I LOVE all aspects of parties (going, hosting and planning!).
I was dying to use my hostess with the mostess skills this summer. June seemed like a great time to have a cookout at Ryan’s house (my long time boyfriend) and invite all of our friends and neighbors. It is definitely a perk to have a boyfriend who has a house with a great yard. As always my guest list got a bit out of control,but that is the way I like it (the more the merrier… right?).
The invitation was VERY important to me. It was the first introduction of my cookout and set the tone for the event. I wanted it to be cute and casual, as well as informative (let people know that I would like them to bring a side side to share). The guest list ended up being around 60 people. For budgeting reasons and ease, I decided to do an e-vite for my good friends (hey hey Supper Club of the South ladies) and save these cute printed invitations for neighbors. I purchased and had them printed at Swoozies. They were ready in just two days!
When Ryan purchased this grill, I do not think that he thought he would have to cook 60 burgers and 40 hotdogs in one evening (oops!). The trusty Weber charcoal grill and chimney did a fine job keeping up under Ryan’s direction (best boyfriend ever). For future parties, I will change things up a bit and line up extra cooks. Ryan spent his whole evening cooking, only talking to guys who were nice enough to stand in the heat of the grill rotating in and out.
All a good cookout needs is beer and burgers! I decided to go with torpedo kegs of Southern Tier 2XIPA and Boulevard 80-Acre Hoppy Wheat. These two beers gave options for the beer drinkers’ palette. For the guest that wanted something besides beer I served the Meredith, bottled water, tea, and lemonade.
Since everyone was bringing sides to share, I need a lot of table space. I had this table, a round table, and 3 tables inside. There were sides and dessert everywhere! This did make people move around and circulate and mingle.
I topped all outdoor tables with dark blue hydrangeas and citronella candles from Williams-Sonoma. I wish I had pictures of all of the sides, but I set my camera down then got so busy I never picked it back up. My friends brought a multitude of sides: pasta salad, fruit salad, baked beans, coleslaw, kale salad, egg salad, pimento cheese, veggie tray, mexican layer dip, spinach dip, and chips. The dessert list was just as yummy: key-lime pie, brownies, cookies, banana pudding, chocolate cake, cheesecake filled strawberries, and cookie dough dip.
There was plenty to go around the neighborhood.
The evening was a great success! The memories will last forever.
I did get a picture of Eddie Wallace in his new bandana though! He is just the cutest Wesite I know.
Plan your summer cookout today!