For an annual summer barbeque, the hosts’ guest list had grown from 50 people in 2008 to 400 in 2010. The client wanted a “bigger, better, and more spectacular” event to go with the larger crowd, including country-style dÃ©cor, food, and entertainment.
Held in the hosts’ yard at their lakeside home, the barbeque featured hay bales for seating and as a barrier between guests and plants, galvanized buckets and mason jars as vases, kerosene torches on the lakeshore, stock tanks filled with bottled water, and cowboy-inspired graphics on the signage. Famous Dave’s BBQ provided the food—including hors d’oeuvres, dinner buffets, and a late-night menu—and did the grilling on site to ensure authentic barbeque flavor. Local country band Trailer Trash played for four hours. After dark, a 30-minute fireworks display was executed off a barge on the lake.
Crates of games and toys and two bounce houses entertained the guests under 12 years old, and eight nannies were hired to supervise the kids. In addition, a chef facilitated a cooking experience for the children in which they created food sculptures, fruit kabobs, and yogurt parfaits.