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Friday, June 24, 2011

Four Course Summer Dinner Party

Four Course Summer Dinner Party


Honestly, I'm drooling even as I write this post.
Last night I had a BLAST.
There was yummy food.
There was tear induced laughter.
There was even a choking incident on a giblet of corn--you know when you are enjoying your food a bit too much and you inhale deeply before completely chewing...and a large chunk of food seems to impale the back of your throat, and soon after embeds into your lung...
yeah, that happened to my dear friend last night.

It was good times.

I was invited to join a dinner party group--called Karrot Sticks.
Basically, it's a group of 10 super rad and bodacious ladies that leave the kiddos home for one evening every month to enjoy some fine dining in the comfort of a hosts beautiful home. 

We divide into groups of two, and every month one group is responsible for creating and hosting a 4-course meal--appetizer, soup or salad, entree and dessert.  You even get to pick a theme.
Last nights theme was "Welcome Summer".
And it turns out, I'm quite a fan of summer food.



 ~ The Menu ~
Appetizer: Pomegranate Spritzers, Prosciutto Cantaloupe Bites
Salad: Tomato & Watermelon Salad
Main: Mar-a-Lago Turkey burger with Mar-a-Lago Pear Chutney, Sweet Potato Fries with Sour Cream Dipping Sauce, Grilled Corn
Dessert: Blueberry-Plum crisp with Homemade Vanilla Bean Ice Cream.











You know you're enjoying your night out when the sun is up when you arrive, and down when you leave. 




And just as a reminder that all things beautiful, take lots of hard work.
Thank you, thank you to Amy and Nicki for hosting such a fabulous evening.

My partner Brittney and I are up in August, and we still need to come up with a theme and menu...
any ideas?

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55 Comments:

At June 24, 2011 at 4:18 PM , Blogger Barn Owl Primitives said...

how fun! i'm so doing this...minus the corn incident, i hope! thanks for the beautiful photos and inspiration!! xo

 
At June 24, 2011 at 4:22 PM , Blogger Cherry Blossoms said...

Yum and this dinner party is beyond beautiful! I wish I had the backyard space to host a lovely party like this.
By any chance can you share the recipes? The tomato watermelon salad looks amazing.
Enjoy your weekend!
-Heidi

 
At June 24, 2011 at 4:22 PM , Blogger Lindsey @ Confessions Of A Marine Wife said...

Oh my gosh, Ashley! That is such a good idea, especially upon moving to a new place (which be both just did!)

That food all looks so yummy. :]

 
At June 24, 2011 at 4:23 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

August is the month Hawaii became a state. Maybe a luau?

 
At June 24, 2011 at 4:28 PM , Blogger Trisha @ 3 Four and Under said...

Looks like so much fun! How do you know all those ladies from the Agoura 2nd Ward? I know all of them.

 
At June 24, 2011 at 4:37 PM , Blogger Kassi @ Truly Lovely said...

That sounds like a BLAST!!! :) You could do Late Summer Heat and serve spicy food!

 
At June 24, 2011 at 4:55 PM , Blogger Delaney said...

Sounds fun! I'm a new follower!
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At June 24, 2011 at 5:07 PM , Blogger Kari said...

This is SO adorable!! Maybe when I'm all grown up and the hubs and I can move out of married student housing and into a house-I'll be able to do something like this! Until then-I can only dream and live through you!

Kari

 
At June 24, 2011 at 5:09 PM , Blogger jamie @ kreyv said...

Wow! So yummy and beautiful! I think you should do a beach theme, because you remind me of the beach! I think the decor would be really easy and beautiful...as for the food, not sure. I've never lived by the beach!

 
At June 24, 2011 at 5:23 PM , Blogger Autumn said...

I have no earthly idea, however, I do know that I really want a chunk out of that ice cream.

 
At June 24, 2011 at 5:26 PM , Blogger Audrey Crisp said...

How fun! That party looks amazing!

 
At June 24, 2011 at 5:41 PM , Blogger Jenni said...

Love the menu! Everything looks delicious!

I am part of a supper club too, the hubs and I meet with three other couples, once each season ~ we are in charge of the summer menu! i almost put that salad on the menu too, but went with a grilled watermelon salad instead...should be interesting! I got some nice decor ideas for mine from yours though, thank you!

As far as your menu for August, I could email you the summer menu that we put together if you want me too?! I have all of the links already on an email, as I have to print them all out and give to the other members of my club anyway, as we do ours a little different! You can read about it here:

http://roselandfamily.blogspot.com/2011/03/supper-club-spring.html

on it you will find our spring menu and links to fall and winter if you wanted even more ideas!

i love meeting with other married couples - kids have to stay with a babysitter - but i love the idea of a ladies supper club too! just might have to start this up!

 
At June 24, 2011 at 5:51 PM , Blogger Raige Creations said...

that sounds so awesome, and what beautiful decorations!
I love mexican food, so fajitas, guacamole, fried ice cream, etc. would be my suggestion. tho, I am not sure how to make fried ice cream.....

 
At June 24, 2011 at 5:52 PM , Blogger ilene @ muchloveilly said...

im in a party mood now - esp. after these photos! inspiring!!!

 
At June 24, 2011 at 6:04 PM , Blogger kadie dahl said...

In August we have the state fair. Maybe go with a fair themed party! How fun would that be?!

Come check my blog out at:
thedahlsonceuponatime.blogspot.com

 
At June 24, 2011 at 6:15 PM , Blogger brooke field said...

that is an amazing idea!

 
At June 24, 2011 at 6:40 PM , Blogger Karri said...

Just breathtaking!! What a gorgeous dinner party :)

 
At June 24, 2011 at 6:44 PM , Blogger Amy said...

The tablescape and lights are gorgeous! And the food? Yum! Everything looks sooo delicious! How fun!

amy day to day

 
At June 24, 2011 at 6:59 PM , Blogger MamaMonki said...

Looks like a beautiful night. I'm thinking I need to start something like this up here.

 
At June 24, 2011 at 7:07 PM , Blogger lori said...

how fun!!! it makes me want to join a dinner party group! maybe one day. lovee the set up!

 
At June 24, 2011 at 7:14 PM , Blogger The Zeediks said...

Great post Ash. I was laughing while reading and my mouth was watering all over again! It was truly sensational! The blog where we post all the recipes is karrotsticks.blogspot.com
LOVE that you asked for ideas. When Halle's down I'll be looking up some of those links!
Great writing as always :)

 
At June 24, 2011 at 7:35 PM , Blogger Erin @ MomsHaveStyle2 said...

So after reading your post, while on our nightly post-dinner stroll, I rambled on and on to my husband about the party and how beautiful the setting and all the accoutrements were and how that's the kind of entertaining I envision, too. We love to throw parties with themes (wine and cheese, mediterranean night, low-country shrimp boils...I could go on. I really hope you'll pass on to your hostesses just how gorgeous this setting was and that it inspired me to go forth and celebrate!

 
At June 24, 2011 at 7:52 PM , Blogger Marie@PoutyPinkPrincess said...

I love this idea! It looks like so much fun!

 
At June 24, 2011 at 8:12 PM , Blogger Lindsay said...

Ok this looks AMAZING! Where do I sign up? :)

 
At June 24, 2011 at 8:27 PM , Anonymous Abby said...

Love your blog! Everything looked so yummy! Can you tell me about the table runners? Did you make them? I love that flower fabric.

 
At June 24, 2011 at 10:05 PM , Blogger mom said...

I'm all for the dessert. I love the little dishes. Amy, and
Niki did a great job.



















niki

 
At June 24, 2011 at 10:18 PM , Blogger Talia Rogers, MBA, PBC™ of Luxe. Event Design, LLC said...

This is so lovely! I know you all had great fun! Wonderful!

 
At June 24, 2011 at 10:36 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

This posts makes me happy! It reminds me of a Barefoot Contessa episode, and makes me want to experiment in the kitchen =) I'm a pretty new follower and am being brave to comment...thanks for a great read. You are InsPirAtiOnaL!

Maureen

 
At June 25, 2011 at 12:55 AM , Blogger wildchild said...

what a good idea. gives you a reason to get fancy and go have some fun :) it looks awesome

 
At June 25, 2011 at 4:26 AM , Blogger james @ agirlcalledjames said...

Wow everything looks amazing. I'm glad you were able to get out and have some adult time with friends.

 
At June 25, 2011 at 4:47 AM , Blogger Kimber said...

A luau with Hawaiian or Polynesian food would be awesome!

 
At June 25, 2011 at 8:36 AM , Blogger Darci said...

Oohhh, I miss California! This reminds me of my insanely-awesome baby shower. I love that you're doing this - maybe I'll steal the idea!

 
At June 25, 2011 at 12:52 PM , Blogger Amanda @ Ninth Street Notions said...

Looks delicious! I need to start me a dinner party club.

 
At June 25, 2011 at 4:21 PM , Blogger Ashlee said...

You should have a Caribbean Night filled w/ piña coladas, jerk chicken and island music. Ah, I want to do this myself! B)

 
At June 25, 2011 at 4:28 PM , Blogger Stephanie said...

Love the idea of "Late Summer Heat" someone mentioned! BUT I love the "Fair food" idea even more...it got my mind running! You would do a gourmet twist on it. I don't know why but lamb skewers wrapped in phyllo dough and baked to be your fancy corn dog. OH but I bet you could do some type of Mexican polenta type batter on something. YUM...plus frying is more tasty : )

My mind if also reeling around funnel cakes and cotton candy : ) HA...and I don't even go to fairs or eat fair food...but it sounds like such a fun idea!!

Have a blast and I hope what ever you decide on makes the party!

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At June 25, 2011 at 5:12 PM , Blogger Abby said...

This is such a good idea! I am drooling over that food!

 
At June 25, 2011 at 7:33 PM , Blogger Kelsey said...

Looks like an amazing time! I think I need to look into starting something like this!

For your next theme you could do Hot Summer Nights, Luau, or All Work and No Play since August is typically back to school and routines for some people.

 
At June 25, 2011 at 11:25 PM , Blogger Tera said...

This was such a beautiful post about our wonderful night. Welcome to the club! Thank you for taking gorgeous pictures, as we never remember too. Now my husband can see what we were doing. Love your blog and your cute shop - the jewelry is creative and adorable. Can't wait to get to know you better.
ps - I love that everyone is talking about fair food, just like we talked about! chocolate covered bacon and fried butter, right?

 
At June 26, 2011 at 12:32 AM , Blogger Comeca Jones said...

Beautiful! Looks like you guys stepped in a really cool Pinterest photo lol.

 
At June 26, 2011 at 6:45 AM , Blogger Susan said...

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At June 26, 2011 at 12:53 PM , Blogger Karri said...

I was thinking of suggestions and I think my most memorable dinner party (we have a dinner club) and I think the most memorable one was when we did an Indian themed one. Not only was the food delicious, but the decorations are easy and so beautiful. Esp. if you host outside.

 
At June 26, 2011 at 2:37 PM , Blogger Alison said...

I saw your comment on my friend Nicki L.'s blog and I looked at your blog. I love Mom's who are so dedicated to being a Mom like you are!! I love how you actually play with your son all the time! I completely identify with your sentiments because I am a mom of one spirited son. I have to tell you about one book among others that changed how I parent...Raising Your Spirited Child by Mary Sheedy Kurcinka. You might like it. It helped me to understand my son's ideosynchracies and feel better about catering to them. My neglected website is parentspeace.com. I am now a follower of yours!! Thank you!!

 
At June 26, 2011 at 3:56 PM , Blogger Dawn said...

That is such a great idea. It looks like so much fun.

 
At June 26, 2011 at 7:46 PM , Blogger rebekah said...

what a crazy awesome party! i just threw a craft party myself - it was super fun. a vintage party is my next idea maybe u could do something like that

 
At June 26, 2011 at 8:59 PM , Blogger Nicki said...

You are absolutely adorable Ashley and thank you for taking such great pictures of our dinner party! I'll send you an email so I can get those pictures, I would love to blog about the night as well. I'm so glad that you accepted Brittney's invitation to be in the club... I'm looking forward to your dinner in August. You already have some great suggestions right here from your readers!

See you in July! xoxo

 
At June 27, 2011 at 5:38 AM , Blogger Allie said...

August is back to school month in most states. You could do upscale brown bag lunches???

 
At June 27, 2011 at 9:34 AM , Blogger CAW said...

oooo upscale brown bag lag i was thinking of a school theme to but that's goooood... or a lunch room theme using the old school trays we had... or I personally would love to be eating your Mexican food!! YUMMERS!!
Have a Salsa night playing music margaritas and mexican num.num.

 
At June 27, 2011 at 11:16 AM , Blogger LaynahRose said...

wow I love those! also, consider me your very newest follower, i just found your cute little blog :)

 
At June 27, 2011 at 11:17 AM , Blogger LaynahRose said...

ooops i commented on the wrong post :) pretend that comment is on the one with the silver beauties. kthanks. bye.

 
At June 27, 2011 at 7:19 PM , Blogger Witty Whit said...

What a great idea! I love girls night and will have to remember this when I have kids :)

 
At June 28, 2011 at 11:32 AM , Blogger Lexie Loo & Dylan Too said...

That sounds wonderful! What a fun idea!

 
At June 28, 2011 at 12:09 PM , Blogger An Irish Italian Blessing said...

WOW! Fabulous party. How or where can I find the recipe for that Tomato Watermelon Salad! I'm searching the web but not finding anything good. Any chance you could post a recipe?

 
At June 29, 2011 at 1:58 PM , Blogger Rosebud said...

I love the Heartstrngs Necklace!

 
At June 30, 2011 at 12:26 PM , Blogger Linds@ THAT'S SO CUEGLY said...

Have a FOND of U fondu party!

 
At June 30, 2011 at 7:43 PM , Blogger hotpants™ said...

Oh, how lovely!

 

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