Summer has definitely hit Austin—over 100 all week! To help cool off, we hosted a water field games party this past Saturday. Thankfully it wasn’t crazy hot, and it actually rained a bit. There were seven games (with prizes!) and lots of food and refreshments. It was buckets of fun with 30+ friends and family joining us. Here are the party highlights.
1. Burger fixins and DIY nem nuong (grilled pork patties) spring rolls. I brought back nem nuong from Brodard in Westminster, CA—my favorite spring roll restaurant.
2. Watermelon salad from the Ravenous Couple – I forgot to add the feta but it was still tasty.
4. Brie with arugula, peach jam, and walnuts
5. Crock pot mac-n-cheese from Budget Savvy Diva
6. Chips and dips – mango salsa, Texas caviar, and pimento cheese
7. Grilled peaches with vanilla ice cream from The Pioneer Woman
8. Party favors – salted brown butter rice krispies pops from Smitten Kitchen. I added some chocolate and blue sprinkles for color.
Along with tons of beer that guests brought and some non-alcoholic options we provided, there was:
1. White sangria from the Food Network – I multiplied the ingredients by five but used only two apples, one bunch of mint, and guesstimated the grapes.
2. Lychee sakitini poptail from Endless Simmer. I doubled the recipe which made 16 poptails. My strawberries weren’t very sweet so they ended up quite tart.
3. Strawberry greyhound poptail from Endless Simmer. I doubled the recipe which made 20 poptails although I forgot to strain it before freezing.
WATER FIELD GAMES
1. Water Balloon Toss – a bit disorganized but there were at least clear winners.
2. Sponge Relay – this was the most chaotic game. Poor planning on my part, the goal was to overflow the bucket but it took way too long. People starting getting creative/cheating.
3. Water Limbo – I didn’t realize our friends were so flexible!
4. Target Practice – blindfolded shots with a water blaster to remove the shaving cream target.
5. Tug-O-War – we learned you should add knots to minimize rope burn. Whoops.
7. Water Balloon and Sponge Dodgeball – I made 60 sponge balls (each with 8 sticks tied together with fishing line). See this tutorial.
A Texas party isn’t a party without a piñata, Clifford the Crocodile!
Then it started raining harder so we headed inside. A few friends stayed after to just hang and chat. It was a wonderful Saturday afternoon/evening!
*Thanks to Joe and Phyllis for letting me use some of their photos (they’re the pics with the great lighting)!