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Throw a Rooftop Dinner Party

Jordan Ferney of Oh Happy Day is the queen of event planning. Her dinner party on the rooftop for a friend's birthday has been on my radar for a few months now, and I'm counting down the days for the weather to cooperate with a rooftop event of my own!

For now I thought it might be fun to recreate Jordan's look and host my own virtual celebration! Want to throw a beautiful dinner party yourself? Here's a cheat sheet.

Jordan bought hers on sale at Anthropologie a few seasons ago. The IKEA Nordmyra is pretty similar and it's a winner because of its $39.99 price tag. Plus, they're stackable. Obviously a set of chairs doesn't magically appear on a rooftop, and I can't imagine lugging individual seats up 34 flights of stairs.

I'd recommend renting a table of any kind from a local source, since a tablecloth will cover any eyesores. Buy a few tablecloths in case you need to double up to get the desired length.

I'd make it intimate by bringing my own dinnerware. If you don't have white plates, Target has plenty of affordable sets. As for glasses, anything you have will do. One fun idea: Start saving glass jars from pomegranate juice or your bottled Starbucks treats. Jars are a great way to add creativity to an otherwise plain table setting.

I love Jordan's lilac arrangements. Check eBay or your local thrift shops for mismatched ceramics in the same hue; the effect works wonderful for any arrangement. You can get the flowers locally.

Last, but not least, a bubble machine is definitely a magical finishing touch. Rent one from your local party supplier or try a kid's machine that does the trick just fine!

The Food!
The main event of a dinner party is, in fact, the dinner. One of the best menus I've found is this delish line-up that you can cook/prepare the day of. Tip: Wait until dessert to show off to your guests. Then if something goes ghastly wrong, you can hit the corner bakery for a take-out treat to serve.

Final Thought
Remember, a dinner party should reflect your personality, so add your sense of style. Try mismatched chairs from around your home or have each of your friends bring their own flatware. Don't be too rigid in the planning. Rooftop parties are meant to be enjoyed, with or without the periwinkle tablecloth.

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