Saturday, April 14, 2012

Alfresco Dining, a la SoFlo style

     Now is the time to clean up the grill, clean off the patio table and gather your family and friends for a weekend picnic or BBQ.  We have been very fortunate to have absolutely beautiful weather this season!  Don't wait till it's high-noon summer when it's hot, muggy & filled with mosquito's to have a shin-dig.  Whether it's at one of our lovely local parks, the beach or in your own backyard, call in the troops and let's get this party started.  Here are some ideas that will help you have one sensational soiree!

     Of course every get together revolves around food, whether catered or home made, these serving dishes, furniture and table top accessories are the perfect accent to any party fare.  Set the table and they will come.
This beach inspired theme by Pottery Barn will
be sure to sooth the week day stress.
Pottery Barn also has this wonderful Hampstead Buffet
that can self serve your guests, just add rum. ;)
Another excellent counter top beverage
dispenser for the kiddies from One Kings Lane.
Perfect tumblers for any party!

LOVE this Hawaiian inspired hand carve
Acacia wood serving dishes from 

Pacific Merchants.
How awesome are these ceramic fish plates available from our very own Creative Spaces of South Florida just give us a call.
No cake would be complete without a cake stand
to make a statement, especially my homemade
coconut cake!
Pearlized napkin holders for your guests
to dab the BBQ sauce from their cheek.

A splash of color with these beautiful tangerine
handled serving utensils.
And for a bit of fun & whimsy...
just make sure to put them back in real tank
when the party is over
If extra seating is what you need, then these
outdoor stools are as beautiful as they are functional,
indoors or outside from Home Deco Direct.
Another style of outdoor seating that's a
gorgeous architectural design.  Your friends
will wonder how you got so fabulous!
You can find these at the always amazing & ever changing Inner Gardens located in California.

Another great table setting by Pottery Barn
     You can also use items that you may have around the house for your party-scape....  
-Like galvanized trays, buckets and watering cans, they can hold your ice, beverages and serving utensils;
-Recycle your cleaned out glass jars from the kitchen to make homemade hurricane candles; place pillar      candles in some sand and add a few decorative shells or stones.  Place them on your table top or tightly wrap wire around the neck of the jar and loop a wire handle across the top so you can hang them in your trees;
-Or use the glass jars as flower vases, pick fresh foliage from your garden or your neighbors (just make sure you ask first lol) and add water;
-Try stringing up the white holiday string lights in your trees and shrubs for a festive feeling to your night; 
-Use mason jars for your drinking tumblers;
-If your budget is tight & can't foot the whole food bill then throw a potluck party.  I always love smacking my lips on my neighbor Mary's famous rum cake.  It also gives everyone a chance to taste someone else's talented cooking skills.  

     Whatever the occasion for your next party, get together, BBQ, picnic, soiree, shin dig, bash, gala, luncheon or festive celebration , I wish you all the very best!  
Enjoy yourselves and can't wait to hear all about it! 
Best wishes,


  1. Hi there Sheri:
    Just noticed that you joined my blog!!!!
    Welcome aboard...I would love to hear your comments about Canadian Gardening...I did a few posts from Florida in February...LOVE it there...already planning a return trip for next February....I got some really beautiful shots of the vegetation and beach life while there...

    Your blog is very informative...I am going to take a REAL look around...

    Visit often..

    Linda :o)

  2. Hi Linda, thanks so much!

    Super sweet of you to stop by & say hello, hope you get a chance to join my blog as well :) Two of our good friends moved from S. Fla. to Toronto this past summer. She & I share more of the love for gardening & outdoors than our men do, lol, so I have been learning more about Canada's flora & fauna. It looks so beautiful there, we can't wait to go visit! I am excited to be a part of your blog's conversations & chats as you have so many wonderful posts. Looking forward to many more chats with you & fellow bloggers.

    Best wishes,

  3. So nice to meet you. Glad you found my site so I could find you. I am looking forward to getting to know you and being a new follower.
    Great ideas for having a nice time with family and friends outside.
    I just bought me a small Bar-B-Que pit this week so I could entertain a little this summer and also to eat healthier.
    Hope your having a nice weekend.

  4. Hi Maggie, sooo sorry I am just replying now, been super hectic around here with a big landscaping job under contract. I miss my "bloggerettes" lol. Thank you so much for posting, it's great to hear from you! I am in need of a new grill this summer as well. I pulled mine out to grill with some friends & a huge Florida rat had been hanging out in there, soooo....yup new grill time! :) Hope you enjoy your weekend!

    Best wishes,