A Coastal Dinner Party…
Nothing gets us more in the mood to entertain than spring on the Coast! With plenty of daylight in the forecast this coming season we are planning all sorts of dinner parties to celebrate! This Coastal celebration couldn’t have been more inviting as guests enjoyed the sunset on the rooftop for cocktails and a surf and turf menu for dinner. The Gulf Coast of Mississippi has so much to offer when entertaining. The Oyster Reef restaurant sits right on the beach in Long Beach, Mississippi- so when we found out they had a rooftop & private dining room available for events we snatched it up! The restaurant also has gorgeous panoramic views throughout.
This intimate dinner party for 30 guests was to celebrate a milestone birthday, but could easily be duplicated for a rehearsal dinner, pre-prom dinner, anniversary party or even a girls night out! The options are really endless.
About the food…
We chose to do a pre-selected menu for a buffet style dinner for this party and offered the following:
To begin, Chargrilled Oysters on the half shell and Cajun Boiled Royal Red Shrimp served with Remolaude Sauce,
Caesar Salad with homemade Dressing tossed with Parmesean Cheese and fresh baked Croutons, Roasted Beef Tenderloin Served with Horseradish Aioli
Green Beans Almondine, Garlic Infused Vermicelli and Chocolate Ganache Birthday Cake.
We also offered a beer and wine selection and Southern Sweet Tea to drink.
Tip: When choosing a menu for a buffet, be sure to include starters and accompaniments with the main course. This ensures you have something for everyone no matter their preference and also you have a complete meal.
About the decor….
The French Portager of Bay St. Louis, did the floral design. When throwing a dinner party you want to keep the centerpieces low so guests can talk easily, but you don’t want to sacrifice the look of the table so go with something full and lush, but low. We chose a garland and incorporated lots of candles for ambiance. We added some italian bulb lights in the ceiling to give the room a soft glow.
We chose a bold linen from Party Tables with a deep cobalt blue pattern that really popped! With long dramatic tables a bold pattern is all you need to really create a dramatic affect. Everything else can be simple to coordinate with the look.
About the details…
The invitations, place cards,menus, and cigar labels were all custom designed by Joanna Larson of Southerly Post. We found her on Etsy! We even had the option to print everything ourselves which saves time and money! The cigar labels were our favorite! Those doubled as a favor and entertainment during this “Dirty 30” themed bash. We also gave each guest a little bag of local coffee from The Coast Roast.
Photographer: Lisa Cooke, www.
Venue & Caterer: Oyster Reef Club, Long Beach MS
Event Planner: Michelle Hope, Social Butterflies LLC
Invitation & Paper Details: Southerly Post, www.southerlypost.com
Floral Design: The French Portager, www.facebook.com/
Linens: Party Tables, www.partytables.com
Cake: Candace Giuffria, 850-238-9702
Rentals: ABC Rentals, www.abcrental.com
Coffee Favors- www.thecoastroast.com