How to have a fun, casual summer cocktail party in a rather formal 11th floor condominium? Throw a Beach Ball Summer Party! Guests received beach balls folded up into colorful envelopes with the invitation details written on the balls. The invitations set the mood for this fun cocktail party.
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It’s a cocktail party, so bring out the party food! On the peninsula kitchen counter I arranged all of the food so that guests could help themselves. It is rare that I use paper plates for any party, but the combination of discovering these adorable paper plates and wanting to keep the party casual, I used these!
The arrangement I made for the dining table was to evoke the beach, with grasses and reeds along with colorful flowers. Tiny beach balls and sand toys were tucked into the arrangement. Little sand pails were filled with nuts and candies and tucked around the arrangement. The wine was set up for guests to serve themselves. Curious about these bowling pins? Check out the tour of my modern condominium for the story. I used beach balls everywhere, they are an inexpensive decoration, so you get a lot of bang for your buck with them and a lot of color! You can get these in bulk for a great price at Oriental Trading! The bar was also set up so guests could serve themselves, but if you are hosting a beach themed party, of course you want to use a big sand pail for your ice bucket! There were lots of beach balls out on the balcony, but even though the water of Lake Erie is below, guests were advised with signs, NO DIVING!Even with no actual beach or sand and the lake 200 feet below, guests enjoyed spending time out on the balcony this lovely summer evening!
The menu included cheeses and meats, raw and marinated vegetables, shrimp cocktail and beef tenderloin. I almost always have one or two hot dishes, but for this casual summertime party, I didn’t feel anything else was necessary.What do you bring to the hostess of a beach party on the 11th floor? One of my guest, in addition to a lovely bottle of water brought me a pineapple! How fun was that? It was delicious, too! I added some fun to the bathroom by filling the shower with inflatable toys and beach balls! This was one of the big hits of the evening, just for fun! Would you host a beach party in a high rise condominium? I think the silliness of that idea made it fun and easy for everyone!
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