A Backyard Reception

Last year, we threw a couple of bridal showers in the summer and in the fall and they turned out really great.  Much to my surprise, I ended up hosting a backyard wedding open house this past weekend for a friend.  I’m not super creative, but we do have lots of parties, so we joined forces with some great little shops and we were able to put together a fun soiree.


Mason jars and floating candles with a little bit of twine or raffia created great lighting for very little cost!



Having to do an evening reception, I was worried about the lighting.  Our deck can get pretty dark, so we wanted to find a creative and inexpensive way to lend some light.  After some Pinterest inspiration, my friend created this awesome solution.  A hula hoop wrapped in ribbon and icicle lights made for a very unique chandelier.  It was an amazing solution that illuminated the whole deck and created a very cool ambiance.



I love getting my napkins from Robin at PaperEvent, the greatest little shop on Etsy!  She is a pleasure to work with and creates beautiful designs that add a very special touch to a necessity.  She can emboss all sizes of napkins for any occasion.  I loved the way these turned out and tied in our colors for the reception.



My table top fireplace made a great centerpiece and helped to add a soft light to the dessert table. Speaking of dessert, don’t you just love these personalized favor bags from Etsy shop Cotton and Grain? They were absolutely perfect to send some sweet treats home with our guests and a lovely touch! They were able to be personalized with some details of our guests of honor.  I loved them! I will definitely be returning to this shop for future events!



For the tables, I loved using wooden confetti and fairy lights from Etsy shop ChurchHouseWoodWorks.  The lights were bendable, six feet long, and battery operated.  It was great to have them to light up tables or other surfaces above the tables to add a soft glow.  The confetti was awesome, printed with things like “Forever,” “Love,” “Mr. and Mrs.,” and more.  Their products are super affordable and useful for so many occasions! Definitely will be making them my go-to for future party needs!  You would be amazed at all the great items you can find on their website, too! You can visit them at www.ChurchHouseWoodworks.com.



Many thanks to these wonderful Etsy retailers who are creative and offer great products to those of us (like myself) that are creatively challenged!  You made the night a success!


*product was received to facilitate a feature, all opinions are my own.



  1. You found so many cute things on Etsy. My brother is having a backyard wedding on the 24th and it’s last minute so I am scrambling to find some cute decos for them.

  2. This is beautiful! I love party planning and doing something on a good budget. You can make it just as unique and special as you want!

  3. I love the little Love is Sweet bags. Too cute. And anything with candles is amazing. It is amazing how you can be creative and turn an ordinary backyard into something magical!

  4. I’m such a fan of DIY weddings and events, it’s awesome how people are able to put together decor and everything else without the need of a planner. I love the rustic feel of this wedding, it’s really lovely.

  5. I love DIY weddings. I don’t know why everyone needs to spend 8 million dollars and bankrupt themselves to start their lives together! I thought about doing that same lighting hula hoop for ours, but we wound up not needing it.

  6. Everything looks so beautiful. We had my daughter’s wedding reception in our backyard many years ago. It was so much work, but totally worth it, and made for such lovely memories.

  7. Just curious, did the lights get the hula hoop plastic too hot? I like that idea!

    Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly

  8. Wow, what a stunning reception. I absolutely love the embossed napkins and the favors. Everything is so charming.

  9. aww this is so sweet and I love the intimate setting! I think a backyard reception would have been our choice (had we had a backyard at the time :p )

  10. My friend just had a wedding and they had some gorgeous decor for cheap. It doesn’t have to cost a lot to look beautiful!

  11. This turned out so beautifully! I love the things you can find on etsy. They are affordable and unique! So many great pieces that really brought the whole look together. I will have to remember this for the next shower I throw.

  12. Etsy is one of the best place in the world to shop for all things unique and special for your big day. A back yard reception isnt bad and these are some cute find that made the wedding look great!

  13. I absolutely love ETSY. I am pretty creative, and sometimes simply going on the site gives me a little jolt of creativeness. This backyard reception is so me! Beautiful.

    Thrifting Diva

  14. Very nice decor ideas. I love the fairy lights. It just makes everything prettier. The bouquets are pretty too! What a special wedding reception!

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