Guests arrived amidst flurries on a blustery Saturday evening, only to be greeted with Pomegranate Martini’s, and the warm glow of jewel-toned votives under a canopy of pink and orange balloons.
While ladies sipped champagne, men rejoiced at the selection of IPA (India Pale Ale) on tap (or rather on ice), and everyone hit the buffet table to try exotic fruits and cheese, roast winter vegetable crudites, and avocado-tahini dip…
To set the scene, we slipped sparkling Indian bracelets around each votive, while tall Caspari candles and wildly colorful plates brought out the brilliant hues of overflowing platters, and highlighted Roberta Freeman’s decadent (and oh so fitting) “Amanda” tablecloth.
Creamy filled Cucumber flowers and Sesame Lemongrass Shrimp Skewers disappeared as fast as they arrived…
When it came time for dessert, a vibrant red-velvet cupcake tower was easy and exciting finger food for guests wanting something sweet.
And the surprise of lemon sugar cookies were a well-loved homage to the evening’s inspiration: