The Organized Life, Beach Weekend Getaway

Every now and then we get to host an “adults only” weekend at the beach house and invite good friends



Come along and I’ll share this weekend getaway with you

beachy bench

Planning in advance ensures  a laid back experience for everyone

beach dreamin table

I start with my calendar and map out cooking times and meals from arrival to departure, but leave things flexible for last minute changes


If possible I will grocery shop earlier in the week, and spend some time preparing as much as possible the day before guests arrive.

I choose easy peasy recipes, tried and true favorites, and things I can make ahead or throw together easily at the last minute, and let the guys do the grilling


Then I think about details, like welcoming touches,

guest room

A tray full of goodies


And a jar of extra necessities in the bathroom in case something is forgotten

personal jar

I don’t do all the work, the guests always bring extra goodies and pitch in with the dishes

framed note for guest room

They also are reminded to please change their sheets upon departure    😘


The meals are serve yourself,  like this Beach Towel Buffet

beach towel buffet

And dining is often outside, as in Trattoria Sardina

trattoria sardina 4

Or indoors by candlelight as here in Washed Ashore

washed ashore table

There is boating


and beaching


and lots of chair sitting


Beach Bummin’

beach bummin' 1

Bird watching


Day dreaming and Dining with Mermaids

dining with mermaids 2

Cocktails of course,  perhaps a Creamsicle Mimosa

creamsicles mimosas 1

or  a Firefly

firefly cocktail jar 1

We kicked the weekend off with a Hot Dog Bar, grilled hot dogs with toppings galore

hot dog bar

Condiments included Pimento Cheese, Maple Bourbon Bacon Jam, pickles, relish, ketchup, mayonnaise, a variety of mustards, watermelon and chips

condiment bar

Guests help themselves and create their own hot dog masterpiece…Mr. Tom thought the maple bourbon bacon jam was the “bomb” on his hot dog…

hot dog bar 1

Click on the recipe titles below for more photos and information

Pimento Cheese

pimento cheese


Maple Bourbon Bacon Jam

bacon jam jar

Coconut Shrimp with Orange Marmalade Dipping Sauce

coconut shrimp 5

Boozy Corn Bake~ this recipe has some surprise ingredients!

Boozy Corn Bake

Ice Cream Sundae Pie

ice cream sundae pie 1

Baby Beignets with Coconut Syrup

baby beignets with coconut syrup

Peachy Bourbon BBQ Chicken ~ you can make this in the slow cooker, or make the sauce and put the chicken on the grill

peachy bourbon bbq chicken

1-2-3  Mac ‘n Cheese

magic mac & cheese 1

Blueberry Summer Salad

magic blueberry salad

Sand Dollar Dessert

sand dollar dessert 12

Maple Sausage Cheese Grits~  this recipe will be posting soon and the best part is,  you can make it 2 days ahead of time~

maple sausage cheese grits

Magic Potatoes

magic potatoes

Roasted Tomato Zucchini Boats

roasted tomato zucchini from

Tasty Onion Straws

onion straws

Almond Peach Dumplings will be posting tomorrow~ they are pillows of pure heaven!

almond peach dumplings

Nobody went to bed hungry!

Beach Houses 1

I hope you can enjoy a weekend get away soon!


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20 Responses to “The Organized Life, Beach Weekend Getaway”
  1. Lynn says:

    Sounds like you ate well and had a fun weekend:@)

  2. Jenna, Your guests must really look forward to these weekends at your beautiful beach house! The food sounds so delicious. I can’t wait to see the recipe for the almond peach dumplings. I’m drooling just thinking about them! Your photo of the bird on the boat is hilarious and the shot of the umbrellas lining the horizon is classic! I’m yearning for some ocean breezes right now! I am also an organizing fanatic and I think that all the years of making lists and weekend schedules has made it so much easier over time to plan and enjoy. Linda

  3. Jodi says:

    lovely Jenna – thanks for sharing your ideas

  4. Ellen says:

    My word what a spread! Looks like the Waldorf South. I love your painting the end of the post.

  5. Kitty says:

    Wow Jenna, what a hostess with the mostest you are! Your guests must love spending time at the beach with you. Happy Beach time to you!

  6. Judy Pimperl says:

    Okay, so I’ve just decided you’re our “Martha Stewart” of the gulf coast…I also think I just gained a few pounds just reading this and looking at the pics of the decadent looking dishes. I don’t know of anyone else who could make hot dogs look this good!

    • ha! Judy, you are too funny! I will say that I was a little apprehensive about serving hot dogs to my arriving guests, thinking they might be wondering, “I drove all this way for a hot dog?” But I was stuck on doing the hot dog bar, and everyone really enjoyed it. As for the Martha S, very flattering, but trust me, Martha I am not! Thanks for the kind words~ >

  7. Emily says:

    Looks like you are ready for your guests with all your details planned out. The only way to go so you will enjoy the weekend and not be overworked! Enjoy you guests and have a great weekend. We are headed to PCB!

  8. Vicki says:

    I can say from personal experience that Jenna and Mike are the greatest people to spend the weekend with at their beach house. Everything was perfect and the food was excellent just like it looks on the blog!!! NO one is more creative than Jenna!!

  9. Mary says:

    Jenna, I’d like a reservation for 2 please at Club Meon! I’ll be happy to change the sheets, do the dishes and tend the bar 🙂 Your guests must feel so pampered and everything looks delicious! I had to laugh at the heron on the boat. We have a resident one that walks our dock and fishes our shoreline but I’d prefer he not boat with us 🙂 Thanks for the info on Paperless Post!

  10. bacurran says:

    Oh wow what a table and what a spread! Your zucchini tomato boats look fabulous. Can’t beat the view too! Thank you so much for sharing at SYS. Have a wonderful weekend!
    XO Barbara

  11. Kim says:

    It looks like you worked yourself to death on this one. There’s so much inspiration packed into this one post. I know y’all enjoyed delicious food and loads of fun!

  12. Kristi says:

    I totally want to vacation with you! Incredible creativity!! Thanks so much for sharing with us at #HomeMattersParty. Hope you join us again next week! The door opens Friday EST.

  13. Christine says:

    Hi Jenna, you are lucky you live on the other side of the country of else you would have to invite me on a regular basis!!!!! Amazing food and table settings!!!! xoxoxo

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