Hosting an engagement party in your own backyard is an intimate way to celebrate your union, and transforming your backyard into the chic party atmosphere you’ve always dreamed of isn’t as hard as you think.
Caitlin and Jimmer’s colorful backyard engagement party photographed by Connie Dai Photography and styled by A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals is full of ideas and inspiration on how to host your own beautiful soirée!
1. Create purposeful spaces. Set up a drink station in one area, desserts inside in the kitchen, favors near the door, food in another area, and cocktail tables across the lawn. This creates places for your guests to move around to with a purpose.
2. Set the mood with lighting. As the evening wears on, bistro lights will help keep the celebratory atmosphere alive.
3. Add touches of glamour by covering rented cocktail tables with sequin tablecloths. Votive candles and the aforementioned bistro lights will let them shimmer into the night.
4. Don’t skimp on the flowers. Unless your backyard is full of bountiful blooms, definitely add color and fun with some stylish floral design. Short of a big white dress, nothing says ‘special occasion’ quite like flowers!
From Bare Root Flora – “The lush berry sorbet palette of this party was SO delicious and inspiring! We could barely contain ourselves when it came to flowers—we gathered stunning peonies, sweet pea, ranunculus, lilac, roses, and so many other textural and gorgeous blooms in shades of coral, raspberry, and blackberry into matte gold-painted compotes to weave into the subtly sparkly undertones of the linens. The result was a lush, yummy bouquet that celebrated two of our favorite things—summer and love!”
From Connie Dai Photography – “Caitlin and Jimmer’s engagement party was a colorfully chic soirée. The bright, lush floral designs from Bare Root Flora set against black and white stripe details, gold accents, and sequin table runners created a vibrant and elegant event that perfectly embodied summer.
The design and planning from A Vintage Affair Events and Rentals included a crostini station along with other treats, bistro lights, cocktail tables, and a fire pit, which transformed a backyard into beautiful space that was perfect for mingling and celebrating! The whole evening flowed so well. It was a perfect reflection of the beautiful, stylish, and laid back couple that everyone was there to celebrate.”
From Jessica of A Vintage Affair Events and Rentals – “We loved styling this casual yet elegant backyard summer celebration. We picked a bright, summery color palette of pinks, purples, corals, and golds. For some contrast we added black and white stripe details to the invites, favors, and the table runner on the whiskey barrel table. The sequin linens transformed the party into a soirée with their chic sparkles!
With some romantic signs, champagne, and gorgeous lighting added in we really saw it all come together to create a charming and fun atmosphere. The evening flowed like a cocktail hour, with everyone mingling and chatting under the stars. At the end of the night we all enjoyed gelato (the perfect summer treat!) and guests took some salted caramel favors for the road.”
Photography: Connie Dai Photography // Event Design & Watercolor Paper Goods: A Vintage Affair Events & Rentals // Floral Design: Bare Root Flora // Lighting: Lighting and Design by Scott // Linens: La Tavola // ‘The Best is Yet To Come’ sign: The First Snow // ‘Oh My Darling’ sign: Oh, Albatross // Favor Bags: Pretty Sweet Stuff // Salted Caramel Favors: The Caramel Jar // Dog Bow Ties: Mia’s Closet.