Sunday, February 13, 2011

So Where Were We? Part II

November weekends were marked by 30th birthday celebrations that captured the essence of the season....

Together with several friends, we hosted PCW's 30th birthday party at The Bayhouse just outside of Chestertown, MD.

Crisp weather, clear skies and the aroma of bar-b-que filled the afternoon air as we shot clays over the Chesapeake Bay and prepped for dinner.

A local caterer did the hog, Star Monograms of Annapolis did the custom cups, and we all made our favorite Thanksgiving sides with the intention of adding seasonal comfort foods that had meaning to each of us (I did this Sweet Potato Recipe).

The evening ended, or for some just begun, when we lit a bonfire on beach and danced the night away with iPods circling through the Bose dock.

Two weeks later, I hosted a buffet supper for WJR's 30th birthday inspired by Ina Garten's Barn Warming Barefoot Contessa Episode.

Cutting boards were piled high with pizzas from Spike Mendelsohn's We, The Pizza. Traditionally cut in triangles, we asked for the pies (Simple Cheese, Roasted Potato & Pancetta, and Spinach & Artichoke) to be cut in easy-to-eat squares. Accompanied by a mixed green salad, guests were able to serve themselves 13 bean soup in white ramekins and finish with olive oil or Parmesan cheese.

The buffet was set on a craft paper runner with piles of apples, pumpkins and gourds. Cutlery was grouped in silver mint julep cups and tall orange tapers were set in antique brass sticks.

As Ina would say, "How easy is that?"

What has been special or interesting about the parties you've hosted or attended recently?

Images: Thanks to my sister, DCM of The Belle Beat.

Sunday, February 06, 2011

So Where Were We?


First, let me say thank you to those of you who reached out via email, Twitter, Facebook and blog comments to check in and say "hello."

Second, apologies for the long absence with little interaction. One of the great benefits of starting Southern Gent just over two years ago is the relationships and friendships I have found and look forward to continuing in SG's third year. Thank you for your support along the way.

So where were we?

The last few months have been marked by celebrations, milestones and exciting life changes; starting back in October with....

...the wedding weekend of friends, Ben & Ledlie, in Nantucket over Columbus Day Weekend.

Across four crisp, sun-filled, early autumn days B&L celebrated their nuptials with a Welcome Party, Rehearsal Dinner at the Jared Coffin House and a sunset Ceremony at the White Elephant followed the next day by a Farewell Brunch.

It was the details - the bride and groom's brothers as their only attendants, the wood place cards made by the bride's father (a custom furniture maker), tear-filled toasts of fond memories and well wishes, and intimacy of dinner at two long banquet tables - that made this weekend memorable.

The following weekend back in The District....

....after an exhausting week in Chicago for work, I returned to an equestrian birthday celebration in lieu of heading to The Plains for International Gold Cup.

The afternoon of day drinking, fried chicken and ladder ball ended with a backyard flip cup tournament that put the losing side in Halloween costumes of years past. Unfortunately, pictures were banned to protect the not-so-innocent.

That's October. November and December include 30th birthday celebrations, a trip Down Under and the holidays proudly decked with "retail red."

Check back later this week for Parts II & III.

Monday, November 08, 2010

On the Bean Wagon

The first time I came across Bean's Lounger Boot, I was reading an magazine article around favorite things a few years ago. They quickly went on my 'mental procurement' list, but since I already owned Bean Mocs and 8" boots, passed on picking these up.

I really hadn't given them much thought until our boy JRS of Red Clay Soul started Operation Lounger Boot. These are great alternative for rainy days when you don't want to get soaked, lazy days when you just want to pull on your bean boots, and for those who don't know how to tie their shoes.

So jump on the Bean Wagon with me and leave a comment or two, forward the SG email blast, and/or, re-tweet this post so our friends above the line in Maine will hear the request.

Images: (top) and (bottom)