Each year on February 2nd since 1887, thousands of revelers climb atop Gobblers Knob in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to witness the prediction of Punxsutawney Phil, a groundhog with the mythical ability of forecasting either an early spring or lengthier winter.
This legend has European roots and comes just as all of us are getting “cabin fever”. So why not have a fun Groundhog party and invite a few friends.
Phil’s life span (and most other groundhogs) is normally six to eight years. Phil receives a drink of a magical punch every summer during the annual Groundhog Picnic, which gives him seven more years of life…Long live Phil!
Our Groundhog Day Party is a simple one for six. Two couples are invited for a casual evening of beer, pizza, and a movie. And what better movie than Groundhog Day starting Bill Murray and Andie MacDowell. This is one of my husband’s favorite movies, along with Caddy Shack. Perhaps this is because as a graduate of the University of Minnesota, he has a great affection for gophers, which I imagine are a very close relative of Phil.
So will Phil see his shadow and we are forced to enjoy “whitescapes” for a while, or will I soon see the sweet signs of spring in the garden at Chestnut Cottage…pussy willow, tulips, and my beautiful hellebores?
This year I found some great Groundhog Day beer steins for this little gathering. They will be favors for the guests to use for the evening and bring again next year to be filled.
I think a Groundhog Day tablescape should have a “woodsie” and casual feel, so I did a rustic floral arrangement in a grapevine basket. The beer steins have a bit of blue, so I combined them with cobalt water glasses and blue table linens.
To carry out the very textured rustic feel, I used a square dinner plate in chocolate brown, topped with a salad plate in the same shape and color. The stein also had brown accents and I love the combination of a brown and blue pallet.
I love the beading detail on the handle of the handle of the stein.
Textured placemats and napkins, combined with inexpensive wooden napkin rings and simple blue cutlery give this party a very casual and fun ambiance.
This can be a very easy entertaining event, with a couple of great take out pizzas, a nice salad, and everyone’s favorite beer. And for anyone with a sweet tooth , maybe an ice cream parfait with caramel sauce, topped with toffee crumbles and then settle in for viewing Groundhog Day.
Punxsutawney Phil says…”to see or not to see-that is the question”.