|A view from above on the retaining wall of the Jack London property.|
My husband and I saddled up the car with Charlene and Teodora and all our loot. We were contacted by email from Handmade Events the location of the event only an hour before send off. It was so mysterious and exciting (although, the drawback, how to dress?). The event place for this Wine Country Event was in the Valley of the Moon - Jack London State Historical Park in Glen Ellen Sonoma. It was breathtaking if not magical.
|Here is an action shot of Charlene. It really captures the whimsy of the evening.|
Everyone had their list of items to contribute. Char got napkins, plastic glasses, utensils, taper candles (strictly speaking, they aren't allowed - but I won't tell if you don't) wine and a veggie platter. I rounded up the white ostrich feathers/vases, a song bird candle holder, beet hummus/pita appetizer (recipe below) and shrimp cocktail along with the main course (my own muffaletta sandwiches - recipe below).
|A pretty window with shutters and pretty window boxes on the small house on the property.|
|Charlene and Teodora.|
|These guys were clever with their decor with simple helium balloons.|
|Pastel flowers and the aftermath of apps.|
|Flour sack napkins and rosemary sprigs tied with hemp twine.|
|The simple willow branches with one wayward feather...elegant.|
|These guys had initials with moss and butterflies at everyones place setting.|
|Faux furs and gold chargers? Over the top fun.|
|The fashion. This woman was stunning.|
|Casual and whimsical, these guys has such awesome headwear.|
|Teodora having a laugh.|
|Char and I.|
|Bulent and I.|
|The main course: Muffaletta Sandwiches containing in butcher paper tied with a hemp string. Juicy Fruit, both a favor and a palette cleanser - plus it's my favorite gum.|
|There is the beet hummus and pita platter.|
Beet Hummus Recipe
4 small roasted beets
1/4 cup feta cheese
juice and zest of 1 lemon
1 large bunch dill
S+P to taste
Whir it all up in the Cuisinart.
Your party goers will love it!