Party Panache, the Family “Re-Onion”

Super Boy called it the “Family Re-Onion”~


We had 45 in all- ages 1 to 84- Super Boy, Big E and CC stole the show in their Foxfest outfits~NOT that I’m prejudiced of course …


People came from the east coast, west coast, southwest, deep south and mid-west…we have cousins in North Carolina too but they were busy with a wedding


Boston, Kansas City, San Diego, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland, Spokane, Albuquerque, New Orleans and Birmingham were all represented


We filled them full of Fried Chicken, Shrimp & Grits, Pimento Cheese Fritters, Alabama Conecuh Sausage and French bread from N’awlins [New Orleans]


The kids learned how to fish, catch blue crabs and paddleboard


They canoed, sailed, swam and saw dolphins…


I learned that 13 children can wipe out a snack table faster than a swarm of locusts and that 60 individual snack bags will last one afternoon, not the entire weekend


and I found that 100 pigs in a blanket* are barely enough


We had a LA [Lower Alabama] Shrimp Boil**, an arranged private dinner at a favorite restaurant, a catered party at home and a cookout featuring Kansas City Brats from our Kansas City cousins at their rental house


It was HOT, we drank an embarrassing amount of beer, and introduced everyone to the local favorite Bushwacker cocktail, a heady concoction of liqueurs, cream of coconut, ice cream and served with a shot of 151 rum on top~ [photo source]

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You can find my version of a Bushwacker, what I call Pirate’s Cocktail here


We also served a popular Southern cocktail called Firefly, sweet tea vodka and lemonade~


We went to Tacky Jack’s for Fried Pickles and Seafood Po’ boys and visited the infamous local hot spot, the Flora~Bama, a bar on the Florida-Alabama state line where you can listen to music, toss a mullet, eat a burger and even go to church on Sunday [photo source]

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Things are quiet now


The last little fishermen left yesterday and Super Boy misses all his “new best friends”


Things are getting cleaned up and back to normal…


we are exhausted, sore from laughing, full from too much food and drink, and left with enough sweet memories for a lifetime~


Tomorrow I will share the menu and recipes for a very effortless Summer Seafood Picnic~

*make Pigs in a Blanket [cocktail smokie hot dogs wrapped in crescent roll dough] in advance and freeze them.  Just before serving reheat in a 350 oven.  These are great for a party because they taste fine at room temperature. They are popular with all ages, so make plenty!

**Tomorrow I will post the recipe for the LA Shrimp Boil

NOTE: I had the Foxfest banner made at  You can order it online and pick it up same day! So easy.  You can choose size, and other options such as waterproof vinyl and grommets.


I will be sharing with these fabulous parties and blogs:

Between Naps on the Porch

Its Overflowing

The Scoop

Coastal Charm

A Stroll Thru Life

Memories by the Mile

The Gunny Sack



8 Responses to “Party Panache, the Family “Re-Onion””
  1. Looks like everyone had a great time!

  2. fairhopesupplyco says:

    What a wonderful weekend! Our family is larger – about 100-150 – who meet annually at a little country church for a covered dish lunch. I always suggest we meet over a weekend so we can visit longer, but I’m of the younger generation, so the older ones get to make the rules. One day only.

    Perhaps that’s why we all get along so well. Limited time together! Ha!

  3. Liz Mackie says:

    Nice pictures. Thank you for sharing. Have a Fun Day! 

  4. What a wonderful and fun time with family, Jenna!

  5. Sounds like the perfect Family ReOnion!:-)

  6. Happier Than A Pig In Mud says:

    I get a feeling the Re-Onion may be a recurring theme:@) Sounds like everyone had a blast!

  7. Linda says:

    Love those special family words! What a wonderful time for you all! And WOW what a delicious array of food!

  8. Mary says:

    What a fun Re-ONION Jenna! Everything sounds perfect for a family gathering! My nephews and niece are all grown up now *sniff* but we have lots of fond memories of summer days in the water, boating & fishing when they came to visit. My hubby spent LOTS of hours untangling and re-baiting fishing line so his memories aren’t as fond as mine 🙂 Thanks for the tip on the Staples banner, I’ve ordered one before from Walgreens but didn’t have all the options for the grommets and waterproofing.

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