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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A creative spirit at heart with a go-getter attitude, this southern gal is well-known as the island’s ‘Jill of all trades.’ Whether serving as a special project liaison, coordinating occasions or simply curating chaos, Beth makes life more beautiful, well-kept and a lot more fun.
Beth honed her floral design skills and ability to juggle a wide array of tasks while working for The Vine Garden Market. While working as the right-hand lady to Caroline Carter of Caroline Carter Events, she learned to manage events of all sizes, scopes and with all personalities. Beth is masterful at offering organized direction and managing projects of all sizes and scopes.

Beth holds a degree in communications and information technology from Macon State College, where she spent a number of years working with the Georgia Music Hall of Fame Foundation. When not perfecting her tree pose or coordinating a project, Beth can be found enjoying live music, dining at the bar of her husband’s restaurant, Crabdaddy’s, or on life’s adventure with their children Izzie and Whit.

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