Mid-summer Smoothie Party

The weather is warm, the days are long, let’s party!  The theme of our party is peach smoothies.  We’ve invited lots of friends to come over on Saturday night and basically hang out.  We’ll supply the smoothies and our friends will supply the fellowship.

The basic rules are come and have a good time. We don’t ask you to RSVP or bring anything.  Of course people do bring food and drink and flowers and gifts.  It’s part and parcel of having wonderful relationships and having a social get-together helps strengthen those relationships.

Below is a ground plan of the house and attached outdoor party areas which are at the back of the house.  In addition we’ll be using the lawn area surrounding the back of the house.

Terrace and Porch

 For this party Charlie strung the porch with stings of Christmas lights attached from the house to (what else?) bamboo.

Checking the lights before hanging.

I asked him to just place the strings haphazardly. I was going for the party scene on the Tiber River in Roman Holiday starring Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck.

Audrey Hepburn and Gregory Peck in Roman Holiday

 I found the photo here.

Lights from a bedroom window.

The overall effect was informal and festive. (Apparently they had a similar idea over at Two Ellie.)

Bamboo poles secured to railing and lights strung haphazardly from pole to pole.

Then I had to come up with some easy snacks to go along with the peach smoothies.

Menu:

  • whole grain crackers with a shmear of Chevre, a dab of pesto and Sungold tomato halves (from Charlie’s garden)
  • corn chips from Trader Joe’s with salsa
  • pretzel chips with white bean and basil hummus
  • vegetable chips with carmelized onion dip
  • watermelon and blue berries

Folks brought homemade filled pancakes called Ebelskiver, cold-oven pound cake, and lemon merengue pie. While I meant to give you a photo of the food and drink tables, once the party got started I never thought of it.

Drink table set up on terrace just outside of the kitchen.

Here’s the set-up.

The initial set-up that corresponds to the photos below.

 We set up the outdoor chairs in small units and opened the house so people could decide for themselves inside or outside.

Tables and chairs set up in the back yard viwed from the driveway.

 The back porch also had lots of seating options.

Back porch set up.

The view from the porch.

The view from the porch

 And one more.

Blue table and French chairs

 You might notice some of the French chairs have broken or missing slats which we disguised with seat cushions (found at Cheap Ollie’s for $3 each). That sounds like a future DIY tutorial, n’est-ce pas?

Cushions in the broken chairs make them sittable.

 We also put some electric fans outside to keep the air moving to ward off mosquitoes. (We had mosquito repellent available if anyone wanted it.) The night was so beautiful that the constant breeze kept the mosquitoes at bay. Just in case we had some citronella candles and flaming torches also to keep the  mosquitoes away and to add to the party ambiance.

We love having friends over and appreciate how good they are to us. Between 20 and 25 people came and stayed until after dark. The peach smoothies were an enormous hit. Charlie and I tag-teamed each other making them.

Later in the evening after everyone had eaten, we had an old-fashioned sing-along (while Charlie played the keyboard) and passed the microphone for those who wished to give us a solo.

What’re your summer party plans? Are you the host or the great guest?

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