Lately, I've been wearing many "hats"-- that of a landscaper, a party consultant and an assistant caterer! So, it was fun to see it all come together last Saturday when my friend Maureen hosted a bridal shower luncheon in her new backyard.
Since the bride's colors are to be gray and pink, I ordered gray tablecloths with pink napkins. Silver chargers were a perfect addition to the theme.
The centerpieces were potted pink azaleas in sterling wine buckets.
Little pails with monogrammed pink and gray M & M's were the perfect touch too!
It all looked wonderful under the new pergola!
Upon entering Maureen's home, the guests were greeted by this gorgeous arrangement that she made in an alabaster urn belonging to her Mother-in-law.
Everyone was offered champagne cocktails with raspberries.
Maureen gave the bride a beautiful book that all the guests personalized with their messages of best wishes and marriage advise!
Meanwhile, my son Aaron was in the kitchen preparing the lunch.
Beginning with the first course, a cold corn chowder soup, garnished with corn, chives and tarragon relish.
My job: help plate the food and be the photographer!
The second course was a composed salad nicoise!
The Ahi tuna was first seared.....
...then added to the top of mixed greens with heirloom tomatoes, French green beans, egg and potatoes that Aaron prepared sous vide.
A lemon tart with blueberries for dessert!
Since Aaron is studying to be a pastry chef, this was his piece de resistance!
The party was absolutely lovely and a huge success!
It was really fun to see the fruits of everyone's labor all come together for this special day, hosted by a special friend, for a special bride!
I'm joining Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.
On Friday, I'll join Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday,
and also My Romantic Home for Show and Tell Friday.