There's nothing like a bride and groom who are so considerate of their guests, they try and plan fun activities for them every day leading up to the wedding. You can just tell Jessica Simpson is the type of gal who would roll out the red carpet for you if you came to stay with her. So it comes as no surprise that the all-American Texas singer and fiance Eric Johnson followed their rehearsal dinner with another pre-wedding bash: a casual Independence Day barbecue at a romantic ranch in California.
The couple, who are tying the knot TODAY, hosted a huge stars and stripes themed 4th of July party at the San Ysidro Ranch in Santa Barbara for all of their guests. And even though the occasion was casual, they didn't exactly throw hotdogs on the barbie. During the cocktail hour, lobster dogs, corn fritters and shellfish were served. When dinnertime rolled around, the BBQ was put to good use. Guests enjoyed a Southern-style buffet of baby back ribs, beef brisket, grilled shrimp and fried chicken. The side dishes included what I'm guessing was the fanciest mac and chese on the planet, alongside potato salad and coleslaw.
Yum! There's nothing like really well cooked comfort food. Jessica doesn't come across as the pretentious type, so this menu sounds right up her alley -- and perfect for the 4th of July.
And listen to the fun dessert options they offered: a PIE BAR with apple, pecan, key lime, peach and coconut cream pies -- what a GREAT idea, by the way -- and red, white and blue Bomb Pops.
Considering how Jess and Eric are parents to two children -- a 2-year-old and a 1-year-old -- you expect that some portion of their wedding festivities will be kid-friendly. In addition to the crazy-fun desserts, there were games, a photo booth and sparklers at the affair.
This sounds like the best July 4th party anyone has ever thrown. And I love it when couples keep the fun coming even before they say "I do." I can't wait to see what Jessica and Eric have in store for us at their actual wedding.
What do you think Jessica's wedding will be like?
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