Summer Soirée

October 7, 2015 Comments Off on Summer Soirée Views: 1539 Decor, Featured

Curved timber-rod chairs lined light-hued tables

Goop and Net-a-Porter hold an enchanting summer garden party in the Hamptons.

A stylish outdoor gathering was held in upstate New York to celebrate the recent successes of Goop, an online lifestyle publication by actress and entrepreneur Gwyneth Paltrow and Net-a-Porter, a high-end fashion editorial retailer.

Distinguished guests at the perfectly paired-down evening affair were transported via golf cart down a long gravel driveway to the yard of Paltrow’s seaside Amagansett home, where privets blossomed around well-manicured lawns. After alighting from the carts, the style set found themselves greeted by Carte Blanche, a jazz ensemble, who took to the stage between two lively trees strewn with oblong wicker lanterns. Attendees sipped on cocktails in long-stemmed glasses to the sweet crooning of the band, beneath strings of iridescent lights.

Raw linen, simple white plates, blue hydrangeas and white wildflowers decorated the settingsRaw linen, simple white plates, blue hydrangeas and white wildflowers decorated the settings

For dinner, guests remained in the luscious garden and were seated along three long, light wooden tables with raw linen laid daintily on top. White, round seat cushions were tied to wooden chairs with curved backs made from bowed timber rods. Each table was adorned with alternating blue hydrangeas and mixed white wildflowers in earthen grey ceramic bowls. Tall grey candles set inside curved, clear glass vases were placed between each floral bowl and cast a warm light upon the tables when they were lit at sundown. The table settings themselves were kept to a minimum. Simple white plates and napkins with unadorned silverware ensured the focus was on the rustic table and sweet flowers. As the dinner progressed, stars began to peek through the stringed lights, providing the perfect evening ambience.

A heaped floral arrangement featuring moss clustersA heaped floral arrangement featuring moss clusters

Light and flavourful, each course was aptly served by a handsome team of male servers. The dinner opened with grilled ricotta salad, summer herbs and field greens with seasoned tomato vinaigrette. Next, guests enjoyed Alaskan sablefish served with fresh corn polenta, lump crab salad, spring onion mash, and elote con crema (Mexican cream of corn soup). For a refreshing finish, dessert entailed an individual rounded blueberry brown-butter tart with blueberry mousse and lemon crème fraîche. The picture-perfect sweet was topped with icing sugar, toffee sauce and charmingly garnished with tiny yellow and purple pansies. Following the meal, guests mixed in the pleasant Hamptons seaside breeze as the evening wore on.

Blueberry brown-butter tart laced with toffee sauceBlueberry brown-butter tart laced with toffee sauce

Simple, sweet, and cosy, this gathering by Goop and Net-a-Porter was a delightful social dinner celebrating luxury fashion, women’s successes, friendship and the summer holiday.

Photography: Hannah Thomson

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