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{oyster party} recap

by Lila on August 8, 2014

Throw your own Oyster Party!One word sums up our outdoor oyster party: Yum. Glasses filled with champagne, oysters on the grill, friends sitting around chatting and shucking oysters. Very few things make me happier.

Oyster Party - CenterpieceThe table looked beautiful. The diy napkins adorned white ceramic dishes. A salad plate helped keep everything pinned down as gusts of wind dipped in and out of our backyard. Blue and white hydrangeas sat in dip-dyed jars atop a brown-paper runner and layered table cloths. My favorite things on the table were the champagne glasses, old-school family crystal passed down to us that I have been itching to use. The effect was rustic and glamorous all at once.

Oyster Party - Table settingOyster Party The sips and bites made this my favorite menu to date. Glasses were filled with bubbles and white wine while fresh oysters were shucked and put out with Hog Island’s Hogwash. So good. Meanwhile the grill was hot and laden with Bourbon Chipotle Butter Oysters. These morsels were show stoppers and so simple. The salad was fresh from the market and featured nectarines, goat cheese, and edible flowers. A basket full of bread sat beside a platter of cheese and dried apricots. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.

Oyster Party - The spreadOyster Party - The spreadOyster Party - Outdoor LightsAfternoon turned into evening and the patio lights set a soft glow on the party as we sat under quilts in the San Francisco fog. Handmade Cantaloupe-Mint Ice Cream was passed around the table to cap off the incredible meal.

Oyster Party - Cantaloupe Mint Ice CreamOyster Party - Cantaloupe Mint Ice CreamThe best part about this oyster party was that there was very little prep for an incredible meal. We left the shucking to do with our guests, so all to be done before their arrival was grocery shopping, making salad, and preparing the bourbon butter. Sweet, simple, and delicious.

Thank you to my wonderful guests and husband for helping with everything from shucking oysters to taking gorgeous photos! It was an evening that will not soon be forgotten. In fact, we might have to do it again. Soon.

Don’t miss the rest of the Oyster Party Series! You can find the inspiration here, the invite here, the napkin how-to here, the recipes here, and what to wear here!

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kate @ undeniable style August 8, 2014 at 7:57 am

eee! magical evening. loved the big pile of quilts to keep us all warm, too. xo.


Jessie August 9, 2014 at 8:10 pm

Just stumbled upon your adorable blog. These pictures are beautiful! Love the white hydrangeas with the navy linens.


Lila August 10, 2014 at 10:05 am

Thank you so much! I’m glad you found me :)


Sarah @ SnixyKitchen August 11, 2014 at 12:30 am

I’ve had this post open since you posted it to tell you how much fun this party looks, but I’m just now getting back through all my tabs. LOVE your hanging lights – and I love that you made my ice cream – makes me so so happy (and also served it in the SAME bowls I used:). And that salad! YUM!


Jordan August 12, 2014 at 9:39 am

oh man, I wish I was there! This looks like a beautiful evening. Love the pictures!


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