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Backyard Dinner Date Night

Backyard Dinner Date Night Idea

I know I sound like a broken record, but this is our busiest summer yet.  Somehow, it’s even busier than last summer planning our own wedding – not sure how that happened!  Raja and I have come to cherish our time at home these last few months and have been doing our best to make the most of our summer nights.  While we normally like to take advantage of some of the best CT restaurants that are just minutes from our house in West Hartford, after so much travel this summer, we’ve been cooking and grilling at home every chance we get.

I planned this little backyard dinner date night last week using my American Express Blue Cash Everyday card knowing that I’d get 3% back on all the yummy food I purchased from my grocery store, and 1% off on all my decor – it pays to entertain at home!

Summer Picnic

Summer Picnic Idea
Backyard Dinner Date Night Idea

Backyard Dinner Date Night Idea

Mediterranean Spread
Backyard Dinner Date Night Idea

Outside Picnic Idea

Summer Picnic Idea
String Lights in Mason Jars

Backyard Entertaining

Backyard Dinner Date Night Idea
Backyard Dinner Date Night Idea

Backyard Dinner Date Night Idea

The summer heat is in full-force, so anytime we end up eating outside, we like to keep things light and simple.  We’re both fans of picking and trying different foods, so I planned this cheese and wine menu (champagne counts, right?!) – plus, some of our favorite Mediterranean snacks including chickpea and lentil salad, hummus (with toasted pine nuts), and olives and feta.

For a touch of DIY, and some pretty lights for when the sun drops, I was inspired by these Buzzfeed videos for making entertaining at home a little more epic.  I love these pretty copper string lights and I used mason jars (instead of bottles like in the video), and love how they added a little sparkle to our outdoor set-up.  We added some wood to the fire pit, turned on our twinkle lights, and enjoyed a special summer night at home.
What’s your favorite way to entertain during the summer?  Leave me a comment and let me know!


A huge thanks to American Express for sponsoring today’s post.


  • Reply
    August 17, 2016 at 1:24 am

    Mmmm, delicious! This is such a great idea for a date night! Great photos and a perfectly made charcuterie/ cheese board. 🙂


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    August 17, 2016 at 7:56 am

    What a gorgeous picnic! Hope it was as yummy as it looks!

    xo, Carey

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    Anna English
    August 17, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    This is SUCH a cute idea! I can’t wait until it cools down here in Houston so I can do this. Thanks for sharing!

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    August 17, 2016 at 12:11 pm

    This is seriously beyond perfect. I HAVE to do this!!

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    August 17, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Ummm can I go on a date with you?! LOL! This is so perfect and thoughtful, I’ll bet Raja loved it! What a cozy and romantic date night idea! Everything looks amazing.

    (BTW I was just reading through your wedding post… so gorgeous!)

    Fab post!!

    xo Steph
    A Sparkle Factor

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    August 17, 2016 at 1:23 pm

    This is so beautiful! You styled it perfectly!!

    xx Leah / http://www.eatpraywearlove.com

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    carolyna bauer
    August 17, 2016 at 1:50 pm

    Beautiful decor and preparation! Although you are super busy it’s always exciting to prepare your own wedding no? Happy wednesday darling! XOXOXO, Carolyna

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    August 17, 2016 at 3:43 pm

    This picnic is unreal!! The decor, the spread and the way you have everything laid out, I LOVE it!! XX, Donna

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    August 17, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    This is absolutely ADORABLE! Loving this idea girl! Thanks so much for sharing!
    XX-Samantha | chicserendipityblog.com

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    August 19, 2016 at 12:14 pm

    Wow, how cozy and stunning is this? I feel so inspired! It is styled to perfection. My picnics never look this chic!

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    Emily | Life With Emily
    August 22, 2016 at 9:14 am

    Ok this is the cutest set-up I have ever seen!!!! I wanna come over ASAP so we can sip wine & indulge in a charcuterie plate! ADORABLE!


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