Our fearless leader and sweet mother turned, “46”, again, a few weeks ago so we thought it would be the perfect opportunity to throw her a gingham filled BBQ. I mean who doesn’t love the gingham trend right now?! It is HOT! We took weeks prepping for this shindig and for us, it was all about the DETAILS. Pretty much our entire June and July was filled with countless trips to Michaels, Target and Hobby Lobby finding the perfect accessories, creating custom tags for the cookies as a parting gift, perfecting the menu, adding details, like pom-poms and jean fabric to jars/vases for the flowers and we can’t forget about the signature drink and bar set-up…it was almost a full time job 😉 We tried really hard to keep the details as a surprise but it was difficult as we were hosting the party at our parents house. My mom is the queen of throwing parties, so we had a lot to live up to! We spent the entire morning setting up and arranging the backyard. We invited some of her closest friends and said a prayer that a Monsoon wouldn’t come blowing through around 5 p.m. like it always does in July-August. Let’s start with our outfits and then we’ll get into the party details…
Gingham is really easy to find right now so I went with a different gingham trend and got this Gingham swimsuit from Show Me Your Mumu. Can’t wait to wear it to my next pool party or on the lake. I topped it with a sheer cover-up like this and finished the look off with these lace-up Mia heels from Nordstrom (they’re actually on sale right now and I highly recommend, you can wear them with seriously, anything).
Alexa got this amazing top from Revolve. She paired it with some high-waisted jean shorts and these super comfortable flatforms from Tory Burch (unfortunately, Tory Burch summer sale is over and they no longer have in stores). You could also wear the top with white jeans for a girls-night-out or a cute denim skirt for date-night. We are loving this one right now.
As for the decor sprinkled across the party, we used a lot of inspiration from little trinkets and fabric we found at Michaels and Hobby Lobby. We used mason jars and added fresh flowers from Trader Joes. We tied ribbon and jean with a touch of pom-poms to complete the gingham idea we had in mind. We also used handkerchiefs to wrap silverware then tied with burlap for the perfect touch. Alexa had this awesome idea to make a fabric banner tied to jute ribbon, we do have to say…it was a little time consuming, it took abound 2 hours to complete, but it was the finishing touch to our dessert display area.
The pre-game apps were made by our dear friend, Bob. He nails authentic Mexican food and was kind enough to make a mean salsa and guac as starters for our guests.
The bar had a lot of goodies, ha! what else is new?! The signature drink was a Cherry Vodka Limeade. We used this recipe and it was delish! We used this awesome mason jar dispenser we found at World Market so we wouldn’t have to be mixing individual drinks throughout the night. We’ve used this pitcher for a few parties and it’s so easy for a crowd, definitely recommend it! Other little trinkets for the bar were some candy sugar sticks from our favorite downtown Nashville candy shop Savannah Candy Shop. We always find the best goodies there and it’s definitely a little sugar pick-me-up during our nights out on Broadway. For the final touch, we found these affordable balloons at Hobby Lobby which was the perfect touch for height in the display.
Now onto the menu…it was a little difficult for us to nail down as there are so many options with food at a BBQ. Since watermelon is in season and goes over well amongst a crowd, we cut and put on popsicle sticks so it was easy to grab in the buffet line. For meat…we went with hamburgers, hot dogs and pulled pork from a yummy BBQ spot in Scottsdale. For the sides, we had a little help, our seconds mothers, Amy and Susan…literally would live at their homes growing up, made a great pasta salad and our family tradition of cheesy potatoes (seriously can’t think of a holiday or get-together when they weren’t a part of the line-up). We are forever grateful they were able to help. For the condiments, we found these awesome little metal buckets at Target and wrote on pastry brushes…everyone loved it and would definitely use the idea again!
Then comes our favorite part, the DESSERT!!! Our close friend, Jodi, made this AMAZING three-layer, “naked” birthday cake with gorgeous flowers as the topper. It was sooo good! We also had our grandparents make some cherry cheesecake which was the perfect treat along with these bundtinis from Nothing Bundt Cake. Everything was delicious!!
Finally, we found a cute little bakery in Franklin called Triple Crown Bakery to make gingham BBQ inspired cookies. We also customized farewell tags using scrap-booking paper, stickers and trim from Michaels. They turned out amazing!
Overall, the party was a huge success! Mom loved getting all of her friends together and throwing a BBQ with a splash of gingham!
What’s your favorite gingham look? Share you comments below!
Emerald & Alexa