This summer is in full swing and we hope you're enjoying it as much as we are! Warm summer nights are the perfect time for spontaneous happy hours and al fresco dinners and we'll take any excuse that we can to get outside and relax with friends. Local bloggers Jan + Earl of Poppytalk recently celebrated the 10-year anniversary of their well-known blog and when they invited us to contribute to their celebratory online magazine, we jumped at the chance to share photos that Janis Nicolay snapped of us last summer. You can read an excerpt of Lily's article below but be sure to CLICK HERE to read the entire special edition...it's beyond beautiful!
Work is no fun without some play, agreed? While us ladies are often together at the store and on our thrifting/junk-barning/treasure-hunting adventures, it's fairly rare that we all get together with our spouses and they each play a big part in the support system behind Spruce. It truly takes a village and these fellows have played everything from handyman to delivery boy, all while helping us balance out the parenting department in a very big way! When my friend Janis Nicolay asked if she could come snap photos of us at our Spruce "family" backyard gathering, we couldn't refuse!
We all met up at Monica's house, which is located in Yarrow, BC, and her property couldn't be more picturesque! With the Vedder River behind and the mountains surrounding, it's just about as Canadian as it gets! Being, well, us (we often get carried away in the creative department!), we decided we'd better set the tone for the evening with furniture and rugs from our rental division, Spruce Rentals. Layers of colour, texture and pattern turned Monica's orchard into a magical "room" under the trees, with the help from some string lights and colourful florals. We foraged the property for greenery and grapes to use as additional decor...it's amazing what life plants and flowers bring to a party!
The food was delicious! Monica's husband, Ehren, caught salmon from the Fraser River earlier in the day and the rest of us brought a potluck of salads made from local ingredients. Kevi's husband, Dustin, even baked fresh berry pies...what a guy! The drinks and conversation soon flowed and we had an amazing evening together under the trees. We're so thankful that Janis captured our night and that we can now share it with you! Nothing says summer like al fresco dinners and the sound of conversation mixed with ice cubes clinking....cheers!
Click here to read the entire article (there's a recipe for our Blackberry Mint Fizz in there too) e'd be sure flip through the rest of Poppytalk's Summer Edition while you're at it...it's gorgeous! Congratulations to Jan + Earl for 10 years of blogging here on the West Coast and a big thank you to photographer Janis Nicolay for joining us for our late summer party and capturing such beautiful images of our evening. ~the Spruce Girls