for everyone. But with 55 guests, and just 3 (5 ft) tables, it just wasn't going to work without buying several more tables. I opted to work with what we had, so I set up this long table with two tables on the back porch and one more on the front porch. Below is the "big table."
We also had rockers and benches several places for guests to sit if they didn't find room at a table.
In the background you can see our cute shed that matches the house and the buffet line.
I had to use an assortment of chairs. The tables are covered with 2 large drop cloths.
I set the table with 24 vintage Mason jars filled with bluebonnets.
To unify the jars, I snaked this ribbon through the jars down the table.
I am not sure how to describe this ribbon, but it is tulle with three-dimensional flowers on it, another find from Hobby Lobby.
Here's another look down the table.
I chose this spot, since it would be in the shade of the trees by the time we sat down to dinner. I also thought it would be perfect next to the trees, since I could set up the buffet line there in the shade, and then the buffet line would also be close to the house for those dining on the porches. You can see the house in the background below. Aren't the flowers gorgeous??
Just for fun, I'll going to show some of my favorite photos from the party. If you want more information about what I did, or where I got stuff, hopefully you can find that info in the appropriate post (links to the other posts are at the end of this post.) If you didn't get your question answered, please post your question as a comment or email me. (My email address is on my profile or you can use the contact me form link in my sidebar.)
As guests said their good-byes, the sun set slowly in the evening sky. It was a lovely day, and now the party was over.
Good night forks,
Good night spoons,
Good night flowers,
Good night moon.
Did you miss any of my other party posts? There right here.