End of Summer Dinner Party Soiree in Berry Hues

Yes, I realize that TECHNICALLY summer isn’t over for a few more weeks. But you know what? It’s hot. It’s realllllly hot here in Florida. Low to mid-90s, high humidity, all sunshine, minimal rain. It’s brutal. So to take my mind off the heat, I thought about what I would do to make the most of this weekend, leading me into this week’s party ideas board. I was thinking how great it would be to have a beautiful patio, with nice rich shades of dark purples and plums. This fairytale patio would be the perfect setting for my end of summer, dinner party soiree.  Delicious berries would be the highlight of the menu. From cool drinks to sweet treats, a hint of berry could be found throughout the evening. Simple centerpieces near a vibrant, living wall of succulents with candlelight shimmering from hanging lanterns, would just make for a wonderful evening among friends and family. While I’m waving my magic wand to dream this up, I throw in an extra swish and flick to get a personal chef who would prepare this meal. Oh and a helpful staff that would help tidy up after!
Here’s what I had in mind for this berry hued summer dinner party:

End of Summer Dinner Party Soiree in Berry Hues

End of Summer Dinner Party Soiree in Berry Hues

Be sure to see where I found each of the different elements from this week’s summer dinner soiree:

Berry and Plum Modern Outdoor Living Room Patio – shared by the Seattle Times

Plum and Purple Party Invitation Printable – created and sold by Time4TeaParties on Etsy

Purple, Plum, and Berry Food Display – spotted on Pinterest

Vertical Succulent Wall (to be used as a photo backdrop) – spotted on Tumblr

Red Wine Berry Spritzer – recipe shred by Aggie’s Kitchen

Purple Plum Submerged Wisteria Centerpieces – shared by Desiree Banka on Flickr

Blackberry Ombre Popsicles – recipe shared by Tutti Dolci, All Sweets

Purple Plum Petal Photo Booth Backdrop – shared by blkbridalbliss on Instagram

What is your favorite end of summer tradition?

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Summertime Party: Blueberry and Peach Baby Shower

Summertime! It’s what inspired this week’s inspiration board. I was browsing Pinterest, and came by this incredible looking summertime peach and blueberry pie. It looked DEVINE!

Those are normally some of my favorite summer fruits, but it had never really occurred to me to mix the flavors, which got me thinking about the color combination of dark blue and peach….. Before you knew it, I decided that was going to be my theme for this week’s board. (I’ve also included it in the idea board below!)

These would be such fabulous colors to use at a summertime bridal or baby shower. Plus, you can do double duty on buying the produce fresh for eating, but also incorporate it into your décor. Here’s what I had in mind:

Summertime Party: Blueberry and Peach Baby Shower

Summertime Party: Blueberry and Peach Baby Shower

 

See where all of these fabulous images were found:

Navy and Peach Bloom Baby Shower Invitation – made by digibuddaPaperie on Etsy

Navy and Peach Bloom Baby Shower Invitation – made by digibuddaPaperie on Etsy

Navy and Peach Bloom Baby Shower Invitation – made by digibuddaPaperie on Etsy

Blackberry and Blueberry Centerpiece – shared on Wedding Chicks

Blackberry and Blueberry Centerpiece – shared on Wedding Chicks

Blackberry and Blueberry Centerpiece – shared on Wedding Chicks

Blueberry Chair Back –shared in an inspiration board on Burnetts Boards

Blueberry Chair Back –shared in an inspiration board on Burnetts Boards

Blueberry Chair Back –shared in an inspiration board on Burnetts Boards

Blueberry Filled Cylinders Décor – shared on Brides.com

Blueberry Filled Cylinders Décor – shared on Brides.com

Blueberry Filled Cylinders Décor – shared on Brides.com

Peach Mallows – recipe and details shared on Mother Nature Network

Peach Mallows – recipe and details shared on Mother Nature Network

Peach Mallows – recipe and details shared on Mother Nature Network

Blueberry Peach Pie - recipe and details shared on Sally’s Baking Addiction

Blueberry Peach Pie – recipe and details shared on Sally’s Baking Addiction

Blueberry Peach Pie – recipe and details shared on Sally’s Baking Addiction

Picnic Peach & Blueberry Crumbles – recipe and details shared on Princess Misia

Picnic Peach & Blueberry Crumbles – recipe and details shared on Princess Misia

Picnic Peach & Blueberry Crumbles – recipe and details shared on Princess Misia

14 Inch Peach Pom Pom Hanging Decoration – made by TamsCorner on Etsy

14 Inch Peach Pom Pom Hanging Decoration – made by TamsCorner on Etsy

14 Inch Peach Pom Pom Hanging Decoration – made by TamsCorner on Etsy

What is your favorite fruit of summer?