Beach Party

BeachPartyIntroThe beach is always crowded during the summer, and sometimes it isn’t always easy to get the family together to go. You can always appease the questions about going by having your own celebration at the house! There are a lot of snack foods you can make that look like different nautical creatures, goody bags to give to the kids and decorative pieces to set up to give it a real beach experience. Keep an eye out on the blogs this week for more ideas and recipes on how to throw the ultimate beach party in your back yard!

One idea for decorations is to make signs for each food item that contains a beach themed name such as Sandy Beach Burgers, Hang Loose Hot Dogs, Surf’s Up Salad, Fun in the Sun Fruit Kabobs and Catch a Wave Chip and Dip! You can use these or even come up with your own ideas.

Go to the dollar store and pick up some new, small plastic buckets to use for snacks. Sand shovels could also be used as scoops and serving spoons. For some more fun ideas and recipes keep checking the blog through out the week!

PS – If you need a place to hold your party, try calling us at  the B&B Country Garden Inn (919) 303 – 8003

Outdoor Movie Night – Themed Party Week!

dd6339c43a493af17f44d8689f616c94Before all the summer heat goes away and you completely fall back into the routine of having the kids going to school, why not plan an outdoor movie night? You might have to come armed with bug spray just in case, but it is a great get together idea for family night! Bring a charged laptop outside to watch Netflix or rent a projector to play your favorite flick.

Popcorn can be made inside the house (that already saves you about $10 at the theatre). What my family does is save Cool Whip bowls to use as Popcorn Dishes during family night. They are the perfect size and easy to carry multiple at a time!

If you are interested in a Movie Night, but unsure about having enough room in your backyard, call us at the B&B Country Garden Inn and we can set up an evening for you! Keep checking back this week for more information and ideas for this themed party idea!

PS – If you need a place to hold your party, try calling us at  the B&B Country Garden Inn (919) 303 – 8003

Pool Party – Recipes

Now this one is definitely not one for the kids! We have a recipe for you that would be a great pool side addition to your party, or even just a relaxing day by the pool with family.
Mojito Slush

1 package (3 ounces) lime gelatin
2 tablespoons sugar
1 cup boiling water
2 cans (12 ounces each) frozen limeade concentrate, thawed
2 cups cold water
1 cup grapefruit soda
1 cup rum or additional grapefruit soda


  1. Dissolve gelatin and sugar in boiling water, add mint leaves. Make sure to cover and steep for 20 minutes. Press through a sieve and discard the mint. Stir in limeade concentrate, cold water, soda and rum. Pour into a 2 1/2 qt. freezer container to freeze overnight or until set.
  2. Scoop 2/3 cup slush into a glass, pour soda over it and garnish as desired. This recipe makes 13 servings!

Credit for this recipe to Taste of Home


Another Recipe, this one for the kids, is Fish Shaped Sandwiches! Serving size for this recipe is six.

Fish Shaped Fillet Sandwiches


1 package (21 ounces) frozen crunchy breaded fish fillets
1/2 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup prepared ranch salad dressing
2 tablespoons sweet pickle relish
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
12 slices of bread
6 slices American Cheese
6 lettuce leaves


  1. Use directions on the package to prepare the Fish fillets. In a small bowl combine the mayonnaise, ranch dressing, relish and garlic powder. Spread over six slices of bread, place two fillets on each slice as well.
  2. Add cheese, lettuce and remaining bread. Using a 3 1/2 inch fish shaped cookie cutter, you can cut two fish shapes from each sandwich. Ready to serve immediately.All credit for the picture and recipe goes to Taste of Home. 

Pool Party – Game

Summer is a Great time for a pool party! It is a great way to cool down, and everyone can relax pool side or swim around. All this week we are giving you ideas of how to pull of your own Pool Party, whether it is for the kids or having Your friends over for a weekend get together. Rubber Duckie Races You can usually have kids entertain themselves in the pool, whether it is playing with a Beach Ball or Fun Noodles. How about coming up with some new games to challenge them in the water? We have a cute Rubber Duckie Race that will be sure to get some laughs from the little ones, well, those of all ages! Just line up everyone at one end of the pool and have each person with a rubber duck in front of them. First person to get theirs to the other end wins, sounds pretty easy right? Well, how about adding a rule that you can only move it using your nose!? Another thing to consider is Party Favors. Some cute ideas would be Life Saver candies, a CD made up of Summer Time music, or even just Flip Flops! Yes, Flip Flops!

PS – If you need a place to hold your party, try calling us at  the B&B Country Garden Inn (919) 303 – 8003

Pool Party DIY

DIY Projects have been becoming more and more popular over the years. We have a fun project for you that could really benefit your next pool party and won’t cost a lot to make. All you need is a pool fun noodle that you are willing to cut up, string, and a clear plastic tub.

Noodle Beverage Container


  1. Make sure you pick up a noodle that has the hole running through it. Cut the noodles into 4 pieces, two long and two short.
  2. Set up the pieces around a plastic container to make sure they fit around it. Then run the string through the noodle pieces to hold them together in the rectangular shape.
  3. Tie the string together and test out your piece! Fill it up with

Easy to Cut Foam Noodles

Noodle DIY


PS – If you need a place to hold your party, try calling us at  the B&B Country Garden Inn (919) 303 – 8003

US Tennis Party – Center Piece

US OPEN DecorationWhat a great decorating idea for your buffet table. Make it a potluck and ask the guests to bring something you would eat at the US Open. Plan the party around one of the big matches and munch while watching. Do you have a signature dish that you want to show off? Ask your friends to bring side dishes, dessert, etc. to give everyone a selection of foods to choose from while they watch!

PS – If you need a place to hold your party, try calling us at  the B&B Country Garden Inn (919) 303 – 8003

US OPEN Tennis Party – why not?

US OPENUS OPEN Tennis Party – why not?   This and Wimbledon are two of the biggest tennis events of the year.   We party for the Super Bowl, so let’s party for the US Open. During this week’s blogs, you will see simple ideas to make the party themed for the event…….some decorating and food ideas.   Enjoy!

PS – If you need a place to hold your party, try calling us at  the B&B Country Garden Inn (919) 303 – 8003