A few weekends ago I attended the greatest rehearsal dinner I have ever been to. (yes, admittedly, wayyyy better than my own.) Nikki, one of my dearest friends, got hitched a few weekends ago and I was honored to be by her side at the alter. (or Huppah!) The wedding was of course amazing (more on that later) but the rehearsal dinner…it was a spectacular celebration in itself! Nikki & Dakotah wanted their friends and families to meet before the big day so a (classy) backyard bash was perfect. Nikki’s parents (along with help from friends and family) pulled off an amazing party full of great food, laughter and MOONSHINE! As if a full on delicious southern style buffet + chocolate fondue fountain was not enough.. the Harvey’s had a moonshine tasting bar. The food was out of this world good. I am still dreaming about the watermelon, feta & mint salad. (gimme that recipe Teresa!) What a wonderful time getting to know everyone and celebrating the Bride and Groom before the big day! For all you party planners out there (and everyone else for that matter), check out some awesome ideas for your next large backyard party below. And if you missed some of Nikki’s other pre-wedding festivities, check out this, this and this. (Bridal Brunch + Getting ready pictures to come soon!) Many thanks to the Harveys for hosting such a great party at their beautiful home!