We had SO MUCH FUN tonight thanks to our fun group of friends – new and old!
Matt and I got to our spot around 6:30 and cracked open the wine – one my dad gave us that was awesome
Then Diana arrived to take our photograph!
Soon after everyone else arrived to make the night a memorable festive event with a fun assortment of goodies –
with homemade croutons (good bread tossed in EVOO and salt and cooked at 350* for about 20 minutes)
Caitlin’s couscous caprese salad
+ Kelsey’s pasta salad
+ biscotti and Sun Chips + pita chips + sopresatta + provolone + gorgonzola spread
Matt and I shared a gazpacho cup
And we shared this plate of salads – no clue how much I ate. We had seconds. I probably had half of this?
What was REALLY exciting was that I went over to the Sonny Side Up spread to check out their picnic. Tonight was the Italian picnic and these folks went ALL OUT!! We thought we had a chance of winning the picnic contest for wearing green + red. Um, I don’t think we had the slightest chance!
And they even promised me a slice of this to-die-for cake!!!!
I went back to our blanket and had more wine
And Conor brought out the Italian donuts!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
He is in culinary school at Johnson & Wales and made these from scratch this afternoon – including the three dipping sauces: raspberry, spicy chocolate and raspberry ganache.
I had to try each, but I split a donut in half to do so. The donuts were amazing – light as air (and I think their name means that?)
Delicious enough to lick the plate! What would my mom say!?!?!?
And you bet I went back for that cake!!!!! The Sonny Side Up group was so generous to give me a slice and a half, which I shared with my group. I ate all of the icing off of the slice. (FYI, Matt has interrupted this post twice to say “Why are you smiling!?” as I type – I guess I just love blogging about cake!)
Unfortunately Thankfully Caitlin and Jason – our new friends fresh to the Carolinas from Boston – brought an extra bottle of wine (Italian!!) that saved us from being dehydrated 😉
One more splash – x2!!
And I can’t say my hand didn’t dip into these
It was an awesome summer night and I’m so sad the Summer Pops are over till next year 🙁 Thanks to all of our friends for coming!!
Off to chug water and snuggle with my guy!!