Friday, August 19, 2011

Lilly Pulitzer End-of-Summer Party



I recently invited my "beach girls" for an end-of-summer party. I had been wanting to have everyone over for a while, and we barely slipped this girls night in before school started.




I literally spent hours browsing the Lilly Pulitzer store in Hilton Head, S.C., and a few items I picked up there inspired our Life, Lilly & the Pursuit of Summer theme. (Step into summer on the Lilly Pulitzer site here.)





Aren't these shift note cards precious? Find them here. I thought these would make sweet invitations.  




With signature Lilly prints peeking through the cut-outs, these tri-fold note cards are adorable. I must admit, in my vacation state of mind, I was a little lax in getting the invitations out. In fact, a couple of guests received their formal invitation at the party. Maybe they will serve as keepsakes anyway ... .




Joe and the boys have an annual summer tradition of spending a night in Atlanta to go to Six Flags, so we planned our girls night during their trip. A few of the beach girls have daughters, so we invited them to join us for food, fun and flip-flops.




I saved the gumball vases I used for daughter Emma's bubblegum blow-out earlier this year. Water damaged the gumballs in one vase, but I was able to use the other for our summer party. Filled with lime green, pink and yellow flowers, this whimsical arrangement fit our Lilly theme perfectly.




Here is a view of our table, set for the party in pink and green.




Besides wrapping up party favors for all the guests, a roll of Lilly Pulitzer gift wrap was perfect for adding accents of color. Shown above, lined scalloped name tags were tied to our glasses. That's one of my favorite party tricks: Beverage tags make cute place cards and keep drinks separated. (You don't want to wonder whose pink lemonade is whose throughout the evening!) 




Here is a close-up of our place setting. These wavy plastic plates from Party City are so cute I will definitely use them again. (Find the bright pink dinner plates here and the smaller lime green dessert plates here -- buy one get one free at the time I am posting.) Place mats, Dollar Tree. Napkins: Pink, Wal-Mart; green, HomeGoods; paisley, Party City.




Our table centerpiece was easy peasy limey squeezy with an apothecary jar filled with fresh limes.






For the Love of Lilly Menu

Shrimp Tacos
Party Ham Rolls
Tropical Fruit with Cream Cheese Fruit Dip
Corn Dip with Corn Chips
Pink Lemonade and Key Lime Tarts
Pink Lemonade


 

Miniature ice box pies in pink and green fit our color scheme and summertime menu. The day before the party, 9-year-old Christian worked at one end of the counter to mix up the green limeade filling, and 7-year-old Mary Ashley worked at the other end to mix up the pink lemonade filling. One recipe of each flavor yielded enough filling for 18 mini-pies and four more regular pies. Find the ice box pie recipe here and the shrimp tacos here.



Corn Dip
My friend Nia brought this dip, a delicious recipe from our church cookbook.

2 cans Mexican corn, drained
2 to 4 green onions, chopped
Chopped jalepenos, to taste
2 cups shredded cheese
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/2 cup sour cream

Mix together and serve with chips.




I couldn't wait for the girls to open their party favors ...




Lilly Pulitzer 2011-2012 Pocket Agenda Planners

These adorable planners are perfect for my beach girls -- all of whom are busy moms or working women when they are not giggly beach babes for one weekend a year. These planners begin with August 2011 and go through December 2012. I am hoping the cute stickers and colorful layouts of their Lilly planners will help my beach girls carry a little bit of summer through the rest of the year.

Find Lilly pocket agendas here in our pink and green floral pattern, Luscious; royal blue sailboat pattern, Docksider; navy and fuchsia floral, Navy Bloomers; and turquoise, lime and pink Nice to See You. Our older daughters unwrapped Lilly Pulitzer A Day in the Life Journals, and the younger took home Lilly memo pads.

Hmmmm ... what is this?




Did you leave your new pocket planner behind? It seems I have an extra just waiting to be filled with happy occasions.






Leave a comment below to enter my giveaway for a Lilly Pulitzer 2011-2012 Pocket Agenda Planner,  and I will announce the winner next week.



Long live Lilly, and long love summer!

73 comments:

Shannon said...

What a fun party! I love the colors and you can never go wrong with Lilly Pulitzer ;) Would love that agenda!

Alexis said...

Gorgeous it is all just perfect!

I'm Cherry said...

I've been a silent reader since i-cant-remember anymore. I enjoy everything that you're sharing. You give me inspiration especially now that i have my own little girl as well.

I love everything about this post, color combination, placemats, table napkin, and of course the agenda planner. I hope it is not limited to US readers only :-( because i definitely love to own one.

Thanks for the inspiration again!

Deborah said...

What a cute, fun party. Perfect for a GNO end of the summer get together. As usual, you have the best ideas. I've used several of them before, including the gumball flower arrangement. Thanks for sharing. By the way, I love the Lilly color scheme.

Valerie said...

Oooh, pick me, pick me! ;)

As usual, just lovely, Melissa. I've so enjoyed your last few posts...Charleston/Hilton Head Island is one of my favorite beach destinations.

Blessings,
Val

Sandra said...

Beautiful party!! Would love that agenda notebook.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a wonderful end of Summer girly Lilly gathering! I do love pink and green -- count me in! Thanks for offering such a nice giveaway.

Sophia said...

"Lovely" party. I do need a new agenda notebook and would love to have some Lily. Thanks for sharing.

Debbie B said...

That agenda notebook would certainly brighten up a cold winter day and make us long for summer! Thanks so much for sharing.

Nana's Place said...

I would love so much to win the "Lily". I use my date book and journal each day and right now mine is held together with tape as it is well used. I hope you will pick me!!

Kathy said...

Oh I do love this party! Your attention to deatil never ceases to amaze me! Love the planner and would love to win, thnak you for the opportunity! If I don't win, I think I see a couple in my future from Amazon, both for me and as a birthday gift for my niece.
Kathy
hereonhartland.blogspot.com

Kathy said...

Make that attention to *detail*, I need to pay a little more attention to mine!

A SC girl in NC said...

Melissa,

Your blog is the first thing I check in the mornings. I have a husband and two teenage boys; I have decided I need to start incorporating more feminine touches around our home. The lacrosse sticks and sweaty tshirts will start sharing space with some Lilly pink and green!

Thank you,

A SC girl in NC

Brenda said...

Beautiful! I love it all! I love your blog! I always feel inspired when I visit. I would love to win!

Thank you!
Brenda :)

Elizabeth said...

So cute! You have the best parties!

http://agirlinherkitchen.blogspot.com

Chef Leigh said...

Lilly is my all time favorite. I would wear Lilly every day if I could. Her clothes make me very happy. I love that the Lilly line has extended to all sorts of fun lifestyle accessories! The Entertaining with Lilly book is a must-have, too!

Julie Owen said...

as usual, I am delighted, inspired, refreshed, and hungry after reading your latest blog post! Thank you for sharing your loveliness!

Lara said...

It was such a fun night!!! I love my planner!

Margaret said...

Everything looks so bright summery and gorgeous! The note cards and the planners are so cheery! Thanks for sharing the recipe too!

sweeter and the bubbas said...

Yeah, it stinks to be friends with you. I am loving my planner! You MAY have outdone yourself with this one!!! LOVE u!

Lisa said...

Sooo pretty!!! I know your girls had a wonderful time! And what a great theme.:)

Denise said...

OMG .. Just beautiful.. Now I must throw a girls getaway party with my friends as well. Thanks for sharing!

The Adventures of Baby Bond said...

I almost bought that planner the other day! I just love it!!! I also love all your decorations!!

Anonymous said...

I wish I was one of your friends.....maybe I would get an invite to one of your creative and lovely parties. Please enter me in the planner giveaway. Thanks1

Debbi faustx2@yahoo.com

Goosegirl said...

OH!!!! How darling!! I love Lilly! I have some wonderful Lilly Pulitzer fabric I have been hoarding for more than 10 years. I almost cut into it this Summer, but never did. Maybe I will finally sew it up next year. Your party looks lovely. I would LOVE to win that planner. Thank you for the chance.

jeanie said...

What a lovely party! Your imagination and attention to detail are amazing--how special your friends must feel to attend such a fun party. I love reading your blog and get so much inspiration from it!

HelenG said...

Can't wait to use your menu at an upcoming Army wives lunch i am hosting!!! Absolutely stunning!!!

Lori said...

I did leave mine behind. Along with my dessert and flowers! Great party.

Amanda (Sweet Tea Paperie) said...

What a fun theme! It looks like you put together and amazing party :)

lelesu said...

Everything looked so nice and I especially love the place settings.
What a great way to end summer.

angela said...

I always feel so inspired after reading your blog.

Becky W said...

That's it! I want to move to Montgomery so I can be around you ALL the time. I promise to not become annoying!!!! How lovely!!!! With my new job, I need a planner like this!!! You are AWESOME!!!

Momma to 3 said...

Looks like so much fun! I would love to come to one of your parties. I would also love to win the planner!

Rebecca said...

Lovely as usual!

odomfamilyfun said...

Love everything about this party! Such special memories you are making with & for your girls-amazing. Fantastic planner:)

Megross said...

Another beautiful party! I always pick up some neat tips from your blog posts. Thank you so much!

Sherri said...

Long live Lilly for sure!
-Sherri

Anonymous said...

i think all your parties are spectacular! thank you for the chance to win such a beatiful treat! sharon t.

Lissa (Bellenza) said...

Fabulous party...down to the very last Lilly detail! Just have to share this on our Bellenza FB page. :-)

tootles said...

OH MY !
I just get sentimental when I read your darling posts. Which I can't figure out, as I have never, ever, experienced such loveliness. Perhaps yet to come. Thank you for your lovely, encouraging blog.
Tootles
Lori

Leanne Helums said...

What a lovely party. Thanks for the chance to win.

Amanda Sparks said...

I enjoy reading your blog. I'm looking forward to trying some of your recipes. There are some good ones. Thanks for the chance to win the adorable planner.

Julie A. Cox said...

You always do such a wonderful job at your parties!!! You have been a huge source of inspiration to me!

mgster said...

the ladies who attended your party are very fortunate! What a good time you must all of had. I always look forward to your blog!

I wish to be entered for such a lovely book.

akjones@wowway.com said...

Melissa,
You are an inspiration as a wonderful Christian woman, mother and fantastic party giver. I love to read your beautiful blog and see your parties, recipes, scriptures and beautiful family. I also love Lilly things.
Angie

Minnie In NYC said...

Melissa, you are such a wonderful mother and friend everyone is blessed with you in their lives.

I love to visit your blog it is always so refreshing!

God bless you each day!

Cyndi said...

you are such an inspiration. i love the idea of an end of summer party. and, what could be more perfect than sharing it with our daughters? thanks for another wonderful idea. I always look to your blog for ideas on bringing special moments into our children's lives.

Wanda said...

You sure know how to throw a party! I want to be in your girl circle! hehe
I'm ready to fill up that Lilly agenda book!
Oh and I'm making those shrimp taco's soon!

Barbra said...

Dear Melissa you have such an eye for making beauty abound! Had I been a guest at your summerside table I surely would never have wanted to leave -- SO lovely!!

God Bless,
Barbra.

Barbarann said...

Oh ,my word, would have loved to have been a guest at that party!!! would also love to win!!!!
Barbarann

Anonymous said...

Oh, Goodness! What a BEAUTIFUL party, and the refreshments look SOOO yummy. You always gladden my heart; I do love the way you focus on what is beautiful in so-called "daily life". Thank you! Kathleen in IL

Laura Wilkerson said...

Everything looks so beautiful!!! I love Lilly anything :) Some lucky ready is gonna be ecstatic winning that agenda. I have the exact same one and absolutely love mine. Good luck everyone :)

Anonymous said...

Beautiful and creative summer party. I love the colors and food, and place settings ;)
Thank you for great giveaway!
Tatyana
sunnyfarm at inbox dot ru

Karen said...

What a beautiful table setting- I can't wait to do somethign similar next summer!

mary said...

I love all your party decorations and table settings, but where do you keep all your things?

Dawn said...

Oh your tablescape is DARLING!! I love everything about it, how blessed your friends must have felt!

Jess said...

Beautiful party array!

I need a new planner as I just began a music therapy business and am starting to schedule in dates.

Kathy said...

I enjoy your blog, I love your parties, I love all your sweet ideas.

Stephanie said...

how simply perfect- love it, and that agenda.. fingers crossed!

Anonymous said...

What a lovely party! I hope your friends realize how lucky they are to have a "planner" among them!
Marilyn

April Allen said...

Would love to win!!!

Steph said...

What a cute idea for a party! I may just have to "steal" it and do one next year!

Lindsey said...

wow, i would love to be a guest at this party! it looks fabulous.

Kiera said...

What a great party! So cute! Love the planner idea! Thanks for the giveaway!

The Amusing Redhead said...

OH my, can I please be your friend in real life? what a lovely party.

Kariann

chelle said...

I may be to late for the giveaway but I just had to post that I am jealous of your wonderful party for your friends. Oh that looked like a fun time for all. I must get myself together and try something like that with the girls here. Or move further north down I 65 and find me a new friend who does such lovely things. hugs

amy said...

You are so inspiring! :0) must. start. planning. more. parties! :)

Mrs. Dunbar said...

oh my! as a mom to three busy little boys this would be the perfect happy (and girlie) calendar accent for my days and handbag. keeping my fingers crossed.

Carrie said...

What a fun party and I love the colors! Thanks for sharing.

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