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Sutter Home Wines + The Sweetest Occasion hosted an amazing backyard party | Entertaining tips, party recipes, party appetizers, entertaining ideas and more from @cydconverse

Behind the Scenes of Our Party with Sutter Home

Back in late July you may recall that I hosted a party in our backyard with Sutter Home. At the time I shared a couple of the DIY projects, a sneak peek at the decor and the prettiest dinner party printables designed by my lovely friend Maddy of The Proper Type. Late last week the first of several videos was launched on Sutter Home’s Facebook page and I have to say, seeing that video really brought it home just how amazing an experience throwing this party was for me both personally and professionally. In a nutshell, we filled our backyard with a ton of family and friends, incredible food, an abundance of great wine and live music by John Driskell Hopkins, who is also a member of the Zac Brown Band. Then, an incredible production crew complete with director, videographers, photographers, art directors, sound guys and stylists took over our house for the day and after an early morning hair and makeup session the day kicked off and didn’t stop until the wee hours of the morning. I’ll be sharing all the other videos, recipes and photos with you as they roll out, but it would mean the world to me to have you take a few minutes to go watch the first video, or the appetizer video as Sutter Home has so cheekily dubbed it, and appropriately so. Getting to share my life’s passion in this way and on this kind of platform means so much to me it almost brings me to tears seeing it all come to life. Click through for loads of behind the scenes photos that Alice captured on what our friends, family and neighbors have affectionately come to refer to as Sutter Home Day!

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A Garden to Table Fall Dinner Party | Entertaining tips, party ideas, dinner party recipes, cocktail recipes and more from @cydconverse

A Garden to Table Fall Dinner Party

I sincerely love when I get to show off the parties that you guys are throwing and styling and sharing with your friends and family. I also sincerely love dining al fresco, whether it be a fairly formal meal or a simple breakfast with coffee. This garden to table fall dinner party is so many of my dreams come true. Pulled together by Becky of Daly Digs and beautifully captured by Kera Photography, it features a food-centric vibe that’s completely what my life is all about. The menu was loaded with fresh fall produce like beets, acorn squash and collard greens, all served family style in simple white crocks and on classic white serving pieces. (You guys know that I love white serving pieces since it’s so easy to mix and match!) A gorgeous gauze table runner and the prettiest floral centerpiece kind of take the show, while everything else is really just simple. White dinnerware, a touch of metallic gold, a bit of greenery here and there. And food, glorious food!

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A Summer Neighborhood Lawn Party from @cydconverse + @jollytimepops | Summer party ideas, entertaining tips, party recipes and more!

A Summer Neighborhood Lawn Party

When we moved into our neighborhood a year ago we were thrilled to discover that we had unknowingly bought a house on the coolest block in town. Our neighbors have become incredible friends and we love that they all have kids, and that they also share our family-centric yet fun-loving ways. This time of year the afternoons mean nearly a dozen kids running up and down the street riding bikes, throwing lacrosse balls and chasing down the ice cream truck. When JOLLY TIME asked if I wanted to host a fun summer party for our neighborhood crew, there wasn’t a chance I’d turn that down.

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An Apple Farm Picnic featured by @cydconverse

An Apple Farm Picnic

Here in Upstate New York our reputation for loving a good day at the apple farm pretty much precedes us and you can definitely count me among the masses who consider an annual trek to the orchard a requirement. Today I am seriously tickled (yes, I just said tickled) to share this really lovely apple …

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An End of Summer S'mores Party

An End of Summer S’mores Party

I discovered new-to-me blog The Merrythought a couple of months ago and since then have been loving literally everything that Caitlin, Manda and Marla share. Which neatly sums up why I’m thrilled to be sharing their recent end of summer s’mores party with you. It’s the perfect celebration of the end of summer, a bittersweet farewell …

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A Picnic Baby Shower

I have to tell you right now, up front. If you’re like me and you’re watching snow fall out of the sky on the first day of spring as if the universe is playing some kind of joke on you, prepare to be jealous. Sarah-Kate’s beautiful picnic baby shower (held under a giant tree in …

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A Cozy Seaside Dinner Party

Winter is holding on strong here. I know. It’s only the first week of March. So these things are to be expected around these parts. That said, it doesn’t keep the cold and the lack of sunshine from taking a toll. I feel like most people around me are feeling it right now. For some …

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