Friday Fetes: We love entertaining! Spending good time with great friends is our idea of a life well-lived and we encourage throwing a festive bash often! That’s why we created “Friday Fetes.” Once a month we love to bring you great ideas for throwing a fun, pretty, party for your friends! Check out the party we threw this month

For this month’s Friday Fetes we threw a Cape-Themed Oyster Boil & Wine Tasting!

We had so much fun- so many people helped make this soiree a blast!

We picked up our oysters from an adorable local seafood shop called “Yellow Umbrella” (if you’re a Richmonder, we highly recommend visiting!) and our coastal buddy, Taylor agreed to cook them for us. It’s his family’s tradition to host oyster boils to celebrate birthdays, so Taylor’s pretty much a pro at steaming shellfish.

Our good friend Jon is a sommelier and was stoked to select some wine to pair with our oysters! Fresh from a trip to France’s wine country, Jon brought us some spectacular French wines to taste- he offered some great tasting notes on each wine and if you’re interested in his selections, feel free to comment and we’ll be happy to tell you what we know!

Leslee and I spent most of the morning setting the scene for the evening’s festivities while Ben and Taylor prepped for the boil.















Here are Ben and Leslee checking for any rogue open oysters-they only found one!
















We decided to keep the decor on the shucking table simple and functional. Let’s face it, half the fun of oysters is how messy they are! We wrapped the table in craft paper and topped it with some lavender sprigs, a lantern for light, and some oyster accoutrements. Leslee made a spicy cocktail sauce to top the oysters which we offered along with fresh lemon juice and horseradish sauce…mmm!


















We love how beautiful the oysters were! So many earthy colors that contrasted so sharply with our bright yellow lemons:


































Since we kept the shucking table so simple, we decided to  deck the wine tasting table! We made a banner of nautical flags (for those of you accomplished sailors reading, you may notice the flags spell “Dear June” 🙂 ) to play up the Cape theme. Our navy sail stripe tablecloth and bunch of hydrangeas remind me so much of Ben and my honeymoon in Cape Cod!






Oysters up! A pile of oysters fresh from the steamer:


We had so much fun at our Oyster Boil & Wine Tasting! A big thanks to everyone who helped make the night so fun!


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