Girl party on the patio

Recently I hosted a  jewelry party on the patio.  I invited a few girlfriends over to a Premier Designs party. It turned out to be a perfect evening for outdoor entertaining.collage
Snacks are expected. So what do you serve a bunch of women on a warm evening? Some snacks that aren’t too heavy, because no one is going to do more than nibble, but you want to have a nice colorful selection and a great cool drink.
Since it was a Premier Designs party, I dubbed the drink a ‘P D tini.’  Non alcoholic. Blue elixir, fizz, over ice, garnished with cherry and lime. 1
This simple drink was such a hit. I think because of the way it was presented, it was festive and fun. The chalkboard was just a piece of old paneling sprayed with chalkboard paint. (Edited to add this post to the Chalkboard party at Beth’s blog, The Stories of A to Z. She’s a talented PA gal who has a fun and fabulous blog! Having a portable chalkboard like this one has so many uses, everyone should have their own. Think yardsales, picnics, cookouts, lemonade stands and lots more!)
To make it mysterious, I didn’t share the ingredients until the end of the party.
Blue elixir=white grape juice and food coloring.
Fizz=ginger ale.
Simple as can be!

My large white pitchers handled this job prettily! The chalkboard labels came from etsy and I can think of hundreds of ways to use them!
I served 2 cheeses, and green and purple grapes on a double white pedestal,  strawberries and fruit dip (recipe follows) on a big white platter and for something crunchy, I mixed pretzel sticks and goldfish crackers and served them in a large round lidded, clear glass canister. It was a pretty spread but I was too busy to get any pictures so these pictures are a mini re-creation!
Something sweet, inspired by Paula Deen was frozen margarita dessert. I skipped the tequila.
(Take from Paula Deen’s best Desserts magazine.)
Here’s my fruit dip recipe.
Mix up equal parts of softened cream cheese, marshmallow creme and cool whip. That’s it! Have you ever made this? It is some seriously good stuff. It’s fluffy, heavenly, yummy!pdtini

Mary Kay, Tastefully Simple, Pampered chef, Longaberger, Arbonne, Southern Living at Home…I think these are still around. Are you into home parties, like 31 Purses, Miche Bags or tupperware? Is tupperware still sold at home parties? I’m going to a Miche bags party on Saturday and am looking forward to some girl time.
Home parties, love em or leave em…I’m somewhere in the middle. The only other home party I hosted was Mary Kay, how about you?
I’ll be showing you all my goodies on Thursday! Come on back to see all the bling!

Another chalkboard project HERE.

12 thoughts on “Girl party on the patio

  1. Sounds wonderful!!!!!!
    Wish I couldve attended. The menu is wonderful!
    Stop by my place if you get a chance.

  2. Looks like a GREAT time!!! And all your drinks and food look SO yummy! I want to try that Paula Deen recipe, LOVE her! 🙂

  3. I am not too fond of hosting those types of parties but have done so in the past. Pampered Chef, Mary Kay and Tupperware. You menu sounds wonderful for a warm summer evening on the patio. The drink sounds interesting. Cannot wait to see your new bling.

    ~ Tracy

  4. The drink looks yummy. Perfect for a warm night.

    The idea of the blackboard is really cute.

    Everything sounds delish and I'm sure they all had fun on your beautiful patio.


  5. I love the blue drinks. They look so refreshing! The white pitchers with chalkboard labels are too fun!

  6. Hi there, I've enjoyed catching up on your posts. Your party was so creative, looks like it was a lot of fun. It's those little special touches that make it memorable, isn't it? Hope you get rain soon, you know it's like a miracle to see things getting green again after a long summer rain. Hope your day is filled with good things. "Talk" soon…

  7. Great simple, but elegant ideas! Thanks for sharing. Now I'm off to make the PDtini!

  8. Love the big chalkboard – what a great idea for your party! So cute! I need some of those chalkboard labels! Sooo cute!!

  9. Ah so you got the labels from etsy–are they vinyl?

  10. Your labels are adorable and your chalkboard is perfect for your party. Looks like you had a fun time! Thanks so much for linking up.

  11. Yeah, I love parties! Hosting them or going! I think it is because I like to shop in the comfort of my house!

  12. I'm in the "love 'em" corner on home parties-both hosting and attending. I enjoy getting together with my girly friends and I think it's always a nice excuse for a party. The other nice thing is it's an easy way to help someone's business grow. So invite me…I'll come on over.

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