Al Fresco Dinner Party

Monday, September 21, 2015
Over the weekend Wade and I hosted our first real dinner party at the new house.  We collaborated with the Savory Spoon Catering Company (who also catered our wedding in May 2014 recap here) to help make it perfect. That was one of the many things I loved about the Savory Spoon Catering Company when searching for wedding caterers; they will customize a unique menu for you vs make you pick from a list of options.  It was awesome to see that Savory Spoon Catering Company specializes in it all… from large weddings & company events to brunches & intimate dinner parties at your home. 
 
 Having the event catered allowed us to enjoy the evening and not worry about cooking for/serving  20+ people which can be insanely hectic. 
 
We decided to take advantage of the perfect weather and serve dinner Al Fresco style (dining outside) with fresh organic ingredients and items straight from the grill. We placed rugs on the ground with cushions, blankets and pillows to make everything cozy and rigged a low, 30 ft table and told everyone to dress casual. 
 
 I met/spoke with Cheri (owner) many times to develop a mouthwatering menu as well as figure out how everything from decor, serving dishes and even the napkins would tie together into a cohesive, bohemian theme.  For our colors we went with crisp whites, deep blues and earthy greens. The Savory Spoon has a ton of decor for its clients to decorate their events with. I grabbed some beautiful mercury glass candle holders, as well as was able to pick out some beautiful serving ware. To add to the table-scape I picked greenery and hydrangeas from my Mother’s garden which which matched perfectly.
 
We asked our guests to arrive around 6. We hired a bartender and brought out  the old bar built by my Grandfather in the early 50’s. (which Wade and I restored for our wedding) Cocktail hour was from 6-7:30 with some appetizers and plenty of catching up!
 
When the sun completely set, our table-scape turned into a dream. The flickering lights from the candles and the dim lighting from the string of lights behind us made everything feel whimsical. I was in heaven, but the best was yet to come…the FOOD! We all grabbed some drinks from the bar and headed down to the table for dinner.
 
Here is what was on the delicious menu:
 
Appetizers
 
Antipasta Display (cured meats, aged hard & soft cheeses, roasted peppers, artichoke hearts & stuffed olives) w/ Toasted Pita Bread
Vegetable Platter w/ Hummus & Roasted Red Pepper Dip
Apricot Meatballs Tossed in Sweet Ginger Bbq Sauce
 
Second Course
 
Mozzarella & Heirloom Tomatoes Salad, Drizzled with Balsamic Vinaigrette
Fresh Bread w/ Herbed Butter
 
 
Third Course (served family style)
 
Grilled Balsamic Glazed Steak Rolls stuffed w/ carrots, peppers, zucchini & green onions
Jumbo Shrimp & Pineapple Kabobs
Corn on the Cob
Crispy Potato Roast w/ crumbled pancetta
Fresh Asparagus Salad topped w/ toasted hazelnut vinaigrette
 
Dinner was amazing! My favorite items were the shrimp kabobs, the bread with herbed butter (yes it was that good!) and the potato bake. We were all full to the gills.  Some of us took the time to lay back and enjoy the stars.  One of the things I love about where we live is the ability to see starry skies without light pollution from the city.
 
Bite sized desserts were served on the patio and included chocolate mousse + fruit cups and various other delicious dessert bars. 
 
After everything was cleaned up we started the bonfire and enjoyed great company until the wee hours of the morning (and some s’mores to snack on!) 
 
I want to thank Cheri and everyone from Savory Spoon Catering Company for helping us put on this event. Everything was fabulous!
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
*this was a sponsored/collaborated event
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  • Reply Sarah Monday, September 21, 2015 at 5:33 pm

    Hot damn girl!! Looks like it was an incredible evening!! Gorgeous pictures too!

  • Reply Victoria Deardorff Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 1:13 pm

    yum! looks like so much fun!

  • Reply Jessica McDaniel Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 1:25 pm

    Looks like this was the place to be over the weekend…love family style dining!!

  • Reply Danielle Marie Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 1:41 pm

    Fun! mmmmmmm – I want that shrimp and corn please 😉 Love the table setup and lights too! Beautifully done.

  • Reply Crystal Wednesday, September 23, 2015 at 2:09 pm

    What a beautiful party and photos! The food looks so yummy!

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