A Backyard Bash
By way of limited resources, I was able to pull together a backyard bash for a family celebration. It was held outside because our house was undergoing a complete renovation, but with a bit of ingenuity, it all came together seamlessly. First, we hauled our table and a few chairs from our storage space to create a pleasant dining area. Next, I dug up some vintage frames purchased at garage sales and thrift stores, spray-painted them white, and placed them onto the brick façade of our home.
The lunch was meant to be light and refreshing, with chicken salad croissant sandwiches and fruit. For dessert, I served an array of candies, cookies and cupcakes. Plain water and lemonade were served as drinks, but I kept things interesting by adding cucumber and lemon slices. I also found small glass bottles, which I filled with milk. I then added some cookies on top for a fun treat – which the children and adults enjoyed equally.
The menu was not fancy by any means, but the presentation eclipsed the simplistic carte du jour by creating an elegant, relaxing atmosphere. Normally reserved for flour and sugar, I placed the salad and the fruit in glass jars with lids for a functional way to keep the insects out. Cupcakes and cookies were displayed on simple white long platters, while candies were featured and served in eclectic containers.
By simply reinventing ways to use everyday items, outside-the-box thinking will have your family smiling in no time.
How to Create Your Own Outdoor Party
1. Consider using jars, bowls and containers that may not be typically thought of as food-serving dishes.
2. Create visual interest by displaying food in clear glass containers, which allow guests to see exactly what is being served.
3. A pot-luck style gathering will help cut down stress on the hostess. If you are going for a cohesive look, ask your guest to bring a specific item. Let them know that you’ll be transferring their item onto a dish so you don’t have an assortment of mismatched tableware.
4. Let the experts be the experts. Cooking and baking isn’t my most favourite thing to do. Instead of slaving in the kitchen and having your goodies turn out mediocre, visit your favourite bakery and buy an assortment of desserts. Not only will the treats make for eye candy, it will be one less thing you need to do.
5. Bring out a bar cart full of drinks so that your guests may help themselves. Use fun food labels to unite all your dishes together.