Decor Inspiration: Romantic Outdoor Entertaining Ideas

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I cannot wait to begin work outside
on the fixer upper, and one aspect of the plan
is to build an insanely long harvest table
to host casual yet elegant dinners.

Did you see the most recent installment
of our renovation? It’s here.

The following inspiration for outdoor entertaining
is from wedding receptions, and maybe I am just
getting old, but who says we need to wait
for a marriage celebration to set a
beautiful table outside????

Photography: Michael + Anna Costa Photography - Floral Design: Ambient Event Design - Venue: Sunstone Winery - Read More on SMP:

I just don’t have that kind of time.

(Read on to see an intimate fete me and my sisters created.)

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I need this in my life. (ahem. Casey!) Also an outdoor dance floor.

A gorgeous wedding table setup, designed by the talented Joy Proctor. Everything is so exquisitely put together for a wedding at Sunstone Villa winery in Santa Ynez. This venue has it all! Photo by Carolly Photography. Florals by Amy Osaba. Calligraphy menu - written word calligraphy Candles - creative candles Dinnerware - tent merchant Found vintage rentals Kurt boomer workshop:

La Belle Jardin: #weddings | sunstone winery | photo jose villa:

urn + blush + peach tone floral | mindy rice + jose villa // need to add in some yellows, but I love this idea for a ceremony setup:

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Sunstone Winery

Photography: Jose Villa Photography - Venue: Sunstone Winery:

Who doesn’t love a baby baguette in a linen pouch?

Romantic Santa Barbara Wedding at Sunstone Winery:

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Summer and Bryan's incredibly beautiful wedding at Sunstone Winery is featured in Martha Stewart Real Weddings and we were honored to be a part of it! See more on the Found blog. Photos by Jen Huang.:

La Tavola Fine Linen Rental: Tuscany Natural Table Runner and Napkins | Photography: Jose Villa Photography, Wedding Planning & Design: Joy Proctor Design, Floral Design: Sarah Winward, Venue: Sunstone Winery:

wedding reception decor idea; photo: Khanh Hogland Photography:

Einen schönen Abend mit Freunden im Garten genießen. #pflanzenfreude:

Everything is simple and just perfect in this Balinese table design. Vintage brass vessels balanced by a soft, sheer runner:

This palette makes me woozy. Yum.

A bright display of herbs and lemons on the A.O.C. bar.

A.O.C.’s mouthwatering focaccia and vintner’s plate.

Wouldn’t this riff (below) on Croque Madam
by Suzanne Goin be amazing for
an intimate alfresco brunch?
It is from her AOC Cookbook, and the recipe
is shared on One King’s Lane here.

Photo credit: Shimon and Tammar Rothstein
Brioche with Prosciutto, Gruyère, and a Sunny-Side-Up Egg

If you follow Hello Lovely on Facebook,
you may have seen this photo taken a few
weeks back of the women in my family.

My mom is doing well considering the health
challenges she continues to battle.

While mama slept, me and my sisters planned
a simple colorful brunch in the backyard.


Girly food was served:

Raspberry-apple salad, Quiche Lorraine,

and Casserole Poulet a la Michele.

We basically woke my mom from a peaceful
slumber and gave her 30 minutes to get ready
for her surprise.

We borrowed the table and chairs from her loft/library
(the Windsor chairs are castoffs from me which
I transformed with bright island-y colors).

My mom loved the celebration, and since we are nuts,
we even planned entertainment following brunch
which included grown women in costumes,
dancing, cheering (as in SNL Spartan Cheerleaders)
and standup comedy-ing (yep. we are THAT family.)

Do you agree we need more
intimate alfresco moments???

Peace to you right where you are.






  1. June 14, 2016 / 11:56 am

    Michele, You have such a beautiful family, your Mom and sisters and you all have such a sweet spirit! I love your surprise lunch, the islandy chairs, the whole beautiful thing! I'm definitely in favor of an outdoor dance floor too:)

    • June 15, 2016 / 2:43 am

      it was magic. that's all i can say. this particular visit was the trip of a lifetime. it was hard to leave!

  2. June 14, 2016 / 2:51 pm

    Michele, these pictures are gorgeous. I need to look up that winery! Such yummy lunch for your mom, who btw looks fabulous (as you all do!). My daughter just got engaged and we are about to plunk down a deposit for a venue. We are looking at a country estate ~ so I'll be sharing this post with her for inspiration. Young ladies have SO many options these days and Pinterest makes decision making difficult!

    • June 15, 2016 / 2:45 am

      isn't that winery beyond? congratulations on the engagement! to find more images online, you might search elizabeth messina who has photographed the property and brides there quite a bit.

  3. June 14, 2016 / 8:10 pm

    First of all the alfresco images and floral colors are gorgeous but most of all is the beautiful table and treat for your Mom. What a beautiful experience I imagine it was and the comedy thrown in is the icing on the cake – the food makes me hungry so I think I will take a Snickers alfresco on the deck 🙂

    • June 15, 2016 / 2:46 am

      we had a blast entertaining my mom who filmed our shenanigans on her ipad the whole time. i need chocolate now!

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