|Calligraphy menu www.lauraknecht.com|
|Lynda's French Shoe Favors|
|Signature Cocktail - love the color.|
|Fig and Goat Cheese appetizer|
|Marcello- a man of many talents!|
Imagine the surprise - being treated to a gourmet dinner by a private chef in Julie's gorgeous home with 11 of my closest friends- that's what happened to me tonight as a surprise for my birthday! Marlene flew in from Tennessee and Amy and Candy came back early from vacations- that really meant a lot to me. Lynda Sue was already here for the week of the 4th. Orchestrating the party, Lynda had all the pieces in place. Per Laurell's suggestion, all the girls set their own place settings in their personal style and personal china, making an interesting and very pretty table.
Candy borrowed a huge portable tabletop from Bonny, so that we could all sit together at a large table that was placed in Julie's living room. Large white clothes and Laurell's grandmothers gorgeous white embroidered tablecloth covered the huge table. Candlelight and flowers from Twigs set a romantic tone.. Lynda Sue made French shoes for every setting to tie the table together.
The food was fantastic.Lynda had personal chef Marcello prepare a divine meal of appetizers, seafood, pork and delicious sauces and accompaniments. Dessert was Creme Brulee and this decadent cake of mango and passion fruit mousse. Linda D had found these fun sparkler candles for the center of the cake - I loved it! Julie has purchased the cake from Froggy's in Highwood and it was perfect for a summer's night. Linda D. had the beautifully calligraphied menu scribed by Laura Knecht in Barrington and was absolutely stunning on the torn parchment paper. With Lynda's orchestration, I can't believe that all these girls came together and created this beautiful night for me. It was fun and a night that I will remember forever! Thank you everyone!