A Colorful Summertime Back Porch Party

A Colorful Summertime Back Porch Party www.abeautifulmess.com 1Today we're excited to share a colorful summertime back porch party that we hosted last weekend. For this party we teamed up with West Elm. They will also be sharing our recipes on their blog, Front&Main, in the coming weeks! Having parties on the back porch is our new favorite tradition! Here are a few photos from the night… 

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  • Thank you for the constant inspiration. I really want to be you ladies when I grow up. Also-how do you add that hue to your photos? Is it a filter? Thank you!

  • Tilapia or St. Peter fish is one of the best next to Milk fish. Thanks for the recipe, Emma! 🙂

  • You serve tacos, drink Jarritos and margaritas, and yet all the guests are white white white white white. I get frustrated seeing these blogs filled with all of these beautiful things and they’re represented in this narrow way, with only white faces… Así es la vida.

  • I wish I had a backyard porch! Looks beautiful with all the colourful decorations and yummy food!

    Lulu xx


  • My dear friend Heather and I follow your blog like everyday. She has just purchased a house that has a similar patio like this. Pretty sure we’ll be having amazing parties like this in the near future. @Kat; we’re in Wisconsin too, I agree totally.

  • I don’t have a back porch but the sunny living room worked just as well, i had a “Let’s try this new coctail that i saw online and looked really yummy” party last Saturday. It was very much fun! Pics on my blog: http://letterstonoone.typepad.com/blog/2013/06/summertime.html I also did caprese skewers hehe. Next time I’ll try Elsie’s paper flowers along with the baloons 🙂

  • Besutiful! I love the lights and the strings of paper. My backyard is under construction right now, so can’t wait to throw a party!

  • Beautiful backyard party! Can’t wait for the recipes.

  • What a lovely party! You all look stunning. 🙂

  • Emma your hair looks so good, did you dye is straight away afer the wedding? ps looks great both ways

  • It looks like you guys had so much fun. I wish my parties turned out like that.


  • Looks so relaxing and fun 🙂 Makes me wish I didn’t live across the country from all of my best friends!!!


  • Looks like such fun! Hope the weather in Cornwall improves soon and we actually have a summer : (

    Are you going to share wedding DIYs soon? Can’t wait to see your amazing creations! My little sister had her wedding on Saturday, beautiful! Have started to share a few of our DIYs such a fun time to get crafty and make the most amazing memories xxx


  • Love the photos and I just absolutely love your blog! Keep posting! 🙂

  • I wanna party on your porch! Loving Emma’s white nails 🙂
    Rosie x | Every Word Handwritten

  • ooo, these colors are to die!

    have you guys discovered the adobe kuler app for playing around with color palettes yet? it’s so fun! i just posted about it…



  • Emma’s dress looks so fresh, i love the pics, but specially the ones were you two are together, you have the best facial expressions Elsie!

  • the party seemed like a blast! I feel like bright colours uplift the mood of the guests too.

    – Janine

  • The porch is just so beautiful every time you show it. I like the idea of those peach caprese skewers!

  • I love get-togethers like this, having friends over and having a good time, how can it get any better? Love your photos, the food looked yummy, and beautiful scenery 🙂
    Yasmine xx

  • Hey guys, which camera /lense where you using for those photos :)?

    Regards from Germany


  • Looks like a lot of fun! Love your dress, Emma 🙂


  • lisa newton- Yes, I dyed my hair back once I got home from my honeymoon. We are in the middle of shooting our second book. And I didn’t want to have ombre hair for part of the book and blonde for the other half, so I had to dye it back. I may go blonde again some day, but for now it’s just my happy wedding day hair. 🙂

  • Looks beautiful, and fun! The picture of Emma looking at Trey about made my heart explode. They are adorable.

  • So pretty and colorful! The recipes sound amazing, can’t wait to get them!

  • looks like a good party! has emme dyed her hair back to the ombre, or was this party pre-wedding? if she has dyed it back, can I ask why?

    Thanks! love the blog!

  • Your photos are always amazing! The colors were all so bright and cheerful. Loved it!


  • Lovely photos, looks like a very nice party. I wish it would be summer all over the year here in ITALY too. xoxox


  • Emma, the embroidery on your dress is so Hungarian-ish 🙂 Lovely pictures!


  • This looks like my kinda party, beautiful photos 🙂

  • random question but emma did you dye your hair straight back after wedding? ps looks great both colours

  • The party looks so amazing, I love all of the bright colors!

  • So jealous of you. Here in the southern hemisphere it is mid winter….cold and wet…..no porch parties here! Looks like you had a good time, thanks for sharing.

  • That looks so delightful!! I’m thinking I might organise a little chocolate-tasting get together for my friends as it’s winter over here in Aus! Need some chocolate to get us through ^_~

  • Love all the decorations! One day I would like to have a porch party like that 🙂


  • Looks like a great time! Beautiful everything 🙂


  • It looks like you all had so much fun!
    Almost makes me wish it was summer again here.. Almost.

  • I love Emma’s hair either way. (You and Elsie and all your friends have the BEST HAIR), but I wonder why you couldn’t keep it blonde for the book.

  • Ah, what a great idea. Nothing like a good party with beautiful decorations!

  • Emma, you give such sweet looks at people which the photographer captured so perfectly! You can tell you really love those around you! Such refreshing photos to see, non posed and just perfectly you guys! <3

    Also, love love love! the green dress Emma!

    Ngaio xx

  • This looks like the most dreamy area… I don’t blame you for loving parties out there! Those lights are amazing, especially when you’ve had these banner things and the flowers at Emma’s bachelorette party! And it sounds like you had amazing food there as well!

  • i have to agree, i sometimes wish it could be summer all year long here in missouri too! if it would snow thanksgiving through new years and then go back to 80’s…perfection.

    ryan is super talented, beautiful shots!

  • So beautiful!

    xo Lisa

  • This looks so awesome! What a wonderful job.


  • oh, so lovely! looks like so much fun.


  • Wow, looks like a great time – the food sounds yummy and perfect for a hot summer night!

  • I want to be invited to one of your parties! Looks amazing! Not to mention, I love West Elm… feel like my whole apartment is furnished from there 🙂

    Dana Ivy
    www.iadorewhatilove.com – Check out my blog!

  • Look like an amazing night! I can’t wait until I move back home in a few weeks and get settled into my new place so I can host a back-yard party of my own 🙂

  • What a cute party!

    xo Jennifer


  • Beautiful party!! Looks like fun–and the weather was nice–not so much here in Louisiana. Hot, hot, hot!!

  • gorgeous party! so much fun. the appetizers all look scrumptious. thanks for sharing the amazing pictures! xx. gigi. food and beauty blogger @ www.gigikkitchen.blogspot.com

  • LOVE LOVE LOVE your decorations and the creativeness behind your party!

  • So stealing all of these ides for the 4th of July weekend!

  • Looks like the best kinda party! I had fish tacos for the first time yesterday – I’m a fan! We could do with some warm summer evenings here in the UK.

  • beautiful and colorful photos!

  • Great pictures! Love this post so much xx

  • I love the cafe lights mixed with the fun flags hanging above!! Perfect summer night.

  • oh my gosh, i wish i got an invite, this party looks fab!! i get so inspired by home decor & party ideas like this, i want to throw my own bash soon 🙂 xoxo


  • So in love with Emma’s dress.
    It’s fantastic!

    These parties look so fun! I need a backyard badly.

  • Oh someday we’ll have a lovely yard to host parties like this. It’s coming along. I mean, it started as a gravel lot so you can only go up from there, no? This is good inspiration.

    I would love to see a full length shot of this green Mexican dress in action. I got one myself recently and would love more ideas on how to wear it. Gracias!

  • Who has time to throw a cute party like this!? LOVE it 🙂 Did it take very long to setup? FYI – Those hanging lights are amazing


  • Beautiful backyard! Love how colorful it is without being overkill.

  • Your back porch is amazing! I wish I had something like it. You guys must have had so much fun.

  • Ka- I got my hair dyed back to my usual ombre right when I got home from my honeymoon. We are in the middle of photographing a book so I couldn’t keep the blonde for long, sadly.

  • Mhmm, those tomato-peach-mozarella appetizers looks so good! I’ll have to make them soon 🙂

  • Last Weekend??

    How come Emma’s hair looks exactly like it was BEFORE she got married?

  • Such pretty photos!! This inspires me to throw some back porch parties 🙂 Also, I LOVE Emma’s dress!


  • Aw this looks absolutely incredible. I really wish I could do something like this with my friends. Looks like so much fun!

  • I LOVE that first candid shot! So beautiful!
    Hanging lights in a backyard for a party is the absolute perfect decoration. It never fails to make pictures look great!

    The Patch Diaries

  • You guys look like you always have so much fun. Beautiful soiree.

  • Summer time, fairy lights, good friends and good food – honestly how can it get much better than that! These photos are fab and it looks like you call had a great night!


  • lovely photos, make me want to have a party like that 🙂


  • Emma you look so happy since your marriage!


  • Lovely times between friends, we can really tell how close you all are and you know how to spend good quality time together!
    Thank you so much for sharing these moments with us on this blog, you always are such a source of inspiration in every way (just a little reminder that the time spent with our beloved ones is always so precious…we all need that kind of reminder every once in a while!)
    Love you guys and once again…congrats for all the good things that happen in your lives, you deserve it a hundred times!

  • Oh such lovely photos! Looks like a wonderful party!


  • That looks like a blast!

    Gorgeous porch lighting 🙂


  • Looks like a great porch party! When I lived in Wisconsin we had a porch and I loved it- would love to have one in my future home someday. Beautiful decorations!

  • Well, I don’t think that’s from last weekend 😀
    But still, I love the pictures. So beautiful!

  • Beautiful….my fave kind of parties, other than pool and beach! All of you looked great….love love Emma’s dress it looks so Anthropologie, although I realize from Emma’s response it isn’t.

  • Absolutely love these photos! Looks like a wonderful time! It has been all rain in Maine for a few weeks so I’m hoping it clears up so I can have a few porch parties myself!

    Juliette Laura

  • Do you have problems with mosquitoes on your porch? Do you have any tricks to fend them off?


  • this is so beautiful! makes me want to host a dinner party. love the colors.


  • What a beautiful party (and backyard)! Can’t wait for the recipes 🙂

    Alex from www.polkadottedpixels.com

  • This looks like an awesome time with friends. I love Emma’s dress. SO cute! Just the way you all look so harmonious in pictures, lovely! Can’t wait for the recipes!

  • Looks like awesome times! Jarritos are delicious!

    Gen | raspberry-notes.blogspot.com

  • Lily – It’s vintage. Rachel gave it to me. It’s one of my favorite summer dresses. 🙂

  • This makes me feel absolutely gutted that I don’t have a backyard! So much fun, I love it. And what a nice little deck.

  • A backyard full of friends and food–happy, happy, happy! The colors are so festive and everyone is having such a good time. This weekend here (in Missouri) was nice and cool and I wanted to do a fire in the fire pit…but it kept raining in STL. Have a lovely day!!

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