This weekend, I had the great honor to host a Garden Party for some of my very sweet, beautiful friends. Everyone was dressed in gorgeous spring/summer attire ready for a few cocktails and dinner. I feel so fortunate to have such wonderful friends who support me in every way. You couldn’t find a better group–who else would endure wet feet (due to the rain that poured only two hours before) and mosquito attacks (you gotta love Louisiana!!) for the love of food and a garden.
This Garden Party has become a tradition. I decided that this year would be even bigger and better than before. I sent out invitations and prepared cocktails and dinner, pulling out all the stops.
The theme this year was “From the Garden”. I tried to create the menu using fresh herbs and vegetables that are growing in my garden. I also wanted to highlight ingredients that are grown in Louisiana. I used herbs as centerpieces for the tables and created flower arrangements from my garden, all in rustic terra cotta pots.
The party favors were Tuscan rosemary plants wrapped in chocolate burlap with chocolate and lime green ribbon.
The table was topped with cream burlap, a few of the rosemary plants, and an assortment of herbs such as purple basil, orange mint, lemon thyme, and bronze fennel. I used wicker chargers and terra cotta linens.
I was so fortunate to have two sous-chefs, my daughters–Lauren and Paige, my husband, and friends Jeff, Vicki, and Tanner, who helped make every detail perfect.