A Rooftop Deck Summer Block Party

Today is officially the first day of summer! It already feels like the middle of the season with the warm weather we’ve been getting, but at least we can enjoy the extra sunshine on the longest day of the year.

Warm weather calls for outdoor entertaining, and of all the Wayfair projects I’ve done over the past two months, I was most excited about this one. It’s also the last of the video series! Watch here:


I was asked to show a summer block party setup, and instead of using my own home, I decided to switch up the location and use a friends rooftop deck in San Francisco. It was a blank canvas with a stunning view of the city and bay, just begging for some love.

So Memorial Day was the date, and the often cool & cloudy SF weather decided to bless us with beautiful blue skies.


The deck space is quite roomy so I decided to divided it up into two spaces—lounging and dining. There were already two barbecue grills along with a table and chairs, so I needed to bring in everything else to execute my vision.

First up, the lounge:


I fell in love with this hammock when I spotted it on Wayfair months ago, and had it ordered in advance. I think it’s the star of the space.

I shopped my own house to bring in other elements, such as the navy & ivory diamond rug, leather pouf, and a few pillows and blankets. I also picked up a 4×6′ outdoor flatwoven rug with a fun pattern:


Cushions were placed on the floor for additional casual seating.


On the other side, we have the dining table…

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There was no shade anywhere, so I used an extra large umbrella for sun protection.


To give the table some personality, I repurposed items I already owned along with outdoor dishes & glassware.


Turkish towels were used as runners (a great option for outdoor tables where an umbrella is blocking the center) and wood slab plate charges from my spring tablescape were brought in.


You can’t even tell these aqua goblets are plastic from afar! Non-breakable items like these are perfect for easy cleanup and stress free entertaining.


I coordinated them with these fun melamine plates with a hand painted look. I don’t normally decorate with aqua but thought it tied in nicely with the blue water in the background.


Simple white napkins were used for a clean look, and topped with fruit for a pop of cheerful yellow.


These lemons serve double duty as napkin weights and name tag placeholders. There are a few restrictions when decorating outside—especially on a windy rooftop deck—so something with a bit of weight was needed!


For the nametags, I printed out each guests name on paper, cut it into a flag shape, wrapped it around a skewer stick and inserted each into a lemon. Super simple, and emphasizes that refreshing summer feel.


Extra pillows and blankets to cozy up with when the sun goes down are the final pieces to an inviting outdoor gathering.



Although most of the time was spent staring at this view…


Here’s what I used:


Large rug

Small rug

Leather pouf

Large floor cushion

Patio umbrella

Turkish towels/runners

Wood plate chargers

Melamine plates

Aqua wine glasses

Green striped pillow

White ruffle pillow

Pom throw blanket

And that wraps up Wayfair’s Inspiration Insiders video series! I’m so thankful I had the opportunity to challenge myself and keep those creative juices flowing after completing my own home—and now it’s time to focus on packing and preparing for the next opportunity.

In last week’s vlog I shared that the official move out date was July 1st, which is only 10 days from now (eek!) so I’m anticipating many long days and nights ahead. Still working on some important videos, posts and news to share during this time, so make sure to follow along on snapchat @ jennasuedesign, instagram and facebook so you don’t miss any announcements. I’ll take all the support I can get!

Happy Monday and see you in a couple days for Vlog 22: Bachelorette Party edition 🙂



3 thoughts on “A Rooftop Deck Summer Block Party

  1. Jenna! Your videos are so so lovely! I was wondering what sparked your interest in videography… Was this something you practiced previously? You seem to have such a gift for it! I am totally inspired. Do you have any resources or websites that you would point a newbie towards?

    My comment is not specifically in response to this particular post, just general excitement and curiosity for your journey. My favorite video so far is your birthday episode. It’s incredible! I especially love the shot with the bunnies in the vineyard and the long morning shadows.

    1. I really appreciate that, thanks so much Rachel! It is something I’ve wanted to do for many years and finally decided to start making time for it. I’ll go a bit more into detail on personal reasons why in an upcoming post. I’ve just used Youtube tutorials for all of the camera settings/editing info. Hope this helps!

      1. Oh I would love to read more about your journey in a future post! Have a great week., Jenna. 🙂

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