It’s hard to believe this dinner party happened almost two (!!!) years ago and it’s still one of my favorite little get togethers I have ever hosted.
Working in sports (and being married to someone who works in sports) is full of amazing moments and people, but, by far, the biggest negative is that, inevitably, your friends will move on to new teams for great opportunities. As hard as it is to say goodbye, it makes the quality time with those friends all that more special.
On a weekend during which we were able to reunite, I had a small dinner party with three girlfriends: Jaime, Aly and Kristy. Now, even though it was just the four of us, I really wanted to make the night special and representative of these three ladies: sassy, sparkly, girly and fabulous.
First, I decorated the entry way. Feather boas seemed appropriate and I love the quote, “Time to drink champagne and dance on the table.” This little group loves their bubbles and wine, and I couldn’t resist. The mirror is hard to see in this photo, but I was able to find paint pens (I remove the ink from the mirror with acetone) in pink and gold and added some polka dots to the design. [The paint pens, charger for the flutes and boas were from Michael’s; the cake plate and ice bucket were gifts.]
On the entryway table, I had flutes of champagne (they’re from Olive & Cocoa—similar to these wine glasses, but tall and thin; a gift from the sweetest Pelicans season ticket holders!) and a bottle of bubbles for a toast upon arrival. BTW, we went SUPER classy and wore sweats to dinner – is there anything better than a girls’ night with bubbles and sweats?!
When the girls walked in, they saw my favorite part of the party: the tablescape. Below are the details on how it was created:
Table runner: This was so simple. I found this awesome scrapbook paper at Michael’s with big chunks of pink and gold glitter. Using a roll of craft paper (from Ikea) on the back to give it some strength, I attached four pieces together to make the table runner. I’m not going to lie – it shed. A LOT. But it was a small price to pay for how pretty it was.
Tea light holders: I found some frosted glass tea light holders at the Dollar Tree (I think they were four for $1!) and used Modge Podge to cover them with pink and gold glitter. Super easy! [I couldn’t find the exact link, but this is the kind of glitter I used.]
Flowers: At the Winn-Dixie by our house, they often have bundles of flowers three for $12. The spray roses were perfect for doing a few short arrangements for the table.
Vases: To add some glitter to the vases – there clearly wasn’t enough – I used double-sided tape, placed it on the vase and sprinkled glitter over it to give it some color. [The vases were $1/piece at the Dollar Tree.]
Wine charms: I wanted to do something simple, so I cut a small square of cardstock, hole-punched it and cut a slit to make it fit around the stem. Then, I simply added a gold glitter letter sticker to each for the first letter of everyone’s name. After I added the charm, I just tied a little piece of pink ribbon around the middle of the stem for an added touch. [The ribbon, letters and scrapbook paper came from Michael’s, but I couldn’t find them online].
Napkin rings: I looked all over for ones I liked and I figured it would just be easier to make my own, I just used scrapbook paper and ribbon to create the rings. The ribbon was attached with double-sided tape, which was also used to close the rings. [The ribbon and scrapbook paper came from Michael’s, but I couldn’t find them online].
Wine glasses – Crate & Barrel (similar)
Napkins – World Market
Dishes – Crate & Barrel
Water glasses – World Market
Flatware – Crate & Barrel
Chargers – Michael’s
Dessert/Appetizer plates – Crate & Barrel
We had a salad with spinach, feta, tomato and cucumber with balsamic vinaigrette, my mother-in-law’s meatballs and red sauce over penne pasta and for dessert I made ‘pink velvet’ mini-cakes with cream cheese frosting from scratch.
It was such a blast – I miss those girls so much! How do you plan for dinner parties with your girlfriends? What are some of your go-to special touches?
Have a great day!