Dinner Party Essentials: How to Throw an Intimate Backyard Dinner Party

My graduation party hosted by Simple Song Events

Whether you’re entertaining friends or hosting a graduation party nothing makes me more excited than an intimate gathering. My sister and brother in law hosted my graduation party at my Aunt’s beautiful home in Sacramento and invited my closest friends and family. I am so lucky to have such great friends and a sister who loves me unconditionally. I will never forget this night and this beautiful party they threw for me. “Being a family means you are a part of something very wonderful. It means you will love and be loved for the rest of your life.” – Lisa Weed

Theme

Keep it simple and choose a color palette. For our backyard dinner party, we went with a romantic chic theme and stayed within the neutral-blush color palette. The colors really complimented the lush green backyard.

Decors

It is extremely important to get fresh florals for table setting. Style your table with traditional white dinnerware and flatware. Instead of paper napkins, make sure to use cloth napkins instead for more of a elegant look.

Food

We are Hmong like Suni Lee and we decided to do it buffet style. Buffet style is the better option when you are hosting a backyard dinner party. It is easier to clean up and your guests can eat until they feel satisfied.

My Speech:

4 years ago, I decided to go back to school and it was a hard decision for me because at that time I just became pregnant with Olivia and I had a lot of doubts and worries! But I took a leap of faith and pray that it will somehow work out. My main reason of going back to school was for daughters- Olivia and Kaitlyn! What I learned about parenthood is that we have the biggest influence on our children and I want to set a good example for Olivia and Kaitlyn to follow and that anything is possible at any age! I want them to know that there’s no such thing as dreaming too big and if you work hard and make sacrifices dreams do come true! Obviously Suni Lee is the greatest example of this! I just hope that my daughters are proud of me and I want them to know that everything I do- I do it for them. First, I just want to thank God for carrying me through the hard times and allowing me to do the things I love. I wouldn’t be able to do anything with His guidance and love. Secondly, thanks you mom + dad for inspiring me to go back to school. You and dad have always supported me in every way possible from a little girl to now an adult and you both continue to make sacrifices for me so I can reach my dreams. Thank you to my sister, Doua and Jason for planning this trip and this graduation party for me. There were a handful of nights where I wanted to give up and I remember even wanting to quit so many times! It became too hard for me to bare. But Doua always encouraged me to keep fighting and she stayed up with me many nights even helping me write my papers. Thank you Doua for being the best sister ever. Thank you to my brothers Vong and Kong for coming out here to just hangout and celebrate this special day with me. Thanks to John, my husband for being mom and dad while I was in school and making us dinner every single night for the last 3 years or so. You are my biggest supporter. Last but not least- Thank you Steven & Emily for hosting us today and opening your home to us so we can party. This past year, with covid we had a lot of losses and I think coming here was already really hard, but what covid has taught me is to cherish every moment you have with the people you love and you guys just being here today means more than you’ll ever know. Thank you all for your prayers, words of encouragement, and support- It means the world to me. Here’s to class of 2021!!!

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