Photos by Nicole Midwest Photography & Media and Becca Opp
You may know The White House Co. from their shop in Downtown Fargo, or maybe you are more familiar with their wedding rentals. However, vintage rentals aren’t just suitable for weddings. Whether you are throwing a pool party, birthday bash or simply your next summer soirée, you can follow this recipe for an event from The White House Co., featuring some of their favorite vendors, for an outdoor party to remember.
From left to right, this set-up is styled with a vintage wheelbarrow filled with ice in place of a cooler, a vintage table where sweet treats can be served under a vintage umbrella, pineapples used as unexpected decor, a potted snake plant for that extra pop of color, a galvanized wash basin for storing towels, funky flamingos used as decorations, chairs for poolside lounging and an a-frame sign for writing fun notes or sayings. All of these pieces are rentals from The White House Co.
A simple way to bring a festive feel to any party set-up is to style it with florals. This arrangement from Love Always Floral serves as a centerpiece for the treat table. Featuring oranges, pinks, yellows and greens, it ties in nicely with the rest of the outdoor decor.
It’s not a party without sweet treats, and you can’t enjoy those without delightful dinnerware. These rainbow plates, disposable cups, glass milk bottles, paper straws and flamingo stirring sticks can be found online at Shop Sweet Lulu. Especially for parties with kids, single-use, recyclable plates and cups make for no fuss and easy cleanup.
When life gives you lemons, use them as decor! Seriously though, you can’t have a party without sweet treats. These Yeaobo cupcakes have been styled using cupcake toppers from Shop Sweet Lulu. Besides baked goods, strawberries served in pink berry baskets also joined this delicious spread.
Because this party took place at a pool, there was no way that The White House Co. weren’t going to bring out their floaties! That being said, Amanda Rydell, Katie Schiltz and Samantha Klinkhammer of The White House Co. would like to extend their sincerest thanks to Amanda Rydell’s uncle Jack Rydell and his partner, Steve Johnson, who so graciously allowed them to stage a pool party in their backyard in North Fargo.
Mix N’ Match Swimsuits
Not only did this pretty pool party feature fun furniture, lovely florals, delightful dinnerware and sweet treats, but the guests also dressed in their best swimwear by Kortni Jeane.
Adults Hors D’oeuvres
After the kids retire for the evening, adult hors d’oeuvres can be served for remaining guests. These hors d’oeuvres were made by homeowner Steve Johnson, and are a hit at their many backyard parties. “Steve has this ability to make any function feel really special because of the food,” Jack Rydell said. Follow these instructions to recreate them at your next summer soiree:
Jack’s Hors d’oeuvres: Place a dollop of dip on a cucumber slice, then top it off with a whole mini shrimp and voila!
Steve’s Hors d’oeuvres: Take gluten-free crackers, then top them off with a combination of sour cream and prepared horse radish to taste. Place a strip of smoked salmon on top of the dip along with thinly-sliced lemon and dill.
Crab Salad Hors d’oeuvres: Place crab salad on a rice cracker, then top with a dash of fresh paprika.
Get The Look
Furniture – The White House Co.
Florals – Love Always Floral
Swimsuits – Kortni Jeane
Makeup – Maren Butenhoff
Cupcakes – Yeaobo
Dinnerware – Shop Sweet Lulu
Hors d’oeuvres – Steve Johnson