For those of you who read my blog story you know that my birthday and SL’s 2nd anniversary was a couple weeks ago. And for those of you who have been following Sincerely Liv long enough you know that I love everything that falls into the bohemian, hippie, gypsy, nature child category.
Of course my birthday had to fall into such categories. So I decided to throw a bohemian dinner party.
I’d been planning this bohemian dinner party in my head for months and just LOVE how it all came together. So I’m going to break it all down for you and tell you how you can recreate this in your own backyard.
But first, can I just take a moment to express how incredible my friends and family are?
My mother and my aunt spent the morning getting mulch caked under their nails and being eaten by mosquitos just to make sure the backyard was pretty enough.
My childhood friend, and practically brother, Kyler McCormick took these incredible photos. (CHECK HIM & HIS BROTHER OUT HERE. They’re V cool.) My other friends dressed like hippies JUST FOR ME. And when the rain joined the party they were total troopers. So yeah, I have some pretty rad people in my life.
Ok. On to the good stuff. Here it is.
how to throw a bohemian dinner party
Find some tapestries that make your heart scream with creative energy. You can also grab some rugs or blankets. Anything that really gives you that bohemian vibe. I bought mine from Urban Outfitters. Lay out a tarp on the grass (in case it happens to be wet, super muddy, or you just want to keep your tapestries as clean as possible).
Then lay out your tapestries along with some pillows. Don’t be too worried about clashing colors or patterns. It kind of works better that way.
I had been dying to get my hands on some pallets for whatever reason. And now I finally had a reason. For a while I had a hard time visualizing how many I would need. I settled for six to do two stacks of three.
The hardest part at first was trying to find some for free. If you search around construction areas you will almost always find some. Just be sure to ask before you take them. However, I only found two that way.
If finding free pallets proves to be harder than you thought, ask around to local nursery and gardening stores. I was able to find the other 4 at Knupper Nursery & Landscape. They sell their used pallets for $5 each.
While a pallet table is cool and all, a plain table is a little boring. So create a center piece of some sort. To be honest I didn’t have this part figured out until about an hour before the party. I knew I wanted candles, so candles in empty wine bottles was a no brainer.
As far as the flowers go, I ran to Trader Joe’s and bought a couple bouquets. The most expensive one was $10. I bought three bouquets of flowers for less than $20. It was definitely exciting. I broke up the bouquet and placed the individual flowers around the bottles.
Make sure you evenly distribute the color. For the actual center piece I took a piece of firewood from beside my fireplace and set it on the table, which kind of just tied things together.
I don’t know about you, but a taco bar just seemed like the perfect dinner choice to me. There were Vegan Carnitas and Soyrizo along with some meat options for my friends. I suggest you get a bunch of supplies for tacos and set them out on a table for everyone to pick at. That way everyone get’s to eat exactly what they want.
OBVIOUSLY we needed a dessert. I made this gluten free vegan cake… but the real crowd pleaser were the gluten free vegan mini cupcakes by Swirlz Cupcakes.
Words cannot describe the amazingness that are Swirlz Cupcakes. I’ve tried quite a few gluten free cupcakes and quite a few vegan cupcakes. But I was never really excited by any of them.
When I first transitioned to veganism it was a month before my 20th birthday. And growing up cupcakes had always been my thing (I had a cupcake business in high school). So when I stumbled upon these in Whole Foods I obviously I had to try.
Swirlz cupcakes have become my absolute favorite cupcakes. I have one every year for my birthday without fail. And I’m telling you you’re absolutely missing out if you don’t try at least one.
The minis are so perfect for a party. At my party we had Red Velvet, Vanilla, Vanilla on Chocolate, and Blueberry Vanilla. All of which were gluten free vegan. I can tell you for a fact there were no leftovers… and I’m the only out of my friends who is gluten free and vegan.
This night was magical. In SO many ways. It made me realize, once again, that I love life. No matter the ups and the downs, I’m beyond happy to be able to strive towards living my most sincere life every day.
There you have it! That is a break down of how to put together a bohemian dinner party. If you end up recreating this look I’d LOVE to see your pictures!!! Tag me on insta @xoxsincerelyliv
love you gypsy babes,
A HUGE thank you to Swirlz Cupcakes for providing my absolute FAVORITE cupcakes in the world