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Outdoor Entertaining – Rio 2 Party

My kids were super excited about having a couple of families over to watch the new Rio 2 movie. I love family movie nights – and any good excuse to entertain some good friends.  We started planning earlier in the week to make our party a little extra special, but not too crazy out of hand.

Rio 2 Inspired Outdoor Entertaining by WholesomeMommy.com

First off, we choose some outdoor-proof dishes for our theme.  We found these at Walmart.  They have several fun prints in Better Homes and Gardens Outdoor {melamine} line. These dinner plates are in the print called “reactive blue” which we thought would be perfect for our Rio 2 themed party. They are available online for $2.78 and are also available in store. I actually bought mine online and picked them up the same day at my local Walmart using the “pick up today/site to store” feature.  I didn’t want to take a chance wasting the gas if they didn’t have them at my local store and I was on a tight time frame too, so this worked out great!  I also picked up this Better Homes platter in the same department after I got to the store.

I love the color combination of blue and lime green so I paired the dishes with some lime green cloth napkins that I already had.   This place setting is low key…but that’s what summer entertaining in the south is all about.  Keeping it low key and keeping the ones you love close.

Centerpiece for Rio 2 party from WholesomeMommy.com

Finally, as a center piece for this little shindig I picked up a big styrofoam ball from Walmart’s craft department, along with 2 white feather boas, and some wired blue burlap ribbon.  I wrapped the styrofoam ball with the boas pinning it every few inches.  I added a bow and viola! – a simple center piece perfect for a Rio 2 party!

The next thing we had to plan was what food we would serve at the party.  I thought we’d make it fun by keeping it thematic. So, I planned a tropical dinner to go along with with our Rio 2 theme.  Here’s what I came up with:

  • Grilled Chicken skewers
  • Grilled Pineapple
  • Pineapple dipping sauce {recipe below}
  • Saffron Rice
  • Broccoli
  • Watermelon Tropical Fruit Salad with Coconut Cream {recipe coming soon!}

Grilled Chicken and Pineapple with Spicy Pineapple Dipping Sauce

Our party turned out so fun! To see more details, check out my next post where I’ll share more about the party details along with a delicious recipe for Strawberry Popcorn!

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