Last Night Rick and I hosted our annual Holiday party for our staff. Usually it is held sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas but this year we scheduled it for after Christmas because we were having our hardwood floors refinished and couldn’t squeeze it in before.
I have to say that I enjoyed planning it and being there much more than ever before. With so much going on during the holidays, it was always very chaotic for me to plan a big party too. This time I didn’t have to decorate for Christmas, I could do whatever I wanted. I asked Rick to cut some pear branches from our trees. They looked very spring-like.
I used our Nantucket Home vanilla candles in a grouping on the coffee table with some white tulips (clearly one of my favorite flowers) and I placed some tea lights in a bowl of white “moonstones” collected from a beach in Sayulita, Mexico. Whenever we would vacation in Mexico, our suitcases were at least 10-20 pounds heavier coming home because of all the beach rocks I would collect.
My tray of liquers became festive with a string of tiny white lights
Jeff Page, cult caterer and formerly the chef and owner of JP’s Restaurant, catered our affair. And my, oh my, was it an eating orgy! So many wonderful and exotic foods…my favorites were the Ginger Soy Cured Steelhead topped with a Crème Fraiche Citrus Sauce and the Gorgonzola Cheese Cake with Pear and Fig Compote and the heavenly light Chocolate Souffles for dessert with homemade Banana Ice Cream. Jeff outdid himself and his wife Kristin arranged the buffet table like a painting with a huge slab of walnut burl to hold the delicacies.
A quick smile before the serious work starts…Brooke our server, with Kristin and Jeff.
Jeff, in action…in my kitchen!
Our valuable crew of twelve… one absent (Jenna we missed you)!
NanContinue reading "NH Holiday Party" »