The farmhouse turned 115 this year, and I hosted a big backyard bash in July. It was amazing to have so many friends and family members show up to help celebrate. I’ve had the idea in my head for a few years, and have been dreaming up party food ideas all year. Some awesome girlfriends helped me bring the idea to life, preparing party fare from every decade that the house has been around. It was so much fun. We rounded out the menu with home-smoked pork from my awesome cousins, Maggie’s famous German potato salad, and the most amazing ribs from Smoke in the Pit (a neighborhood BBQ place).
- 1900s: Jell-O salad (yeah Rachel!)
- 1910s: root beer floats
- 1920s: Rice Krispies treats
- 1930s: Fritos
- 1940s: deviled eggs (thanks aunt Mary!)
- 1950s: Chex Mix (great job Brianna!)
- 1960s: Sangria
- 1970s: cheese ball (way to go Mary!)
- 1980s: 7-layer dip
- 1990s: Bagel Bites
- 2000s: Millenium cupcakes (amazing job, Sarah!)
- 2010s: the best kale chips ever (thanks mom!)
And, by popular request, the white sangria recipe:
4 bottles vinho verde
2 L. club soda
1.5 c. Triple Sec
2 cans frozen lemonade
3 oranges, sliced
1 lemon, sliced
2 peaches, sliced
Bags of frozen fruit (1 of each): raspberries, strawberries, pineapple
//combine and pack dispenser in ice or refrigerate for a few hours prior to serving//
So much <3 to everyone who showed up and made it a party. xoxo
It was a night for celebrating … Mary + Matthew’s long-awaited walk down the aisle, the return of must-watch tv on Sunday nights, and welcoming Tembo into the friend family. Cell phones were exiled to the hall table. Like you do.
On the menu:
Cucumber tea sandwiches
Raspberry Gelato and Meringues
While we’re on the subject of weddings… in July my mom, aunt and cousin and I threw a bridal shower for my cousin Maria. Aside from the housewarming party last summer it’s the most people I think I’ve ever had in my house at once! And it was a great motivator for me to get the living room painted and the couch delivered by the middle of July — I never could have hosted this many people with the old set-up.
We made it a kitchen-themed shower, and everyone brought recipes on cards that we had printed to match the invitations.
I wanted to decorate the house with fresh flowers, so I made an early morning trip to the Flower Market Annex at the Minneapolis Farmers Market
. It’s my favorite place to get flowers — wholesale prices and you can pick them out yourself from a big cooler in the back. Maria’s wedding colors were yellow and gray, so I got a selection of yellow flowers and white hydrangeas.
We organized a salad buffet for lunch (my mom, aunt and cousin each brought one) along with a bunch of summery appetizers and drinks. For dessert, I made a pavlova with fresh raspberries.
And of course, Maria opened presents 🙂
We even managed to get a photo of the entire group.
Maria and Johnny got married in August and it was beautiful. I’m so excited to have them in the neighborhood 🙂