Monday, October 7, 2013

From Farm to Table without a hitch: Fall Edition

I am overwhelmed with gratitude and happy to report that the first Farm to Table dinner went off without a hitch. It was such a fantastic experience that I was humbled to be included in.

 Friday night was spent celebrating the coziness of fall, as well as, delicious farm fresh food. Pickled green beans, herb crusted lamb, beet salad, butternut squash griddle cakes, and strawberry mint water were just a few of the major players at the dining table. (Are any of you feeling hungry yet?) We indulged in brie, surrounded ourselves with pumpkins, ate by candle light and twenty amazing guests grew closer together as a community. It was a pretty special experience. I spent the rest of the weekend trying to recuperate & hoping that Arron (the farmer of Table Top Farm) experienced as wonderful of an event as possible and hoping that we represented him well as a whole. Elizabeth was an amazing coordinator & hostess, Chef Matt Elias was a culinary genius who made plating by a lantern seem easy and utterly cool and modern (he is a true artist) and I tried to cultivate an evening that felt homey and unique. I may have been one hot mess during the day on Friday while trying to scramble around making place settings and flower arrangements happen, but I wouldn't have had it any other way.

Here is a picture palooza that I promised all of you and I hope you can find some fall party decor inspiration.

I tried to keep it simple and I concentrated on using pumpkins, squash and fall inspired hues. Gorgeous flowers from the farm in rich golds, reds, and deep crisp oranges to set the tone which sat nestled in wooden boxes along the entire length of the table. The stunning redwood flower boxes were given to me by a very talented wood working genius in town and without them my vision would never have come to life. So a huge shout out to Danny Deixler. They're simple, beautiful and I couldn't be more head over heels for them. We also used Mason jars, an old feed trough as a serving table, galvanized pails and a crystal chandelier dangling from the tree branches to create the overall mood. And when you pair all of that with an out of this world menu, a dedicated farmer, and a lovely hostess... it made for one magical evening.

So what do you guys think? Can you feel all the love that went into this event? I have to give it to event planners...this is not an easy task but so incredibly rewarding when all is said and done. Now I am off to work more on the little man's birthday and I couldn't be more exhausted, as well as, thrilled about it.

Have a beautiful Monday.


  1. Wow how beautiful & delicious looking, Martha doesn't have anything on you Courtney
    You are the package deal, decorating, photography, caterer/chef !!

  2. Thank you thank you thank you. It was so much fun to be a part of. xoxox

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