We’re celebrating the arrival of summer by hosting a sweet soirée with three of Birmingham’s brightest bloggers, Carlyle Thornton, Mindy Rohr and Halee McKenzie. To create the table of our dreams, we teamed up with the talented experts at Bromberg’s to pull together a stunning and summer-appropriate tablescape, Paige Albright Orientals to create a blissfully bohemian picnic setting and the flower gurus at Wild Things to make the perfect light and bright centerpiece. Ashley Mac’s provided the fresh fare for our celebration with their scrumptious summer specials, and we finished it off with some sweet treats from Cookie Fix. Talk about a festive fête! Whether you’re in the market for tips on planning an upcoming celebration or simply looking for some table inspiration, we’ve got you covered. Join us for our locally made summer soirée!

Local bloggers, Carlyle Thornton, Halee Mckenzie and Mindy Rohr are all smiles at this sweet and casual summer soiree.

Local bloggers, Carlyle Thornton, Halee McKenzie and Mindy Rohr are all smiles at this sweet and casual summer soirée.

SETTING THE TABLE

When setting the table for a summertime celebration, the first thing that comes to our minds is color. Corals, blues and greens look vivid and vibrant against this casual outdoor table, while simple bohemian accents add a touch of charm to the setup. We love how this bright floral arrangement from Wild Things brings out the pink and orange accents in Bromberg’s plates and linens for a swoon-worthy summertime setting.

We love how this tablescape combines bohemian accents with bright colors to establish a relaxed, yet stylish feel. The place settings and linens come from Bromberg's, the flowers come from Wild Things, the tomato tart, cobb salad and key lime pie come from Ashley Mac's and the cookie sandwiches come from Cookie Fix.

We love how this tablescape combines bohemian accents with bright colors to establish a relaxed, yet stylish feel. The place settings and linens come from Bromberg’s; the flowers come from Wild Things; the tomato tart, Cobb salad and key lime pie come from Ashley Mac’s; and the cookie sandwiches come from Cookie Fix.

How gorgeous are these nature-inspired plates and linens?! We love how sweet and summer-appropriate they look when placed atop a simple woven placemat.

How gorgeous are these nature-inspired plates and linens?! We love how sweet and summer-appropriate they look when placed atop a simple woven placemat.

This floral centerpiece from Wild Things screams summer. Pinks, yellows, oranges and corals stand out against this outdoor dining table and pairs perfectly with the nature-inspired plates and linens.

This floral centerpiece from Wild Things screams summer. Pinks, yellows, oranges and corals stand out against this outdoor dining table and pair perfectly with the nature-inspired plates and linens.

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Sweet and simple twinkling lights complete this summer setup. We suggest hosting your celebration just before sunset so guests are not overheated by the Alabama humidity and can easily transition from dinner to drinks and fun!

Sweet and simple twinkling lights complete this summer setup. We suggest hosting your celebration just before sunset so guests are not overheated by the Alabama humidity and can easily transition from dinner to drinks and fun!

THE FOOD

Once the table is set, it’s time to focus on the food. For a summer celebration, light and fresh fare is a must. We went with a tomato tart that’s just as delicious as it is beautiful and a Cobb salad that will delight even the pickiest of eaters. For dessert, we’re offering two dishes that truly scream summer: key lime pie and cookie sandwiches. Yes, please! You can find the tomato tart, Cobb salad and key lime pie at Ashley Mac’s and the cookie and icing sandwiches at Cookie Fix.

Is there any better dessert than delicious cookie sandwiches? We think not! After all, who doesn't love a good ooey, gooey cookie?! These icing sandwiches, from Cookie Fix, are ideal for an outdoor celebration as they won't melt like ice cream, but will offer a sweet end to the meal.

Is there any better dessert than delicious cookie sandwiches? We think not! After all, who doesn’t love a good ooey, gooey cookie?! These icing sandwiches from Cookie Fix are ideal for an outdoor celebration as they won’t melt like ice cream, but will offer a sweet end to the meal.

Ashley Mac's local tomato tart features freshly sliced tomatoes, italian cheeses, a homemade spread of caramelized onions and fresh herbs all baked on a flaky crust. Yes, please!

Ashley Mac’s local tomato tart features freshly sliced tomatoes, Italian cheeses, a homemade spread of caramelized onions and fresh herbs all baked on a flaky crust. Yes, please!

Key lime pie is the ultimate summer dessert. This one, from Ashley Mac's, is light, creamy, sweet and tart. And the graham cracker crust is truly to-die-for.

Key lime pie is the ultimate summer dessert. This one, from Ashley Mac’s, is light, creamy, sweet and tart. And the graham cracker crust is truly to-die-for.

A PLACE TO RELAX

After guests are full and happy, we love the idea of having a sweet little setup for them to relax, unwind and laugh together. Get creative with this! Rather than going for patio chairs, we layered two Paige Albright Orientals rugs atop each other and finished it off with some soft and cozy pillows to create the ultimate bohemian lounge area. Give them a refreshing libation, and they’ll be hangin’ here for the rest of the night!

Get creative at your summer celebration and offer guests a fun and unique choice of seating. One easy way to create a picture-perfect picnic or lounge area is layering multiple rugs, like these from Paige Albright Orientals, and adding a few soft pillows for a cozy and comfortable spot.

Get creative at your summer celebration and offer guests a fun and unique choice of seating. One easy way to create a picture-perfect picnic or lounge area is layering multiple rugs, like these from Paige Albright Orientals, and adding a few soft pillows for a cozy and comfortable spot.

Local blogger, Halee Mckenzie lounges on this boho-chic setup after enjoying a delicious summer meal.

Local blogger, Halee McKenzie lounges on this boho-chic setup after enjoying a delicious summer meal.

Your guests will love having a unique spot to relax and unwind. Carlyle had a blast chilling here with pals.

Your guests will love having a unique spot to relax and unwind. Carlyle had a blast chilling here with pals.

How darling do our models look in this space?!

How darling do our models look in this space?!

There you have it! The perfect summer soirée complete with a beautiful tablescape, delicious local bites, sweet treats and a fabulously fun picnic area. We hope this brought you a bit of inspiration. Cheers to all of your upcoming celebrations!

Thank you to Bromberg’s, Paige Albright Orientals, Wild Things, Ashley Mac’s and Cookie Fix for providing the essentials for our gorgeous summer soirée. 

Thank you to Carlyle, Mindy and Halee for modeling!

And thank you to Eric & Jamie Gay of Eric & Jamie Photography for the beautiful photos.