Monday, May 31, 2010

Memorial Day Barbecue

Come and join us for our first al fresco dinner party of the year!
What a perfect night! The temperature was 75 degrees and there was a soft breeze. The table was set outside under the mulberry tree for our weekend guests and us.

I didn't get too crazy with the tablescape. Using my new willow chargers from Ballard Designs and the plates that we found New Year's Day at a local antique store, I set a simple table for four. Napkins are from Pottery Barn.

The succulents were perfect as the centerpieces, adding more texture to the rustic table.

There was this delicious seeded sourdough bread from a local bakery in Sebastopol. It was the perfect bread to accompany the menu.

Which included this lovely fennel salad with just a touch of olive oil and sea salt.

Also, this arugula, tomato and avocado salad with balsamic vinegar and olive oil.
Mr. A barbecued rack of lamb!

As the sun set and the music was playing in the background, we enjoyed the meal with a lovely bottle of Cabernet Sauvignon. We toasted to our 28th anniversary, as well as our friend's 60th birthday!

I tried to capture the Blue Hour again, however, it turned out a little blurry. Still, it looks like a memory.....

How romantic is this!

Great food, great company, great evening.
Great Memorial Day Weekend!

I'm linking up to Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday.
Wednesday is Outdoor Wednesday at Susan's A Southern Daydreamer.
As well as Centerpiece Wednesday at The Style Sisters. I also will link up to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday
and Michael at Designs by Gollum for Foodie Friday.
Thank you ladies for hosting!


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