Lil’s Backyard Birthday


After months of entertaining lockdown, I was looking forward to setting the table again with my favorite colorful melamine tableware. Lil’s upcoming birthday was just the right opportunity to celebrate. We used RICE, a Danish homeware and accessories company with a focus on fun and funky styles, to set the table. Not only do they have beautiful designs, but their products follow stringent international standards including a high regard to human rights, healthy labor conditions, and no use of child labor.


Taking the party outside offered an opportunity to look to nature for inspiration and rethink my traditional table scapes indoors. As Lakestone’s interior renovation was still under construction at the time, we decided to take advantage of the beautiful green space just a few steps away.



These beautiful patterns influenced many of the little details that brought the entire home together. Including the custom invitations designed by my friends at Surcie, as well as the multicolored floral arrangements from Watered Garden Florist in Raleigh.


Combining a garden party with an exotic getaway allowed for a blend of bold textiles and mismatched tableware on an array of handmade quilts and pillows accompanying a modern take on a Chabudai. In traditional Japanese culture these tables sit close to the ground and become the focal point for al fresco dining. For the kids it’s just fun!

The outdoor landscape offered an opportunity to create a cozy space – thanks to recessed Infrared Tech Heaters and the added ambiance of a wood burning fireplace – for adults to gather while the kids play close by.


As the night went on, the celebration transitioned to a girls only sleepover in the exotic tent canopy by Glamp Raleigh. We felt certain most of the girls would find their way indoors as the night went on, but surprisingly glamping in style was just what they needed. Each of the girls wore their favorite nightgowns and had a night filled with giggles and s’mores by the fire. Lil and Lula’s nightgowns were inspired by an English garden, designed by Petite Plume, even donning matching patterned eye masks.