Wednesday, May 18, 2011

An Outdoor and Pool Party

I have a winner! Congrats to Cindy of for winning my giveaway! Cindy, I'll pack up the items and take the box to the post office tomorrow. I hope you like them!

After I redid the secret garden, John invited some of his colleagues for an oudoor barbecue party last Saturday. After having a week of warm weather of temps almost in the 90's, I was surprised to wake up to a 67 degree weather. But John turned on the pool heater so guests were still able to swim.

Although this is just a buffet set up, I am linking to Susan's Tablescape Thursday at

and Michael's Foodie Friday at

I was going to use cloth napkins but after realizing how messy barbecued ribs are, I decided on paper napkins instead. I also used plastic plates. I found these cool colors at Walmart, 4 plates for a $1.

dessert plates

Rolls and pecan pie for dessert.

After eating, we walked to take a look at the creek behind us. The picture below was taken before the Mississippi River has swollen. As you can see, the creek was almost dry. This is how it usually looks.
This is the same creek now, with lots of water.

We are safe from flooding because we are on a bluff but our biggest concern now is the migration of snakes and other wild animals. They have been displaced out of their natural habitats and are searching for safe higher grounds. Today I spread moth balls all over the yard, especially in the secret garden since we had a picnic there today and I am terrified of snakes. I will post pictures of that event next Thursday.

Thanks for stopping by. It is highly appreciated! And thank you to our hostesses Susan and Michael! I hope you get a chance to visit them and their participants.


marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Christine, you are such a fabulous cook and all of your food looks amazing and sooooooooo good. I would love it all. Your yard is fabulous and I am sure everyone had a great time. Hope the snakes stay away. Beautiful tablescape. Hugs, Marty

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Your buffet looks great Christine! Displaced critters is not a good thing, I hope the moth balls work for you. I would not be happy finding a surprise!

Gloria (The Little Red House with the White Porch) said...

Congrats to the winner of your giveaway, Cindy -- and your BBQ party looks great. The food looks so delicious and I LOVE the glass cloche & stand, and the white terrarium house!

Dolores said...

Yummy looking food and beautiful surroundings... You and john know how to entertain,
watch out for snakes. Eeeeeek!

⚜ ↁℯℬℬᴵℰ⚜ said...

Congrats to Cindy! I never would have thought about that with the snakes Christine. YUCK! Stay safe my friend.

Sherry said...

Very beautiful Christine. you are the most wonderful hostess around that pool. I have never heard of moth balls keeping snakes away. I'll have to try that. Thanks for stopping by always!

Rettabug said...

What a specatcular backyard you have for entertaining, Christine! I love seeing that gorgeous blue water in the background. We really miss our FL pool. *sigh*

All your colorful dishes look wonderful together & the little centerpiece of the greenhouse is darling!

I had to laugh at the beer bottle & cell phone on the table...had to be a guy who left his junk there. MEN!! LOL

Thanks for sharing your beautiful world. I am so glad you are safe from the waters. Yes, do put down those moth balls. We did the same thing in FL to keep the snakes away. Yuck!

Hugs & stay safe,

Mary L said...

Now I am hungry after looking at your fabulous outdoor buffet. Such pretty colors and I loved seeing the creek. We once lived on the lake and we had snakes all the time, while I miss the calmness of the water I do not miss all the snakes that paid us a visit.

Mary L

Sonya said...

Que sábado maravilhoso vocês tiveram!
É muito bom poder reuni os amigos para celebrar a amizade. O lugar é lindo, e parece muito agradável.
Querida te desejo uma ótima semana.
Beijinho no coração.

Marlis said...

Oh Christine, what a lovely set up. You are the most fabulous cook! Snakes scare me to death! Moth balls, didn't know they didn't like those.. Stay dry and hope the snakes stay away!


Congrats my dear Christine to your lucky winner of your lovely give away! Now, to business...hey Chris, you're making me sooo very HUNGY! Your such a CHEF, the food looks fantastic, I wish I had some of those ribs, they look so yummy! Everything looks so inviting in such a beautiful tablesetting and sorroundings, your guests were so lucky! Please take care, this floods get me so nervous everytime I see it on the news! Just be alert anyway, about those snakes! Lots of hugs.

RonJoeWhite said...

Wow! Everything looks fantastic! Congratulations to Cindy :-)

mississippi artist said...

Love those dessert plates! Everything looks yummy. I wish people would quit talking about snakes, I can't sleep at night!!LOL!!!

Pat said...

Christine, your tables are always wonderful and the food you prepare is fabulous.

We always have lots of mosquitos after floods, even after a year or two. They've already started this year. Seems early for us. Youngest grandson had a big old welt on his back the other day. He really gets bad reactions to them. They tend to leave me alone.ha...wonder what that says about me!:-)

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

Yah!!! I am so excited Christine, I love the goodies I won!
Your food looks amazing and so does your pool and decor!
I saw a story on the news about the snakes migrating from the flood. OMG, I was freaked by the pics, there were so many.
Whenever we have a cool spring weather day and my mom calls I tell her why did you move me to Wisconsin? Why didn't you move me down south?
And she always says, too many snakes down there.
hehe. My Mom is terrified of snakes.
Anyhoo, I look forward to my mail!
Hugs friend,

Clarissa said...

The food presentation is great and your dessert makes me really hungry!

Picket said...

Morning girl....congrats to Cindy for winning th0se great treasures. Love the buffet set up and that glass house thing in the middle..ohhhh soooo pretty girl! You always make your guest feel so special. Girl you don't even want to see the spasm dance I do if I see a Stay safe sweetie...Picket

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Christine! Your buffett looks delicious. I have been hoping to see some more pool pictures here in blogland. I wish someone would host a pool linky party. I have a good reason for wanting to see different styles and layouts. ;) Anyway, I noticed how you put the serving trays on top of placemats. That is one extra step I had'nt thought of that I really like. I also wanted to say I think the creek looks stunningly beautiful with all the vegetation grown in and more water. I do hope you stay safe and keep the wildlife at bay.

Cindy said...

Congratulations Cindy!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Your pool side buffet looks fabulous! Hope all the snakes stay downhill!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Congratulations Cindy!
Everything looks yummy. Know what you mean about the snakes - I keep my distance.

Marigene said...

Wow girl, you sure know how to feed the hoards! Everything looks wonderful.
I hope you don't get a migration of unwanted critters, especially snakes...I don't like them, either...

Miss Merry said...

Just a buffet? That is an outstanding buffet. What a wonderful party! I hope your water issues resolve themselves soon with no damage to land or wildlife.

Sandra said...

Beautiful photos and pool tablescape...looks like a great place to party!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Christine, Your table looks wonderful and the food...oh my! Everything looks delicious.

A Hint of Home said...

Hi Christine,
Your barbecue set up is gorgeous! Love the pretty dishes and serving containers.
Food looks yummy!
Do the moth balls really work to keep snakes away?
Congrats to Cindy!

Jacqueline said...

Christine, your food at your pool parties is always so amazing. It is making me sooo hungry! Everything is beautiful and looks fantastic, I can almost smell the grilling going on.

I have always wondered how to prevent snakes from coming in - moth balls huh? You will have to let me know if it works.

Entertaining Women said...

Another beautiful party! The creek looks gorgeous, but I agree with you about snakes. Thank you for sharing your marvelous design. Cherry Kay

Lady Katherine said...

What a wonderful party! The food is wonderful! The table is so pretty as always! Wish I could have been there! Your food is awesome! You need to come help me put menus together for our store/cafe. Opening in a few weeks. I just need you to come cook. lol

Snap said...

Everything is beautiful and looks so good, but have to say that the watermelon is making my mouth water. I love this time of year and watermelon! Glad to hear you are safe from the flooding.

Kate said...

What a lovely party! Sure hope the critters don't come by for a visit. I am deathly afraid of snakes also...we have rattlesnakes. I wonder if moth balls would work here.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Congrats to Cindy, I know she's going to enjoy all her new goodies. Your pool party looks like so much fun. Wow. girl you sure know how to make a girl hungry, your buffet looks wonderful.
Yes.. all those animals especially the nasty snakes are going to be looking for dryer ground.. ick! I hate snakes... maybe a few cats will move in and help keep them away. hugs ~lynne~

Really Rainey said...

Hi Christine... Your buffet looks delicious! And it reminds me that I better have a pool party before it gets too hot here!
Have a great weekend!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Let's pray those misplaced things don't find their way to your house!!! Look like some great food and fun.

Ricki Jill Treleaven said...

Hey! I am catching-up on your blog. LOVELY party. You entertain with such flair and style! Everything looks so pretty and yummy! I have read some articles about the displaced critters. I read one article that said snakes like hiding on bookshelves of all places. It gives me the creeps thinking about it!

Ricki Jill

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I loved your lunch party and how you decorated for it. I adore carrot cake...yum!

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