Sunday, January 4, 2009

Dinner Outdoors

She was a woman who, between courses, could be graceful with her elbows on the table. [Henry James]

I am just taken by the idea of throwing outdoor dinner parties in surprising places (second-hand inspiration credit going to Jordan Ferney.) Jordan threw a 31st birthday party for a friend on the Aquatic Park Pier in San Francisco - the Golden Gate Bridge, Alcatraz, and the lights of the city framed the gathering and served as the ultimate setting.  The table was brilliantly set, LED votives were used in place of candles, and food was creatively prepared/packaged. 

While current evening weather isn’t ideal for an outdoor dinner party, it absolutely will become that way and – to that end – why not start planning now? 

I could send these simple and sincere invitations.

I would wear this dress.

And I’d be sure to serve this with heirloom tomatoes, homemade bread, and cheeses.

Tentative inaugural outdoor dinner party location: the beach.

Rest assured: more to come.

[Jordan Ferney post via Joanna Goddard at Smitten]

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