I love a good theme, and when a client asks you to organise an event at the Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm, the inspiration and possibilities are endless. My only instructions were rustic, garden, bright and fun (and somewhat budget-friendly!).
We began with a free-flowing green garland running through the centre of the naked wooden table. Building on this we added terracotta pots filled with tomatoes of all sizes, bright oranges and lemons, an array of potted herbs and floating artichokes, giving the table luscious scents and textures. We kept the tableware to a minimum with simple, white dinner plates, wooden-style cutlery, green water goblets and natural linen napkins.
Bushels of carrots guided the guests up to the Rooftop and the spectacular skyline views of Manhattan. The guest of honour's favourite cocktail, margaritas, welcomed the guests to the party, along with the delicious canapés by Fig & Pig Catering. After watching the sunset, guests enjoyed a relaxed, family style menu of beet and fennel salad, vegetable risotto, grilled skirt steak, roasted market fish, spring greens and crispy potatoes. The highlight of the evening was a very heavy, surprise gift offered by all of the guests to the guest of honour: a 40kg/90lbs Parmesan cheese wheel. This was then lifted (by about 4 guests) onto the dessert buffet to accompany the wonderful chocolate cake, pots of Eton mess, and enormous fruit and cheese board. Guests then relaxed in the rustic lounge, and danced and celebrated until the early hours.