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!