July 6th, 2010 |

Real Parties: Southern BBQ Anniversary Party

Party planning is one of my favorite things to do….obviously!  It’s gets my creative juices flowing and I get the joys of working with all different types of personalities.  Well, I recently had the pleasure of planning a party with one of my favorite personalities….my best friend!

With their 10th anniversary looming, my best friend and her husband (who also happens to be my husband’s cousin!) decided to renew their vows and throw an anniversary party, and they asked me to help them do it!  We decided upon a southern bbq theme, with a fresh color palette of yellow, blue and green.

A large, white canopy was erected in the backyard, and we created one long table for dinner.  The tables were covered in a beautiful, summer paisley (tablecloths that we found at Home Goods!), glass candlesticks, and white pots full of yellow flowers.  Crisp, white napkins were folded in a pocket fold at each place, holding the silverware and a seersucker stripe placecard (all of the paper goods were custom designed by WH Hostess).  Chandeliers made of green ivy wreaths and hanging votive candles hung above the table, casting a soft glow at dusk.

Guests were welcomed with delicious appetizers: mini crab cakes, shrimp shooters and paper cones full of popcorn for the kiddies.  A southern bbq buffet was served for dinner, and included fried chicken, italian beef, baked beans, potato salad, tomato and corn salad, spinach salad, slices of watermelon and cornbread.

The kids table held junebug jars (mini mason jars complete with a sticker with each kid’s name, and holes punched in the top for the bugs to breathe!), which not only looked cute but also provided a great source of entertainment for the evening!

Speaking of entertainment…..the dessert table!  It took 5 of us to hold the crowds back for me to be able to snap just a few pictures of it!  Guests young and old couldn’t wait to dive into all of these delicious treats!

Using our signature paisley tablecloth as the backdrop, we used all white serving pieces (most of which were inexpensive finds at Home Goods!), and glass apothecary jars full of green candy (margarita jelly beans, apple sours, rock candy, gumballs and gummie circles).  The desserts included cupcakes (with custom cupcake toppers by WH Hostess), key lime and lemon tart shooters, brownie pops, meringue sandwiches, sugar cookies, and sour apple popcorn.  Guests were given a white take-out box (embellished with a sticker stating “celebrating 10 SWEET years of marriage”) to fill up with candy, to bring home as their party favor.

As the sun went down in the backyard, my favorite part of our decorations lit up and created the perfect party glow…..framework around the patio, adorned with white twinkle lights, and gauzy white drapes ($4 a pack at IKEA) created an “outdoor room”, perfect for after dinner cocktails and dessert.

A fabulous night was had by all!  I hope you enjoyed a peek into this beautiful party, and can take away inspiration for your next birthday party, bridal shower or summer bbq.  Happy 10th Anniversary, Teresa & Will!  Here’s to 50 more…..

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