Thursday, February 11, 2010

Enough is enough!

So on Tuesday, when my Doug Hill warned us of the impending blizzard, Coleen sent out an email. "That's it -- I'm done. I refuse to acknowledge the reality that is before me, and command you all to come to my house for a Cheeseburger in Paradise party. Dress appropriately. Let me know if the bright red Jeep needs to come for you."

Ask me how fast I put on my Bermuda shorts!

And really this was just what we needed -- nothing chases the cabin fever away like the sight of a beach bum in a Tommy Bahama shirt, frying up the burgers in the George Foreman griller. Tommy Bahama really did intend to fire up the charcoal grill on the deck . . .

. . . but that plan didn't work out quite as he expected.
[NOTE: Suck it, jungle of tomato-y tomato-ness!]

This was a potluck summer cookout, so we all brought our favorite summer sides: pasta salad, sliced tomatoes, a bowl full of fresh fruit. I made zucchini fritters -- fabulous, I'm just sayin'!

And what's a summer cookout without cool and refreshing margaritas?! Tommy Bahama kept the blender humming all night.

Most of us have been just the tiniest little bit stir-crazy, so we enjoyed visiting with faces we hadn't seen in a while. I met the daughter of Coleen's neighbor, so I had the added bonus of making a new friend.

The genuine Viking helmet sported a tropical fish for the evening. I really do need to tell you all about the genuine Viking helmet some time -- and about the fish, as it turns out. Some day . . . .

Everyone hated to leave -- partly because we were having such a good time, and partly because it was such a pain in the . . . boots to pull all that winter crap again and head back out into the thirty inches of snow that has been dumped on us this week.

It sure was a fun party, though!


  1. That is such a great idea! We made summer cocktails last weekend, but we didn't have anyone over for a party.

    I love, love, love the candle lanterns in the last picture! I am a sort of candle lantern/holder fanatic. They would look great on the deck around our pool!

  2. I should have added that our pool is frozen underneath a ton of snow, and the deck won't be built until spring, but still....those candles would be fabulous!

  3. What a FANTASTIC idea!! Ironically, my post today is all about how much I enjoy the snow, but I must admit I'm starting to get a tiny touch of cabin fever!

    I think I may need to throw my own tropical party! Thanks for the smile! Stay warm!!

  4. Liz, I love it!!!! Good for you! No matter how much snow you get, summer will come some day...and it's definitely 5 o'clock somewhere!

  5. First, let me say it was an awesome party! Thanks to all who druged through multiple layers of snow and ice to make it! Secondly, accolades go to my BFF, Liz, for the fabulous candles! And, lastly, (although I could make several comments here....) the "Genuine Viking Helmet" was, and continues to be, worth it's weight in gold. I'm truly sorry you were almost denied entry back into the U.S. while transporting it for me. xxoox ~Coleen

  6. HAHAHA...Sounds like me here....Snow storm...The house is freezing.....Oh I am missing the party! LOL. Great party. Perfect. I am sure it warmed up your friends...:)
    Come see my blog. I am looking for blog friends.

  7. That party looked like fun.

    I might do that in July (winter here eck).

    Oh and I must say this "mmmmm cheeseburgers".

  8. This is why I was born in Wisconsin and keep moving further west! ;) So I am little freaked out about how similar our blogs look... you'll have to check it out. I guess we just picked the same templete and like the retro clip art. Like your blog!