Thursday, August 15, 2013

Magical Dinner in Chicago Courtyard

A group of us were invited to Mariterese's brownstone in the city for dinner last night!  It was the perfect night- low 70's, no humidity and no bugs!  So dinner was outside in her breathtaking courtyard. We felt as though we were transported to New Orleans for the evening.

Looking down from the deck above you can see the lush courtyard below.

Looking up in the courtyard to the wisteria covered deck off the kitchen.

The newly installed fountain with roses floating in the basin.


The spectacular trumpet vine that was come back for the 2nd year and grown up and over the pergola- just glorious!

Huge hibiscus flowers

The crystal candelabra in the bird bath- so wonderful with the drippy candles.

And then you see the "creation "- the breathtaking dinner table. An artfully combined tablescape of roses and ribbons carefully woven into an artistic canvas.  Truly a feast for the eyes.


Treats of the olive oil and vinegar that were used for the dinner salad dressing were favors for each guest.


The ivy from the hanging baskets created a curtain around the  dining table.

Each place setting was on a wooden board with a black and white napkin tied with a rose and eucalyptus.


Dinner was divine- tomato basil soup served in vintage punch cups

A beautiful summer salad with tomatoes, peaches, roasted chicken and lots of yummy goodness

A simply divine summer pies for dessert with sorbet!
What a delightful evening- wonderful friends, food and the perfect setting. Thanks MT for another memorable time at your lovely home. 


Julie Andrea said...

What an absolutely beautiful evening. MT goes above and beyond when she entertains and we're so lucky to be the recipients...what a wonderful friend. I'm craving that salad today. I'll try to recreate it, but it'll never be the same.
Loved getting together with all the girls.

LostRoses said...

Over the top lusciousness! Good heavens, what does one do for an encore? Love the candelabra on the table and in the birdbath...what fun! First visit to your blog but not my last. Beautiful post!

Christy said...

Magical, magnificent, mouth-watering, delightful night. The salad was so so good and the pies were deliciously decandent. A wonderful way to say goodbye to summer...sitting outside with the candles glowing listening to the sounds at night. Loved it. Thank you so much, MT, for great memories.

Katha said...

Breathtakingly fabulous! Just a perfect evening in a perfect setting! Thank you MT for yet another wonderful evening!

Laurell Banner said...

This evening was so delightful. The gardens and the meal were outstanding. Just love going to MT's and being transported to a different time and place.
Great seeing everyone. Truly miss my RTH girls.
Wonderful post and once again great pics Susan.
Thanks, La

Leslie said...

Such an absolutely gorgeous luncheon with THE most beautiful table setting I've ever seen. What a great idea to send guests home with olive oil and vinegar:) and the salad looks delicious. I've never tried the combination of peaches and strawberries. The most amazing part of this table is the candelabra. Definitely the perfect touch!