End of Summer Nights Soiree {In Celebration of Friendship}


A few months ago I kept on thinking about doing something that would get many of my friends together to celebrate how much they mean to me.

I feel so blessed to have incredible women in my life.

I have wanted to do this over the past few summers but I just never seemed to pull it together.

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I also thought it would be fun to invite a handful of women from out of town to join the party too.

I didn’t tell them at first that there was going to be a party but eventually I had to because of flights etc.

I knew that many of the out of town girls wouldn’t be able to make it because it would be hard with little children work and school children but I am so excited that some of the girls can come!!!!

{The friends that couldn’t come I get to see in November…so all is well with the world}


So on Thursday night we will have our backyard transformed, toilets cleaned and my husband has offered to be our servant (that alone is worth it).

I can’t wait to get some of my friends together and celebrate each other over good food, sangria and dessert.


I am so giddy that our evening will end with an outdoor movie. I am keeping the girly movie secret until the last minute…partly because I could change my mind at any minute:-)

Don’t you love how having people stay at your home make you do at least a few things you have been meaning to do all year???


I can’t wait to show you the photos!!!

I hope it is a special night for all of us.

If you were going to show an outdoor movie with your girlfriends what would you choose?


My amazingly sweet invites were created by the talented Kara Rosenberry.

Kara was so wonderful to work with.

I showed her what I was looking for and she was able to pull images together along with her own sketches to create exactly what I wanted!


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  1. paintedpicturecraftartist

    the pictures and ideas are absolutely TANTILIZING!(did I spell that right??)
    just absolutely wonderful vision!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  2. melody ross

    ohhhhhh have so much fun!!! I am SO SAD that I am missing this. We must recreate it in November!!!!!!!!! I love you Jeanne Oliver!!! xoxox

  3. Kara Rosenberry

    Jeanne, I love all of these images of the sweet parties. It was such a pleasure working with you on the invitation! I love the final product.

    Cannot wait for the Soiree!


  4. amy

    beautiful pictures, jeanne! love that you are doing this! it’s so sweet and special…to make time to show thankfulness…with thoughtfulness and fun. i want/need to do this more and more and more!!!=)

  5. Melissa

    jeanne ~

    if i could reach through this screen, i would kiss you and give you the biggest hug ever. i love you and your love for truly wonderful and inspiring friendships. cannot wait to see the images from your soiree!


    1. jeanne Author

      I wish you were closer. At least I get to see you in January! This time we are getting coffee delivered to our room too:-) I will take that kiss and hug from you anytime!!!

    1. jeanne Author

      I have NEVER seen it! I am putting it on the Netflix list and I will let you know what I think of it.

  6. shari

    Jeanne ~
    You’ve asked what movie we’d show…. well, I’ve hosted a party in our garden and showed a film also. The theme for that party was “Please Don’t Eat The Daisies”.. so that’s the film we watched. If I were to do another?? hmmmmmm – maybe an old black & white.
    Have alot of fun with your gals! Happy end of summer!

  7. Stacey

    No doubt it will be wonderful! Have fun Jeannie with all your sweet friends! Can’t wait to here about all the perfect details!

  8. Anne Marie

    Jeanne…oh my goodness does that sound like so much fun! the girls are going to have a blast!!! “wide awake Daniel” here says hello…
    I love how you show your friends love…and help them to shine…
    those that are friends with you can call themselves blessed

  9. Sheila R

    Sounds like a great time… Can’t wait to see photos. Being surrounded by friends is one of the best places to be.

    Your classes at Nada look wonderful. Too much going on to make the trip in October but hoping Anne Marie has another one next May so we (Leah and I) can go.

    Have a great day.

  10. Paula Parrish

    Hello Jeanne,
    This party sounds like so much fun. I can’t wait to the photos. How about playing The Proposal; I love that movie. Smiles, Paula

  11. Courtney

    It WILL be a wonderful night! I do wish I could make it, but I can’t wait to hear all about it! 🙂 You are a sensational host, so I am sure it will be beautiful in every way!!

    1. jeanne Author

      awww….thanks! We are throwing it together last minute but all my company will make up for it:-)

  12. Sherry Hicks

    Jeanne, I think that you should rally for a national bff day! Where women all over the world just take the time to celebrate friendship. If someone could get it on the calender it would be you with your wonderful photo’s and well written words. Have a wonderful time with your special friends!

  13. Lyss

    What a cute idea! I bet you girls will have a ball, and HOW SWEET of your husbando!

    cant wait til I can have sangria again…a white wine one with green apples and oranges is my fav this time of year!

  14. cameron

    Jeanne – it was a really fabulous night!!! Perfect in so many ways – thank you for letting me be a part. Loved the yard, the house and especially meeting so many different women. Loved it! 🙂

  15. lissa

    what a great way to finish off the summer! I’m sure all of the girls felt soooo blessed!

  16. ccbinegar

    If I were stupid enough to get married again(presently widowed), I would love this party for an outdoor wedding! It is my kind of fairy tale vibe! Love it!!!!!

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