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It has been a busy weekend- cleaning and projects and running around...
The boys and I worked for half the day yesterday on the kitchen projects and basically
made a big mess and more work than when we started...
ahhh, such is life before a party!

Anyway, busy work has started on the backyard as well.
The mowing, the trimming, etc.
Though we are working on finishing things up, I wanted to share a few elements that will be put in play for the party next Sunday.

First off, the pergola has gotten breezy, white drapes!! I have thought about putting curtains or drapes or something up for awhile but after seeing Susan's drapes up on her porch over at Between Naps on the Porch,
I had to do it and I LOVE it!!!!!!
Thanks for the inspiration Susan!

It really frames in the pergola and makes it feel so much more like an outdoor room.

I also added some fabric panels to the top- not happy at all with how that came out!
But last time , there was too much sun in the backyard and everyone was too hot.
So I thought a bit of shade would help,
but I am going to try to re-do that .

I am planning on using my seashell lights & placing the candles in the glass jars in the garden for some charm.
My lion fountain is not running right now (that's why there's a geranium there!)
but the other fountain will be trickling and we'll have some music on as well.

I also have some tall torch lights for anyone who decides to stay later-
we can light up the backyard

The chandelier above the large table in the pergola lights up the space wonderfully.
It's an outside chandelier- super heavy and large.
Found this at Home Goods a few years ago and just loved the aged finish on it.
It is perfect for this outdoor room.

I'm going to be breaking out my entertaining books tonight for some inspiration for food and table setting.

Once the backyard is set up all the way~
food, decor, tablescape etc.
I will be sure to take a few pics to share.
Hope you all had a great weekend!

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  1. Oh girl I love what you did here...WOW!! what a statement this made girl...if all else's fails do a quiche for the party...Betty Crocker has some great recipes online...always great with a big tossed salad and a pasta salad..Hope you have fun my Dear friend..and I love Susan's porch whats not to love..only in the south ha ha!! Love the Lion foundation and why not I'm a leo ha ha!! Hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  2. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE everything! Is that gushy enough? It should be because it is all just so beautiful! The fountain, the chandelier, the torches, the drapes. It is all perfect! Thank you so much for being so inspiring!

  3. I am interested in your pergola. I want to make a partial one coming off of the house...did you make that or buy it ready made. Can you tell me what it is made out of? I love the idea of the sheers making it more of a room environment. What did you use for the panels? They look like tulle..I think the chandy is very neat. did you run electicity out there or just a cord and hide it in the perfola rafters? I have to know!! *pergola obsession*

  4. It looks fabulous! I bet it's going to be a great party!
    Thanks for the visit to my blog! I can't wait to share pics of my garden shed soon!


  5. That is going to one gorgeous party. I can already picture it in my head but can't wait to see the photos.

  6. so pretty!!! I can't wait to see more!

  7. What a beautiful setting for a party! Love the pergola and the curtains.
    Hugs, Sherry

  8. Your pergola is have such a beautiful garden!

  9. This is going to be so amazing! I love the idea of bringing indoor elements out, like the curtains! I can't wait to see pictures! Your blog is so lovely, so happy to find you and happy to be your newest follower!

  10. Absolutely gorgeous! You've done such a fabulous job -- my favorites are the pergola and the chandelier! :) mercedes

  11. Sound just magical-can't wait to see the pics!

  12. Hi!
    Thank you for your sweet comments over at my home!
    What a lovely yard! So elegant!
    I think the white "roof" panels are lovely the way they are--soft, breezy!
    What time is the party?!?!? ;)
    I like serving antipasto and bruschetta for vegetarian fare.
    Cannot wait to see what happens at "THE PARTY"!!

  13. Happy WW! I'm showing these photos of your awesome pergola to my hubby. I've been whining about one of those over our very hot deck for 2 years now. Maybe now he'll be inspired... lol! Beautiful - just beautiful! Have fun at your party!

    xoxo laurie@heavens-walk

  14. Romance is in the air! Beautiful garden, what a perfect setting for a party.

  15. Oh, the curtains and chandelier and fountain are all so quintessentially romantic European garden, or at least what I dream of when I think of that! Love, love... I also peaked down at your kitchen project, and I'll definitely be stopping by again to see what you're up to there! (I love those inspiration photos, now I want to add detailing to my cupboard doors!)
    Thanks for stopping by my place!
    - Meg

  16. The pergola is beautiful. I want one so bad, and hoping for one next spring. Beautiful!

  17. Your pergola is just lovely with the sheers! Your guests are going to love it. And your backyard is really gorgeous! Love the lion's head fountain.

    I like Gloria's idea for having quiche, it will do quite well ourdoors!


  18. I just added your button I made from one of your sidebar pics to my sidebar. I hope this is okay? I just read your pic notice. When ya click on it it links right back to your blog. It is under my Fabulous Spots To Visit! If not okay let me know and I will delete it.

  19. Very pretty! I love your pergola, what a great spot for a party :)

  20. Hi there...came across yor blog (somehow?) not sure how i got here! I absolutely adore your backyard oasis! The pergola is something most of us gardeners can appreciate, yours is beautiful & i love the chandelier hanging too! Very fond of your teared fountain.....beautiful! xoxo

  21. So happy you posted this link - i remember seeing it before, but couldn't remember where! Thank you for linking so i can come back & visit & get ideas for this spring/summer! xoox

  22. Hi Courtney... your post is beautiful, and I love your outdoor room chandelier... I also love outdoor parties!... still too cold here in Utah though... your guests will be delighted at how serene and pretty everything looks... xoxo Julie Marie

  23. Hi ,I just poppped over from Fishtail cottage party ,I loved your pergola with the white sheers ,so dreamy!
    I am your newest follower:)

  24. What a gorgeous romantic little getaway you've got in your very own backyard!!! Just lovely!

  25. Yay! Another one from you! I have a pergola in our garden. I really hope to get our garden looking lovely this year - and this is FAB inspiration. Thank you!