I even used a green crocodile liner. I know, I know. I am always extolling the virtues of paper invitations, but for this club wanted it to be easy peasy.
I wanted to have all forms of beauty at the party. Beauty you could see, taste, hear, touch and create!
First, husband had to get the pool and backyard looking smashing. And he did! Sod was in! Mama was happy! Before the party started we had to take of photo of our color coordinating Beauty and Basil attire!
When our guests arrived they were treated to two signature cocktails from our bartender Robin.
One was a Cucumber Basil Martini with Vodka....
And the other was a Strawberry, Basil Mojito!
We moved outside for our cocktails. Aren't we a colorful and festive group!
Soon our Fabulous Chef Manouschka Guerrier of "Single Serving Bytes" was ready with our appetizers!
You may recognize her from Food Networks, Private Chefs of Beverly Hills! You can follow her on twitter @singleserving.
Sliced Filet on a Crostini with horseradish
Tomato Basil Soup with Grilled Fontina Cheese
Lemon Basil Shrimp with Creole Cocktail Sauce
Tomato, Basil, and Watermelon skewers with balsamic simple syrup
Ahi Tuna Tare Tare Kiss
and guava cream cheese tartlets!
Danielle and her cellist . She was amazing and breathtaking! We listened and also watched the movie "Under The Tuscan Sun", playing on our outdoor wall.
Magical! Throughout the night my guests painted on canvases with acrylic paints I had set out for them. One canvas per couple.
The guys got into it!
At the end of the night each guest left with a bottle of Santa Barbara Collection wine and a basil plant! A fabulous evening!!!