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.
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