The table is set, the wine is chilling and the music is flowing throughout the house. All that is left is our honored guests for this very special Father’s Day celebration. Each place setting is graced with a timeless black and white photo of their loving children. A rock from the garden with a handwritten name upon each acts as a place card. An Old Fashioned bar greets guests as they arrive as well as the most refreshing summer punch one has ever tasted! A humidor unfolds the decadent cigars that will later be enjoyed al fresco. No detail left unnoticed for these very special dads.
The evening was envisioned to be an interactive dinner party. We decided to host a small cooking class, led by Chef Julia Doyne with iCanCook, for the ladies as their men enjoyed a welcome whiskey cocktail. First up on the menu, smoked salmon cucumber cups, beef tartare crostini and tomato, basil and mozzarella skewers prepared and served with love by the wives. After re joining the party as guests, the escort began for the VIP’s to the dinner table. Time to eat! The main course was served family style to our hungry guests. Bowls of summer squash and saffron risotto were scattered on the table for guest to help themselves. Small bowls were used to make self serving easy as well as passing the delicious dishes to other guests at the table. This also helps to lighten the mood and break the ice for conversation with your fellow dinner party guest. Jumbo shrimp scampi for the seafood lover and for the piece de resistance, beef tenderloin served banquet French style accompanied by a béarnaise and au poivre sauce. After many laughs and toasts that left your heart full of love, the most delicious and refreshingly light angel food cake made an appearance with strawberries, chantilly and toasted almonds. The most perfect way to end a meal!
From start to finish, the evening left everyone with a warm and fuzzy feeling inside. Thankful to be surrounded by friends as good as family in the most comfortable of settings, home.
Sensational Summer Punch
2 bottles of your favorite Pinot Grigio
1 bottle of prosecco
1 sliced cucumber
1 bunch of mint
1/2 cup simple syrup
1/2 Lemon squeezed and zested
5 oz of vodka
Turn any bowl into a vase with a few quick and easy steps. All you need is scotch tape and an assortment of your favorite flowers. Tape vertical and horizontal lines about 2″ apart. This will create a checker board look. Pour in the water to cover the bottom of the bowl. Start arranging the flowers in the center and work your way outwards. For a cascading look, use flowers such as Omithoalums or Bells of Ireland and drape over the edge of the bowl.