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Friday Night Lights : Backyard Dinner Party

September 08, 2017

I’ve wanted to feature Haylei Smith, photographer, and designer based in Louisiana since we connected last year over social media, but somehow time just ran away with us. Earlier this summer we chatted about a possible feature on She’s Intentional, and rather than a first interview with her on the blog, it seems like it might be fun to let her work speak for itself…and then meet her at a later date!

She approached us with this beautiful dinner party feature and we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to share with you how easy a Ladies Night can be – especially with the perfect little touches. Without further adieu…Haylei Smith + a dinner party with friends.


A beautiful ladies dinner doesn’t have to be complicated.Just use what you have, kick your shoes off and call your local eatery to make dinner so you don’t have to. When everyone brings something to the table, literally, a fancy table-scape comes together easily.

Luckily, we have an awesome community with creative ladies here in the Lafayette area. We all support each other, especially in our businesses. Mia, Sophie and Amelia run Root Floral Design, Catherine is a wedding photographer for Catherine Guidry Photography, Lindsey photographs families for Lindsey Rogers Photography, Ashley supplies wedding rentals with Pure Vintage Rentals, and I focus on photography and business branding. So when planning this ladies dinner, this pretty setting just fell into place.

Sophie had the grand idea for the jasmine floral runner that stretched down the entire 12 ft length of Ashley’s custom metal and wood table. We added a rug and a few pillows for seating and voila!

To make things easy, we ordered takeout from Lafayette’s local, Pop’s Poboys, which was perfect and elegantly paired with another local staple- Zapp’s potato chips. Rosemary and mint from Amelia’s garden were added in with the fruit infused water, and Ashley brought her famed gluten free strawberry donuts. Add some mixed fruit salad and some pretty drinks, and you have a feast for queens.

A ladies night at Jason’s Deli would have been just as nice, but we had to step it up a notch. I cannot wait to see how our next dinner will turn out. 


Photography- Haylei Smith
Decor- Pure Vintage Rentals
Florals- Root Floral Design
Food- Pop’s poboys

blog post originally featured here.

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