May 26, 2014

~ dinner party flowers


First, I must announce the winner of the pve monogram giveaway. Jeez! This giveaway generated more comments and emails than I've ever had! And the lucky winner is: Babs Weinberg! Yay Babs!


And now, moving on to today's post…

I am totally into taking the stress out of entertaining, and I have found that a great caterer and a fantastic florist make up the perfect solution to my party planning stress.


Taking out those important elements leaves more time to worry about other things… like monogrammed linens!

And making sure everything is in it's place...

I dropped off a few small containers for Kyle Robino of Old Market Habitat, and as always, I was counting down the minutes for their delivery ~ filled with gorgeousness!



Sure, I could pick up tulips from Whole Foods, but there's something magical about the combination of mixed flowers Kyle puts together...












A few lily of the valley straight from my backyard...

With flowers in place, I put out the platters and serving dishes for the menu, complete with sticky notes to keep everything straight...




John Benker brought all our favorites…

Marinated and Grilled Tenderloin of Beef 
with creamy horseradish and tarragon and green peppercorn sauces

Sesame green beans

Bacon-wrapped Shrimp

Teriyaki Glazed Salmon Skewers


At the bottom left are the Garlic Chive and Chicken Steamed Dumplings
with pickled carrots and black vinegar sauce

Top right are the Italian Sausage Stuffed Mushrooms


Also, passed around were Spinach and Artichoke Flatbreads with Fontina and Asiago… delicious!


Chocolate covered strawberries for dessert… Easy.

Of course the best part is spending time with friends, and we did just that ~ a very relaxing no-stress evening!



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9 comments:

Yvonne Kaczmarski said...

Everything looks amazing. Love the linen napkins in the first photo. Would you mind telling me where you purchased them? Thank you

Yvonne Kaczmarski said...

Everything looks amazing. Love the linen napkins in the first photo. Would you mind telling me where you purchased them? Thank you

David & Dianne said...

Amazing flowers--Kyle rocks, food to die for, all in your beautiful home! What a dinner party!

The French Tangerine said...

Yvonne, the napkins are from Number Four Eleven in Savannah, GA!
http://www.numberfoureleven.com
XO
Jan

The enchanted home said...

Oh my gosh...you are making my hungry at not even 10am! Everything looks scrumptious and so beautifully displayed, its all those small elegant touches are make the difference, LOVE the napkins!

Cindy Weis said...

Jan, it is 9am, and I want a steak dinner, looks amazing. House was beautiful, flowers amazing, and I am sure every guest had a wonderful time, you think of everything.

Jacki Salinas said...

Everything looks beautiful, as always. And now I'm soooo hungry.......

Maurie said...

Your food and flowers are stellar. What a fun party! I agree a good florist and an accomplished chef make throwing a party fun! I wish I could have sampled your menu; it sounded and looked delicious! Happy Memorial Day to you!

pve design said...

Jan,
The best part would be an invitation to your dinner party, but I must admit to feeling "virtually there!"
How lovely to share a special evening. Thank-you again for sharing my work. I have been in touch with Babs. I look forward to creating a monogram for her.
pve