Our First Backyard Party

Happy Sunday friends!


We just finished this delicious breakfast, complete with maple bacon and our favorite healthy”ish” buttermilk waffle recipe!  Since we were going non-stop yesterday, our goal for today is to relax after we catch up on some work. For me, that means spending a few hours working and blogging before lying down on the couch with a book.

After a six mile run, Bo and I spent the rest of the day working in our backyard. After six weekends of hard work, our porch, patio and yard are finally complete! We celebrated the occasion last night with a backyard barbecue.


We picked up a bar cart, throw pillows and an accent pillow from World Market to complete our sun room. Meanwhile in our backyard we have planted flowers, shrubs, trees, herbs and grass that have transformed the yard. Russell and Bo built the patio using leftover bricks and pavers that we found in the yard when we moved in and the small patio set was on clearance at Home Depot over Memorial Day weekend! A few strands of white lights and citronella candles made the yard a perfect spot for a party, especially on a nice, cool Summer evening like last night.




Since our goal is to host regular backyard barbecues we experimented with a potluck style party. Having this type of party helped minimize the costs and effort required while also allowing friends to share their favorite drinks, appetizers, side dishes or desserts. The only thing Bo and I provided was the backyard, burgers, sausages and pasta salad!






It was a wonderful evening and hopefully the first of many parties this Summer.

Hope you guys have a wonderful and relaxing Sunday.

What did you do this weekend? 

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  1. Nicole June 20, 2016 / 1:12 am

    your backyard looks amazing!!! such a nyc-living dream!

    • ashleyd June 20, 2016 / 11:41 am

      Thanks Nicole! It took a lot of hard work but so glad to have it now!

  2. Grace June 20, 2016 / 2:35 am

    The backyard looks fantastic! I have lots of family in NY & backyard spaces are the best!! Love your tank top, where’s it from?

    • ashleyd June 20, 2016 / 11:56 am

      Hi Grace! Thanks – it was such a find and we are elated to get to enjoy it now! My top is actually DVF from 3 years ago!

  3. Lily June 21, 2016 / 3:20 pm

    I love your sun room! I can’t remember, did you and Bo purchase your home or are you renting? I’m curious because it looks like a lot of time/effort/money to put into a rental…but it also looks awesome and probably improves your quality of life, so 🙂 Happy summer!

    • ashleyd June 24, 2016 / 1:09 pm

      Hi Lily! We have a long term lease for 3 years which makes the short term investment well worth it. Much of the work we did was cheaper than you’d expect due to all the labor being done ourselves.

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