• Garden Farewell Party

    Last night I threw a farewell dinner party in the garden next door for some very good friends of ours who are moving to Manhattan in two weeks. I’m incredibly sad they are leaving. Sharon, the cute blonde below, is one of the most genuine, down to earth and kind people I know. Plus she is really very funny and is always down for exploring the city with me. She is one of my closest friends here and I’m going to miss her and her adorable family terribly.
    Anyway, snif snif, back to the party. I set it up in the garden next door open to the community. There are two picnic tables there which was perfect for the 14 guests. I’d never seen anyone have a dinner party there, but there didn’t seem to be any reason why we couldn’t! It was a great night, a little chilly but a nice full moon. We brought down a few blankets and coats in case people were cold.

    On the menu:
    Mini french onion soups in ramekins
    Two kinds fresh of salads (others brought these)
    Grilled marinated artichoke heart, salami, ham, and provolone paninis
    Ina Garten’s Key Lime Pie
    My friend’s Banana Cream Pie- secret recipe!

    A couple other details:The place cards were packets of Forget-Me-Not seeds with names of the guests on each stick
    Beforehand I complied a list of “New York Favorites” from everyone attending and printed it out on card stock for them to have. Along with that, we all pitched in and bought them a couple favorite New York travel books like the picture book This Is New York and City Walks with Kids: New York.
    Wild flowers were the decoration in different vessels: mason jars, other kinds of vintage-y glass containers.

    It was a really fun night. I want to plan another dinner in the garden again soon. It’s bittersweet of course- I’m trying to be excited for their new adventure, but my heart is kind of breaking too. Mwah Mwah To Sharon, Rob and the gang!


    1. Melissa said… September 28, 2010 8:37 pm

      How perfect!

    2. Liz Stanley said… September 26, 2010 5:46 pm

      Hey Kaira, I just went down to the flower market here and picked up a bunch of different kinds of wild flower types flowers and arranged them myself. I'd recommend doing the same!

    3. Kaira Klueber said… September 26, 2010 7:04 am

      I reallllly love your floral arrangements! What kind of flowers did you use?? I actually want EXACTLY the same flower vibe at my wedding. I'm thinking of hand picking and doing it myself. Any tips?!

    4. make my day said… September 25, 2010 3:35 pm

      masses of candles and blooms in jars!! what a down to earth, approachable way to have a party! cheers kari

    5. Melissa said… September 24, 2010 4:27 pm

      When we lived in Menlo Park, I met Sharon. Some friends of ours worked with Rob or something. Anyway, I only met her the once, but she was way cool. What a beautiful way to say farewell. Sorry to hear that your friend is moving!

    6. Kim said… September 24, 2010 11:32 am

      With cooler fall temps approaching, I have also been craving an outdoor dinner party with lots of candles. Yours looks lovely!

    7. Gabrielle said… September 24, 2010 10:37 am

      really lovely, liz

    8. lifeofkevrik said… September 24, 2010 4:14 am

      I'm seriously impressed by this! Great work!

    9. Kathleen said… September 23, 2010 7:36 pm

      I can't decide what my favorite thing about this is. So fun!

    10. {lovely little things} said… September 23, 2010 5:50 pm

      I love the mason jar candles

    11. Erin Carson said… September 23, 2010 5:14 pm

      this looks perfect, i'm sure they loved every minute of it

    12. Kayla Poole said… September 23, 2010 2:54 pm

      Liz, these are gorgeous! I'm so inspired to throw a party. Oh and hey, send your friends my way…I'll take good care of them here in NYC 😉

    13. michelle said… September 23, 2010 2:30 pm

      Such a great party! All the details were so thoughtful and lovely. And the food was crazy good (especially the pies!)

    14. Mara said… September 23, 2010 1:27 pm

      Really adorable, Liz!

    15. Caroline said… September 23, 2010 11:48 am

      What a beautiful party!!

    16. christine, just bella said… September 23, 2010 11:16 am

      What an amazing evening!! The candlelight is beautiful!

    17. liz stanley said… September 23, 2010 11:00 am

      Thanks everyone for the nice comments! Barbara, yes they were those battery operated tea lights? a ton of them. cheap but soooo much easier than real candles!

    18. barbara holmes said… September 23, 2010 10:00 am

      Wow, very cool effect. were those tea lights? i love them but hate lighting all of them!

    19. jamie said… September 23, 2010 9:59 am

      I can't believe all this work you did! looks so beautiful

    20. ellen said… September 23, 2010 9:39 am

      PLEASE share the secret recipe…!

    21. liz stanley said… September 23, 2010 9:27 am

      Kelly, shoot me an email and I'm happy to share them!

    22. Heather J said… September 23, 2010 9:05 am

      What a sweet party. I am sure your friends felt loved. Love all the little details!

    23. Kelly and Kelly said… September 23, 2010 8:39 am

      can you share the list of ny faves? i will be there in a few weeks.

    24. Janelle said… September 23, 2010 8:37 am

      Seiously so beautiful. You have a gift!

    25. Norah said… September 23, 2010 8:36 am

      It was a party I'll never forgot. thanks a million Liz.

    26. Erica said… September 23, 2010 8:31 am

      Beautiful! The forget me not favors are genius.

    27. You Are My Fave said… September 23, 2010 8:10 am

      Everything is so pretty. I love the way the candlelight lights up the tables. And what a fun setting!

    28. Tea said… September 23, 2010 8:00 am

      What a gorgeous party! I love the glowing tables and all the thoughtful details. I'm sure your friends felt the love.

    29. coolkids said… September 23, 2010 7:25 am

      lovely party.

    30. marta said… September 23, 2010 7:12 am

      absolutely gorgeous. how do you do it?! i love the candlelit along the table settings.

    31. R-Eight said… September 23, 2010 7:00 am


    32. genevieve, sandbox romance said… September 23, 2010 6:13 am

      Perfect in every way!

    33. robin k said… September 23, 2010 6:11 am

      Beautiful, Liz!

    34. Ana Degenaar said… September 23, 2010 5:45 am

      This is seriously adorable! We live in a flat and I'm throwing a tea party in about 2 weeks, I have NO idea of how to decorate the place… those flowers arrangements look amazing and doable 😉 Thanks

    35. heidi adnum said… September 23, 2010 5:34 am

      Just gorgeous. Love the list of NY favourites 🙂

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