Entertaining Inspiration: An Al Fresco Fiesta

Aug 24 2018

by Beth Williams

The Southern Coterie blog: "Entertaining Inspiration: An Al Fresco Fiesta" by Beth Williams (photo: Kelli Boyd Photography)
The Southern Coterie blog: "Entertaining Inspiration: An Al Fresco Fiesta" by Beth Williams (photo: Kelli Boyd Photography)
The Southern Coterie blog: "Entertaining Inspiration: An Al Fresco Fiesta" by Beth Williams (photo: Kelli Boyd Photography)
The Southern Coterie blog: "Entertaining Inspiration: An Al Fresco Fiesta" by Beth Williams (photo: Kelli Boyd Photography)
The Southern Coterie blog: "Entertaining Inspiration: An Al Fresco Fiesta" by Beth Williams (photo: Kelli Boyd Photography)
The Southern Coterie blog: "Entertaining Inspiration: An Al Fresco Fiesta" by Beth Williams (photo: Kelli Boyd Photography)
The Southern Coterie blog: "Entertaining Inspiration: An Al Fresco Fiesta" by Beth Williams (photo: Kelli Boyd Photography)

The Southern Coterie blog: "Entertaining Inspiration: An Al Fresco Fiesta" by Beth Williams (photo: Kelli Boyd Photography) The Southern Coterie blog: "Entertaining Inspiration: An Al Fresco Fiesta" by Beth Williams (photo: Kelli Boyd Photography) The Southern Coterie blog: "Entertaining Inspiration: An Al Fresco Fiesta" by Beth Williams (photo: Kelli Boyd Photography)

The Southern Coterie blog: "Entertaining Inspiration: An Al Fresco Fiesta" by Beth Williams (photo: Kelli Boyd Photography)
all photos by Kelli Boyd Photography

As an event organizer, some of my favorite parties are outdoor parties. They not only allow for more entertaining space, but they are inherently more relaxed. And a relaxed event is a more fun event.

One of my favorite outdoor events was an intimate fiesta-themed dinner at a private home on the north end of St. Simons Island, Georgia. We chose to set the venue on the pea-gravel driveway (no fear of margarita spills here!) and used the landscaping to determine the placement of seating and serving areas.

The driveway setting also allowed for us to bring in Corner Taco’s airstream to serve “swanky street tacos”—pecan-smoked pork with espresso and tangerine (yum!) and sour-cherry tenderloin asada—and fresh guacamole. And of course they went perfectly with a selection of Mexican cerveza and margaritas served in Fiesta wine goblets.

The gorgeous tent set up provided shade as well as upped the glam factor. We opted for simple bamboo chairs, biscuit burlap linens with a Mexican overlay and custom indigo tie-dyed napkins. The flowers matched the hues in the Mexican table overlays and were arranged in small groupings in various simple white canisters.

We added a seating area with tie-dyed pillows and Aztec blankets for less structured seating after the meal. The bar was also overlaid with Aztec blankets to round out the theme.

I hope this inspires you to throw an outdoor fiesta! If you are interested in resources, I have listed them below!

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