Sunday, August 30, 2015
I decided to do a little twist on the typical end of the summer POOL party as my August theme this year. I went with a billiards theme as my "pool".
Invite: I designed the invite in PhotoShop. As is typical, I did not decide on my theme until the last minute, so the invite had to be quick and easy to throw together.
Entry Decor: I made this sign for my front door with foam board, card stock, and a wooden dowel rod. Would have loved to have had a mini pool table out front, but I don't know anyone who has one to be able to borrow it.
Inside Decor: I tried to craft my dining room table to look like a pool table. I used a green plastic tablecloth and cut black card stock to put on the corners/sides to look like pockets. I used black yarn to create pretend baskets on each pocket. As a centerpiece, I borrowed billiard balls to fill a fish bowl and placed a black billiard triangle around it. I bought blue pool chalk to glue to each rolled napkin for added pool-themed decor.
As a place card, I painted billiard balls. To make these, I bought 2" wooden ball knobs from Joann's Fabric Store. I painted them the various colors of billiard balls and used a Sharpie to write the number on it. With my husband's help, I used a saw to slice a slit at the top low enough to hold a piece of card stock with the guest's name on it. Painting the stripes was definitely a challenge as I had to do it by hand, so they aren't perfect, but I love how they turned out.
I made simple wine bottle labels using a white ball and a red ball image to distinguish the chardonnay from the Cabernet.
I used scrapbook paper to make miniature billiard balls for wine charms. I made these to match with the guest's place card.
Menu: For an appetizer, I made these super yummy cheese balls that look like a billiard ball set. Just as a warning if you are thinking about making this...it take A LOT of time to prep it all, but I do think it is worth the effort. I would suggest slicing the peppers, olives, green onions, etc. ahead of time to save you some time the day of. It is also fairly expensive as there are a lot of items to purchase, so keep that in mind. The top is sliced water chestnuts and a black food coloring pen. I served this with crackers and bread sticks. If you want to make this cute appetizer, I found the recipe on Taste of Home here.
For a salad, I served watermelon cubes carved out of an 8-ball. I was short on time, so I ended up just drawing the 8 ball on the watermelon with a Sharpie. The original plan was to carve it. (The Sharpie was much easier!)
For the main dish, I served teriyaki meat balls, puff pastry, and asparagus. My original plan was to cut the puff pastry in a large triangle and then set the meatballs in a triangle on top as if it was the "triangle" holding the balls together. I changed my mind last minute when I saw how much the pastry shrunk when baked. The asparagus is meant to be the pool sticks. I served additional spears in a bowl to be passed around.
For dessert, I used a butter scoop to create balls in various flavors of ice cream. I drizzled chocolate around the edge like a triangle, and added two wafer cookies as the sticks. The ice cream flavors I used were: strawberry, chocolate, lemon cake (this flavor is AMAZING!), mint chip, cookie dough, and orange sherbet.
As usual, we had a great time! A fun idea for an End-of-Summer "Pool" Party!