Melissa Kaylene: End of Summer BBQ Party

Monday, September 2, 2013

End of Summer BBQ Party

First of all, happy Labor Day! I hope everyone had a chance to catch up and visit with the people they care about. We celebrated our Labor Day this past Saturday with our annual End of Summer BBQ with about 20 of our friends/family and their children.  This year we decided on BBQ chicken, parmesan corn on the cob, rolls, green salad, potato salad, maple baked beans, a meat/cheese platter and a fruit platter. We also held a pie contest and who ever wanted to join could. We had a large variety of delicious handmade (and a couple store bought) pies.

We were all able to eat together on my make-do buffet table, and I set up Pandora stations playing in the background. We let the kids have lots of fun when we had a volunteer for a whipped-cream pie throwing contest. They will never forget that :)

The biggest surprise of the day was having my oldest friend drive up from Southern Oregon. We were the bestest friends growing up and only get to see each other a couple times a year. She brought us a beautiful hostess gift she created, and she stayed the night with me. We were up until the wee hours catching up on life. Actually, we ended up having 6 people stay the night in our cozy little home. They girls each had a friend, my dad and step-mom, and two friends. It was quite the full house!

Sunday after everyone said their goodbyes, I melted into the couch, happy yet tired from the entire week. Today on Labor Day I have just puttered around the house picking up from the party.

As completely exhausting as it is to hold these big dinners every year - its worth it. A very dear person pointed out to me that what we are doing here isn't just creating an outlet to see each other and catch up, but we are creating traditions for our children. These are the times that they will always remember growing up. And that make me so happy.



  1. Would have love to been there!! I love the place settings. Visiting you from Thriving on Thursday.

  2. Such an adorable lil outdoor party, love your vision and resourcefulness!

  3. what a great time! great photos!!

    visiting from Casey's blog :)

    Blessings and have a great weekend!


  4. I love that you can look at a long weekend in such a great light. Some might just see it as a lot of work, but your friend is right, creating traditions for your kids is so important and makes it all worthwhile!

  5. Great Ideas. New Follower here, hoping you'll follow back :)

  6. Beautiful pictures! I can see you all had a great time. Thanks for linking up to the Less Laundry, More Linking party.

  7. Looks like a great time! Thanks for sharing at my Pin Me Linky Party!

  8. Sounds like a wonderful way to say goodbye to the summer! It is always fun to catch up with a good friend you do not get to see very often. Thank you for sharing at Sharing Saturday!