Monday, June 14, 2010

Fourth of July Celebration Party Prep - Food Wagon

I've started thinking about our July 4th celebration and planning some of my decor and food set-up.  I finished the invitations today and will be mailing them this week, since we will be indulging in one of our favored weekend getaways and I want to get them in the mail so our guests can be aware and prepared.  I already have my menu planned and have been thinking of a creative way to display the food for the best flow.   Here is what I have come up with so far. 

This is a sketch of our hay wagon, decked out with buntings and topped with a selection of drinks to desserts.  I think the size of the wagon and the set-up beginning with the drink station, progressing around to the plates and flatware, on to the hot and cold foods and ending with dessert will allow us to move a large group of people through rather quickly.  I plan to look for some other options to build differant levels so that all the food is convenient and fits in the right area....I am on the lookout for a long deep tray to hold ice and all my cold foods, so that they will stay nice and cool during our balmy (Southern speak for hotter than a firecracker) summer night.  I like the idea of a small shelf unit to store my desserts.  The buntings over the wheels will add color and serve to hide them from view somewhat. 

The menu might evolve somewhat but for now, here is what I'm planning.

Smoked baby back ribs
Hot dogs
Cole Slaw
Potato Salad
Baked Beans
Corn on the Cob
Yeast rolls

Chocolate Stack Cake
Sugar Cookies
Vanilla Cupcakes
Individual Strawberry shortcake cups
Sliced Watermelon

Iced Tea
Fresh squeezed lemonade
Soft Drink Assortment

Anyone have any other ideas to make the display more functional or cute...each one is equally important. 

All The Best,
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southerninspiration said...

Looks GREAT! I'm sure it will be a huge success!


D said...

Wow, Anita,
Sounds like you've got it pretty much under control. Hope you have some help with all that food cooking. :)

Julie Harward said...

It looks and sounds great! How fun that will be! Can people reach up and back onto the hay wagon ok? And ya gotta have some hay or straw bales there somewhere, they would fit right into the decor! Come say hi :D

Theresa said...

Oh I love it! I can't wait to see the REAL display! What a great idea to sketch it out! Enjoy your day my friend, HUGS!

Anita@Theycallmejammi said...

Julie....your're right about the ease of access...I probably should have mentioned that I would not be planning to fill the whole wagon bed, like we would normally do with a table, but would make sure that things are set up close to the edges...that way, if needed, I can have access to 3 sides for a good flow when serving. It's funny that you mention the hay...I mentioned that to the husband and he just rolled his eyes...he hates dealing the the hay bales because he cannot see past the issues we have each year with our Halloween party...we have to haul the haybales, then have to cleanup after the party and 'dispose' of the bales, some of which have broken open and scattered across the ground. I might give him a break and try to work around a design without hay. I'm a giver, like that. =)

Mari said...

I'm impressed! That's organization. Your menu looks great too.

Tee said...

Hi Anita! Thanks for stopping by to visit me, and it's so nice to meet you! This looks like a fabulous party in the making. It all sounds delicious. You have the prettiest pictures here - I'll have to add you to the blogroll under "Eye Candy"!