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.
For this party Charlie strung the porch with stings of Christmas lights attached from the house to (what else?) bamboo.
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.
I found the photo here.
The overall effect was informal and festive. (Apparently they had a similar idea over at Two Ellie.)
Then I had to come up with some easy snacks to go along with the peach smoothies.
- 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.
Here’s the set-up.
We set up the outdoor chairs in small units and opened the house so people could decide for themselves inside or outside.
The back porch also had lots of seating options.
The view from the porch.
And one more.
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?
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?