A couple of months ago, Lauren Essl and I were sitting in a coffee shop talking about our businesses and brainstorming ideas when we came up with the idea of a summer sunset garden party. In my mind I immediately envisioned an ideal little backyard type spot, in a grove of trees with the golden glow of the just-before-sunset sun filtering through. Over the next few weeks, Lauren and I pulled together a talented team of contributors to pull off the perfect summer eve garden party.
The location couldn’t have been more perfect. I’m almost hesitant to share it because this little city park, tucked away on the far side of the Queen Anne neighborhood is surprisingly serene and private for a city that loves it’s parks. Parsons Gardens is located right across the street from a scenic overlook where you can watch boats sail through Elliot Bay and enjoy a sunset. The park is delightful with it’s carefully tended flower beds and moss covered brick. I’m in love with it and have already taken Luke there on a picnic since our photoshoot.
I’m a sucker for a vintage vibe with a modern twist, so that’s what I went with in choosing the furniture and decor we would use. Yay! Parties shared several beautiful pieces with us including these gorgeous pink velvet chairs, brass drum coffee table and ornate wood side table. Using indoor furniture in an outdoor setting gives things such a special feeling.
We went french-inspired with our treats and Blue Box Bakery prepared some delicious goodies including vanilla macarons and lemon meringue tartlets – two of my favorite sweets (I definitely ate way more of these than I should have when we were done photographing.). We finished our desert table off with some shortbread cookies from Whole Foods and Lauren added the finishing touch with her calligraphed cards labeling each sweet.
I created an arrangement in my current favorite color palette using some special goodies including some blush garden roses and bunny tail grass (How cute is this grass? It really looks like little bunny tails.) I arranged the flowers in this antique cut-glass compote dish that I found at Goodwill. Sometimes I still find treasures there. I placed the arrangement on a woven table runner from Silk and Willow. Their ribbons and fabrics are so dreamy. I thrifted these mismatched vintage silver forks and floral-patterned china dessert plates and paired them with these organic cotton napkins from West Elm.
We finished things off with a Lemon-Lavender Gin Fizz and I’ll be sharing the recipe with you soon, so keep an eye out!
I’m so grateful to each of the talented people who collaborated with us to make this dreamed up idea a reality.
Michele Equitz captured and edited all the beautiful photos above.
Lauren Essl of Blue Eye Brown Eye provided the stunning calligraphy.
Erin of Yay! Parties shared her perfectly curated collection of furniture and decor with us.
Christina of Blue Box Bakery shared the yummiest treats.