How this all came about was more or less steve and I having a pitty party back in october/november about how we were the only ones NOT hitting the beaches of mexico or hawaii. or so it seemed. So we decided for our combined january birthdays that we would just have our own lil dinner party. We had recently just experienced one heck of a beautiful evening with friends and delicious food with Wes of canoe oysters- I blogged about it here. So our first contact was him. = happy bellies guaranteed.
Seeing that I write for three blogs I thought what the hell. Let's make this into a blog post. I did not intend for this to be so lavish. I'm not sad it turned out that way. But i honestly had zero expectations on this entire evening and It just escalated into something so gorgeous. Steve and I both felt like we were in a dream. I adore Molly with Lux Events. We are on the Our Collective Muse blog together so I asked if she wanted to bedazzle up my table. We hardly ever get to work together, just the way things pan out with our bride and grooms I guess. I had the best afternoon with her, chatting and laughing. Always a pleasure to be in the same room as her. Then I texted my friend Michelle that owns Michelle's Flowers to see if she was interested. She created beautiful pieces for us including moss mats that just ended up being to messy. Of course I photographed them at least. So beautiful. Then came booze...instead of walking over to stock up at sobey's liquor I thought of asking my friend Lisa with Lost River Distillery for vodka and my future neighbours on Valley Road at Black Fox Distillery for some gin. BOTH AMAZING!!!! such smooth tastes. Wes created this amazing fresh gin drink that I may have had a "few" of. It was so fresh with this celery/cucumber treat he whipped up for us. Paired it with fresh lime juice, bitters and ice. Let's just say my hangover was minimal as I probably consumed a few celery stalks that night. He also created one with the vodka called "the stone bridge". It was pink and fruity... can't remember what he had in it but it was pink and fresh as well. beautiful presentation.
You'll notice that we got uber spoiled with the extras on the table by Paperocelot. She's new ish to saskatoon and very talented. The runner, acrylic menus and name tag's made out of Wes's shucked oyster shells, layered with gold and our names inside. It was the perfect added touch to the evening. Thanks again Mahshed for joining in on the fun.
Selecting our guests: probably the hardest part about it all. We wanted fun outgoing friends as no one knew one another, well until everyone got talking, but us. We thought that was pretty fun. We selected a few friends/couples that appreciate fine cuisine. That maybe needed a break from the kids like we did. Or my bro and sis that are expecting and don't even know what's coming their way yet. I wish we could have afforded to invite the whole city of beautiful friends we have but we just can't fit that many in our dining room. It was pretty snuggly with 12 as it was. I do want to mention that the round table and cross back chairs we rented from Handy Special Events was such a great idea. Having the round created conversation as a big group rather then only conversing with the peeps on your end of the table. They were also SO kind to deliver and pick up right from our home. No loading up the truck with screaming kiddos. It was really kind!
Steve and I are still on a high from such a beautiful evening. I can't wait to do it all again one day. It might not be as lavish next time and perhaps stick to 5 courses instead of 8. It was amazing but we were poor in pacing ourselves when course one of pork and leek dumplings came out. whoops.
Over all. the evening was full of delicious food, people we love and so much fun! I would highly recommend contacting any of these fine vendors to spruce up your next diner party. If you think about it. You head out on the town for an evening vs having your own dinner party. You actually end of saving money... just a thought. We had asked our guests to contribute $100/per couple and a to bring a bottle of wine along. Steve and I picked up the rest of the tab as our treat and was worth every penny!
joc & steve