OH WHAT A NIGHT! Such a great “Downton Abbey” party and what great fun! We had rain all morning on Saturday here at Chestnut Cottage, which was disappointing, but I went ahead and made the “executive decision” early that we would need to serve dinner inside. And everything turned out perfectly! It was a very intimate setting with eight in my kitchen, eight in the living area, and eight in the master bedroom! I always have these three tables at Thanksgiving and Easter, so it was not so bad seeing all of the cooking and serving going on in the kitchen. It is often the prize tables in a restaurant that are in the kitchen, so I didn’t feel too badly.
I did all of my flowers on Friday, so that I could be enjoying them as I cooked and did the tables.
Peonies and thistle!
My silver trumpet vases are so tall, I had to get my little one step stool to get the flowers arranged.
Chestnut Cottage was full of flowers!
It was fun to set all three of the tables Saturday morning, but I was very disappointed that we wouldn’t be eating in the garden!
The table in our living area.
The table in our master bedroom …which opens to the living area.
And the table in the kitchen…which opens to the living area.
So the tables were ready and “Lord Greeley” takes a look to see if everything is perfect.
After my table inspection, I felt it was time for a glass of champagne!
Around 5:00 the sun came out and we were able to have cocktails in the garden. The evening turned out to be glorious for cocktails in the garden, so we welcomed our special guest to cocktails served in the wine cellar, right off my little garage!
It is interesting what a lovely, oriental rug can do to make my garage a perfect place to set up a bar. Sadly I was very busy with my guests and did not make lots of photos, so I had to depend on others and no one seemed to photograph the “bar area”.
Around 6:00, we welcomed our Lords and Ladies to Chestnut Cottage…particularly our special guests… North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and First Lady, Ann McCrory! What a treat to have The Governor and Lady McCrory to Chestnut Cottage for a Downton Abbey dinner.
While The Governor chatted with guests, Lady McCrory and I had a stroll around Chestnut Cottage. I was pleased to learn from Ann that she and I share a mutual passion…dogs!
We had an incredible group of people helping with serving and bartending!
And the tables were ready for all of our special guests.
It was such a fun group and Governor McCrory seemed to enjoy visiting all of the tables. He mentioned to me several times how much he liked the openness of Chestnut Cottage, particularly for entertaining.
I loved that Lord Findalay wore his authentic Scottish kilt attire!
Wells dined with my beautiful young friend, Elliott Coward. Doesn’t she look stunning in her 20”s fashions!
I was most relieved that my food turned out well and seemed to be enjoyed by everyone!
Sadly, we didn’t get a photo of the yummy Wild Mushroom Soup. My chef friend , Dennis Barber , chef/owner of The Copper Door generously donated this incredible soup…and we all appreciated his talent!
BE INSPIRED TO HAVE YOUR OWN DOWNTON ABBEY STYLE DINNER PARTY!