We have many friends that have young children - and I always like to try to accomodate them. One of the things I did this year was to sew a little picnic blanket for them. I found this great idea over at Aesthetic Nest, and featured it in one of my Week In Review posts a little while ago. You can see Anneliese's post and directions HERE.
I made mine three by three bandanas big - and picked the bandanas up from Hobby Lobby for 99 cents a piece. I plan on backing it later in the summer to give it a little more weight - but overall I was really pleased with how it turned out.
I had a crate of outdoor toys for the kids, and a little kid-size table and basket of coloring stuff, bubbles, and play doh.
I think they liked it...
We provided the burgers, hot dogs, ribs, condiments and buns, and everyone brought a dish to pass and some beverages to share (we provided some drinks, too) I've found potluck style is far and away the best way to go with almost any large get together - it's less stress for me, and with very little planning there always ends up being a huge selection of food!
I wish I had taken a picture of the food table when it was full!
I used brightly colored re-usable tablecloths, and summery colored glasses, straws and drink stirrers.
We had a great turnout...we counted about twenty-five people in our little backyard at the height of the action. It was a really lovely evening - I'm so glad that we do this every year!
I hope that you all have the opportunity to spend summer evenings with friends and family at gatherings big and small this summer!