Sunday, February 26, 2012

citrus party!

citrus party
A few weeks ago we invited friends and neighbors over to celebrate the citrus season with us (and to help us use up some of our oranges). We had a gorgeous sunny warm day and the theme of citrus turned out to be surprisingly fun. In the photo above you can get a glimpse of some of our different citrus we have growing in the yard: Cara Cara pinks, navels, blood oranges, limes and lemons.

citrus party
We set out two juicers and people had lots of fun making juice blends for themselves. It was lovely the way a bit of blood orange would turn the juice pink. And so fun to blend a lot of different flavors, including the lemons and limes. I forgot to take a picture of the food but I made two cheese balls and set out crackers and some of our guests brought contributions as well, including some lemon heart shaped cookies from Trader Joe's which I thought fit the theme perfectly.

citrus party
We also made pomanders and "citrus critters" (animals made with pipe cleaners, citrus, and cloves).

citrus party
And we had a little scavenger hunt around the yard. (Ken made the coloring sheets ahead of time. Aren't they nice? I love his artwork).

citrus party

citrus party
Sensory tables (perfect for the toddlers and little ones). Of course the trampoline was a huge hit as usual.

citrus party

citrus party
It actually turned out to be such a cute and fun party. I'm always surprised by that! We aren't "natural" entertainers, but somehow everyone always ends up having a good time.

Next up (we hope): another "sensory party." We've done a few before, but never for more than just our family. We think it would be a fun theme for a family party as well.


nicole said...

oh how wish i was your neighbor...not just for your citrus but hang out! Great party idea.

Sarah said...

HA! I love how you say you guys aren't natural entertainers, however it seems you are - much more natural than those that pay people to plan and host parties, you guys are the party. I'd love to be a guest at one of your low key rendezvous they sound perfect...well maybe not a citrus party as E is allergic to citrus (SAD I know!) but any other would be delightful I am sure.
BTW I love that first picture all the shades of yumminess in one, so fresh and clean, actually quite inspiring while still dredging through a dark winter here in WA. Enjoy your week.

Laura said...

what a sweet party. i wish i was a neighbor!

you've mentioned a couple of times that you're not a natural entertainer, but i think you're wonderful at it. you keep things simple & make everything so lovely.

The Wool Fairy said...

WOW! I love it all. I'm so envious of your citrus trees, something I can't even fathom in our neck of the woods. I love your approach to entertaining - simple, fun and beautiful.

Andrea said...

Yum! I can't believe you have all of that growing in your yard (and I read half of this post waiting for the circus part of the circus party to start before I realized I was misreading "citrus" party...oops. I should go back to bed!)

Angela said...

Oh Wow! What a fun idea. I'm jealous of all that summery citrus! :)

Emma said...

I love that top picture, with all the different bright citrus colours. You're so lucky to live in a part o the world where you have such wonderful produce growing even in February!

valérie said...

Just one thing to say: oooooooooh! Well, I've never seen so many lemons together...I have only 2 little lemon trees still hiding from the cold in our cellar and waiting from summer to get out...and I never collected any lemon that could be eaten!! Having so many lemons and oranges in my garden would make me feel as if I lived on a tropical island inhabited with colourful birds and suntanned people dressed in swimming suits all year long :) :) I love where I live, but I think California would be a perfect match for me! ;)

Chris said...

what a lovely way to enjoy your citrus, share it with friends and just have a good time! our trees are still too little, so i will enjoy your party here.

Lisa Renata said...

What a great party! I loved every bit of it. I should try something similar, like an berry party, since citrus does not grow very well around here!

Hinterland Mama said...

Wow! Wonderful! The colouring pages and treasure hunt are inspired.
My sons will be having their birthdays again soon and would like a party this year. You've helped me head in a new direction. ღ