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I am fortunate enough to have my dream job of staying at home with my two beautiful daughters. I've been happily married for 6 years and counting! I am a lover of all things french, all things pink, and anything that sparkles. Serioulsy, my husband calls me a crow. I love baking, crafting and throwing big parties, especially if they have a theme. Right now, I'm in love Pinterest. My Hero is Heather from Sprinkle Bakes and my mom.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Garden Party 2011

I really wanted to make sure I got a Garden Party post in.
 We missed last year, which was the first year we'd missed since 2006. 
So this year we had to do it up big time!!

It was such a gorgeous night with such great friend and family.
It really was perfect!
My mom is such an amazing cook and hostess. I just can't speak enough praise for her!!

On with the show!

Christie made these gorgeous shabby chic looking water bottle labels.

Fresh flowers from my 'garden'.

A little pre-dinner croquet.

The hostess, whipping up a culinary storm!

The girls of GP 2011

The little ducks of GP

The men of GP

Christie and I came over in the morning and did a little decorating

Dinner Cocktails, SO delicious!!
Champagne, Apricot Brandy & Apricot Nectar.
Also pictured, the deep fried buffalo chicken wontons.....I'm drooling just thinking about them!

Spiced Coconut Lentil Soup with Cilantro butter.

My awesome parents/friends/hosts.

Open faced steak, tomato and provolone sandwich with Worcestershire butter. 
And baked garlicky wedge potatoes.

And a molten chocolate cake with fresh raspberries and Hagen Daaz vanilla ice cream.

Rob with Lexie and Ben with Venice getting ready to light the lantern

Me and my bestie!

My family, minus one sleeping baby!

The beautiful Roy family

Lantern Time!!

Intense lantern watching from two little girls who stayed up waaaaaaaay past their bed time!

Making a wish!

My wish was for some more homemade aioli.
And another buffalo wonton.
And a pair of sweats.


Kelsey said...

Great pics Ali! what a night and wow, what a delish menu...yum yum!

Heath said...

Wow, we feel honored to be "blog worthy!!" Thanks to you and Christie for your amazing decorating (as per usual!) What a great evening, and our favorite summer tradition with the Winters and the Roys!

Christie said...

Our fav tradition as well! Leave it up to your bashfull mother to toot OUR horns for this garden party! You kiddin me?? Man oh man what a feast! Might be my fav GP so far! Such a great time :)