Party On Outdoors this Summer

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When photographer Melanie Duerkopp turned 30, she had a stylish fête to celebrate. Most 20-sometings are terrified of the big 3-0 (or, if you’re like me, the big 4-0. I was traumatized by my college roommate on my 20th birthday.) and Melanie’s day makes it seem like the perfect party – and like we’d be great friends. I am just too happy looking at this pretty table spread, and can’t wait to use it as inspiration for our outdoor parties later this summer and fall.

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I mean, do you see that backdrop? The oyster house she chose is picturesque and relaxing, and it looks like a great spot for just about any occasion. The only thing I would change is to swap out the oysters for BBQ, but I’m not a big fan of seafood in general. Ask Adam – we eat salmon and shrimp in our house. That’s all I’ll cook.

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These wildflower arrangements are a-ma-zing. Really I just want my whole backyard to look like that 365 days a year. I’m also a big fan of the wooden single-use utensils. Much better for the environment than plastic.

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And the spread is making me hungry. We love prosciutto, as well as trying other cured meats, and piling up on cheese and crunchy, home-baked bread. Can I just transport this whole thing to my backyard? K, thanks.

Side bar bonus: today is both my dad and my mother-in-law’s birthday’s. So happy birthday to you both!!

That’s the one thing I’m most excited about owning our own home (aside from a massive closet and dream bathroom… oh, and double ovens to bake in. Ok, three things). I can’t wait to start throwing parties.

What’s your favorite part of this stylish bday bash?

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