I hope you guys had an amazing weekend! Ours was an eventful one filled with family and friends, and we got lucky with beautiful weather. Nick and I hosted a small summer gathering on our roof deck to send off one of our closest friends, Carolyn, who is leaving Boston. I'm going to miss her dearly, but good thing she's not going too far!
We wanted to throw a classy party in honor of a classy lady, so it was perfect we were able to partner with Stella Artois to host this get-together. Alongside their beverages, we wanted to incorporate some signature elements of New England summers like plentiful hydrangeas and, of course, fresh seafood! Friends also wore their summer whites as an ode to the last few weeks of summer. Side tip: keep a Tide pen handy for guests if you're hosting a whites party : )
For food we went the classic New England route, with a trio of lobster, crab, shrimp rolls (and grilled cheese for vegetarian friends) alongside oysters served on ice. We had all the sandwiches catered by Luke's Lobster, who for bigger orders actually butter and assemble them on-site so they don't get soggy. I ordered a few extra to be safe and there was not a single leftover morsel to be found. If you ask Nick, there might be nothing better than a fresh buttery lobster roll and a cold beer on a hot day! As for the oysters, it was a no-brainer to order from Island Creek after touring their farm earlier this month.
Yummy charcuterie station set up by our friend Liz - I forgot to take a photo 'til after it was half devoured!
If you're doing your own flowers for a DIY event, definitely check your local grocery stores and chat with the floral department managers. I usually try my luck last-minute at Trader Joe's - my local store unloads daily shipments at night, so I've had good luck popping in right before they close and asking to peek inside the new boxes! If you plan ahead, many grocery stores (like Stop & Shop around here) will let you order exactly what you want, in bulk and in advance for a future date.
Threshold bar cart (older version)
As Snapchat followers may know, my youngest brother Schuyler has been driving my parents nuts so they shipped him off to Nick and I for "camp." I've been MIA from the blog this week to spend time with him - he's certainly giving us a small taste of parenthood to an energetic and extremely curious / nosy pre-teen! Although he sure tests my patience, I appreciate these days with him like none other. I also have to admit he's been a good little helper! He even snapped these photos as we were setting up before guests arrived, but not without voicing lots of unsolicited feedback about our awkward poses...
To cover up some unsightly chimneys on our roof, we used jumbo DIY paper flowers borrowed from my friend Khatu's baby shower. These were a labor of love but are always a hit with guests! Here's a YouTube tutorial, in case any of you want to try your hand at them for an event.
Despite some threats of thunderstorms (would've been quite the interesting event in all our whites!), we lucked out with a gorgeous fiery sunset over the city, making it one to remember. Thank you to all of our wonderful friends for helping set up and make this shindig come together!
Thank you to Stella Artois for partnering on this post!