An outdoor summer luncheon is the perfect way to bring a group together for an intimate celebration. They can be held just about anywhere (on the lawn, patio or deck), are simple to plan, and make your guests feel spoiled.
When my sister approached my step-mom and me about throwing her a baby shower for her second baby, we were all for it!
Since she’s having a second boy, and has most of the “essential” baby items she’s going to need, we decided to throw her a beautiful summer luncheon on the patio rather than doing a traditional baby shower.
We invited around 30 people – 12 of which came – so it ended up being an intimate celebration with her closest friends and family. It was such a fun way to celebrate her and the baby!
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In this post, I’m sharing with you all the details from our recent summer luncheon, including my tips for setting the table and a party planning checklist in hopes that it’ll inspire you to throw your own outdoor luncheon this summer! Enjoy, my friends!
A Beautiful Patio Summer Luncheon
Ready for the tour? Welcome…
We rented the linens, chairs and silverware, as they’re all things we don’t readily have on hand and we really wanted this luncheon to feel a bit formal.
I had been dreaming of setting a table with gold silverware and love the extra wow-factor it gave the place settings! And the addition of the gold ribbon atop the blue napkins was the perfect touch to make it all fit together.
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The pink roses were actually cut straight from my backyard! Isn’t the iridescence of the darker ones just stunning?
My daughter Chloe was the only kiddo there and she loved every minute of it. She’s quite the socialite, and just about time we started eating she went in and laid herself down on the couch for a nap. Haha! Honestly, I couldn’t have asked for a better scenario! 😉
For the food, we chose to do an assortment of salads and breads – all of which were fabulous!
Our guests had a great time, and my sister said she felt very much spoiled by our celebration for her and baby-to-be. Every time I put something like this together I realize how much I LOVE throwing parties. I’m not going to lie, I’m already looking for an excuse to throw another one! 😉
Want to throw your own summer luncheon?
I’ve put together a free printable checklist to walk you through the entire planning process! Know exactly when to send the invites, reserve the rentals, pick up the flowers and more! Click the image below to download the party planning checklist. 🙂
Also, I recommend using the following elements on the table to give it a classy, semi-formal feel:
- Floor-length solid colored table cloths
- Patterned place mats
- Cloth napkins
- Two plates – one dinner size and one salad size
- Fresh flower bouquets
I hope you enjoyed the tour of our backyard patio summer luncheon! It was a really fun event.
Now go throw one of you own! And let me know if you have any questions when you’re putting together the plans. 😉