Adventures in Everyday Entertaining
Been a dreadfully long time since we have done a post. Both of us have been so busy getting the vegetable garden finished, as well as the final painting touches on the central part of the house. More blogs to come on both of those subjects.
In the meantime, I thought we’d share some pictures from the lovely garden party we threw this past weekend to celebrate the official beginning of spring. It was a small gathering of friends with food and drink to share, as well as some rousing games of bocce ball, croquet, and horseshoes.
I lined the tables with muslin and used a slightly denser fabric in a pale lemon yellow as the runner. The food and beverage tables were then topped with with a light green tulle and spanish moss. Red gerbera daisies, hunter green candle pillars, and a small wooden birdhouse rounded off the effect. I purchased the daisies from the grocery store garden center and left them in their original plastic pots. Instead of putting them in nicer containers, I wrapped the plastic pots with green fabric and pinned it together to complete the look. Now, I can take these flowers and plant them in my gardens!
While at the grocery store garden center, we also found beautiful, inexpensive, succulents and used those to fill brightly painted containers that hang over the vegetable garden fence.
A variety of foods is always the key to a successful party! About half of our guests were vegetarian so we stuck with a predominately all vegetarian/vegan menu. Not only was the food healthy and fitting for a celebration of spring and growth, but the dishes were very budget friendly as well! For snacks of chips, popcorn, and sunflower seeds, we utilized clay pots that I lined with fabric remnants. They worked beautifully on the table and gave a great visual element. Plus, we can now use them for plants the rest of the season!
Grilled vegetable kabobs were a big hit. Here they are assembled and waiting to be grilled. Kenley kept the grill coals burning and ready so that people could have a freshly grilled kabob whenever they wanted. While grilling they were marinated with a zesty Italian dressing.
Homemade pizzas, sun-dried tomato and kalamata olive tapenade on toast, radishes topped with basil butter, and mini apple pies covered the table and kept the guests well fed.
We also served a lovely tomato salad with a honey-balsamic vinaigrette and tortilla chips with our homemade salsa.
All in all it was a wonderful party and a great way to kick off the spring season! Stay tuned for more on painting and planting coming soon!