Thursday, June 11, 2009

Party Table Decorations

Pool parties are meant to be relaxing and fun. That means decorations can be zilch or simple summery silliness.

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Straw bags are fun as tabletop centerpieces. I picked up children’s straw purses at Walgreen’s and filled them with colorful flip-flops, sunglasses, and a pretty pinwheel. Each item was $1 each which means each table’s decorations cost only $4.

Tablecloths will be my pareos (sarongs), easy to toss in the wash later. A few sea shells from my vast collection will be tumbled about here and there.

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Since we don’t allow anything glass near our pool, plastic will have to suffice as serving containers. A few large hard-plastic sea-themed serving bowls found at Fry’s grocery store will hold the salad, chicken fajita concoction, and rice. These bowls are huge, but I’ll re-fill as needed.

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Pails are so evocative of summer and the beach. They work great for holding party things, such as napkins.

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Lined with napkins, pails also work great for things like flatware. Lined baskets will hold things like chips and other dry snacks.

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These aren’t decorations per se, but they are the prizes for the pool tournament we hold at our party each year. Get it—pool tournament for the pool party? I know, terribly lame, but my husband gets a kick out of saying it. He draws up some kind of intricate roster like they do for play-off tournaments and folks sign up, whether they know how to play or not.

Everyone plays in teams of two and the winning team gets a silly prize each year. This year my husband selected squirt guns which I’ll immediately ban from play in the house.

Okay, gotta run. I have a flute lesson this morning and then yard work when I get home.


Niki RuralWritings said...

June, I'm going to start calling you Martha! You do have "the touch".

rohanknitter said...

You sure do have it all planned out well!! I guess with so many people coming, that's a necessity. I love the idea of using the pails -very fun!

sinnlighet said...

Your blogg is very very nice!!

Agneta from Sweden

Diane Schuller said...

wow June, this is such a group of wonderful ideas. Your friends must be thrilled when they're invited to a pool party at your place! You go way out - love that.

shenry said...

Flute lessons? Wow, you do everything.

Storybook Woods said...

Looks like it is going to be quite a party xoxox Clarice

Anonymous said...

Your preparations look wonderful June! Good luck...although I'm sure it's going to be a time to remember, for all of your guests.


Shauna said...

Ok, two things:

1. Can I get a copy of your flute sheet music? I want to get back into playing, and my library is hopelessly thin in the selection department.

2. Can you come out and host my next BBQ? I'll grill if you decorate... ;)


Thimbleanna said...

It's all looking great June -- countdown to the cake is on! ;-)

FinnyKnits said...

Sounds like a total blast!

Also, flute? You are an adventurous wonder, Junie. I love it!

nicolette said...

Oh June, your guests will have a wonderful party at your pool! It}s so wonderful to see all your creations!