Hello Friends!! I had the honor of hosting a very special party this past weekend, one that filled my heart so big and made me smile even bigger. It’s been a tough few months for everyone. We are living in a new normal with lots of uncertainties. I feel deeply for the people that have been so very sick and also for those who have missed celebrating major life events such as graduations, weddings, etc… due to this pandemic. We were supposed to travel to Italy this summer for my brother’s wedding. Goes with out saying that trip has been postponed but their wedding has not! We are so excited for their big day in just a couple weeks which will be super small family affair.
I know that each state is different right now in terms of gatherings and gathering sizes. I’m writing this post to share ideas and a because I love documenting a happy occasion such as welcoming a beautiful person, that I care for very much into our family. So many things we used to take for granted have been cancelled; going to hear live music, eating at a fantastic restaurant just to name a few that aren’t the same anymore- including Bachelorette’s. I decided to surprise my soon to be Sister-in-law with an evening on our patio filled with great food, bubbles and live music!
If you are hosting a backyard Bachelorette you want to make your patio or deck area have a fun focal point. I think the bar is the perfect spot to do that. I started by building a bar with pipe shelves, pipes and wood. I wanted a place to display pretty cups, reusable straws and of course wine/champagne in some pretty ice molds that I made. Also for citrus infused water. I hung faux greenery on 3m clips and then added florals to hide them. Over the faux greenery hung the balloon “BACH” short for bachelorette 😉
I decided to go with a citrus and floral theme… I found awesome faux lemon/orange stems at the Target Dollar spot as well as faux lemons and oranges. I grouped those down the center of the table with tiki torches to keep the bugs away. I then added real cut citrus that we used a torch to give a charred look to the fruit also helped keep bugs away! It was the perfect very simple table focus. We wanted to keep it very laid back so there wasn’t any formal sit down meal or sit down table settings. The food was passed to each person individually and was all small serving tapa style food with HUGE flavor by personal Chef Adam Munroe of Perfect Strangers Boston. I can’t recommend his food enough for a special event, birthday party or shower. It worked perfectly for our little backyard bachelorette party.
Nothing is better than live music on a warm summer evening with a glass of wine. We wanted to bring the fun atmosphere to this backyard Bachelorette so we hired a local trio called It’s A “J” Thing to play for us for a couple hours. They are an amazing group that I’ve seen play before at different bars (pre-covid) and at other events. I always kept them in mind and thankfully they had last minute availability to play for us! Music in general can make or break a party in my opinion and live music really does set the vibe fore an amazing night. I knew these guys played a mix of genres perfect for varying ages and music sensibilities. Everyone at there that evening was a fan!!
Most importantly the guest of honor was surprised and couldn’t believe the little shindig we threw for her! I mean she has to put up with our crazy family so it’s the least we can do 😉 I’m just kidding! Honestly seeing the people I love and care for happy is the most rewarding feeling. I had so much fun planning this and setting it all up to celebrate her and welcome her into our family.
So she was very very surprised! Of course didn’t expect any of this which makes it all even better! Friends, these are definitely some crazy times, but through them if you can find a way to safely host a small gathering, with your close family/friends than I hope you are able to if it’s something you are comfortable with. Celebrate those special moments with your loved ones because that is really what life is all about. I take nothing for granted anymore that is for sure.
I hope you guys enjoyed hearing about this fun celebration I hosted! I couldn’t have done it with out the help of my Mom and Sisters as well! It was a night for the bright to be, really for all of us to enjoy the simple-happy things in life. One we will never forget!