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picTORIal: My Pregger Pool Party

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.

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Only organic fruits and vegetables for this mama!

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Our family pool awaited the festivities…

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…as did these gorg retro outdoor chairs I picked up at a local flea market – love them!

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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 ;)

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My FAVE vintage-inspired print beach towels from Fresco carried at Inventori.com!

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The pool party players! From left to right: Chris, Gueran, mama bear, Richard, Steven, James

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My personal party peeps, Buggy and Monkey

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And a look-who’s-standing Hattie Cat, saying “Where’s the Party?”

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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 ;)

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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.

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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!

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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).

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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!

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Cr�¨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!

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Goat cheese pizza with sliced fresh figs and drizzled with honey. Yum!

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Creme Fraiche and smoked salmon pizza with capers and fresh dill!

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Blue cheese dressing with fresh-cut pears, blue cheese crumbles, and chopped candied pecans, drizzled with honey.

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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.

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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.

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Bon appetit!

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A little slice of each!

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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!

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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!

Love,
T

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  • Rachel Jacobs

    I love to serve fresh fruit (with strawberries, blueberries, and canteloupe at the top fo my list).

    Those pizzas look fantastic and naan is indeed a quick fix for crust.

    The kids look gorgeous, the gays are gorgeous and of course Tori you are gorgeous!

    Hope that it is smooth sailing as pregnancy number four comes to an end!!!

  • Rachel Jacobs

    I love to serve fresh fruit (with strawberries, blueberries, and canteloupe at the top fo my list).

    Those pizzas look fantastic and naan is indeed a quick fix for crust.

    The kids look gorgeous, the gays are gorgeous and of course Tori you are gorgeous!

    Hope that it is smooth sailing as pregnancy number four comes to an end!!!

  • Emily Beebe

    Fun!! I like to make skewered fruit, grilled chicken and no party is complete without chips and dip!!

    http://www.asweetbite.blogspot.com

  • Ashley Taylor

    Absolutely looks delicious! :) Love it! What a fun party! We made homemade bread and lemonade this summer, and it was so delicious!

    http://www.thedoseofreality.com/2012/08/23/would-i-pay-money-for-this-in-the-zone-giveaway/

  • Jeanny Jacobs-Grosset

    Love all your Pictures
    Tori Looking GORGEOUS AS EVER
    Kids are growing so fast
    Hot GAYS
    Well Summer Time we did allot of cooking & entertaining outside
    1. Mexican Buffet & Mexican Deserts

    2. Tea Party / Small Bites / Appetizers / Sandwiches

    3. Greek / all Small Bites & Lots & Lots of Greek Salads

    4. Bar-Q-Ribs / Bar (Many Dipping sauces) had the Butcher cut & Slice them Bite Size / Turkey Dogs / Mixed Salads / Lots of Melons & Fresh Fruit

    5. Italian Bar / Antipasto Salads / Melons / Pasta-Bar (You add your own stuff for your Pasta) & Deserts (Sorbets & Fresh Fruit Toppings & Vanilla Bean Ice-Cream)

    Still Entertaining (-:

    You have wanted me & hubby to cook more outside & entertain more outside

    We are Loving It !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    We are so EXCITED about NEXT SUMMER ALREADY

    We are looking for Clearance Items for entertaining to save for NEXT YEAR !!!!!


  • doreen porzio

    Wow, You did an amazing job!!! Everything looks so Delish!! What an Awesome party! Everyone must have had a blast!.. Your pizzas came out great, I knew the kids would get involved in that! Lol!! You always put on a great spread! ….. I will like to try the dessert recipe, or tell my sister! She is the dessert queen! So easy too! … Love your choice for your refreshment, sparkling water & cranberry juice with the berries… I know how you hate water! LOL!… Tastier though right & healthier!… Hattie Cat is Standing! How big she got! She is adorable!!… Guess your ready for the little bombino! I think you’re having a boy, just sayin!.. As long as your baby is healthy, that’s all that matters! You do look fantastic!!… Liam & Stella are cute & silly as ever!! :))

    I use to barbecue chicken marinated in lemon juice & garlic with parsley; Also marinate a london broil overnight & then slice w electric knife! Delish! Burgers & hot dogs! Moms potato salad with sliced egg on top; My classic macaroni & tuna salad w tomato & celery.. (I always had to make that when I went to parties) ….. Fruit was maybe watermelon or cantelope? (Now my mom & I are crazy for Cherries! They are gigantic & delish!) Dessert would be all different types of cake or pies?…. :))

  • Jennifer Liggitt

    These Pizza’s look so good! I always make my grandmothers pretzel salad or jello salad, everybody loves these and they don’t last very long!

  • Kathleen Orland

    This summer I am all about Rainier cherries (the white fleshed ones). I’m using them in everything.

    I made some amazing popsicles for a BBQ a few weeks ago, kids and adults alike loved them. I mixed cut up strawberries and white flesh nectarines and put some in the bottom of the popsicle moulds, peeled and sliced kiwi very thinly and stuck one slice to the side of each mould, added blueberries, and then filled with pureed watermelon and froze them. YUMMY and so very pretty to look at.

    My favourite salad is spinach with thinly sliced red onion, sliced strawberries, blueberries and sliced almonds. Serve with your fave dressing (personally I like mango vinaigrette, honey dijon, or mashed figs mixed with a little maple syrup and garlic).

    I love this party idea, I think the food choices were inspired as well as the company.

    Have you had any odd or fun cravings with this pregnancy? When I was pregnant I couldn’t get enough hot dogs with cheese. I don’t even LIKE hot dogs! I also loved fish, any white fish. All white fish. I would bread it and bake it. I loved Granny Smith apples (my least fave, I’m a Royal Gala fan), and ice cream. I don’t like ice cream. What was I thinking?

  • JeniLee O

    Slutty brownies are HEAVENLY. I need to make them again soon

  • Myeleah

    Wow what a gorgeous party! The food looks yummy & the kids are adorable! Liam & Stella, well you can’t tell they are bor & sis, canya?! HAttie looks like such a sweet natured baby!

    Summer celebrating: picnics!!! Gardening, long nature walks, all the fresh fruits & veggies…personal fav: corn on the cob fixed on the grill, bing cherries, strawberries, sugar snap peas, skewer fresh veggies with a Hawaiian marinade for the grill…..really the food doesn’t get any better than summer produce.

  • Nicole

    Hate to say it, but I made the “slutty brownies” and they weren’t my favorite :(

    Can’t wait to hear the news of the newest arrival! You’re in the home stretch…

  • ErinK

    Tori, My ‘hats off to you’. I do not know how you do it…Three children (soon to be four) and throwing a pool party, cooking, entertaining! You have energy that I never had. We also do a pool party. Sometimes my husband roasts pork loin on the rotiserie on the BBQ or we have homemade burgers. Sausages from Bruno’s are the best. I leave one layer of husk on the corn and cook them in the microwave. All the best on your new baby-to-be. Erin

  • Jeanne Tutt

    awww that’s so cool!

  • Lemon Meringue

    I’d say Tori, your Cool at The Pool Party looks relaxed! Love the laidback style of the setting, the food and last but not least the people attending the merry meeting! Thanks for sharing them pics, I am happy for you to see you can share your life’s highlights with good friends. And it is good to have a relaxing time with nr. four just around the corner.

    Our family’s fave way of a summerfeast is seafood! With our #1 partyfood: crab legs! Just a whole pile of them (which makes my 10 year old son saying every time I bring them to the table “Holy Crab”), a nice dollop of good mayonaise, family & friends and about ten nutcrackers to break a leg; I think it’s the summum of summer. And depending on the crowd devouring the lot we’ll have vanilla icecream with enormous amounts of homemade hot chocolate sauce for pudding when there are a bunch of kids. When it’s more of an adult gathering I always make a Nigella Lawson dessert from her book ‘Forever Summer’. It’s basically raspberries in chardonnayjelly, and really tastes like summer in a glass, divine! And it looks ever so chic. Only the name isn’t: you can find it by following this link: http://www.nigella.com/recipes/view/slut-red-raspberries-in-chardonnay-jelly-208

    Try it as soon as your back up your feet after delivery, or even better: let your personal chef Dean be the one treating you with this (and let him have one as well ofcourse!)

  • Cammy Gollner

    Whoah… those are gorgeous cookies. And even though I’m a “natural” freak, I’d have one!

  • Cindy Depew

    I made the Brownies last night and they was very good..Yum Yum!!!So Rich but so Good!! Thanks!!

  • Erica Schreiber

    Great job! All of the food looks so YUMMY! Pregnant with a fourth child, throwing a party and making sure everything needed is available….cuddos to you. I love your energy!