Friday, July 24, 2009

Our Fourth Seasonal Season Party: Summer

A couple of weeks ago we had our fourth Seasonal Season Party, celebrating what we love about Summer. If you are new to the blog, I'd love to introduce you to our little Toney family tradition: Last fall, we decided to have a party at the beginning of each season, inspired by our favorite things of that season. We select a decor theme, discuss what foods remind us of that season, my husband picks out a playlist of the perfect seasonal songs and we get together with our friends and enjoy it all! You can take a look at Fall, Winter and Spring.

For summer, I wanted something laid back and easy (and not just because we were moving the next week!). We had a pool party complete with BBQ (hamburgers & hotdogs), otter pops & ice cream sandwiches and lawn games. It was so fun to just relax with our friends enjoying the beautiful weather.

Friend of ours graciously offered a family home that has an amazing backyard which overlooks a local lake:

Here is a look at our decor (my favorite part!):

For tablecloths for the food tables, I used cheap towels that coordinated with our color scheme:
I made two different styles of paper pinwheels and stuck them into sand pails filled with sand:

I also utilized the sand pails (from the Target $1 section!) to hold the plastic utensils (just stuck upright in sand):

I 100% stole this next idea from little tags I saw at a scrapbooking store:

I reworded them a bit to my liking :)

Mason jars for drinks (frozen margaritas, horchata and lemonade):

One of our good friends works for an up-and-coming upscale water company, Kiawii, and they graciously offered to sponsor our party:

It is really great water... and I'm not just saying that because we got it for free! And... get this- it even matched our decor!!!

Plates and napkins were all from Target:

I made these fruit kebob sticks by cutting out small circles with my cricut and taping them to the end of bamboo skewers. Not only was it cute, but it made a great holding spot.

Lots of delicious summer junk food:

And, finally, a cute frozen margarita (with umbrellas that I found on clearance at Pier One in december!):

All photos were taken by my good friend, Jenetta Penner Photography. Thanks so much Jenetta for always working a bit while attending our parties!

So, my question for you: now that you have seen all four seasons, which seasonal party was your favorite?


April said...

All your parties look wonderful but my favorite was the Winter. I just loved the table decorations, the soup idea, hot chocolate, everything. And Winter in general is my favorite season. Fall is the runner up, Spring and Summer were both great too!

The Morales Family said...

The best part about having Courtney as a friend is that we get to experience all of her amazing parties and creations!! Loved it!! My favorite party was the Fall party - mostly because that's my favorite season, but also because of the overall mood of the party - chill and relaxed! Plus the kids looked so darn cute!

laura r. said...

My favorite was the Fall party - the ambiance, the food, the coziness...and it is my favorite tiem of year, as well.

William and Jessica said...

So cute!! And what fun too! I LOVED looking at all the seasonal party pictures. ;)

Leslie said...

My favorite was definitely the Fall party. I loved all of the decorations and the special touches (all of those little leaves just won me over!). Everything that you described won my heart! I really liked your Winter party, as well. I could feel the warm coziness of the atmosphere of the party just from reading the blog. :-) Spring and Summer were both super cute. I love all the ideas!

Linzerella said...

I LOVED your winter party ... the flowers, place settings, dishes, and other decor elements were gorgeous.

Plus is LOVED the idea of a soup potluck - such a neat idea! And I loved at you provided a side salad, dessrt, and hot chocolate - yum!!

My Sweet & Saucy said...

Too cute! Love all your parties!

Katie said...

I love this summer party! How did you make those pinwheels - super cute!!

Chris @ Celebrations At Home said...

I loved the Fall party! They are all great!

lisalyn said...

What a wonderful party! Great great idea! I love the little circles on the end of the kabobs.

Shelly Primm said...

Courtney, you throw great parties! I am not sure I have ever left you a comment but I do love your style! I came from Lindsey's blog and I actually bought your husbands CD, which I love! I love something you did from each season party so that makes it hard for me to pick a favorite. Enjoy your summer!

Cyndi said...

They are all great, but my fav of all is FALL. It may be because Fall is my favorite season, so I am a little partial.'s that early halloween candy bar! I came across your blog on HWTM, and have been hooked ever since. You are soooooo creative. Thanks for all the inspiration.