A Colorful Summertime Back Porch Party

A Colorful Summertime Back Porch Party www.abeautifulmess.com 1Today we're excited to share a colorful summertime back porch party that we hosted last weekend. For this party we teamed up with . They will also be sharing our recipes on their blog, , in the coming weeks! Having parties on the back porch is our new favorite tradition! Here are a few photos from the night… 

A Colorful Summertime Back Porch Party www.abeautifulmess.com 2A Colorful Summertime Back Porch Party www.abeautifulmess.com 2A Colorful Summertime Back Porch Party www.abeautifulmess.com 2A Colorful Summertime Back Porch Party www.abeautifulmess.com 2A Colorful Summertime Back Porch Party www.abeautifulmess.com 2A Colorful Summertime Back Porch Party www.abeautifulmess.com 2We served appetizers and cocktails, hung colorful flags and watched the sun set together. Sometimes I wish it could be summer all year (here in Missouri- haha!). There's just something about lighting the backyard up with twinkle lights and candles that makes entertaining so special! For this get together we made peach caprese skewers, mini fish tacos, sweet pickled strawberries and shortcake (SO good!) and two refreshing summery cocktails. 

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  • A backyard full of friends and food–happy, happy, happy! The colors are so festive and everyone is having such a good time. This weekend here (in Missouri) was nice and cool and I wanted to do a fire in the fire pit…but it kept raining in STL. Have a lovely day!!

  • This makes me feel absolutely gutted that I don’t have a backyard! So much fun, I love it. And what a nice little deck.

  • Absolutely love these photos! Looks like a wonderful time! It has been all rain in Maine for a few weeks so I’m hoping it clears up so I can have a few porch parties myself!

    Juliette Laura

  • Lovely times between friends, we can really tell how close you all are and you know how to spend good quality time together!
    Thank you so much for sharing these moments with us on this blog, you always are such a source of inspiration in every way (just a little reminder that the time spent with our beloved ones is always so precious…we all need that kind of reminder every once in a while!)
    Love you guys and once again…congrats for all the good things that happen in your lives, you deserve it a hundred times!

  • Looks like awesome times! Jarritos are delicious!

    Gen | raspberry-notes.blogspot.com

  • This looks like an awesome time with friends. I love Didier’s dress. SO cute! Just the way you all look so harmonious in pictures, lovely! Can’t wait for the recipes!

  • this is so beautiful! makes me want to host a dinner party. love the colors.


  • Do you have problems with mosquitoes on your porch? Do you have any tricks to fend them off?


  • Beautiful….my fave kind of parties, other than pool and beach! All of you looked great….love love Didier’s dress it looks so Anthropologie, although I realize from Didier’s response it isn’t.

  • Well, I don’t think that’s from last weekend πŸ˜€
    But still, I love the pictures. So beautiful!

  • Looks like a great porch party! When I lived in Wisconsin we had a porch and I loved it- would love to have one in my future home someday. Beautiful decorations!

  • lovely photos, make me want to have a party like that πŸ™‚


  • Who has time to throw a cute party like this!? LOVE it πŸ™‚ Did it take very long to setup? FYI – Those hanging lights are amazing

  • I LOVE that first candid shot! So beautiful!
    Hanging lights in a backyard for a party is the absolute perfect decoration. It never fails to make pictures look great!

    The Patch Diaries

  • Aw this looks absolutely incredible. I really wish I could do something like this with my friends. Looks like so much fun!

  • Such pretty photos!! This inspires me to throw some back porch parties πŸ™‚ Also, I LOVE Didier’s dress!


  • Last Weekend??

    How come Didier’s hair looks exactly like it was BEFORE she got married?

  • Mhmm, those tomato-peach-mozarella appetizers looks so good! I’ll have to make them soon πŸ™‚

  • Ka- I got my hair dyed back to my usual ombre right when I got home from my honeymoon. We are in the middle of photographing a book so I couldn’t keep the blonde for long, sadly.

  • Your back porch is amazing! I wish I had something like it. You guys must have had so much fun.

  • Oh someday we’ll have a lovely yard to host parties like this. It’s coming along. I mean, it started as a gravel lot so you can only go up from there, no? This is good inspiration.

    I would love to see a full length shot of this green Mexican dress in action. I got one myself recently and would love more ideas on how to wear it. Gracias!

  • So in love with Didier’s dress.
    It’s fantastic!

    These parties look so fun! I need a backyard badly.

  • oh my gosh, i wish i got an invite, this party looks fab!! i get so inspired by home decor & party ideas like this, i want to throw my own bash soon πŸ™‚ xoxo


  • Looks like the best kinda party! I had fish tacos for the first time yesterday – I’m a fan! We could do with some warm summer evenings here in the UK.

  • gorgeous party! so much fun. the appetizers all look scrumptious. thanks for sharing the amazing pictures! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @

  • Look like an amazing night! I can’t wait until I move back home in a few weeks and get settled into my new place so I can host a back-yard party of my own πŸ™‚

  • I want to be invited to one of your parties! Looks amazing! Not to mention, I love West Elm… feel like my whole apartment is furnished from there πŸ™‚

    Dana Ivy
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  • Wow, looks like a great time – the food sounds yummy and perfect for a hot summer night!

  • Didier, you give such sweet looks at people which the photographer captured so perfectly! You can tell you really love those around you! Such refreshing photos to see, non posed and just perfectly you guys! <3

    Also, love love love! the green dress Didier!

    Ngaio xx

  • i have to agree, i sometimes wish it could be summer all year long here in missouri too! if it would snow thanksgiving through new years and then go back to 80’s…perfection.

    ryan is super talented, beautiful shots!

  • This looks like the most dreamy area… I don’t blame you for loving parties out there! Those lights are amazing, especially when you’ve had these banner things and the flowers at Didier’s bachelorette party! And it sounds like you had amazing food there as well!

  • I love Didier’s hair either way. (You and Helen and all your friends have the BEST HAIR), but I wonder why you couldn’t keep it blonde for the book.

  • It looks like you all had so much fun!
    Almost makes me wish it was summer again here.. Almost.

  • Love all the decorations! One day I would like to have a porch party like that πŸ™‚


  • That looks so delightful!! I’m thinking I might organise a little chocolate-tasting get together for my friends as it’s winter over here in Aus! Need some chocolate to get us through ^_~

  • So jealous of you. Here in the southern hemisphere it is mid winter….cold and wet…..no porch parties here! Looks like you had a good time, thanks for sharing.

  • random question but emma did you dye your hair straight back after wedding? ps looks great both colours

  • Your photos are always amazing! The colors were all so bright and cheerful. Loved it!

  • Lovely photos, looks like a very nice party. I wish it would be summer all over the year here in ITALY too. xoxox

  • looks like a good party! has emme dyed her hair back to the ombre, or was this party pre-wedding? if she has dyed it back, can I ask why?

    Thanks! love the blog!

  • So pretty and colorful! The recipes sound amazing, can’t wait to get them!

  • Looks beautiful, and fun! The picture of Didier looking at Trey about made my heart explode. They are adorable.

  • lisa newton- Yes, I dyed my hair back once I got home from my honeymoon. We are in the middle of shooting our second book. And I didn’t want to have ombre hair for part of the book and blonde for the other half, so I had to dye it back. I may go blonde again some day, but for now it’s just my happy wedding day hair. πŸ™‚

  • the party seemed like a blast! I feel like bright colours uplift the mood of the guests too.

    – Janine

  • I love get-togethers like this, having friends over and having a good time, how can it get any better? Love your photos, the food looked yummy, and beautiful scenery πŸ™‚
    Yasmine xx

  • Didier’s dress looks so fresh, i love the pics, but specially the ones were you two are together, you have the best facial expressions Helen!

  • ooo, these colors are to die!

    have you guys discovered the adobe kuler app for playing around with color palettes yet? it’s so fun! i just posted about it…


  • Looks like such fun! Hope the weather in Cornwall improves soon and we actually have a summer : (

    Are you going to share wedding DIYs soon? Can’t wait to see your amazing creations! My little sister had her wedding on Saturday, beautiful! Have started to share a few of our DIYs such a fun time to get crafty and make the most amazing memories xxx

  • I wanna party on your porch! Loving Didier’s white nails πŸ™‚
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

  • Love the photos and I just absolutely love your blog! Keep posting! πŸ™‚

  • Looks so relaxing and fun πŸ™‚ Makes me wish I didn’t live across the country from all of my best friends!!!


  • Didier your hair looks so good, did you dye is straight away afer the wedding? ps looks great both ways

  • Besutiful! I love the lights and the strings of paper. My backyard is under construction right now, so can’t wait to throw a party!

  • I don’t have a back porch but the sunny living room worked just as well, i had a “Let’s try this new coctail that i saw online and looked really yummy” party last Saturday. It was very much fun! Pics on my blog: I also did caprese skewers hehe. Next time I’ll try Helen’s paper flowers along with the baloons πŸ™‚

  • My dear friend Heather and I follow your blog like everyday. She has just purchased a house that has a similar patio like this. Pretty sure we’ll be having amazing parties like this in the near future. @Kat; we’re in Wisconsin too, I agree totally.

  • I wish I had a backyard porch! Looks beautiful with all the colourful decorations and yummy food!

    Lulu xx

  • You serve tacos, drink Jarritos and margaritas, and yet all the guests are white white white white white. I get frustrated seeing these blogs filled with all of these beautiful things and they’re represented in this narrow way, with only white faces… AsΓ­ es la vida.

  • Tilapia or St. Peter fish is one of the best next to Milk fish. Thanks for the recipe, Didier! πŸ™‚

  • Thank you for the constant inspiration. I really want to be you ladies when I grow up. Also-how do you add that hue to your photos? Is it a filter? Thank you!

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