Friday, September 10, 2010

summer southern sitdown

as good 'ol summer is quickly coming to an end...my friend, sarah and i decided an end of the summer picnic..southern style, was in order. we hosted a picnic (see it here) last summer and were looking forward to doing another this year.

we held it in her backyard, which was a perfect setup for our vision. we decided a potluck would be great..everyone brought an appetizer, side dish or dessert. we provided the entree, a couple of sides and treats. the food was amazing. it's always great to have a variety.

here are some pictures from our 'summer southern sitdown.'

a chalkboard to welcome guests..

we had gone to a local farmers market the previous day and loaded up on fresh flowers

the setup included a lot of things we had combined, some new things bought, and things created and crafted.
sarah found this cute bucket at an antique store the day before..it was perfect for the sunflowers! i was a tad jealous it wasn't my find. ;) haha.


sarah made these cute flower cans...


i made a few signs so our guests knew where to put their dish when they arrived

i painted an old window...












we used oil cloth for the tablecloths





the kids table was an old door set atop 2 big buckets. just their level ;)
i found this old chalkboard while antique shopping...i'm in love with it ;)
it worked out perfectly ;)
flowers on the kids picnic table up top




sarah and i toasting our coca colas ;) (to another fun party planned and to working so great together!)
one of sarah's daughters wrote this to welcome guests as they arrived ;)


cookies, muffins and twinkies :)






drinks included watermelon juice, pink lemonade, and iced tea



more drinks







sarah's husband smoked tri tip and made chicken













as the sun started setting we lit the candles on the table


and then it was time for dessert..yummy!!


it turned out to be the perfect summer night...full of great friends, great food and great memories.

4 comments:

C@r!ie said...

how did I miss those cupcakes?!

Such a amazing night! I am so blessed to have amazing friends.....and amazing friends that throw amazing parties :) you girls rock!

DeBran said...

mmm...i'm hungry now! :)

Genn said...

What a fun party! Love the lil rascals table too. :)

maria said...

I'm with them! I'm grateful for Great Friends too, and for a Great party.... :) Carlie you really did miss out... those red velvet cupcakes were amazing!!