Rustic Local Dinner Party
July 22, 2014
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I can't think of a better way to enjoy the summer than with a gorgeous al fresco dinner made of the most delicious local foods around! Threaded Together Photography created an organic setting in a rustic barn using mismatched vintage pieces, dyed linen runners, and seasonal flowers from Barbie's Blooms. Paired with a tasty bounty from Tasteful Temptations using fresh ingredients from local farmers, this dinner is one for the books!
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From Threaded Together Photography: I've always wanted to do a dinner party in a barn that was both elegant and relaxed with fresh locally sourced dishes. When I came across the Horse Stamp Inn and chatted with its kind owner, Tom Hutcheson, I knew I finally found a place to make the vision come to life. I pulled classic pieces from my vintage rental collection like my farm tables as well as a unique chair table that features both a slate board center and pull out drawers. The slate center was the perfect base for the cheese wheel tower which included locally produced cheeses and was accompanied by North Florida made palmetto honey and berry compote.

The table was laid with hand made runners. I wanted a pale blue gauzy runner and couldn't find the right fit so I dyed some white linen fabric woven with silver metallic threads (great texture) and left the edges frayed and imperfect. Basic white square plates served as a base for vintage blue appetizer plates, classic white napkins and silver twig flatware. The place settings were topped with a menu card designed in collaboration with Katie Hoffman Ink featuring a custom barn graphic. Katie also designed an invitation suite with bespoke crest and used a botanical stamp.

For the menu I wanted beautiful dishes full of locally sourced ingredients harvested in the season by area farms. To start guests sipped on a mixed berry seltzer with a vodka base. The salad consisted of fresh greens, candied pecans, goat cheese and grilled peaches topped with a raspberry coulis. A dose of the South was served up in the main dish of sweet tea brined pork with vidalia onions. Sides were a simple assortment of grilled then chilled vegetables and seasoned potato slices. With blueberries in full bloom, a desert of fresh blueberry tart garnished with cream, lemon and mint was the ultimate seasonal sweet treat.

Mismatched chairs, seasonal blooms in simple white vases, and candles added softness and warmth to the space. For the florals I collaborated with Barbie's Blooms to create a palette of green and white with pops of berry. Sticking to a color palette while using only flowers and greenery in season kept the look cohesive and organic. Freesia, garden roses and genestra gave off a sweet fragrance. Curtains with floral tie backs framed the barn entrance. Guests concluded the evening by feeding the resident horse carrots and greens. May this encourage you to shop local and inspire your upcoming dinner parties, whether in a barn or your own backyard.

Farm Partners:
Sea Island Farmer's Market
Amelia Island Farmer's Market
Riverside Arts Market
Cabbage Creek Farm
Bacon Select Produce
Pastor Prime Farm
Harriet's Bluff Organic Blueberry Farm
Bland Farms