Hawaiian Surf Party

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography by Teresa Earnest
1974 Custom Surf Board by Roger Brucker 

Proof that you don’t need a Hawaiian beach to have a Hawaiian beach party.
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Hawaiian Surf Party
(a fun party that doesn’t need a beach)

What you need: 
A buffet table (I used a vintage surfboard, but any surfboard or SUP board would work)
Bamboo plates and wicker chargers
Fresh flower leis for everyone, including a Vizsla with an attitude
Old Hawaiian shirts torn into napkins
At least one person in a Dashboard Hula Dancer Costume
Kona Brewing Company Beer
A macadamia nut inspired meal: Lime Broiled Fish and Macadamia Nut Pesto, Macadamia Nut Brittle, Chewy Macadamia Nut Brownies


Libbie’s Table: Hot Pepper Party

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

When asked “who’s coming to dinner” I’m full of pride to say my husband and son. It’s never “only my husband and son”. They are everything and they love spicy food and I love them….so natch a festive table was in order for a meal where hot pepper sauce hugged every dish.
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Hot Pepper Party

Linen Napkins from Shop Fog Linen ($14 ea)
Enamelware Plates vintage, similar on Etsy ($7 ea)
1930’s Cherry Red Bakelite Flatware, vintage from Habersham Antiques Market, similar on Etsy) ($5 per piece)
Hand thrown stoneware plates,  picked up at a junk shop in Va…don’t remember the name ($1.50 ea)
Wooden bowls, similar from World Market ($2)
Argyle printed mason jars, Fish’s Eddy/similar still in stock ($9.50 ea)
Jute twine from Home Depot
Mini red clothes pins from Michaels



Edible Flower Salad

By Libbie Summers
Photography by Chia Chong
Recipe by Brenda Anderson
Fashion Stylist Brooke Atwood
Flowers by Ashley Woodson Bailey
Artwork by Katherine Sandoz
Model April Johnston

A stunningly adorned setting and a beautiful girl can make a meal…so can a delicious flower.
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Edible Flower Salad with Lemon Thyme Dressing and Crispy Prosciutto
serves 6, (makes 10 ounces of dressing)

What you need:
6 thinly sliced pieces of prosciutto
6 ounces vegetable oil
4 ounces rice vinegar
Juice and zest of two lemons
1 tablespoon thyme leaves
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
8 cups spring greens, rinsed and dried
2 cups edible flowers (we used nasturtiums and pansies), lightly rinsed and patted dry

What to do:
Preheat oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place prosciutto on it in a single layer. Bake until crisp (about 15 minutes). Allow to cool.

In a jar with a lid, add the oil, vinegar, lemon zest, lemon juice, thyme leaves, salt and pepper. Shake well.

To Serve: Divide salad greens and edible flowers among 6 chilled plates. Spoon dressing over and top with crispy prosciutto.

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Libbie’s Table: Help Yourself Ice Cream

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey
Photography by Teresa Earnest 

Even if you aren’t a taste fan of ice cream of the neapolitan persuasion, you at least have to admit you have marveled at the ice cream graphic when you open a box. That pink, brown and white perfection got me thinking about having a help yourself ice cream dessert course and making the entire table a mosaic of neapolitan gorgeousness. So I did. And it didn’t disappoint. Cones and colorful scoops at the ready for guests to help themselves.

I could get lost in this ice cream dream for hours. And I did.

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Help yourself!!
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Libbie’s Table: Butter

By Libbie Summers
Assisted by David Dempsey

“What would you like to have as your last supper?” they asked. For a moment, I thought about this.
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Dig in.
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