Firefly Party (For Grown-Ups)

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I have mentioned this before, but I will say it again. I LOVE summer! I love the long days, the heat, the summer garden veggies and of course, the fireflies (lightning bugs, whatevs.)

Now that we live Roanoke, VA and have rolling hills of farmland across the street, I love the magic of summer even more. Watching the fireflies glisten in that dark field is something I have never seen before. Magical.

So if I feel this way and I am old, shouldn’t other old people feel this way too? Probably! That is why I am hosting a little firefly catching get together for grown ups.. This soiree will be held after dinner, so nothing heavy. Try serving a couple pitchers of summer sangria, fresh fruit and a cheese tray. Create your firefly summer table with supplies from Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores.

I used this fabric from Waverly’s Sun n Shade collection as my tablecloth.



The SnS endurance line has the antimicrobial, mold/mildew resistant properties. The light fastness is 1000-1500 hrs. and the basecloth is a diamond weave cloth. The basic SnS line is a breathable, spun polyester fabric that withstands exposure to sunlight. Fade-resistant fabric for outdoor use. I had 2 yards cut and made a simple tablecloth out of it. It was on sale and the material is perfect for my patio set. I loved the summer greens and yellows. It complimented my theme well.

These green mason jars were not only the perfect color, but also the perfect size to hold in your hand while you are on the hunt for fireflies.



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I found this burlap with the metallic gold circles and it reminded me of a firefly glow.




Using the burlap also gives my little bugs some fresh air rather then poking a hole and destroying a lid. I used a rubberband to close the jar so it would be easy to pull off and on. I then tied the tag on with twine.

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I added the guests names and printed them on cardstock to personalize their jar.


















I used this fantastic Fiskars paper puncher to cut the perfectly scalloped edges. I have so many ideas for this little device.




I added these tiny lights to my table. They are battery operated and perfect for outside. They gave the table the ideal glow.




They reminded me of little fireflies.




Finally, I served two sangrias,  a cheese plate and…..



…….a summer fruit salad.




Here is a link to Sangria  recipes.



Here is the video clip about the Firefly Party  from my “Living with Lindee” segment on Daytime Blue Ridge.  You can see some of these craft ideas in action!



Find all of your supplies at Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores!


American wife to this Indian life. I am a right-brained, American woman married to a left-brained Indian man. I love art, design, up-cycling and multiple DIY projects at the same time. He loves simplicity and order. Follow us on this cultural collision as I combine our personalities and cultural differences through art, design, food, and raising kids. When I am not working on a craft or project, I co-host a lifestyle/entertainment show called "Daytime Blue Ridge," on our local NBC affiliate, WSLS 10.

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