I love the simplicity, the oh-so-easy menu and the great red and white colors and pattern. And for a party that was originally not supposed to have a theme, it came off spectacularly!
It started earlier in the summer when I was thinking about the kids’ family birthday party. Yes, I do separate parties for everything. Dan’s family is pretty big, so we do a separate party to celebrate my kids’ birthdays (but at least the two special days are close enough to do a combo-deal!)
Anyway, with the busyness of trying to sell our house, I had decided I would keep the family party low-key . . . no theme. We’d grill burgers and dogs and leave it at that. I would leave the themes to the friends’ parties.
But then a week before the party, I started itching to “theme-up” the party. I walked down into the storage and glanced around my rather large party stash of goodies. I remembered I had a huge stack of plaid picnic napkins. And that is where this started. I put it together in about a week with many of the ‘props’ already in my possession . . . It doesn’t get better than that!
Our guests were greeted with this amazing Pineapple Pink Lemonade Soda from Lil’ Luna. It was sweet and refreshing and I could have sipped it all.
MONEY SAVING TIP: Instead of buying expensive ribbon for a party, try buying fabric and cutting to suit your needs. For the same price of a small spool of picnic ribbon, I bought one yard of picnic fabric, cut my strips for the mason jars and had enough to lay on top of this table too.
PARTY TIP: Don’t want your guests’ glasses don’t get confused? Use a fun ribbon/fabric on each glass (or mason Jar) and write their name with a Sharpie on the ribbon. Pretty and practical!
Along with the special drink, came a peek of dessert. I made a watermelon cake with 4 layers of 8″ cakes. I didn’t use straws for support; I just treated it like two separate double layer cakes and put a cake round in between for support. A little icing (or a lot), a few chocolate morsel “seeds” and we were done.
The 3-D stars were something I picked up a month earlier on clearance from JoAnn Fabrics. My chalkboard needed only a fresh coat of red paint and I borrowed the picnic table cloth and drink dispenser from my mother. It is great to have a mom who loves to entertain too…double the resources!
On the left of the table, I started with To-Go Boxes with a picnic napkin draped over the bottom. Guests grabbed their container, their ready-to-go food and headed outside.
- Sub Sandwiches (Ham & Provolone, Italian, Turkey & Swiss)
- Veggies & Ranch in single serving punch cups
- Corn Casserole Squares presented in large cupcake wrappers
- Watermelon served on jumbo popsicle sticks (less mess!)
- Assorted Chips
- Cheese, Crackers and Pepperoni
Wonderfully easy, right?
I love chalkboard art for parties! This frame has been repainted more times than I can remember. My inspiration for this board came from a couple different pins, but primarily this one. (And if you are having a wedding or formal event, you’ve got to check out this girl’s work for chalk menus. Amazing!)
I ordered the subs from a local supermarket, sliced them up and wrapped them in deli paper. The labels were made with Printable White Sticker Paper for my Silhouette Cameo. Ah, I still madly love this machine!
It was a perfect evening! We ate outside on the deck and lingered until dusk. Then it was time for . . .
Sparklers & Glow Sticks!
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