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Saturday Soiree- "So Long, Summer" Bash

In honor of this Labor Day holiday and my parents being in town for a visit, this week's Saturday Soiree is a "So Long, Summer" Bash! The menu is simple and delicious, decor- classic Americana and the intent to say goodbye to summer in style.

It does not get much more American than cheeseburgers. My menu calls for burgers with a twist- mini sliders stuffed with pimiento cheese. This recipe can be easily modified depending on the number of attendees.


1lb. Lean Ground Beef (or Ground Turkey, if you prefer)

1/2 teaspoon onion powder

Salt and pepper to taste (about 1/2 teaspoon each)

Pimiento Cheese- click here for recipe

French bread- cut into slices
Preheat grill. In a bowl, combine beef with onion powder, salt and pepper. Divide beef into golf ball sized portions and then flatten. Scoop a spoonful of pimiento cheese into center and place a flattened golf ball size portion on top. Repeat until finished. Cook burgers for 3-4 minutes on each side. Brush slices of bread with a touch of butter and grill for a few minutes. Place sliders in between two slices of grilled bread. Garnish with ketchup, mustard, relish, or slaw.
* I am a vegetarian, so I would either do mini veggie burgers for myself or perhaps just a grilled cheese sandwich.

1 half head of white cabbage

1/2 finely chopped white onion

1/2 cup mayo (Duke's if you can find it)

1 tablespoon white wine vinegar

1- 2 teaspoons celery seed

Kosher salt to taste

Chop cabbage into strips or fine pieces, whatever you prefer. Combine cabbage with remaining ingredients and cool in refrigerator.

Baked Beans
2 (28 ounce) cans of baked beans

1 small onion chopped

1/4 cup molasses

6-7 strips of bacon- cooked until crispy and crumbled

1/4 cup bacon grease

1/4 cup brown sugar

Combine all ingredients in a crock pot and cook on low for 3 hours.

Watermelon salad- See recipe here.

Dessert: I would pick up lemon bars and apple pie from our local bake shop.

Drink: Beer of choice, lemonade and sweet tea.

Decor: This great idea is from Country Living- place bouquets of sunflowers in gift bags, use a lemon as a place card (write name with permanent marker), burlap as the tablecloth and a handkerchief for a napkin (I would use red).

Music: A mix of John Mellencamp, Bob Seger, Tom Petty, Counting Crows

Dress: I would wear something along these lines- comfortable and chic. All three of these dresses are from edressme.com. What more information? Click on the image for the scoop.

*Images from woodyboats.blogspot.com,sptimes.com, myrecipes. com, slashfoods.com, countryliving.com, http://www.uppermidwestgourmet.com/, edressme.com



pve design said...

Oh yummy! That looks like a feast and what festive attire you have picked...It is always sad to see Summer end, but the memories are always pleasant to savor!

Joyce said...

Sounds like a wonderful way to send off summer with a big bash. Enjoy the visit with your parents. xoxo

Summer Wind said...

all of that sounds so delicious! enjoy your weekend!

Jane said...

What a beautiful themed lunch, all the way from Australia it does all look very American. Love the watermelon salad and baked beans. Have a lovely time xox

QueenBeeSwain said...

this sounds seriously perfect! everyone is going to have a ball!


Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hate to rub it in... but our spring is just beginning. Gorgeous ideas here. Love the lemon place card. I always leave here feeling hungry and tonight is no different.. he he
Enjoy your weekend. x Julie

The Antiques Diva™ said...

You're making me hungry for America!!! Love the little sliders and have to dream up an event to serve them to European friends! I'm certain they'll be a hit!

Kassie said...

Yum!! I love sliders.

Chic Coles (Cole Design) said...

Sounds like such an amazing party! I wish I were invited! Thanks for sharing the details!

Have a great rest of your weekend!

Turquoise Diaries said...

Fantastic menu, the type that I could eat almost every day. Lovely photos..

Swapna Raghu Sanand said...

That was a stunningly beautiful themed lunch. I will definitely try it next time when I have friends over for lunch. Its bright and cheery. Loved the watermelon salad. Waiting for your next post.

Tickled Pink And Green said...

Love it all!

Kelley at My Island Wedding said...

those sliders look amazing...
oh yum!

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