With my fourth pregnancy nearing an end, the summer days fading away, and the hubby gone for the day at the racetrack, I decided to have a “gay” ol’ time, last hoorah, pregger pool party. I invited all of the most important men in my life (aside from my hubby and son of course!) over for the day on Sunday. And yes, all those fabulous men happen to be gay. So, I was in heaven (except that Mehran and The Guncles were missing due to a family obligation and a previously planned event).
First thing that morning, I hit our local market to pick up some yummies to prepare a poolside lunch.
Only organic fruits and vegetables for this mama!
Our family pool awaited the festivities…
…as did these gorg retro outdoor chairs I picked up at a local flea market – love them!
I know my boys so I picked up all the appropriate reading material for the day. And maybe a tabloid or two that weren’t photographed 😉
My FAVE vintage-inspired print beach towels from Fresco carried at Inventori.com!
The pool party players! From left to right: Chris, Gueran, mama bear, Richard, Steven, James
My personal party peeps, Buggy and Monkey
And a look-who’s-standing Hattie Cat, saying “Where’s the Party?”
We started the soiree off with some refreshments: a nice blend of fresh blackberries, blueberries, and lemon slices with sparkling water and cranberry juice. And some may or may not have added some rose wine to theirs 😉
After refreshments, we moved on to a fresh summer salad of sweet white corn, watermelon, crumbled feta cheese, sprinkled with chopped mint and tossed lightly with some white wine vinegar and olive oil.
Last week Dean made some amazing homemade pizzas so I got inspired! I decided to make some creative gourmet ones of my own. BUT, with the chef away, this WAY-pregger mama decided to cut herself a break and not make my own pizza dough. Instead I bought Naan from the market. Yep, Naan, the bread you find at Indian restaurants and it made for some awesome pizza!
So easy! Prepared my 6 gourmet pizzas and placed them in the oven at 450 degrees. Cooked for approximately 12-18 minutes (depending on your oven).
Prosciutto and mozzarella pizza with a tomato base topped with arugula and drizzled with olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and hint of salt and pepper after it was finished cooking!
CrÃ�Â¨me Fraiche and goat cheese base topped with fried, salted sliced baby potatoes, garlic, rosemary and sliced preserved lemons once it was out of the oven!
Goat cheese pizza with sliced fresh figs and drizzled with honey. Yum!
Creme Fraiche and smoked salmon pizza with capers and fresh dill!
Blue cheese dressing with fresh-cut pears, blue cheese crumbles, and chopped candied pecans, drizzled with honey.
Then I decided it wouldn’t be celebraTORI pregger pool party without a pregger pizza… The base was a pub cheddar cheese spread topped with diced salami and pickles and sprinkled with crushed cheese puffs. Don’t laugh… It was hands down the tastiest and FAVE of the group.
The kids got in on the pizza making action too! This kid-friendly pizza was loved by all: Hot dog and cheddar cheese pizza drizzled with ketchup and mustard.
A little slice of each!
Now for the dessert… I can’t take credit for the above masterpiece. And, the pic doesn’t even begin to do it justice. My friend Laura made these little squares of heaven… You just put the following into a pan: 1 layer of cookie dough, then a layer of double stuffed Oreos, then a layer of boxed brownie mix. Follow the baking instructions on the box and you will have one of the most delicious treats you’ve ever tasted. Make it and let me know what you think!
Then we finished the day of deliciousness and pool time fun with some playful sugar cookies. One’s for Liam, one’s for Stella, and of course some rainbow for my beloved gays!!
Thanks for the memories boys!
What’s your favorite way to celebrate in the summer? What do you like to serve?
Let me know in the comments below!