By Libbie Summers
Assisted by Candace Brower and Anthony Lunsmann
Photography by Cedric Smith
When one of the coolest chicks in the land (I’m talking about you Autumn Van Gunten) is turning 40 and her even cooler boyfriend (Yep, that’s you Cedric Smith) asks you to cater a little surprise dinner party for her and her closest friends, you scream HELL YES!
Inspired by the juicy ruby colored fruit of the season, I used cherries to inform the table and the menu spectacle for this very special event.
The result, like Autumn, a total cherry bomb!!!
The menu on a chalkboard made of a vintage vanity mirror
Greens, roses, fresh cherries and vintage milk glass ran down the middle of the farm tables as a centerpiece.
The birthday girl, Autumn, in blue and feeling happy surrounded by her dearest friends including her best friend who flew in from Ohio for the surprise!
Me…explaining the menu and looking tired! 🙂
First Course (sat on the table for guests to pour themselves):
Southern Peanut Soup
Salad of Pea Shoots, Avocado and Watermelon
Tablescape Ingredients: Fresh rosemary, eucalyptus, fresh cherries, pink roses, garden greens, vintage glassware, mix of flatware, torn french fabric napkins, mix and match plates, vintage milk glass, glass cloches and burlap.
Slow Roasted Pork Tenderloin, Fried Potatoes, Cherry Salsa, Handmade Charred Tortillas
Happy 40th Birthday Autumn!