Though we’ve been having a mild winter I still look forward to the spring/summer when I can go back to hosting backyard parties.  I know where I’ll be looking when I need inspiration for my next outdoor event. 

How lovely is this cocktail party submitted by Katie of Petite Social. Katie sent me a wonderful description of all the details below:

Event: Rustic Garden Cocktail Party
This was the official launch party for my client Little Choux, an online children’s boutique. Inspired by Little Choux’s brand of handpicked products and their purple and green cabbage and garden elements, we decided on a Rustic Garden theme, which was also very fitting as our backdrop was in the charming and quaint town of Old Town Alexandria, VA.

Distressed furniture, burlap, mason jars, natural/wood serving pieces, purple and green floral arrangements and plants, and lots of lanterns and candles for an intimate garden/cocktail party feel.  What I loved most was how I was able to repurpose furniture found around the house and on Craigslist. And, I was even more excited because I spent $25 on TWO dressers!

I was only looking for one dresser, but I never walk away from a deal. So when I found this crackled, chipped, distressed, and absolutely perfectly dresser for $20, I thought it was a no-brainer! We kept the bar menu simple and selected several different red, white, and local Virginia brewed beers, using mason jars as our beer mugs. The drawers functioned perfectly as our wine display.
Food table
We used my client’s desk and side table and covered it with cream colored burlap. This was a cocktail party so I wanted the menu to be fuss-free, colorful, and rustic. We kept it minimal and served mini tenderloin sandwiches, savory tarts, caprese pops, and a selection of cheeses, nuts, fruit, fresh vegetable platter, and crusty baguettes. I loved the vibrant colors of the vegetable platter (and use of with cabbage as serving bowl) and caprese pops. It looked like everything was picked from the garden!

Dessert Station
I jumped on Craigslist and found a shabby old dresser listed for $20, which I bargained down to $5 (yes, FIVE!). SOLD! It didn’t matter that the only drawer that opened up was the top one, which we used to hold our serving pieces. The dresser was a faded gold color which coordinated beautifully with an old picture frame I found at a local flea market. We bought cardboard, sprayed it with chalkboard paint, and voila!

Going along with the garden theme, we filled our dessert table with homemade Lemon Tarts, Peach Melbas, Raspberry Brownie Bites, and Strawberry and Blueberry cupcakes from Alexandria Cupcake.

Thanks so much to Katie for sending this beautiful party my way.

Event Planning & Styling and custom-designed party printables: Katie Wells of Petite Social.  Check out her Facebook page!

Photography by: MoxieSox Photography

Dessert: Cupcakes from Alexandria Cupcake

Décor Items: Flea Market, Craigslist, HomeGoods, and Marshalls
Everything else was homemade