I can’t believe it has taken me so long to post this fun summer pop up party. Summer just flies by so quickly here in Connecticut that I’ve been trying to make the most of it. Most of the summer entertaining has not made it to the blog yet but before the weather gets too cool, I wanted to share this fun, birthday pop up party. For those of you who have never heard the term of a pop up party, it basically means throwing a party in a random location, often a public place. In many ways it can be a glorified picnic. This party was held in a local park on the river. The menu consisted of all items served cold or room temperature that was made in advance which makes for easy hosting. I love the idea of a party in an unexpected location and being able to enjoy different views and spots your local community has to offer. Here is how we made this pop up party to celebrate a dear friend’s 30th birthday a casual yet special celebration.
Pop Up Party Location
When choosing a location there are many factors to consider and some depends how large of a group you have. Larger parties will require more space so find a park with ample room that isn’t too busy. It’s good to scope out your location before the party on a typical day that you plan hosting. For example, if you’re hosting your party on a Saturday go there on a typical Saturday for an hour before and for the duration you plan on being there. You don’t want to go on a Wednesday, see it’s empty and quiet only to go on a Saturday and find its packed and you can’t find a spot. I have made this mistake
The Holidays are already flying by that I haven’t had a chance to share this lovely little get together with you. This month I hosted our book club meeting which varies in size of participants depending on everyone’s schedules, offering a simple meal with a Mexican style rice bowl bar that had very little cooking making it great for a week night.
Thanksgiving is a few days away as everyone prepares for house guests and food preparation. I wanted to share a quick, free, DIY printable table name cards that you can fill in the names, print, cut, and fold.
Here in New England the colors are in full swing as dark red, orange and bright yellow leaves fall delicately to the ground. Although I dread it getting colder, looking down roads lined with a multitude of vibrant colors makes me appreciate the coziness of fall. When creating the tablescape for this large, casual family dinner I decided to incorporate all the beautiful colors. By adding two kinds of branches from the yard, not only being free but made the table almost have a foliage runner effect.
A few friends came over for a casual dinner and games, and given the time of year, I decided to add a few extra fall touches. I love white pumpkins, they are so lovely and bright but still very fall so I opted for a cream and gold tablescape theme filled with a large, beautiful blue and white pumpkin and small white natural and ceramic pumpkins with some added gold touches. The menu was very easy to throw together for a Friday after work with minimal time in the kitchen. Some apple wine and a bourbon pecan tart finished the meal into game time. Here is the dinner break down from the fall inspired table decor to the menu.