Farewell to Summer Part II

Happy September!!! It’s a little bit ironic to have found myself writing my part deux of “Farewell to Summer” on the first day of September but what better timing to finally let go of all that has happened this summer and finally embrace the future to come!

Like I promised before, here are some of my favourite photos from my garden party/barebeque I hosted less than two weeks ago 🙂


Two of the easiest DIYs I prepared for the party that made all the difference in the ambiance! It became one of the main focal points in my back yard (even though it was so simple) and I couldn’t be happier how it turned out. I printed the banner letters from another blogger here and punch holes on the edges. I took some twine and sewed it through the holes, thus, creating this fun little banner! For the tissue pom-pom balls, all it took was inexpensive tissue paper from the dollar store and a few Youtube tutorials (be careful, they get addicting to make!) & for the led lanterns, I found this cute babies at the dollar store. Super easy to make and all of them created such a pretty touch.

Another main focus of my party was the candy bar. I (still) loveeeee this table so much!

I had all my favourite candies (Skittles, Double Bubble gum, Cherry Blasters, Fuzzy Peaches, Coca-Cola Bottle Gummies and Gummy Worms) in mason and plastic jars – along with other party essentials like drink parasols (duhhhh), glowsticks for my guests to wear at night, bug repellent, my polaroid & film, & some tea light candles.

I created a hashtag #kaysbbq to make it easier for my friends and I to follow the event on social media 🙂

This was definitely the highlight of my garden party. The “Selfie Wall” was essentially twine hung across the bottom of my patio with my guests names hung by clothes pins. During the party, they were instructed to find their name and take a polaroid of themselves to replace it! I found this idea on Pinterest and HAD to do it! I wish I could upload how that all looked like but of course, in respect to my friends, I must keep that private. But let me tell you, there were some great polaroids that came out of it HAHA

This is a day/night shot of the colorful string paper lanterns that were hung in the garden. The color theme of #kaysbbq was floral & bright summer colors – teal, hot pink, yellow, orange & white.

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Being so caught up with making sure everyone was okay, I didn’t get the chance to take a picture of the food table set up and all the cute little details I had like my teal ice bucket, sunset ombre’d lantern centre piece, the table clothes and of course, all the yummy food! (REGRETS!!!!) But there was barbeque, burgers, smokies, fruit kebabs, chips & dip, pizza, my dad’s special fruit punch, red velvet cake with brownie bits and my friends kindly brought veggie platters, more meat and more chips to contribute 🙂

Loureal and her mom kindly made some beautiful chocolate cupcakes with detailed teal icing which matched the theme to a tee. I was so honoured to have had these made just for my party! They were also freaking delicious!!!


Just because BBQs scream out “finger foods”, I thought I would make some super cute tags for my plastic cutlery to add a little oomph and color.


I found these cute little tags from another blogger of “Eat Drink Chic” 🙂 Soooo cute!


Here are some more photos 🙂



Some of the guys playing Cards Against Humanity 🙂

Me with my candy bar trying to set up the music HAHA. My #ootd consisted of a creme floral lace top from H&M & a black and white daisy skirt also from H&M. (**Also, I had paper straws on this table that wasn’t in the picture above earlier because it was moved beside to the punch dispenser.)


One of my favorite polaroids of the evening – with Alyssa & Elizer (missing Angelo to complete!!!)

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I find such a deep level of happiness when I see the people I love having a good time and being in the moment with each other and I find it very humbling to know that my party was able to do that. I enjoy planning things and taking the time to find the little details that makes all the difference even if it is so simple 🙂 It’s actually been quite awhile since I’ve planned anything to this extent and it has made me nothing but excited for the next opportunity I get to host.

So again, thank you to all my beautiful friends who came out to enjoy the evening, Mike and my mama who selflessly dedicated their time and effort to help out and to the summer that got me good. I hope you enjoyed these photos and had a great summer!

I wish you all the best this upcoming season – time to start new!

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Farewell to Summer

Hello there! After a five month hiatus with blogging, I am back and inspired as ever. The past few months of Spring/Summer have been filled with nothing but lots of sun, late night chilling with friends, good food and overall, a positive vibe. Of course the feels of Lana Del Ray’s “Summertime Sadness” would be fitting for this time but hey, Fall is just around the corner and it so happens to be my next favourite season!

Last night I hosted my own Farewell to Summer party. It was a long time coming planning and getting ready for this party but it came out exactly as I envisioned it (maybe even better – with the help of amazing mom & boyfriend, Mike).

Being addicted to Pinterest, last month I started coming across boards dedicated to summer soirees and festive BBQs which only fuelled my summertime excitement, ambition and passion for planning. I kept thinking to myself when would be a good opportunity, if I was gonna even get a chance to have one or if it would even been anything close to successful. It was just an idea – something at the back of my mind, until I was chilling with one of my girl friends, Loureal, one day in July. We went to a Canadian Superstore and came across all their summer decorations and I was IN LOVE. IN-FREAKING-LOVE. I couldn’t resist and my whole being was giddy like a kid in a candy shop. I knew if I was going to buy some of these cute decors, I HAD to have a party and put it to use. And so, the hardcore planning process began.

Almost everyday since last month, I kept re-pinning other people’s pins, looking at cute DIYs, reading other bloggers tips, searching endless descriptions of “summer bbq ideas”, “outdoor party lightings”, “diy summer decor”, “outdoor party food” etc. and created my own board filled with the ideas of how I would want my own summer party to be like if I was to have one. I made several hefty bag trips to the dollar store, stayed up late making all the DIYs, had lots of stressed out rants with Mike about ALL the things (food/theme colors/decorations/set-ups… everything HAHA), – it was a mixture of what I love to do, fun, creativity and the peak of white hairs popping out to show.

This weekend it was showtime – the planning process was coming to an end and it was time to put together all my ideas that were jumbled in my head and execute them into my backyard. With the help of my selfless mother and ah-mazing boyfriend, they helped me put things into place by adding their ideas, critiques and vision as well. (I may have not taken that too lightly since I feel like I’m a control freak when it comes to things I plan and can honestly say, I was a “party-zilla” the day prior to the gathering… but they seem to still love me which I’m thankful for LOL)

Needless to say, after the many hours and days of planning, executing and releasing my control freak beast – it came out perfect. Beyond my expectations, and I, now, feel satisfied with myself and at peace that I was able to do it. It was a night filled with old friends, new friends, LOTS OF FOOD, laughter, nostalgia, vibin’ music, a positive ambiance & pure happiness. It was the perfect way to end summer for me with all my favourite people and it has made my heart melt into a humble puddle of mushy goop that I got to see them enjoy themselves and interact with each other.

So please, raise your glasses and cheers – to a great summer, my beautiful friends & all the happiness it has brought. I am looking forward to next summer and all the adventures it will bring in Future’s time and hopefully will be able to share it here as well 🙂

Until next time –

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PS: I will post all the pictures in my next blog post – COMING SOON 🙂