A Beach Cottage Summer Party on the Deck
Tue 7th, Jan, 2014
G’day beach cottage friends!
We had a little beach cottage celebration over the weekend, it was lovey and went quite well I think – I never had a single birthday party when I was a young girl so I’m making up for it now…being slap bang in the middle of Summer here it was all planned for out on the new deck and in the garden and hoping for no rain, which didn’t happen, actually it’s not rained for ages now..
We did quite a bit of planning for this party but wanted to keep everything fairly simple and casual and with a sit down dinner for 13 it needed to be easy!
Prep on the house and deck started a couple of days before, my lovely kiddos got gold stars in the effort department – after a lot of slobbing at Christmas, to be honest the whole house needed a good short back and sides, teenagers and bathrooms alone make for interesting cleaning – so we did a mammoth team effort and used the old vintage blackboard as party central with lists of jobs to do…my boys and their friends also took on board the making of tissue paper pom poms, I bought stacks of white tissue paper and we set to work…if you’ve never seen a 6ft2 teenager fluff a white tissue paper pom pom once they’ve hung it from the roof, add it to your bucket list, a sight to see…
We used our large outside table that I picked up for a few bucks and made-over (you can see it when it was halfway finished here) and our old deck table which I also picked up from a garage sale and now lives under the house for occasions such as this…this meant we had one long table enough to comfortably sit 13.
We gathered up all the chairs we could find, ahem, there were just a few old vintage ones around…though we also relied on the fold-up IKEA chairs that we’ve had for years, I bought them when we first came to Australia when the kiddos were much littler for the breakfast table, I liked them because they were fairly unobtrusive, could be wiped clean and could be easily stored for things like this, not the most aesthetically pleasing but do the job very nicely…you can see them below…I set up the tables the night before with the table cloths (I used painter’s drop cloths), the flowers, shells and plates, plus we hung the pom poms randomly from the deck roof….
Here’s the table with the flowers….
We put up lots and lots of white fairy lights a week or so before, that being the basis of the whole thing, VERY easy, not much fuss but quite a bit of impact…
The menu was very very basic and simple, we did large platters of dips and veggies and a huge platter of fresh fruit for when people arrived served out on the deck on the coffee tables, main was just salads and barbecued meats, followed by a Pavlova and mini cupcakes which we made in the afternoon…
I bought a job lot of plain glasses from Target (it was a soft drink affair) and used white dinner plates and paper napkins (won’t do that again, it really is not too much trouble to throw napkins in the wash and I wasn’t impressed with the paper ones my lovely husband came home with from an ice and paper napkin run with)…
My lovely daughter chose the flowers just by going for what she fancied, just a few bunches from Woolworths which I split and popped into mason jars and put down the centre of the table plus dotted around here and there on the deck…
It was a lovely warm Sydney Summer night, bring on celebrations, I am so so glad we did it, it was a fair bit of effort for sure…but memory making for our little family.
See you soon I have some recipes on the way….