Summer Clam Bake in the City

This summer I had the pleasure and honor to be included in a special dinner event put together by a bunch of us wedding vendors/talented women. As friends who love to see each other, but often don't have a lot of time, we wanted to do something special and also tie in a bit of each persons work - while having a blast! 

The dinner you see below was organized primarily by Patricia of Fourteen-Forty and Chandara of Chandara Creative; it was held at Patricia's lovely West Village apartment.

Patricia and Chandara gave each of the vendors invited to the Clam Bake a special project that was in tune with their area of expertise. I made colorful accessories for each woman to wear, hand beaded napkin holders and festive drink stirrers (remember that DIY project on my blog earlier this month?).

The other lovely guests: 

Emily of Lael Cakes

Amber of Amber Gress photography

Courtney of Love + Brain Films

It was a truly delightful, inspiring and joyous evening. I hope you enjoy looking through the images and that it inspires you to throw your own little dinner soiree!  

p.s. This dinner party was just featured on StyleMePretty Living!!! 

 

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A gorgeous little booklet welcoming us to the dinner... (made by Patricia)

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Pick a piece! (Want one for real? Check out our new "Party" shop section!)

Pick a piece! (Want one for real? Check out our new "Party" shop section!)

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Chandara in action!

Chandara in action!

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Recipe: 

• 1/2 pound high quality bacon, sliced

• 1/2 stalk celery, thinly sliced

•  2 large leek, white part only, thinly sliced on the diagonal

• 1 large carrot, peeled and thinly sliced

• 3 sprigs fresh thyme

• 2 Tbsp. butter

• 8-10 medium-size Yukon Gold potatoes, quartered into bite-size cubes. Do not peel!

• 6 pounds small, raw Hog Island® Manila clams in the shell, rinsed (note: Hog Island estimates ~3/4 lb. of clams per serving)

• 1 quart heavy cream

• Salt and pepper

• Parsley for garnish

For the directions, see here.  

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Mango Salad

Mango Salad

My hand beaded napkin holders! (you can buy them here!)

My hand beaded napkin holders! (you can buy them here!)

Festive drink stirrers! (get yours here!)

Festive drink stirrers! (get yours here!)

Next up...dessert!

Next up...dessert!

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festive drink stirrer hushed commotion
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 (pick up your very own Floral Hair pin here!)

 (pick up your very own Floral Hair pin here!)

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Like Courtney's belt? You can have one too!

Like Courtney's belt? You can have one too!

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Don't miss the gorgeous video Courtney made for us!! 

 Credits: 

Photography: Amber Gress photography

Food and Prep: Chandara Creative

Paper Goods and Host: Fourteen-Forty

Desserts: Lael Cakes

Film: Love + Brain Films