This Saturday Erik and I are hosting a neighborhood BBQ. We live on a cul-de-sac and invited all 11 houses/neighbors. We moved into our home a year ago, and have talked about wanting to properly meet our neighbors all year. And now we’re finally doing it and I’m pretty excited. The weather looks like it’s going to be perfect. Not everyone can come, of course, but I think we’re going to have a good turnout.
Minted provided the invitations and party decor for our BBQ. Minted’s invitations are gorgeous and they have recently added party decor to their site. I chose the wooded blooms line and received a whole box full of pretty items including place cards, bunting, stickers, favor bags, striped straws, etc. I can’t wait to get everything all set up under our white tent. Be sure to check out all the awesome products on Minted’s site. The company is made up of independent graphic designers and they sell prints and all forms of paper goods. All gorgeous. I’ve been eyeing the children’s wall art for Juliet’s playroom.
I chose the pretty Wooded Blooms party invitations and Juliet and I hand delivered them to our neighbors.
On the menu (I plan on getting as many ingredients from the farmers’ market as I can):
Red and white wine
Lemonade and water (in glass drink dispensers)
Horizon Organic milk boxes (for the kiddos)
Tortilla chips and salsa
Baguette and cheese (I’ll be visiting Trader Joes for sure)
Organic crackers (for the kiddos)
Veggie burgers (I’ll probably keep it simple and use store-bought veggie burgers versus homemade, or maybe I’ll grill up some portobella mushrooms? Vegetarians, help me out here, what do you think I should serve?)
Organic hot dogs (for the kiddos, I like the Applegate brand)
Grilled corn on the cob
Root beer floats (I’d love to find individual root beer bottles and put them in galvanized buckets) served in mason jars
Applesauce pouches (for the kiddos)
Fruit popsicles (for the kiddos)
Honey sticks from the farmers’ market (for the kiddos)
A couple of our guests have offered to bring a salad or beverage to share so we’ll have some additional items as well. I always over prepare and have too much food but my big fear in entertaining is running out and as a result I always have lots of leftovers. Not necessarily a bad thing.
I plan to cover the tables in white tablecloths with burlap table runners. Centerpieces will be wild flowers from the market placed in mason jars. The flowers at the market right now are gorgeous, lots of dahlias and zinnias. I hope to keep the party relatively simple and somewhat effortless. Erik will be in charge of grilling, so that frees up my time to focus on hosting. We’ll see how everything goes. My hope is that people have a drink in hand at all times (especially me), enjoy the food and get a chance to get to know each other a bit. I’ll have a toddler to be taking care of and she is going through a huge momma phase right now which means she will want to be right near me or hugging my leg during the party. She’ll be in the back carry in the becco gemini I think. Oftentimes she gets energized by people and crowds so maybe she’ll be running around with the other kids.
I’ll be posting a recap of the party with all the pretty Minted decor and tasty food so be sure to check back next week.
Minted provided the invitations and party decor for the BBQ, and as always, all the opinions are my own. Affiliate links are included in the psot.