Yesterday was my annual pool party. I use to do the annual Christmas party but it was getting so hard for everyone’s schedule. There were too many activities to do both on my schedule and my family members to pull of the Christmas party in December.
My brother in law was always kidding me, but seriously inviting himself over to swim in my pool. So I started this tradition. Dogs and all.
My theme this year was Nautical or more ocean themed, Tropical and Patriotic. LOL
I had bought new chair cushions that were a blue and green coral because the other cushions were getting a bit flat and out of shape. Hence the ocean theme, Since my outdoor tableware was a tropical pattern and it was the 4th of July weekend my theme automatically became the Naut/Trop/Pat theme.
To start with Eli (my brothers dog) had to wear his new patriotic bandana. Little does this dog know that he is going to be exhausted by the end of the evening. Eli has a fear of the water and thinks it is his personal responsibility to try to save everyone out of the pool. Get ready Eli, it will be a crazy day.
Penny can smell the ribs cooking and is really looking forward to a bone or two. But she is being very patient.
Penny is a sweet natured Terrier Mix that has a bad habit of nipping at people when the other dog gets excited. More about the other dog later.
Penny’s DNA is a complete surprise to me.
She is a terrier mix, but I guess she is more of a Chihuahua/Australian Shepherd mix. Her fur, when long, does look like a Australian Shepherd, and maybe her legs do look like a Chi’s, but I thought she would have more terrier in there.
Oh well, I digress.
The other pooch at the party is the “Head of Security”, my Maltese Olive. She barks her head off at any potential stranger. Which can be very annoying. This in turn gets the other dogs worked up. Penny then nips, Eli growls. All this because a little white fluff ball says “This is NOT a DRILL, I repeat, This is NOT a DRILL” Barkity barkity bark bark BARK BBBBAAAARRRRRKKKKKKKKK.
Do not be fooled by her cute dirty little face. She means all business.
Here she is with her Uncle Doug who is trying to get her to behave. LOL, good luck Doug.
Crazy, fat bellied, dirty face Maltese. God I love you!
The night before the party I made some cute Ocean themed framed pictures of my appetizers and drink menus.
I think they are real cute. I designed the background using Photoshop Elements and used mostly Lorie Davidson images. I don’t remember the font name but it looked like a Pirate font to me.
We put cut flowers into mason jars and added some American Flags.
So how do you add a patriotic theme to a tropical dinnerware set? Just add some star stirrers. LOL. Yup it creates the theme just right.
Please note the appetizer plates match the fabric of the chairs. I just loved this octopus I found at Joann Fabrics. He really made the ocean theme complete.
Appetizers made and put out. Please notice the dog nose on the lower left corner of the picture. Eli must check everything out. Especially if he can smell it.
Wide shot view. Notice the large movie screen. I bought that at Amazon and it is amazing. It is portable and can easily be put up in 30 minutes or less. Depending if the helper will let you read the instructions.
You can get it from Amazon HERE.
Guests have arrived, my sister kicking back with a Sangria. You can kinda see the cushions that match the plates.
My grand niece Kenzie playing in the pool with Eli. Eli loved the shooting water. He was completely drenched by the time the day was over.
Here is a video of Eli playing with Kenzie as she shoots water in the air.
Eli trying to save Kenzie. This poor dog ran around the pool all day long trying to save us. He did manage to save a few pool toys.
My beautiful niece took a selfie at the party!
By this time I stopped taking pictures as I was in the pool, eating, talking and enjoying myself.
By nightfall we watched “My Big Fat Greek Wedding 2” on the big screen. We had popcorn and theatre boxed candy.
When it was over it was around 11pm, so everyone went home, tired and happy.
Until next year!!