This party was hosted by us and another couple as a fundraiser for a friend of ours who is running as the local mayoral candidate in our hometown. We decided we wanted to keep it casual, and keep it out in the back patio area. In retrospect, perhaps doing that during the last weekend in the month of June in Florida was not the best choice. Yes, it was hot. Not just a little hot, more like, melt your make-up off in minutes, hot. But, we pressed on, and the party was a success.
You may recognize these centerpieces from a previous post. The little chalkboard signs are from Jo-Ann Fabrics and the little filled votive candles were found at Michaels. We layered a square of burlap fabric (super cheap!) on top of the white tablecloths to add a little more interest and more of a casual feel.
We kept the drink area separate from the food buffet area. You can see the drink table in the background of the photo below. This really helps keep things moving around the room (or patio).