Planning a summertime bash? Break out the bright colors, tropical and coastal-inspired motifs and flamingo party supplies for a fun, casual vibe.
Some 20 years ago when I was a newspaper reporter, I got invited to a progressive dinner party as part of a story I was writing. It was so much fun, journeying from one house to the next for each course of the meal. I’ve wanted to host a progressive dinner ever since.
I still need to organize an IRL progressive dinner. But I’ve been loving being part of a virtual progressive dinner party blog hop with some other creative ladies. Here’s the full lineup:
We just finished appetizers with Tamyra at Positively Southern, and now it’s time to sit down at the table while we wait for Marsha from M. Jones Style to serve us dinner! (Visit all the hostesses at the end of this post.)
I know technically this is supposed to be a backyard bash. And even though our back porch and patio are lovely for entertaining, I decided to move things inside since it’s been so hot and humid here in North Carolina.
Actually, I totally messed up on the theme of this month’s progressive dinner. By the time I realized my mistake, it was too late to set things up outside and take new photos. So, I decided to just roll with it — as you have to do when you’re hosting and things don’t go as planned. Like the time our grill ran out of propane halfway through cooking a chicken for a dinner party. But that’s a story for another day!
Because I know my co-hosts are gracious — as are you, my guests — we’re still going to have fun at this indoor-outdoor party.
I pulled out my brightest linens and some flamingo party supplies to create a colorful, casual summer tablescape.
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Nothing says summer quite like a pink flamingo party!
This party also gave me an excuse to use some of the goodies from the Sand Dollar Lane subscription box that just arrived in my mailbox. Every month, my friend, Leen, sends out a curated box of coastal farmhouse-inspired items to subscribers. It’s always fun to unpack the surprises inside each box and use them in my home. (Even though we live hours from the beach, I do love coastal decor, as evidenced by our guest bedroom.)
This month’s Sand Dollar Lane Box theme was “Dining Al Fresco” — perfect for our progressive dinner party.
I used the Sand Dollar Lane salad plates and blue round placemats from the box with some white dishes, hot pink table linens and wooden utensils.
The colorful table linens and melamine pieces inspired me to go all out with flamingo party decor.
I incorporated a pink lawn flamingo into the centerpiece, along with some pink, orange and green grocery store flowers.
The entire centerpiece is sitting on a wooden pineapple cutting board.
It turns out I have a lot of flamingo party supplies, probably from all those Target Dollar Spot impulse buys!
If you’re wondering what to serve at a pink flamingo party, I have a few suggestions.
Spiked tropical pineapple mango frozen lemonade fits the theme and the flamingo party color scheme.
This 1905 Salad is seriously the best salad ever — and you won’t have to turn on the oven to prepare it!
If you feel like cooking, slow-roasted Kalua-style Hawaiian pork is a delicious and easy option.
Or fire up the grill and make these glazed Asian sweet & spicy grilled baby back ribs.
Frozen strawberry lemonade is a refreshing treat for dessert.
JELL-O Mandarin Orange Salad is another great option, if you’re looking for something lighter.
Frozen margarita ice cream pie is a boozy, decadent treat.
All this talk of food is making me hungry. Let’s head over to M. Jones Style to see what Marsha is dishing up for dinner.
Don’t skip any stops on our progressive dinner party. Be sure to visit all the participants at the links below:
Cocktail Hour: ConfettiStyle
Appetizers: Positively Southern
Tablescape: Atta Girl Says (You’re here now!)
Main Course: M. Jones Style
Dessert: Viva La Vintage For Your Home
Hostess Gifts & Party Favors: Home on Poplar Creek
Don’t forget to sign up to receive the Sand Dollar Lane subscription box to get coastal farmhouse decor delivered to your door every month. You can save 10 percent at checkout when you use the code attagirl10.
Looking for more flamingo party supplies? Here are some great options: