Friday, September 18, 2009

Backyard BBQ-Fall Style

When I realize that the warm days are fading, I suddenly have the urge to spend as much time as possible outside. Pair that with a group of neighbors to thank for their yard help this summer, and the idea for an autumn inspired backyard BBQ was born.

A simple tablescape set the mood. That and the faint sound of bluegrass music coming from our little CD player moved outdoors.
We borrowed a long fellowship style table and two card tables. They sat end to end under the treeline in our backyard. Six yards of brown burlap covered them to make for as seamless an eating area as possible. (Burlap is so economical! $2.99 a yard at the Hobby Lobby... use the 40% off coupon they routinely have available, and you really get some bang for your buck.)

Our trusty mason jars served as the stemware. Tucked inside each one was a napkin. The napkins coordinated with the plates and fit perfectly with the colors; they also fit perfectly in my budget at $.90 a package during a Michael's clearance. Inside the napkin was a fork and a straw because, don't you agree, everything tastes better through a fun straw?

The centerpieces were simple and easy... more mason jars filled with corn kernels, a tealight sitting pretty in the center. My favorite part was when it got dark and we were still chatting by the soft flow.
And you remember the salsa, right? Four bowls of chips and eight tiny tins lined the table for easy snacking.

Grins, good conversation, and burning oneself on a tiki torch in a mad rush to finish it all... worth it every time!

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