Pop Up Dinner Event

This past weekend Ry and I went to an event that was way out of his comfort zone.  A pop up dinner.  Now you’re thinking, what in the world is a pop up dinner? Well my brother-in-laws good friends had starting hosting these “pop-up-dinners” in California.  You bought a ticket to an event that you had no idea where it was until the day of, you dressed in white, decorated your table and brought your meal.  They provide the tables and chairs, amazing location, and music/entertainment.  They decided to try a pop-up dinner in Minneapolis and when my sister-in-law asked if we wanted to go, it was too intriguing to pass up.

Now Ryan on the other hand thought it was quite crazy that first, he had to dress in all white (waaaay out of his comfort zone:), bring our own meal, and decorate our table, and still pay to go.  Where is your sense of adventure Ryan??  Well…it ended up by the end of the night that he said he’s do it again:)  Win win.

So we found out at 3 the day of the event that the location was going to be Boom Island, in Minneapolis.  A gorgeous spot on the river with the skyline right behind us…

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When we got there we picked a table and started decorating…

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look familiar?? It’s pretty much most of my mantle:)  The key for us was “free” on the decor, since I already had to buy Ryan a white outfit, I know…shocking he didn’t own white shorts!:) and we had to make our meal and buy tickets.

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I found these cute little name plates for free on Pinterest.  I tried finding them again and of course, for the life of me I can’t.  But, all you have to search is free printable place cards and so many fun choices pop up!

It was so fun for me to walk around and see everyone else’s tables.

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It felt like we were at a wedding reception with a lot of brides:)

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I loved the bark vase on this one.

this tree was creative as well..

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We couldn’t believe how many people came with beautiful flower arrangements…

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But this table took the cake…

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seriously, look at that table cloth…

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and those flowers..

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Of course I had to go talk to them and found out they were event designers.  They had rented the table cloth and items.

Gorgeous!

And a pretty penny too:)

So, after the tables were set up we had a napkin wave…

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Which signaled that it was time to eat!

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It was fun to see the gourmet food people brought as well!

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We kept it pretty simple…

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But it hit the spot.

Since it was such a gorgeous day we decided to take the opportunity to snap a few pics, without kiddos pulling on our pants:)

IMG_2056This girl has 4 little babes at home…seriously?? She looks amazing:)

and they had some fun too…

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so of course Ry had to look like we were as cool…

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We tried:)  Ry wasn’t too worried about the couple 10 feet down from us that probably saw more than they should have….

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But seriously, the views were too gorgeous not to capture..

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and the all white was just too fun!

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Soon the sun went down and twinkle lights started twinkling..

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It was beautiful.  The only lights there were candles, so you could dance and no one could see you:) Perfect for this girl with 2 left feet:)

Thank Jason and Brielle for inviting us to this fun event!  We’d definitely do it again!

To find more information about pop up dinner events, you can check out their website here.

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10 Responses to Pop Up Dinner Event

  1. Joni says:

    Thank you so much for sharing this cool event. I saw some pictures on Facebook from another friend, but couldn’t figure out what it was. :) Love your pretty and simplistic table. Just perfect.

  2. Laura says:

    How FUN!! I just sent a message through facebook asking if this event will ever be coming to Portland OR. I guess if not I can create my own :) You look amazing and I love your hair!!!

  3. Lisa says:

    Looks like so much fun. We visited friends in NYC who do pop up dinners all the time. They have wonderful memories and stories. I didn’t even know they did them in Minnesota. Thanks for sharing. :-)

  4. Marilyn says:

    Allie, I just love this! I am definitely going to check this out. Where did you get the tickets and info? Also, you all looked adorable! Tell Ryan that we think this was a good look for hiim. Maybe you could pass it off as “snow camouflage” for the next hunting trip.

  5. Love it! I would love to do something like this, but I KNOW Adam would fight me as it’s WAY out of his comfort zone (we spent last night at the stock car races…. much more my man’s style). But seriously, what fun to get dressed up and feel like you’re stepping back in time a little bit with a fancy picnic all in white! Glad to hear you guys had fun, even your country boy. =)

  6. Brielle Kasanezky says:

    I LOVED THIS!!! Great Blog!! Shout out to Garret Sathre and Nicole Hedlind-Benjamin for putting on such a great event! their facebook site is https://www.facebook.com/popupdinnerwinecountry?ref=stream&hc_location=stream. Thanks Allie for the great blog! we had such a fun night! Cannot wait til next year (tell Ryan he has no excuse cuz he already has the white shorts!) :)

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