Garden to Table Feast
My summer was so packed full of travel and fun family outings that I have only had time to share via instagram. It would be unfair for me to not post these beautiful photos (shot by Amen Photography) of the Garden to Table Feast I attended last June in southern California. Friend and fellow blogger Farmhouse 38 invited Dan and I down to her adorable little farm in the city to celebrate the summer solstice with a small group of talented artists and bloggers.
A perfect excuse to get away, Dan and I stayed Friday night at the lovely Terranea Resort in Palos Verdes:
Loved the shell sconce in our bathroom at the resort. Would love to copy and paste this into my home.
I could have watched the dolphins swim past from the adult pool forever. It's funny how I once took for granted the beauty of the peninsula having grown up here for eighteen years.
A pot luck of sorts, each guest made a contribution to the evening. Cute invitations and menus were designed by VerySarie and matched the theme's festivities perfectly.
The cocktails were as delicious as they were colorful and they just kept tasting better and better! On the left I'm holding the jalapeño jelly infused tequila with fresh watermelon and lime juice. On the right, Dan has a homemade rosemary infused gin with blueberry puree and sparkling water. Cocktails were designed and created by Marissa and Sam at Bourbon and Goose.
From top to bottom, left to right: Zucchini crude (zucchini, onions, parsley, feta and zesty dressing), Prosciutto-wrapped pear bites, a sampling of fresh vegetables, olives and salami, garden salad, macaroni and cheese and bbq'd chicken (not pictured) You'll want to head over to their blog for recipes as everything tasted like heaven.
I helped myself to about three plates like this. AH MAY ZING.
Because most of us had heard of one another but many had not actually met in person, name tags were my best friend. Handmade name tags were provided by Amanda at Love Creative Blog.
I arrived early to the party to get myself ready and then be featured in a couple of Ari's preparation photos so I could pretend that I had something to do with how beautiful everything turned out. When in reality, the flowers were locally sourced and provided by the California Cut Flower Commision and arranged by the magnificent Kate at Farmhouse 38.
Kate's backyard and decorations were absolutely breathtaking. Reclaimed wood over brown kraft paper adorned a table covered in a canvas drop cloth with candles, flowers, candles and more flowers.
An eclectic collection of mis matched chairs surrounded the table and an up cycled metal fountain trickled water. Everything felt magical.
As expected with a farmhouse in the city, chickens free ranged the party.
With the help of an electrician Kate wired hanging mason jars with lights, so as the evening turned to dusk, light began to twinkle under Kate's 100 year old grapefruit tree.
Dessert was Mimosa Cheesecakes served in mason jars and fresh baked berry pies by Juilanne at Beyond Frosting.
Dan and I had a wonderful evening and a fun little getaway weekend together. And can someone please tell me next time I decide to wear my glasses on my head all night?
With fancy invitations, centerpieces, a photographer and a group of people I didn't really know, I kind of felt like we should be expecting a bouquet toss or a father/daughter dance. But at least we all received favors upon our departure, handmade by yours truly. Sweet Orange Sugar Scrubs for the gents and Jasmine for the ladies.