Summer Dinner Party in Pictures

Remember the Gourmet Dinner Club I told you about?
12 girls, partnered up with a pal, to create and serve a delicious, gourmet meal for the group.
It was our turn a few weeks ago. And here are the photos from the evening. Recipes to come.
We held the dinner on my Mom’s back patio which overlooks the lake by our house.
The jar centerpieces are from this DIY project.

A shout out to my partner, Brittney—who did way more than her fair share of the work while my pregnant self waddled around the kitchen complaining of heartburn and sore feet. Thanks for putting up with me Britt.


 The evening was perfect. We asked all the guests to bring photos from their high school prom–it made for a hilarious conversation starter.
Stay tuned for the yummy recipes.

Ashley Stock
I'm Ashley. Sometimes I craft, occasionally I cook, everyday I write, and I'm always Momma. This is my blog. I keep it real while still seeing the rainbows and butterflies in all of life's lessons.
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  1. Wow, everything looks so great! I love the colors and the menu. Food looks great. I always love to see these posts about entertaining, you always do such a fabulous job! 🙂

  2. I really want to start this with a group of girlfriends. It’s such a great idea.

  3. So Stinkin’ cute!
    You did a great job on the food.
    I bet everyone enjoyed themselves!

  4. That spread looks amazing!
    Great job on the food. What a fun idea!!

  5. Gorgeous party!

  6. Ohh my freakin lord of yummies. That tenderloin looks DIVINE! The tators don’t look half bad either ;). You ladies sure do know how to put on a nice spread!

    PS – How adorable are those plates?! Love!

  7. Adorable! Love every single thing. But most of all the painted jars/array of flowers. Oh and the chairs too! I have a dear friend getting married in the near future and this would make a perfect bridal shower for her. Thanks for sharing!

  8. Wow! That looks amazing – what a fun idea to throw dinner parties!

  9. Oh I want to join you group!
    Everything looks amazing.

  10. I want to be part of your group! Maybe I should start something like this here in my neck of the woods…. I just really want to create a big tablescape:)

  11. What a great idea! It looks amazing and I love the party decorations!

  12. My mouth is watering – really!! Looks like a great party. Renee

  13. Um, what?! Cutest dinner party on the planet. Great job!

  14. That looks amazing! Such a fun idea! can’t wait for you to share the recipes.

  15. Holy mother that looks awesome!
    I’m coming to the next one!

  16. ooh love the menu napkin ring! pinning that for sure. the painted jars and colorful flowers made for a beautiful summer runner. I cannot wait for the recipes! oh and great idea about prom pictures!

  17. bucket list: have dinner with ashley stock at one of her gourmet dinner parties.

    Love it!! Oh, and LOOOOVE the name Sawyer!!!!!

  18. amazing AS usual…wouldn’t expect anything less from you!

  19. So, so pretty!!

  20. Still loving the painted jars. I want to make some, but then what would I do with them!?


  21. The table and settings are beautiful!! And the food looks so scrumptious! I keep thinking I’d like to start one of these… So fun!

  22. oh my gosh that looks Divine!! I would have LOVED a taste of all of it 🙂 So yummy looking. And, I must say, as always, love the decor 😉

  23. It looks so good it pictures too. You girls did a fantastic job. Love Mom

  24. your mom lives on westlake lake?! not fair! i dream of living there one day! and everything looks great, what a perfect dinner! I esp would want the mushrooms and the meat 😉

  25. Holy freak, Ashley! You and B are insanely insane. This looks like a million dollar dinner party. I’m dying. I could NEVER do this!!!

  26. You did such a good job! I wish I could cook like that and make such a lovely presentation!! Props to you!!

  27. Ashley Byrd says:

    That looks amazing! I really think I want to start one of these groups. 🙂

    I’m such a goof though; I was totally squinting to read the menu, and then da, da, dum…scroll down and there is a close-up! I should skim before I stop to take everything in! It was so beautiful I couldn’t wait to dive in!! I’m obsessed with food. 🙂

  28. Everything is so beautiful, especially the setting!

  29. Love this tables cape & all the dishes sound delicious! Can’t wait for the recipes!

  30. Wow! Really incredible! 🙂

  31. Lynette says:

    I can’t wait for the recipes!! I’ve been waiting! 🙂

  32. Wow.. Beautiful pictures and its so pretty too.

  33. That looks so yummy!!!

  34. I am having a dinner party July 27th. Can you send me the recipes, grocery list, etc? I am not very good at this stuff, but I am trying……help

  35. So, I want to have a dinner party, but am trying to figure something out:
    I see the table set and everything, but then I see the foods all set out on the plates before they’re at the table, so how do you serve the food. Bring it to trays at the table and serve each guest? Or is everything set out just for photos? Do you take all the plates and serve things up in the kitchen and bring the filled plate back to the table? (Yes, I’m a newbie at such things:))

    By the way, I love all your dinner parties! They’re so cute and the food all looks delicious!

  36. I’m a beginner in crafting can u poin in the direction of doing the napkin card please

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