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Country BBQ

More than a month ago, Amy (our vice president of marketing) asked if I would be willing to look at our new Country Living Summer BBQ/Picnic Kit and—if I liked it—use it for a summer activity and mention it on the blog for a little added exposure. Of course, I was fine with that. I love reasons to get together with family and friends, and a BBQ sounded like a grand idea!

So I took a look at the kit, and it really is a fun collection of products pull together a BBQ or picnic quickly and easily! While I knew as soon as I saw it that I would definitely use it, the last few weeks have been a whirlwind of activity, and I didn’t take the time to plan the BBQ. Before I knew it, summer had arrived (or at least it feels like it!).

Fortunately, I was coming down to Kanab for our Employee Appreciation Breakfast (I wrote about our Riverton one last week—and this one was just as enjoyable! I love the hardworking, dedicated people who work here, and I love the opportunity to thank them, even on a small scale, for all that they do!), so I decided to throw together a family BBQ. I called up my sister Leslie and asked if she would host it at her house. She was more than willing. Then when she mentioned it to our other sister Vonna, she offered her house as well—and because it has a swimming pool (which is a huge plus for the kids) that’s where we ended up.

We had kabobs, and everyone brought a salad. We had a fairly impromptu party—it was a blast. I was grateful for the motivation to plan the party. We get together often as a family (those of you who read my blog regularly know that), but I can never get too much of being with people I love!

And I have to tell you how fun it was to have the projects from the Country Living Kit to tie everything together. Everyone received an invitation, which kind of set the stage. And the table tents, napkins, and bowl liners created a festive atmosphere—it made it feel a little more special than just an ordinary BBQ. Creating everything was so quick and easy—everything we needed was in the kit! (Well, other than the staples for the napkin rings.) 

One item—the blitz box—was a kind of a fun origami project. We used it for chips. I’m departing from my usual approach and providing a pattern for that, because it was kind of different. I got the pattern from a good friend. (But don’t start expecting patterns and instructions for everything I post!) It works perfectly as a holder for any dry munchies, such as popcorn, cookies, chips, nuts, etc.


Like I said, the entire evening was a ball; no one wanted to leave! We really do enjoy being together.



When I got back to the apartment in Kanab, I still had quite a few supplies left that I hadn’t used. I had very minimal addition product available (glitter, ribbon, paper scraps, etc), but I decided to see what I could create.

I used a leftover skewer and coaster to create this little holiday decoration flag. You could stick this in a flower arrangement or vase or planter or anything else you had in your normal home décor to turn it into a holiday decoration. It was so quick to make, and yet it adds a fun little patriotic touch.


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Reader Comments (25)

Super cute stuff, Shelli!
May 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterElaine
Very cute, especially the kabob card and the napkin rings! What a great family BBQ...so nice that summer is finally arriving!
May 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterKaren Ewert
Boy, it's fun to see those smiling faces of Shelli and Vonna together again! You girls are more beautiful than you were in those first catalogs all those years ago! I've been a demo for 12 years, but I have several earlier catalogs and I can say that you both have just gotten better with age!!!! Looks like a great time was had by all!!
May 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Davidse
Such a fun gathering!! GREAT to see a picture of you and Vonna!! Thanks for sharing!!
May 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterPatty Bennett
WOW! This is AWESOME! Great Photos, family, projects! Can't wait for summer and this FUN Kit! ; ) Thanks for sharing Shelli!
May 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterYvonne Metz
Ohhhh . . . I love sneak peeks! And it was fun to read about your family gathering too!
May 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterComeka
Thanks! Those projects are really cute and I like the template. (Don't worry, I don't think most of us post templates all the time either.) :)
May 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSue Sansoucy
ACK!! Such cute stuff!!!!! I can't WAIT for convention!!

Hey - would you consider changing your blog from summary feed to full feed so that I can see the pictures in Google Reader?

It saves time! :)
May 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterLydia Fiedler
Looks like such a great set! I haven't gotten anything in a long while since we are saving money for our adoption (we haven't been chosen yet, but hopefully soon) not to mention we are buying a house soon. But I think I may have to break down and buy this kit. It looks awesome!
Looks like you all had a great time at your family BBQ. And is that Phoebe? She is so big! Wow how fast they grow!
May 30, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon C.
Beautiful family photos, as usual! Love the sneak peek... I'm looking forward to June 1, although it's going to be a crazy busy day for everyone! See you again at convention!
Thanks for sharing, loved all the pictures and the BBQ things you made, can't wait to try some for myself. See you in SLC in just over 2 months.
May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterCandy Diaz
WOW Shelli, what a great display for this new kit! Thanks so much for the ideas!! Looks like a fun time was had by all in Kanab as well!
May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSharon
I imagine you as the "ideal boss". I wish I had worked for you at a few previous jobs. What a lovely gathering and a great way to kick off summer early :)
May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterStella MacKay
wow, this looks like it was all alot of fun. I am now looking forward to at least 1 kit. I'll go from there. Maybe I'll do a host appreciation event with it.
May 31, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBetty Button
I love your creation, Shelli....but I also love the crocheted doily underneath it. Do you happen to have the pattern for the doily? It caught my attention because I love red. Judy Lucas
June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJudy Lucas
HI Shelli,

Great take on the Country Living set...it's so cute and I can't wait to show this kit to my customers.
I love your pictures on your blog...do you use a photo software program and if you do which one??
Thanks for everything you do for all us Demonstrator's and for the SU!!!
June 1, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterAnne Granger
I have really old catalogs also, and I am wondering if Vonna still does stamping or other creative type projects now. Is she also a grandma? I remeber the photos of both families when you get started. And Shelley, it is great how you and your family support the higher education of your son in laws and how close you are to your beautiful daughters!
I know you miss your youngest daughter. My son is a missionary in Germany - so I know what it is like. But we Skype and keep in touch through the computer. I really miss him and his family.
June 2, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterBeverly
Aunt Shelli! I just found your blog, I have only seen it one other time! I love it! It was so super fun to see all my family and the BBQ! I would have been there if I could have! Hopefully there will be more to come! Loves! Chels
My blog is www.cmomof2.blogspot.com we keep everyone updated when they are in UT!
June 4, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterChelsea
What fun to see your creativity and a picture of you and Vonna! Please give her a hug for me. Looking forward to seeing you at Convention! Have a wonderful summer until then.
June 9, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSue Berreth
The projects and the party both turned out great. Adding "see what Shelli did with this" to the Country Living promo page is what got me here to take a look. What a fab idea! Hopping on back to order my kit now. xo
June 16, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterJulie Bible
I am going to use my kit for the forth of July when we have a few people over for a pool party. Think it is a great idea and have received numerous comments about the invitations!!! People love them. Look forward to using the rest. Thanks for the idea.
June 19, 2009 | Unregistered CommenterSue Hamel
Loved all your stuff you made Shelli. That makes me want to buy the set now for my August party. I really love the gingham and I think SU should have a gingham line. Connie
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