Monday, July 19, 2010

LILLY-FIED SUMMER SOIREE ON THE PORCH

Lilly Pulitzer makes the cutest stuff in pink and green! Those two colors are definitely my favorite colors to wear. However, Lilly is not all about pink and green.

Going back to last year in May...I won a blog giveaway hosted by Muffy Martini and the prize was loads of Lilly paper products, provided by The Preppy Princess. I was tres excited to win the fabulous loot and was waiting on the perfect opportunity to use all the cute stuff. After I received all the products in the 'Loco Patch' pattern by Lilly, I found the cutest blue Lilly plates at The Lazy Daisy Lilly store in Vero Beach.

One year later...Putting it all together, I came up with a blue and yellow theme for my Summer Soiree on the Porch for some friends...with children! Waiting until the sun was almost setting and using the fans, it was quite nice!

A blue and yellow Lilly tablescape...
Fresh daisies adorn the white birdcage...
I LOVE the blue and yellow design of these Lilly plates. These are the ones I purchased at The Lazy Daisy Lilly store in Vero Beach. The table runners and napkins were custom-made for me...love the ric rac y'all!
Miss Janice adores the yellow gingham flatware, purchased from Ella Kitchens and Gifts.

Darlin' placecards, in the 'Coco Patch' pattern, by Lilly...

The napkin (with point facing toward the diner) is adorned with a Lilly-fied flower...I have these in every color to adorn my signature ponytail!!! These are made by Looking4Lilly. These napkin rings also doubled as my party favors y'all!
My signature beverage for the evening was Pomegranate Mojitos**!!!
Loved the presentation for the mojitos...The acrylic goblets are from Publix. The precious aqua monogram decals are from 2PreppyGirls. The beverage umbrella straw is in the 'Coco Patch' pattern by Lilly. Doesn't every drink look a little more inviting with a little umbrella?!
Not to forget the cute coasters by Lilly, in the 'Havan A Coctel' pattern. Perfect!
Classic Summer Crab Salad*--on a bed of radicchio, and served with a mini French baguette...
Get your party favors y'all!!! Yes these precious napkin rings are the favors for the ladies. They are ponytail holders/flower pins/hair flowers. Aren't they darlin'?! I purchased these at Looking4Lilly. There is a little Lilly button in the center. Cute, very cute!
The children's table...


The paper plates and napkins in the 'Coco Patch' pattern by Lilly. Don't they just say "Summertime?!"
Chicken nuggets and tater tots...
Coke floats with Lilly name cards on the float straws...
Ready for Miss Caroline...youngins LOVE chicken nuggets and tater tots!!!
Party favors for the youngins'...cotton candy in a cello bag, yellow gingham ribbon, and Lilly 'Coco Patch' gift tag.

What's for dessert??? I kept it tasty, but simple y'all.
Aqua flatware for the youngins'...

'Loco Patch' dessert plates...
Lemon bars for the grown-ups!
Cupcakes for everybody!!!

Grown-Ups Menu
Classic Summer Crab Salad*
Mini French Baguettes
Lemon Bars
Miss Janice's Pomegranate Mojitos**

Children's Menu
Southern Fried Chicken Nuggets
Tater Tots
Coke Floats
Cupcakes


*Recipe for Classic Summer Crab Salad:
2 lbs. cooked crab meat, chopped
1/2 cup green onions, thinly sliced
1/2 cup finely chopped Italian parsley
1/2 cup finely chopped celery
1 1/2 cups mayo
1 tblsp lemon juice
1 tblsp celery salt
Radicchio

In a large bowl, combine the crab meat, green onions, parsley, and celery. Mix well and add the mayo, lemon juice, and celery salt. Cover and chill in the frig for 2 hours. Serve over a bed of radicchio. (Serves 4)

**Recipe for Miss Janice's Pomegranate Mojitos
12 shots light rum
4 cups Trader Joe's Pomegranate Limeade
4 tblsp sugar
20 mint leaves
1 lime sliced
Soda water
Crushed ice

Combine the rum, Pomegranate Limeade, and sugar into a large pitcher. Crush the mint leaves (reserving 4 whole leaves for garnish) and add to the beverage, along with the lime slices and crushed ice. Fill goblets with the liquid and add a splash of soda water and a mint leaf.

You can always substitute pomegranate juice and lime juice instead of the Trader Joe's juice. (I must say that these were also delish without the rum!!!)

So, Lilly Pulitzer is not always about pink and green. For this casual evening on the porch, "HERE'S WHAT I WORE" The shift is by Lilly in the 'Cape Cod Blue Fresh Fish' pattern. I wore a silver choker necklace with a monogrammed drop pendant, and the matching monogrammed earrings and ring. I also wore my rollring wedding band by Cartier. My ponytail was adorned with a white grosgrain ribbon...and--I wore my white Bonannos! My choice of fragrance for the evening was 'Wink' by Lilly and my lipstick was 'Parfait', by Chanel.

I haven't joined Marty at AStrollThruLife in a long time and today I'm linking up with her and other fabulous tabletop designers for her 'Tabletop Tuesday' event! Stop in and take a peek.

Thank you so much for visiting me with me.

46 comments:

Bea said...

Lovely colour palette, Miss Janice! I love rikrak, gingham and porches... this post is fabulous!!

Jennifer said...

Everything just looked amazing!!!! Loved the kids presentation too!
~Jennifer :)

2PreppyGirls.com said...

Eeeeeeeeeeeeee!!!

The nuggets on the forks are TOOOO CUTE!!!!! What a cute idea!!!!!!!

Thanks for including me on this wonderful post!!

(((hugs)))

Town and Country Mom said...

Miss Janice, you truly thought of every detail--all I can say is, what lucky, lucky guests! And I will be picking up some of those ponytail holders--way cute!

Julie (brown eyed belle) said...

Absolutely adorable!! That salad looks YUMMMY! My mouth is watering! And there isn't any drink I like better than a mojito!

So pretty, Miss Janice!

Suburban Princess said...

Beautiful! May we see a close up of your cupcake holder please?

Sarah said...

You are too cute! I love everything you did, it doesn't get any better than everything Lilly! :)Love your Blog!!!

nannykim said...

Wow--such great ideas. Love the colors and the way the food looks expecially for the kids! It made me smile.

Sweet Southern Prep said...

Miss Janice, you never disappoint. How lovely is this soiree? Love every little detail. I know y'all had such a good time sipping together...especially you, in your Lilly. :)

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

Love it! Especially love that you did something special for the children!

Tammy B said...

How fun! Everything looks wonderful as always.

PAT said...

This is beautiful, Miss Janice. Your menu is wonderful, too!

Michelle said...

What a great party! I know my little ones would have adored the decor and the food- I'm taking some of those great presentation ideas with me (hope you dont mind). Isn't the Lilly look just terrific for parties? Love it all.

Plus let me also say what a dear you are to always leave such kind messages when you come and visit me. Thank you.

Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore said...

Awwww....this tablescape is unbelievable. I am a new follower! I can learn a lot from you...thanks for the inspiration! xx

Jo said...

What a fabulous luncheon!
Love it all ~ it's too hard to pick out a favorite in all your fun. You never miss a detail.

Have a great week ~
Jo

Brittany said...

Looks fabulous! I've been to Vero Beach a few time (hubs grandparent live there) and have never been in that store. I will definitely have to check it out next time!

Preppy Little Dress said...

Amazing photos, thanks for sharing! No detail left behind! :)

North of 25A said...

Oh those lucky guests of yours must have had a yummy time! Lovely, all of it!
Best,
Colleen

The Doxie Diaries said...

Everything looks lovely and so Southern!

High Heeled Life said...

How lovely... and so many great inspirations! Luckyy guests...HHl

Preppy 101 said...

The most cutified table ever!! xoxo

kay said...

I love it all! I just used the same Lilly paper goods for a birthday celebration. You look adorable and what a great idea for a fun treat for the kids!

Lori said...

Oh how do I earn a spot on your invitation lists?! So wonderful. Mojito please!

Suburban Princess said...

Thank you Miss Janice...I was hoping to see the whole thing...the stand, the cups, the works! Thanks bunches :O)

Bama Girl said...

Miss Janice, you are AMAZING! Such an inspiration. What a great post! :-) XOXO

Bella Michelle said...

Love to look at and sounds yummy as well! You always do such a lovely job! Inspiring!!!

linda said...

Beautiful, well thought out, fresh, summery , elegant! Brava!

linda said...

Beautiful, well thought out, fresh, summery , elegant! Brava!

Black Labs and Lilly said...

Miss Janice,

Such a lovely soiree!!! I love the combo of blue and yellow, it looks perfect!!

Thank you for sharing the mojito recipe! I'm copying it down to try this weekend!!

Fashion Meets Food said...

I would love to go to a party at your place! Absolutely amazing!

xo

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Everything about this is totally perfect. I love the colors, the food and all the dishes, linens and accessories. So perfectly coordinated and well thought out. What a fun and wonderful party. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

this free bird said...

Miss Janice!

Came your way via Fashion Meets Food and love this table setting!!!

I'm hosting a giveaway for a couple of Ebelskiver pans with their turning tools and would love for you to enter. These dessert style danish pancakes would fit right in your photos splendidly.

xoxo,
Carrie
ps-everyone is welcome!

Michelle @ Flying Giggles said...

Wow, will you please invite me to your next shindig? Joking! But, I do think everything looks absolutely fabulous! I love the color combo!

dreaming in pink and green said...

This party looks amazing! I love it!!

Preppy Sue said...

Just beautiful!

this free bird said...

Oh Miss Janice you are so Lilly-tastic and I am pleased as ever to have you at le blog!

Have no fear, if you win my boyfriend the Chef will walk you through it...I've made them myself and they are so easy and tasty.

Basic pancake batter in the bottom of each....better yet: here's a link to a how-to from the 4th of July. Just in case :)

http://thisfreebird.blogspot.com/2010/07/fourth-thus-farebelskiverd-and-peachd.html

Lily Lemontree said...

Miss Janice, everything about this post is just perfection!! I love this color combination!
Hope you are having a wonderful day!

All Things Cherish said...

Such a cute, Lilly-fied tablescape! I especially love the gingham flatware and yellow linens, perfect shade of yellow!

Thanks for sharing your crab salad recipe, I was going to ask you for it but you must have read my mind!

midnight macaroons said...

I love it! It looks beautiful. Very cheerful and so perfect for summer. I'm sure your guests truly enjoyed themselves. You have so many fabulous ideas. By the way, I love how you match your table theme. Too cute!

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

Hi Miss Janice,
The blue and yellow is such a cool and summery look. Everything turned out wonderful. I really love the look of the cupcakes. I am sure everyone had a wonderful time!
Valerie

Debbie said...

Oh I just love those colors...looks great! Was just in your neck of the woods on vaca...it was splendid. Went by one of your favorite stores too...no time for me to shop though. Have you ever heard of Cranes beach house in Delray? That is where we stayed it was AWESOME!

bevy said...

You picked out my ABSOLUTE FAVORITE color combo... butter yellow and robins egg blue. I have those colors all over my house. (Maybe not always together, but all over none the less!)

KDC Events said...

Very impressive! I love the plates, napkin rings, display for the nuggets and most of all the daisy cupcakes!! You are fabulous Miss Janice =)

...All Things Refined said...

Oh I am so glad I did not miss this post. Miss Janice - you are amazing! Thank you for sharing every detail!
xoJoy

Kathleen said...

Looks like a fabulous party, for adults and children. I know my Lily would love it!

Laur said...

You are just the cutest hostess ever! I love all of your ideas!!! Just wonderful!