Our second annual summer party was a success! This year we did a tropical theme with flamingo sugar cookies, lots of pineapples, and a balloon garland, that was insanely simple to make!
We still haven’t purchased outdoor furniture, so we went with the good ol’ pallet table this year…again. The pallets we used this year are actually the same pallets we used last year. I just gave them a good cleaning and they were good to go.
Plus I like the rustic vibe the pallets give. The craziest part is we spent less than $25 on all the decor. That covered the balloons & flowers. Everything else we already had. Pretty and budget friendly.
I do want to give a shout out to my hubby for letting me do my thing and helping along the way. He always just goes with the flow when it comes to my party planning. Bless his heart. Instead of getting all wordy, ill let the pictures do the talking.
I didn’t want to spend a lot of money on decor, so I opted for a balloon garland and fresh flowers. Flowers are an inexpensive way to spruce up a table.
The balloon garland was so easy and it really made the drink station pop! I made this quick how-to video to show you how to make your own! Side note, I started a YouTube channel to start posting my DIY videos! Yay! I would love for you to follow along with me. I just started it, so my channel is not looking the best, but I am super excited to create how-to video’s. My channel is HERE. You can also subscribe from the balloon garland video link above.
I used scrapbook paper and cut out tropical leaves to add a pop of color to the place settings. Aren’t they cute?!?
I planned on doing so much more, but baby K got sick the day before the party and mommin’ took priority. As it should. The table decor was minimal, but I think the guests were more focused on the food anyway.
I made a berry beer punch. It was super simple and the guests loved it. For that extra touch I made raspberry ice cubes and topped the drinks with a cherry, slice of lime, and mint, then served with a gold paper straw. Easy peasy. I found this simple and delicious recipe on Pinterest HERE.
Both years we have served beet & goat cheese salad with raspberry vinaigrette that my hubby makes from scratch. It’s always a big hit and usually the first to be devoured. I honestly don’t know which one of us came up with the recipe, but it’s one of our favorites! Beets have always been one of my favorite vegetables. I even converted my hubby. He use to tell me that they tasted like dirt. 😂 But after years of serving them with dinner he gave in. The recipe for this crowd pleaser is at the bottom of this post.
We also served an assortment of cheese, of course. Cheese is my kryptonite. I could literally eat it on anything. Can’t most of us?!? The cheese we served included: Brie, Dutch Gouda, Aged Gouda, & Pesto Gouda. Do you see a theme?!? Give me ALL the Gouda!
I fancied the Brie up and added fig butter from Trader Joe’s, blueberries, and honey. Can you say yum! I am pretty sure I ate half of the wedge. I just couldn’t help myself.
I made flamingo, ice cream cones, & watermelon sugar cookies.
And of course I made pie. Blueberry pie to be exact.
Well friends, that’s it for this post! I hope this inspired you in some way. Make sure to check out the balloon garland video to learn how easy it is to make. The recipe for the beet & goat cheese salad is directly below.
Until next time. XO
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Beet & Goat Cheese Salad with Raspberry Vinaigrette Recipe
4 – 6 fresh beets
4 oz block of goat cheese
1 1/2 cups of pecan halves
Rosemary (fresh or dry)
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Step 2: Wash the fresh beets, then cut both ends off each one.
Tip: You do not need to remove the skin. Once the beets are done the skin will easily slide off.
Step 3: On a lipped baking sheet, place the beets two inches apart.
Step 4: Drizzle olive oil over each beet evenly, then coat each beet with fresh or dry rosemary.
Step 5: Bake the beets for 45 minutes to 1 hour. Until soft.
Step 6: Let the beets cool completely then slide the skin off the beets.
Tip: Beet juice will stain your hands. I recommend wearing gloves.
Step 7: Slice the beets and then set aside.
Step 8: Prepping the salad. Put the spring mix on the bottom of the dish, then crumble the goat cheese on top of the spring mix. I just used my hands. 😊
Step 9: Place the beet slices evenly on the salad, then pour the dressing over the salad.
Step 10: Top the salad with the pecan halves and serve immediately
Raspberry vinaigrette ingredients:
1 pint of raspberries
1/5 cup of champagne vinegar
1 1/2 cups of olive oil
1 tbsp of dijon mustard
1/4 cup of granulated sugar
Step 1: Using a blender combine all the ingredients EXCEPT FOR THE OLIVE OIL, blend on high until smooth.
Step 2: Turn the blender to medium speed and slowly pour the olive oil into the blender until all combined.
Step 3: Once all the olive oil has been added blend on high for 5-10 seconds.
Step 4: Refrigerate or pour over the salad and serve immediately!