Last week, I introduced a new series about things to do in DC. Today’s post isn’t specific to DC, per se, but it’s certainly one of my favorite activities! The best part is that you can customize it to create an evening that’s enjoyable and inexpensive. Nick and I are lucky enough to live in a building with great roof views, and we head up there almost nightly to soak up the sunset views. We’ve had some beautiful weather lately, so when it came to date night, I wanted to create a romantic and fun evening at home- so I quickly began hatching rooftop sunset dinner plans.
My first stop was At Home (formerly Garden Ridge), because they have a huge selection of all things outdoors. Have you been? It’s any decor-lover’s heaven. Seriously, they have everything. And since we live in a one bedroom apartment and I was going to have to find pieces that folded down and could be stored easily, I knew At Home would have something. I found a great folding table and chairs that could be easily stored, and was the perfect size for two people.
Our rooftop is filled with small pebbles for drainage, so there isn’t a great solid foundation for a table and chairs. I knew I wanted to create a cozy vibe, so I picked up a few area rugs to create a sturdy foundation. At Home has so, so, so many rug options, but when I saw these natural fiber rugs (the blue one is woven leather!), I was sold.
Since we were dining outdoors, I wanted to get some sturdy melamine dinnerware that was both functional and beautiful, but also was neutral enough for me to use again in the future. I settled on these white plates to use as chargers in my place setting. Nick grilled some artichokes, which made for the perfect light summer appetizer. I picked up some pretty striped linens, as well.
The same goes for the glassware- my wine glass collection is a treasure (don’t judge me!), and I didn’t want to risk dropping a glass on the roof. I had nightmares of digging glass shards out of the rocks on the roof as I cried. But, let’s be honest…I’d be crying for the spilled wine as much as I’d be mourning the broken glass. I found these great smoky gray plastic wine glasses that were as durable as they are chic.
We sipped on rose and nibbled on a charcuterie plate, because cheese + wine = the best meals. I spied this gorgeous striped marble slap and was sold immediately.
what’s more summer-y than fresh cherries?
To make the evening really romantic, I wanted to bring the indoors outside- the opposite of what you’d normally do in the summer! But with the pretty views and the incredible sunset, I wanted to enjoy the entire evening on the roof. And let’s be honest- a single bottle of rose really isn’t enough for an entire evening. What’s date night without a little champagne?! So, I dragged my bar cart up to the roof, and draped a natural garland made from eucalyptus and dahlia’s that I picked up at TJs earlier that day. And of course, being me, I also hung a pretty sunburst mirror to complete the vignette. It felt like an outdoor dining room, and I was so in love with this little bar.
I added some sea glass candles to the bottom shelf for some mood lighting after the sun set. By the way, how much do these candle holders look like their more expensive West Elm counterparts?!
As the sun set, we popped (my favorite!) champagne, and watched the sky change colors.
It was the perfect sunset, and the perfect evening at home. DC’s rooftops have got to have some of the best views in the world- but even if you don’t live here, you can recreate this for date night at home! Have you ever flipped the script and brought the indoors outside? What are some of your favorite at home date night ideas?
I am honored to be a part of At Home’s 2016 Inspiration Team. This post was written in partnership with At Home, but as always, all opinions, thoughts, and words are 100% my own. Stay tuned for more At Home posts coming up soon!