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.

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    Salena Lee @ A Little Piece of Me
    June 6, 2012 at 6:17 am

    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! 🙂

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    June 6, 2012 at 6:31 am

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

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    June 6, 2012 at 6:35 am

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

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    Alissa Circle
    June 6, 2012 at 6:50 am

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

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    Jennifer Dawn
    June 6, 2012 at 11:11 am

    Gorgeous party!

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    Katie @ My Darling Days
    June 6, 2012 at 11:48 am

    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!

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    [email protected]
    June 6, 2012 at 12:12 pm

    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!

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    June 6, 2012 at 12:28 pm

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

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    June 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm

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

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    Shabby Sweet Tea
    June 6, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    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:)

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    June 6, 2012 at 1:46 pm

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

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    School Sparks Renee
    June 6, 2012 at 1:50 pm

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

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    June 6, 2012 at 2:27 pm

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

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    June 6, 2012 at 3:10 pm

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

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    Jacqui of Baby Boy Bakery
    June 6, 2012 at 3:16 pm

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

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    June 6, 2012 at 3:18 pm

    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!

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    Jessi H.
    June 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm

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

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

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    Brittany Davis
    June 6, 2012 at 3:44 pm

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

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    June 6, 2012 at 3:46 pm

    So, so pretty!!

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    June 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm

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


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    Kassi @ Truly Lovely
    June 6, 2012 at 4:20 pm

    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!

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    Michelle {the Momma Bird}
    June 6, 2012 at 5:06 pm

    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 😉

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    June 6, 2012 at 5:40 pm

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

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    June 6, 2012 at 6:50 pm

    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 😉

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    gillian greding
    June 6, 2012 at 9:11 pm

    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!!!

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    June 7, 2012 at 4:44 am

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

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    Ashley Byrd
    June 7, 2012 at 3:40 pm

    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. 🙂

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    June 8, 2012 at 12:28 am

    Everything is so beautiful, especially the setting!

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    Jenna Allen
    June 8, 2012 at 5:31 pm

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

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    June 15, 2012 at 12:43 pm

    Wow! Really incredible! 🙂

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    June 18, 2012 at 9:32 pm

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

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    July 4, 2012 at 10:44 am

    Wow.. Beautiful pictures and its so pretty too.

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    July 9, 2012 at 2:56 am

    That looks so yummy!!!

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    July 11, 2012 at 4:28 pm

    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

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    Aimee K.
    August 6, 2012 at 2:18 am

    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!

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    November 16, 2013 at 7:21 am

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

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