Sunset Soiree on a Vineyard!

I’d describe the night as “Vintage French Romantic in Wine Country”

Photo by Melanie

 When my good friend’s husband called me asking if I’d be interested in throwing his wife Sarah’s surprise 30th birthday party on a vineyard in Alexander Valley,  you can imagine my response was a bit like, “yaaaaaahhhh!!!!!”

I mean, what’s better than family and friends gathering around the dinner table (in the middle of a vineyard)!? um, nothing.
Ah I can’t believe this is my JOB! 
From creating the vision for the night, the 6 course wine pairing dinner menu and styling every detail – right down to the silk ribbon tied around the name tag & rosemary – I love doing it ALL!
(I could do without the -up at 6am to marinate 30 lbs of flank steak though :) but that’s ok, part of being a caterer

Saturday was truly a magical night, so I thought I’d share a few pics:

I said to MacKensey of PoppyStoneFloral, “think, French woman standing in a vineyard in a flowy lace dress, holding a silver tray of appetizers and a glass of rose in cut glass crystal stemware” Does that paint the picture or what!?


The birthday girl sat in a French style chair and vintage rentals were, provided by Erica of Tine Roof Farm House.
And My mom and I browsed antique shops for mix-matching crystal votive holders.  We had about 40 on the table.  So pretty.
I made matches that said “Make A Wish – Happy Birthday Sarah” – everyone had a box at their place setting and we all lit a cadle and made a wish together!
Breadsticks and Olives in glasses to add to the Provence French theme.

Narine of Sweet & Crafty is the talented Calligrapher who wrote the beautiful name tags, menu and food labels.   

Silver Trays lined with grape leaves I picked from the vineyard for serving appetizers. Also provided by Tin Roof Farm House.

Dessert table with a gold frame chalkboard that read “describe a special memory with Sarah” and everyone put their stories in my mom’s vintage hat box.  


It’s a macaroon party

The sun goes down – but the party goes well into the night!  SO much LOVE was in the air.   Sarah’s friends and family even flew in from the east coast.

Photo by Melanie
Six course wine and dinner pairing menu

And a huge thank you to my amazing friend Melanie who helped plan the night for our dear Sarah! While running your own business and raising a 1.5 year old, you still found time to help create the special night – thank you so much!

Hop on over to my website if you’re interested in learning more about my services.

Here’s to living deliciously,
Claudine

 

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