The first annual Harvest Party was our way of introducing our newest addition (Miles) to the entire Maine family at once. We invited Josh’s family and all of our friends and we enjoyed a meal that came almost exclusively from my garden. I had labored over that garden all season long, even at nine months pregnant, keeping it perfect, in anticipation of our gathering. Family members came from hours away, friends flew in and we all joined together for a lovely meal on the deck. I came away with a quiet feeling of satisfaction and vowed to do it every year. The 2nd and 3rd years seemed to grow, and fast. We omitted family last year (they just come from so far away) and made it a strictly friends gig but we still found there were people we left out for the sake of keeping it manageable. For the 4th year, I’m looking at a list of almost 50 couples, with a few singles sprinkled in there, bringing the total to about 100. What can I say, its been a really wonderful year and I have had the pleasure of meeting so many fantastic people. To me, the best way to show affection is to feed people you love, food from the heart. So, when comprising the invite list, I found that there were so many individuals I just had to include. But I’ll admit it’s getting a little crazy. And although it breaks my heart, I think I am going to have to downsize. Otherwise, the party will lose it’s focus. I’m toying around with the idea of stripping the party down to twenty people, yes, just twenty, twenty-five max. It’s a number I feel works for an intimate dinner, centered outside, amongst my garden and with the landscape to shelter us. I want farm fresh food, freshly picked that morning, with minimal preparation so that I can entertain but also be social. The 2nd year I felt I spent too much time in the kitchen, this year my focus will be on the people, keeping the food easy to deal with. The photograph above is from a farm I absolutely adore and their dinners look absolutely majestic and delightful. I want to mimic their set-up. It just looks so alluring. So, for all my readers who are friends, I’m going to do the best I can this year but the list will be limited. You’ll know when you get the invite in the mail. I think honestly, if I let my imagination get the best of me, this party would turn into a freagin’ wedding. If I could have it my way there would be tents and a DJ but if I go down that road, Josh might give me a slight reality check. He sees the non-sense that can happen if he lets it and I think he finds himself constantly talking me out of la la land. Anyways, for those that are coming this year, I’m planting my garden this weekend with thoughts of you. I can’t wait to show you all how much my taste in food has evolved and how my backyard has changed. I absolutely can’t wait to sit and enjoy good food and good wine while discussing our lives and how far we have all come together. I can’t wait to see the babies that were not present last year. 2013 is going to be an amazing gathering. It’s late in August but my excitement is already stirring.
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