cocktails and donuts

If you know me, you know I look for any reason (or no reason at all) to plan a party!  I love planning all the details…the theme, the food, the napkins, the plates, the invitations, and the presentation of it all!

So I’ve been looking for a reason to use these darling Lilly plates that I purchased last spring when Lilly Pulitzer collaborated with Target.  Remember…the merchandise sold out in minutes?  Well, I was able to snag a couple sets of these appetizer plates.

cocktails and donuts | polka dots and picket fences

With those plates in mind, I planned a fun late summer “ladies night out” with some friends.  The theme…

Cocktails and Donuts

cocktails and donuts | polka dots and picket fences

I know…what an interesting combination, right?  Who doesn’t like a refreshing summer cocktail accompanied by a sweet donut!  We can count calories tomorrow.

cocktails and donuts | polka dots and picket fences

cocktails and donuts | polka dots and picket fences

The guests were greeted with a choice of cocktails…

cocktails and donuts | polka dots and picket fences

wine…

cocktails and donuts | polka dots and picket fences

cucumber strawberry infused water…

cocktails and donuts | polka dots and picket fences

raspberry bellini…

cocktails and donuts | polka dots and picket fences

Now for the donuts!  So many choices…

cocktails and donuts | polka dots and picket fences

cocktails and donuts | polka dots and picket fences

cocktails and donuts | polka dots and picket fences

cocktails and donuts | polka dots and picket fences

cocktails and donuts | polka dots and picket fences

The donut hole topiary was so pretty I think people were afraid to eat it.  My girls and their friends finished it off the next day, though.

cocktails and donuts | polka dots and picket fences

The setting for this night with my girlfriends was the gazebo in our backyard.  The weather was perfect, and it was so relaxing to catch up on everyone’s summer fun.

cocktails and donuts | polka dots and picket fences

cocktails and donuts | polka dots and picket fences

With so many donuts, there were definitely leftovers which I encouraged my friends to take home to their kids for a surprise the next morning.  I even left out bags to help with the packaging of the donuts.

For the moms, their “take home treat” was a “fritter for Friday” morning.

cocktails and donuts | polka dots and picket fences

cocktails and donuts | polka dots and picket fences

cocktails and donuts | polka dots and picket fences

The perfect reason to plan a party…no reason other than to just spend time with friends AND use those Lilly plates!

NOTE…Click here for the donut printables I used to create the invitations and banners.

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