Summer Backyard Birthday Party

We hosted our first summer outdoor party of the year for my mom and cousin's birthday.  I went with simple but sweet details.  I have gotten to a place where everything I need for parties are now on hand making the prep work easy and fun.  

And the newest addition to our hosted events...fresh cut flowers from our very own yard!  Though I cringed cutting those hydrangeas off the plant, it brought me so much joy to see our own flowers filling the table centerpieces.

There is something so precious about enjoying the works of your own hands.  We have had our garden for two years now and it is starting to really fill in and bloom. 

Like being prepared with serving dishes and table linens, I loved being able to go straight to my garden for the flowers. 

 My beloved burlap welcome banner {Emilie M on Etsy} is now hung for the summer...

I really enjoy lining up our tables into one long table.  Allows for more of a community feel and leads to better conversations.

Our only three potted plants in the backyard this year {besides fruits and veggies} make watering the plants everyday so much easier.

I try to go with simple but tasty meals for big parties.  We had a taco bar.

The view of the backyard from inside is always a treat for my eyes...thank you to a husband who insisted on buying a home with a big yard!

Even babies like paper straws and canning jars!

The birthday girls...

And my sweet hubby who is always so good about making sure our lawn is mowed!

Mom checking out the photo book I made her...

We had a bit of a dessert smorgasbord.  I had a groupon for some fancy cupcakes and gift cards to Baskin Robbins and Coldstone that were burning a hole in my wallet.  It was such a treat {literally} to enjoy so many tasty sweets in one setting!  Plus it freed me from baking...which I usually love...but was thankful to take a break from!

Have you ever had Coldstone's ice cream cupcakes?  OH MY.  The are amaze-balls!

And as always, the crazy baby made for some free entertainment. 


  1. Looks like everybody had FUN! (BTW... you can dip the stem of your cut hydrangeas in rooting hormone and GROW MORE! The cuttings will grow roots and you can plant them!)

  2. It's all very beautiful!! I wish I had a descent Parent's do though, so we're having a backyard party for Bree's Birthday. But seriously though, the decor was too cute! Absolutely beautiful!

  3. so special!
    You are so thoughtful and I love it!
    And you know what I'm super excited about, I now have a nice backyard to do this too!! I'm going to search through your archives to look at your gorgeous parties!

  4. It's all so pretty and I love that banner!
    Leslie (aka Gwen Moss)

  5. Such a pretty party Ashley! Your style is so lovely! Everything looks so wonderful and your Mom & cousin must have felt so special. I was wondering...that stack of plates...are they plastic or glass? I love all the different colour combinations and shapes. Gorgeous! Have a wonderful week! Angie xo

  6. I love the idea of the random plastic plates. I see them all the time in grocery stores, and think how cute they are, but that I already have to many dished. I could just buy one, and create a fun collection like you. Thanks for the idea. Hope everyone had a great birthday.

  7. oh my goodness...I always love when you blog about your outdoor parties! LOVE! So pretty and love the cupcakes! You are right about not having to bake anything...sometimes it's just worth it to pay for baked goods. Love the flowers and the cute banner. You are so creative! I had shown the pics to my husband and I said "she's in California, isn't this the cutest party, I want an outdoor party" and he said they can have outdoor parties in the summer and not fall out from a (he used to live in Cali and really misses the weather). We love being outdoors but it's been so hot here already.

  8. I absolutely ADORE your backyard. Ours has WAY too much concrete for my liking. Now I want to go and cover it all in grass and put up little fairy lights. :D

  9. Such sweet details! I love the fresh cut flowers and mismatched chairs. :) Beautiful!


  10. Hi Ashley, I know you've already received several comments on your plastic dishes, but I just have to add too, that this is a great idea. I often buy pretty paper plates for an outdoor party, but never thought of collecting random plastic plates. I have seen so many cute plastic plates and never thought I would have a real use for them, now I do. Can't wait to start collecting them. Thanks for sharing.


  11. This is beautiful, Ashley! You are so good at party planning and decorating! And I love how often you use your backyard for entertaining. It's perfect for that!

  12. Your flowers are beautiful! I love the banners at your parties! What a cute touch!

  13. This party was beautiful, and it looks like everyone had a really good time! I featured you today in my Friday I'm In Love favorites!

    Jenn @ Social Salutations

  14. Wow, everything looks great! Seems like everyone had a blast and you can see it on their faces. I would love to host an outdoor party but unfortunately we live in an open space area. I would need to hire a temporary fence for privacy and security of the guests.


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