Flamingo Island Buffet

With August on the horizon,

I decided to put away the red, white and blue…

And bring out the flamingos!

I am spending the whole month of July at the beach house,

and this past week HHjr was here too

with a couple of his bachelor buddies

His sons are in Greece right now with their mom,

doesn’t that look amazing?

DD and her family arrived Friday for vacation

so I wanted to celebrate our last week here,

before school starts August 10,

with a little tropical to make summer seem longer

This buffet looks pretty and festive

and set up with everything for everyone to help themselves

to serve snacks, breakfast, lunch, or dinner

At one end is the ever popular snack station

with jars of snacks, napkins, and small plastic bowls

Behind the snack station there are several sizes of salad bowls

ready for using

There are 3 sizes of plates, dinner, salad or sandwich, and dessert

A flatware holder is handy right next to the plates

Vegetables for fajitas that night are on a cutting board

ready for prepping at dinner time

Fajitas area great way to please a lot of different tastes and ages

HHjr grills steak, chicken, peppers and onions

Everyone piles what they want onto tortillas {that have also been grilled}

and can add cheese, salsa, sour cream and/or guacamole

Serving utensils are in another Nora Fleming caddy by the smaller plates

A cake dome is ready for holding treats

A bottle of margarita mix for cocktails 🍹

Treats have arrived!

The Chocolate Butterscotch Cookie Bars under the dome

are the easiest cookies to make and they are always a hit

The recipe is at the end of this post

Tropical Glasses and palm leaf glasses ready for wine

We have everything we need to dine any time!

A friend brought me sunflowers and they happily joined the fun

Summer can’t be over yet, I feel like it’s only just begun!

Chocolate Butterscotch Cookie Bars

These cookies are a snap to put together with a crescent roll crust, chocolate, butterscotch and white chocolate chips, honey roasted peanuts and sweetened condensed milk then baked into a melt in your mouth batch of cookie bars!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Course Dessert, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 24 bars


  • 9" x 13" baking dish
  • parchment paper


  • 1 can crescent rolls dough or 1 crescent roll sheet
  • 1 can 14 oz. sweetened condensed milk
  • 1 cup chocolate chips
  • 1 cup butterscotch chips
  • 1 cup white chocolate chips
  • 1 cup honey roasted peanuts


  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  • Spray a 9" x 13" baking dish with cooking oil spray
  • Line dish with a sheet of parchment paper long enough to cover and extend over the ends of the dish
  • Unroll dough onto parchment paper in the baking dish, stretching to fit the rectangular bottom of dish. Seal any perforations or tears
  • Put dish into oven for 5 minutes to partially cook the dough crust
  • Next sprinkle the partially cooked dough evenly with chips and nuts
  • Slowly pour milk over all letting it seep into all the nooks and crannies
  • Return to oven for 20-25 minutes until golden and bubbly.
  • Cool for 1/2 hour, then lift cookies out of dish by holding parchment on both ends. Place onto a paper towel or a towel {paper is greasy on the bottom} and put in refrigerator to continue to cool and set up.
  • When cookies are completely cool, cut into bars or squares. Keep covered at room temperature or refrigerate. I cut mine into 24 squares. The number of cookies depends on the size of your bars
Keyword 7 layer bars, chocolate butterscotch cookies, chocolate chip cookies, chocolate peanut cookies, crescent roll dough, easy cookie bars

Good old Summertime!

I will be joining these fabulous parties and blogs:

Sundays on Silverado/  Love Your Creativity /What’s for Dinner

Between Naps on the Porch /All About Home

Turn About Tuesday

 Our Tiny Nest / Karin’s Cottage Linky Party /  Creative Crafts

Crafty Creators / Full Plate Thursday

Thursday Favorite Things / Happiness is Homemade

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35 Responses to “Flamingo Island Buffet”
  1. Ann Woleben says:

    Very festive! You always have such great ideas for “island” decor! Can’t wait to try the dessert bars! Thank you for sharing and Happy Summer!

  2. Oh Jenna, I love your buffet set-up with the tropical theme and flamingos. All the pretty colors and design certainly celebrates summer. I’m sure the grand boys are having fun exploring Europe and Greece looks amazing. I know you miss having them at the beach house now. Nice your family is spending so much time with you there, sounds like paradise. Enjoy your summer……

    • Thank so much Emily! Yes, it’s been wonderful to have family and friends visiting all month…the boys get home from Europe on August 1st, I can’t wait to hear all about their amazing trip!

  3. Nancy says:

    What a fun and colorful buffet, ready to go in an instant. A tropical Paradise for you and your family.
    And back to school on August 10?? Wow! They do not go back to school here until after Labor Day.
    Enjoy the rest of summer at the Beach!

  4. Love your tropical theme, and I too put away the red, white, and blue earlier this week. Have fun this week!

  5. I love the snack station! I’m sure it is very popular.

  6. Pam says:

    Jenna, you are a fabulous hostess! The tropical flamingo island buffet is so festive and inviting for your guests. This is a smart idea to prepare ahead of time so you can enjoy the company. I will have to make the bars. The boys are in Greece, is the photo in Santorini? It is truly beautiful and a favorite of mine. I can’t believe school is starting so soon, I say that every year. Happy Sunday!

    • Thanks Pam, this kind of set up makes meal time so easy. Not sure where in Greece that photo was taken, but Greece is breathtaking! I can’t believe it’s almost time for school, this summer has flown by!

  7. I’m definitely going to have to take your lead the next time I use our island for buffet, you have thought of everything.

  8. Kari says:

    Oh Jenna…thank you for yet another easy peasy recipe. I’m making the bars for sure and I have all the ingredients in my pantry. Love your poetry as usual and your Flamingo Island buffet is perfect for guests invited or drop ins. You have the right idea…plan ahead and then relax and enjoy. Have a great and wonderful (HOT) week end. I am so ready for cooler weather…bring on the rain. Hugs

  9. Looks like you are ready for one grand tropical flamingo beach party when the boys return from Greece! I love how you placed the snacks in jars – easy to serve and store! Enjoy your time at the beach with your family and friends!

    • Thanks Mary! The snack jars are great because everything stays fresh and keeping plates and things out in a decorative way makes meal time so easy. Last week there were 8 of us, but meals were a breeze~

  10. Oh that’s fabulous Jenna! Your guests will feel like they’re at a tropical resort! And how fun that your grandsons get to go to Greece – looks like they’re having fun. Thanks for the recipe. It looks like the perfect one for summer snacking!

    • Thanks Barbara! Keeping the island set up for serving in a decorative way makes feeding a houseful simple! The cookies are my go to favorite, so easy to make and everyone swoons over them 🙂

  11. Rita C. says:

    What an amazing place to be, and with all the fun fingers foods anyone could possibly want!! Enjoy this, and the flamingo party goers!

  12. Sarah says:

    Jenna, how fun to spend the month at the beach! I still have my red, white, and blue out in the sun room, but my dining room has definitely transitioned to a nautical theme. I’m actually loving it and seem to be drawn to all things nautical of late. I’ve recently added a 3 new tabletop pieces, all nautical. Yikes!
    Like you, I wonder how it can August already be knocking at the door? School starting August 10th is TOO EARLY!!!
    Have fun with your family and the flamingos these last days at the beach. Such a cute theme!

  13. Melissa says:

    Looks like I have some new ideas for the next party at my place. Thanks Jenna!

  14. I love flamingos — perfect for your bright colors, both in the setting (love the plates) and the delicious sounding food!

  15. lghiggins says:

    The tablescape and Chocolate Butterscotch Cookie Bars look fantastic. In fact, the only thing that doesn’t meet my approval is school starting August 10. That is obscenely early!

  16. Mary says:

    So festive and summery Jenna! Enjoy this last week at the beach with DD’s family. I can’t believe school is starting August 10th…that seems way too early (and HOT :)! I hope the boys are having a great time in Greece…it looks beautiful! ♥

  17. Miz Helen says:

    Your awesome post is featured today on Full Plate Thursday, 652! Thanks so much for sharing with us and come back to see us real soon!
    Miz Helen

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