The housewarming BBQ we had on Sunday was such a great way to kick off the summer. It was the first time Jake and I had hosted a party in ages and maybe the first time we'd ever hosted a party with food. I guess we've never really had a good house for parties until now. Because I'm so oblivious when it comes to the kitchen and because I'd never cooked for so many people before, I relied on Brittney to help me plan the menu. In the end, it was pretty basic Southern things: burgers, mashed potatoes, macaroni, salad, deviled eggs, and baked beans. I can't take all the credit though. So many friends were calling to see if they could bring something to help me out, so I recommended that they bring either an appetizer or a dessert. Needless to say, we ended up with more food than we could handle.
Jake built a horseshoe pit in the backyard, and I bought some vinyl car wash bunting to stream across the fence and the carport. Lots of people brought their dogs (which probably ended up being the highlight of the party). Monkey wasn't a fan of all the activity, so she greeted people on the front porch as they arrived. The weather was cool when we woke up, but by the time friends started showing up, it was sitting at 70º; the perfect grillin' weather. You never know about that sort of thing. Rain can make or break an outdoor party, so I was happy to see it turn out so well.
It was also nice to see so many of my favorite faces in one place. Everyone was so sweet and told me that they loved the new place, and Marisa even told me that it looked like it should be on Design Sponge; that made me smile. And now that all of the friend festivities are behind me, I should be able to go around and get photos for the blog soon too. Look for a house tour to come!
Photos by me and Corey!