Patriotic Patio Party & Surprise Giveaway!

I recently hosted a patriotic patio party, and with July 4th right around the corner, I hope to inspire you to get all red-white-and-blue too! From my party prep to my signature cocktail… I am sharing all my real party details with you!

After I had planned my menu and gathered all my decor, it was time to get to work! I enlisted my wonderful husband to help me clean and get the party area (backyard) in order and to get the grill going. I had the pleasure of testing out a new line of gloves that Playtex just introduced that help make entertaining much more simpler (and obviously I am a huge fan of that)! Their new line of disposable gloves help with everything from grilling burgers and chopping hot peppers to cleaning up dirty dishes– and boy did we put them to the test! We found many uses for the CleanCuisines gloves.

We cooked up ribs and Rachel Ray’s Bacon-Bit Burgers with Smoked Gouda and Smothered Onions. Yes, they were as good as they sound- everyone loved them! I also served the recent Jicama and Watermelon Salad I discovered along with a few other bbq staples. For a refreshing themed cocktail, we all sipped this Watermelon Cooler which was a great drink to kick off the Summer season!

Here is a glimpse at the Patriotic Party decor:

And the simple centerpieces:

A little DIY patriotic decor:

Simple red, white, and blue touches:

And I even whipped out the Playtex GreatLenths gloves to clean up the party mess (I do admit I did not clean up much until the next morning- my little hostess secret).

This Patriotic Patio Party was so enjoyable not only to plan and prepare but also to attend. Keeping things thoughtful yet simple really is my motto. From the preparations that were made easy with the addition of Playtex’s new gloves, to the budget friendly DIY decor, and even by keeping the menu delicious but not fussy- I wouldn’t have planned anything differently.

SURPRISE GIVEAWAY! – CLOSED Thanks for participating!

Not only did Playtex sponsor this fabulous patio party, they are giving YOU the chance to host your own Patio Party! One Thoughtfully Simple reader will not only WIN the new Playtex Gloves for entertaining, but also a $50 Gift Certificate to the grocery store of your choice! Now you can throw your own party, the thoughtfully simple way!

How To Win:

You can gain one entry by completing each of the following for up to four total entries:

1. Leave a comment telling us what you would serve at your patio party

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54 Comments on Patriotic Patio Party & Surprise Giveaway!

  1. Cheryl W
    June 24, 2009 at 5:34 pm (5 years ago)

    I would have bbq ribs and potato salad and fresh watermelon slices at my patio party. Thanks!

  2. Amber
    June 24, 2009 at 8:55 pm (5 years ago)

    I would serve corn on the cob, watermelon, taco dip, hot dogs, shish-ka-bobs(sp.?) and brownies at my patio party!!!

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  3. Amber
    June 24, 2009 at 8:59 pm (5 years ago)

    I am a fan of Thoughtfully Simple on Facebook!

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  4. Deborah R
    June 24, 2009 at 9:37 pm (5 years ago)

    I like an all American BBQ for the 4th so I’d serve burgers, franks, potato salad, corn on the cob, salad and ice cream cones for dessert.

  5. Angie
    June 25, 2009 at 4:35 am (5 years ago)

    I plan on having a bash for 4th of July and I’m serving Rachael Ray’s stuffed burgers, some Bratwurst sausages, pasta salad, steaks, and dessert – but not sure what yet. :-)

    Angie’s last blog post..Blog Popz – Check them out!

  6. Hope
    June 25, 2009 at 7:19 am (5 years ago)

    I will be serving hamburgers, hot dogs, ribs, corn on the cob, baked potatoes, baked beans, watermelon.

    I love your individual ketchup bottles. I will definitely be incorporating those in my party table as well. Thanks for the great ideas.

  7. chris swan
    June 25, 2009 at 7:50 am (5 years ago)

    I am serving burgers and hot dogs would love some steak too so maybe that too.

  8. Baba
    June 25, 2009 at 3:39 pm (5 years ago)

    Ribs and Watermellon are a must at our party. I’m also thinking grilled corn and peppers, fresh salad, and a cool drink. I’ll have to try that watermellon cooler drink.

  9. Baba
    June 25, 2009 at 3:41 pm (5 years ago)

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    June 25, 2009 at 3:41 pm (5 years ago)

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  11. Carissa
    June 25, 2009 at 4:08 pm (5 years ago)

    Oh my gosh… potato salad of course (I’m an Idaho girl after all :)..

    hotdogs for the kids but steaks for the grown ups.. Dessert? my kids just made a to die for chocolate cheesecake! I saw a fabulous recipe for watermelon lemonade? How ’bout that??

  12. Dawn
    June 25, 2009 at 10:45 pm (5 years ago)

    My (world famous, as far as I’m concerned) potato salad and grilled chicken, dogs for the kids and a banana split ice-cream bar with all the fixins! We are having a summer blowout later this season, so I’m already making plans…

    Dawn’s last blog post..We Go Wednesday – Balboa Park

  13. Alyssa
    June 26, 2009 at 10:44 am (5 years ago)

    Definitely serving hamburgers, brats, hot dogs, potato salad, corn on the cob and a veggie tray. Love the ideas for an ice cream sundae bar and I’m looking forward to trying out that watermelon cooler.

  14. Alyssa
    June 26, 2009 at 10:45 am (5 years ago)

    Just became a fan on Facebook. Thanks!

  15. Red Thread Confections
    June 26, 2009 at 1:44 pm (5 years ago)

    Great article Tori! Sounds like you had a blast at your patio party. I’ll be hosting a party tomorrow and I’m making marinated grilled chicken, grilled asparagus salad, pasta salad, brownies with ice cream and of course some of my chocolates too! -Annika

  16. polly
    June 27, 2009 at 9:23 am (5 years ago)

    we are having marinated teriyaki shish kabobs w/ steak, green peppers, mushrooms, tomotoes etc. yummy! your table looked great!

  17. Carolyn G
    June 30, 2009 at 9:24 am (5 years ago)

    I love throwing parties. I like making a lot of finger food for patio parties. Grilled shrimp, hot dogs, grilled veggies and meats on sticks. It’s less messy and yummy.

    Carolyn G’s last blog post..FREEBIES – 4th of July Crafts!!

  18. Heather B
    June 30, 2009 at 9:45 am (5 years ago)

    I am a fan on FB, I shared it on my profile, and I would serve the BEST marinated grilled shish-k-bobs…steak, chicken, and shrimp, with crisp veggies, a home made cole slaw salad, refreshing fun drinks, and a sorbet for dessert!

  19. hminnesota
    June 30, 2009 at 9:45 am (5 years ago)

    I serve veggie burgers, homemade salsa and chips, fresh plum juice and fresh fruits.

  20. CafeBrigitte
    June 30, 2009 at 10:03 am (5 years ago)

    For my 4th party I would serve shrimp kabobs, grilled new potatoes, mango and corn salad, fresh baked bread, and a big garden salad.

    CafeBrigitte’s last blog post..Knitted or Crocheted Dishcloths

  21. Laura
    July 1, 2009 at 7:59 am (5 years ago)

    I just tweeted about it!

  22. Laura
    July 1, 2009 at 7:59 am (5 years ago)

    I just shared this on Facebook!

  23. Robyn
    July 1, 2009 at 11:00 am (5 years ago)

    I would definitely have the usual suspects like hamburgers, brats, and hot dogs. Corn on the cob is an easy side, with some homemade pasta salad, fruit salad, veggie tray, homemade salsa, and some yummy desserts. I would also try to get a friend to make her yummy potato casserole in lieu of potato salad.

  24. Gena
    July 1, 2009 at 3:11 pm (5 years ago)

    Girl, we are doing some hamburgers, hotdogs, maybe a few s’mores. Going traditional, well, that, plus the huge family I have, you have to go simple and cheap. heehee

    Gena’s last blog post..TRIBUTE TUESDAY: CHARITY BEGINS WITH YOU

  25. Catherine @ Evolving Mommy
    July 1, 2009 at 3:11 pm (5 years ago)

    I would serve good old fashion hamburgers with corn on the cob; a fresh fruit salad made with peaches, raspberries and blueberries; pesto potato salad; plenty of chips and fresh pico de gallo. To finish it off I would also serve some local beer and wine. Thanks for the chance!

    Catherine @ Evolving Mommy’s last blog post..Whole Wheat Cinnamon Rolls

  26. Gena
    July 1, 2009 at 3:13 pm (5 years ago)

    I already fan you on Facebook: Lagean M Ellis

  27. Carol M
    July 1, 2009 at 3:25 pm (5 years ago)

    yum — BBQ ribs, watermelon and frozen margaritas! perhaps strawberry ritas.

  28. Carol M
    July 1, 2009 at 3:27 pm (5 years ago)

    and I became a fan!
    My son says we would need s’mores on the menu. Bet those gloves come in handy with sticky gooey marshmallows!

  29. Laura
    July 1, 2009 at 5:23 pm (5 years ago)

    I would serve burgers, potato salad, corn on the cob, watermelon, and beer :)

  30. Jennifer S.
    July 1, 2009 at 7:51 pm (5 years ago)

    I would serve turkey and feta burgers with a couple of salad and side dish options, like tomato, olive and basil salad. Oh, and homemade lemonade!

    Jennifer S.’s last blog post..Caption Competition!

  31. Debbie Lynne
    July 1, 2009 at 7:52 pm (5 years ago)

    Ribs, corn on the cob, fresh tomaotes, and watermelon!

    Debbie Lynne’s last blog post..Neighbors

  32. Debbie Lynne
    July 1, 2009 at 7:53 pm (5 years ago)

    Just tweeted!

    twitter id – deborahcraft

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  33. danielle
    July 1, 2009 at 7:56 pm (5 years ago)

    I would serve good old hamburgers and hot dogs!

  34. danielle
    July 1, 2009 at 7:59 pm (5 years ago)

    linked on FB

  35. danielle
    July 1, 2009 at 8:00 pm (5 years ago)

    FB fan:)

  36. Betsy Knight
    July 1, 2009 at 8:05 pm (5 years ago)

    I would make ribs and potato salad!

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