It was so much fun!
The weather had me stressed out all day because I Really wanted to have the party on the deck and it kept raining on and off... but it stopped just in time to set up and it was a gorgeous evening!
Table all set
I used an old board I found and loaded it up with sand, shells and candles
To tie in the brown and turquoise, I used brown paper and drizzled it with paint to overlay the tablecloth
The table waiting for food
Love these lanterns
Rebekah's photo book wrapped up with a favorite quote of mine
Since it's hot out, I wanted all the food to be cold and fresh and bright (this also made it easy for me to prepare a lot of things ahead of time and not be sweating over a hot stove! I also tried out two brand new recipes and really liked them!
This was one of the new ones, I'm always glad to find new quinoa recipes!
(It had lots of veggies in it and a nice tangy orange basil dressing)
This was new too - the lime in the marinade added the perfect zing
This is an old favorite, great by itself or on chips!
(These next two are self explanatory, but I just got carried away with the labels) =)
Homemade guacamole (I Love it when the avocados are perfectly ripe!)
My old standby, homemade hummus
I loved using the china and glassware passed down from my mom! So pretty!
(It got lots of compliments)
Melissa and Nathalie
Abby and Terri's friend, Genevieve
Rebekah and I
Genevieve and Terri
Oops! Totally had anticipated that these little candles would burn down so quickly!
(I'm glad the paper was on top of the tablecloth!)
Bubbly in the candlelight
(This was the first time I had made mini pavlovas, and it was so fun!)
Candles in the dark, begging to be photographed =)
Signs of a good time
I just loved how the lemons and limes in the water pitcher looked in the candlelight =)
It was a perfect evening with good friends, good food, and blissfully unhurried conversation into the candlelit night. We love you and will miss you terribly, Rebekah!