Bald Head Island 2013

Thursday, 23 May 2013
My family tries to take a vacation together each year and a favorite spot is Bald Head Island in the Outer Banks of North Carolina. Mom found a great house on the marsh area of the island that had an amazing view of the lighthouse from the star gazing deck.

The home also came with kayaks and during high tide we could just drag them into the water and paddle away! Dad (pictured below) went out a few times and really enjoyed it.

This year we were super fortunate to have my best friend Casey and her fiance Ryan join us for a weekend. James also made it out for a few days. To celebrate Casey and Ryan's recent engagement we of course brought out the champagne and planned a special meal one night.

I wish the picture (below) would have turned out better but inspired by Pinterest, I created a small collage of pictures of the happy couple and clothes-pinned them on jute twine over the bar area. When the sun went down this was especially cute with low lighting and candles.

Using elements from nature around our home outside, we created arrangements for the table and set it with the gorgeous plates and dishes included with the home. We played jazz music, lit candles and opened special bottles of bubbly and wine. 

For dinner we served beef tenderloin with horsy sauce, wedge salads, crusty bread with rosemary herb butter (super easy to make), corn on the cob, green beans and appetizers of kalamata olives skewers on tiny dishes of cashews. We also tried a parmesan artichoke dip that was a hit and mom made a first course of potato soup that was excellent.

Mom and I especially had a fun time designing the desserts. She decided to do little cheesecake bites on spoons topped with a fresh slice of strawberry. I created "chocolate pots" with an adapted chocolate mousse recipe. 

We had a lovely time this year and my favorite part (beyond spending time with those I love) was watching the sunrise over the marsh and seeing the White Ibis land in flocks and feed on tiny crabs. 

1 comment

Fiona said...

You and your mom were the perfect hostesses - as always! - CC