Hope you guys had an awesome weekend. I did! It was my birthday weekend after all. It was so great spending time with my friends, so I had to share the weekend's happenings with you.
So, I decided to host a backyard movie night. My backyard has been looking so inviting that I decided why not invite others to take in the serene environment. I'll admit, I tend to go overboard when it comes to entertaining, but these days I just don't have the time or energy for that. I was bound and determined to keep it simple.
So with the invites sent...
...I began planning a simple no-stress, event appropriate menu. I included traditional movie theater fare.
I was a little worried that it wouldn't be enough, but a wise friend reminded me that no one will starve to death if we happened to run out of an offering. So very true.
I knew it would be super warm, even in the evening this time of year, so hydration was key. I ordered this small cart from Wal-Mart.com to use as an outdoor bar cart.
Although it was a little small (I may upgrade to something larger), it was perfect for styling and holding the Sangria and cold beverages. I picked up the bust planter on sale at Hobby Lobby for 80% off. It was originally royal blue. I'm convinced that there's nothing a coat of gold spray paint can't fix.
The tablescape began with this $4.99 vinyl tablecloth I picked up at Ross. I was drawn to it simple because of the color and floral design and was surprised how nice it looked for vinyl. No surprise it was made by Waverly.
I love when I get to pull out my Grandma's Fiesta Ware. If you've ever been to my home you know I do NOT do paper products. I figure, if I have dishes and cloth napkins, they we're designed to be used.
Honestly the most difficult part was selecting a movie that was a crowd pleaser. I wanted something that was not too long, engaging from the very beginning, a blockbuster type (mass appeal and a happy ending), no racial or political undertones and not too heavy (deep) it was a celebration after all. I chose Unstoppable starring Denzel Washington and given the applause at the end, I'd say it was a hit.
There's just nothing better than having a house full of friends. We all had a blast!
I couldn't have asked for a better birthday and I'm so blessed to have been able to celebrate it with friends.
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