Every Spring I get so excited about putting out my plants (Denny is really the green thumb in the family ) and we love getting up early on a Saturday morning and going to the Farmer's Market that is a kaliedescope of all things beautiful and natural.
Of course we shop for all the fresh veggies and fruits we want to have that week but we love to look at the artists at work on their paintings and hand crafted jewlery. Last year we bought incredible banana trees from a family and for a thank you they gave us their gorgeous spring baby lettuce that we were tempted to devour before we got home!!
Being surrounded by the natural goodness of Arkansas farmers gets me to thinking about .....what else, throwing a party!!
My garden party is not what you are thinking...it is not prim and proper with little tea biscuits and cucumber sandwiches, which by the way I really do like. My garden party is one of involvement from my guests.
My invitations are veggie and fruit seed packets. This sets the tone of a relaxed and intresting evening. If you receive the package for carrots then that is what you are to bring to the party. Peppers, then you bring that. I think you get the picture.
Before they arrive I have my giant stock pots set out . One with fresh, flavorful chicken broth and the other with delicious beef broth. Now the fun begins. We all gather, sip wine or a little cocktail and prep our bounty and add it to the stock pots...
While it simmers we snack on my best hummus dip with, yes, more fresh veggies. I love this idea of little veggies wrapped up and served to each guest.
I serve a big basket of several types of rustic breads with flavored butters and pestos that I have made from the herbs Denny has planted for me.
It is a simple party and that is why it is so much fun...everyone takes turns stirring the soups and I am not sure if they aren't doing a little taste testing too!
Fresh fruit and cheeses for dessert is just the right touch and sometimes I even serve frozen grapes on a hot summer night.
My early planning begins by planting herbs in small colorful ceramic pots and these are my table decorations and they are also my favors to my guests for all their hard work making my party a success !!
Try this and see if you don't have fun.. I have even done this with children...best way I know to get them eating their veggies.
What ideas do you have for the tables? Red and white check? Denim? How about those nostalgic blue and white speckled tin bowls and bandanas tied around the spoons........make those spoons big!
Until Next Time!