I think sometimes when we think about backyard parties, we think it has to be this big to-do with lots of decorations, catered food, and loud music. We often forget that sometimes, it is nice to take some of the same backyard outdoor party ideas and apply them to smaller get-togethers. They can be something that is not super-stressful and enjoyable on a smaller scale. I wanted to put together a little after-dinner soiree for myself and just a few friends where we could actually enjoy each other’s company and the beautiful weather. So I set up a nice little quiet gathering in a cozy area of my backyard.
I used the TIKI® Brand Glowing Torches with Citronella Torch Fuel for some ambient lighting and found that they helped to keep the mosquitoes away too!
I bought some yummy foods to snack on while we talked.
I always like setting up a cheese and fruit board. It’s easy to eat, and by including both cheese and fruit with regular and gluten-free crackers, it fits into everyone’s diet. Plus, it’s so fast to put together, it really makes it almost stress-free. I used a Parrano cheese, a Dill Gouda and a goat cheese with strawberry jam. With a bit of sliced apple, it’s easy to replenish too.
I wanted to make the place settings special with vintage plates and a fun drink.
And a pretty straw. There’s something about drinking out of a glass bottle with a straw that reminds me of being a kid.
I wanted my guests to feel special and added a little party favor of a pincushion flower in a mini-bottle.
And on a real cloth napkin. None of those paper things for this party!
I also thought putting succulents in vintage tart pans would be nice as mini-plate side centerpieces.
I had to include a yummy dessert too! Mini-bundt cakes in different flavors with cream cheese frosting. Just enough for a few bites and no worries about having to cut a dessert!
Pick up and eat!
The TIKI® Brand Glowing Torches made a nice ambient light, and the blown glass was pretty with the “glowing” battery operated light illuminated.
It went so well in my yard and added a nice touch of color for a nice and relaxed evening with friends. They even look pretty during the day when they aren’t lit.