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Dinner Party beneath the Golden Gate Bridge

Last month I reserved the day spot for Kirby Cove below the Golden Gate Bridge. So yesterday we hauled a bunch of stuff down to the beach and set up a dinner party. The trickiest part was figuring out the lighting since there are no plugs anywhere. We built a ‘T’ from a wooden pole and then strung battery operated Christmas lights overhead. The tea lights were also LEDs. We had a four course meal including Parsnip Soup, Salad, Risotto, Asparagus, and ice cream sundaes. We heated the food up on a burner at the day site and then brought the pots down to serve the food right before.

All the guests arrived at dusk and we watched as the sky got darker and the city lights got brighter. I don’t think you could have asked for better scenery (or better company.)

[EDIT: For directions and FAQ’s about this party go here.]










photos by Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day

  1. Jenna Robert

    September 28, 2010

    This is amazing.

  2. Magpie Paper Works

    September 28, 2010

    Oh my goodness, your first photo took my breath away. What a *fantastic* dinner!!!

  3. Julie Gallagher

    September 28, 2010

    This is incredible! What a lovely and memorable evening!

  4. ChunkyPineapple

    September 28, 2010

    Beautiful! The first photo is also my favorite.

  5. Anders Ruff Custom Designs

    September 28, 2010

    Jordan, this is spectacular. Lucky guests!

  6. Sarah

    September 28, 2010

    so pretty! you always come up with the best party locations and ideas!

  7. Kate

    September 28, 2010

    This is amazing. I'm so inspired!

  8. Helene

    September 28, 2010

    Stunning! Hard work I am sure but so much fun for our viewing pleasure! Thank you!

  9. Brand New and Beautiful

    September 28, 2010

    magical!

  10. Martha & Cyndi

    September 28, 2010

    so, so, so rad. i love the clothesline lights.

  11. Luisa

    September 28, 2010

    Stunning. It looks like a dream!

  12. Tea

    September 28, 2010

    That is amazing and magical–and knowing Kirby Cove, I know exactly how much hauling was involved (impressive!).

    What a once-in-a-lifetime dinner. I'm going to be dreaming about this for a long time.

  13. Katie Bright

    September 28, 2010

    sooooo pretty. i'm swooning.

  14. Kendra

    September 28, 2010

    this is absolutely perfect.

  15. Vicky

    September 28, 2010

    Simple and beautiful! I love it:)

  16. Davanie

    September 28, 2010

    Fun! I've camped at Kirby Cove – such a gorgeous setting!

  17. nicole

    September 28, 2010

    Oh! I love it. One day …

  18. Angela Joy

    September 28, 2010

    amazing, so romantic.

  19. caitlindentino

    September 28, 2010

    Jordan – I love that you have already figured out all these great spots in SF for unexpected dinner parties. Since we have just moved here, I can't wait check out some of these spots first hand.

    What are we going to do when you move to Paris??

  20. Amy

    September 28, 2010

    Very impressive. I love the last photo. Your friends are so lucky!

  21. Meg

    September 28, 2010

    Every time, Jordan. Every damn time.

    And did you luck out with the weather OR WHAT????

  22. Mary

    September 28, 2010

    How do you do these things? AMAZING!

  23. kelly

    September 28, 2010

    you have seriously outdone yourself. i am obsessed with this!!

  24. Jenna

    September 28, 2010

    Wow, how extraordinary. Your lives seem like magic!

  25. Torrie

    September 28, 2010

    Jordan,

    As everyone has commented- absolutely beautiful, creative, and inspiring!

    I just wanted to ask- how did you "manage" the ice cream sundae part??

  26. robin k

    September 28, 2010

    Awesome.

  27. robin k

    September 28, 2010

    Awesome.

  28. robin k

    September 28, 2010

    Awesome.

  29. Erika @ ~TiptoeButterfly~

    September 28, 2010

    that is THE EXACT kinda' dinner party i wanna be invited too!!!

    PS – come on by – my first GIVE-AWAY is going on – $45 worth of goodiness!!

    *kiss kiss*
    Erika
    ~Tiptoe Butterfly~

  30. molly ruth

    September 28, 2010

    you make everything magical!

  31. Janaan

    September 28, 2010

    Divine.

  32. mosey

    September 28, 2010

    How do I get myself invited to your next dinner party?? Gorgeous….

  33. Angie

    September 28, 2010

    Thinking about moving to San Fransisco just so I can be your friend and get invited to your amazing parties. I bring great hostess gifts.

  34. eartha

    September 28, 2010

    I've always wondered when you do these outdoor parties – how do transport and keep the food hot?

  35. Jenna Sais Quois

    September 28, 2010

    Oh my goodness, that dinner party looks incredible! Your table setting is so perfect for the end of September. And excellent thinking for the sans-electric lighting.

  36. bink and boo

    September 28, 2010

    Simply lovely. You must have a wonderful group of friends, and how lucky they are to have you.

  37. luke and pamela

    September 28, 2010

    this makes my heart beat faster. what an unforgettable evening. i wish i was your real-life friend.

  38. Notes from Holly St.

    September 28, 2010

    so dreamy…you guys have the best dinner parties!

  39. Jillian

    September 28, 2010

    So insanely beautiful. It's like a dream.

  40. Apt. #34

    September 28, 2010

    omg, this is so incredible! I love it :)

  41. sheila

    September 28, 2010

    You are awesome.
    Always making the "I wish I could…" a REALITY!
    Great photos too. I love twinkling lights.

  42. Kat

    September 28, 2010

    That is so cool!

    I second the question though about how you keep the food hot? Also, might be a stupid question, but where did you get the power for those light?

    Love reading your blog, so inspiring!

  43. Kristen

    September 28, 2010

    Ohhh wow! Those shots of the city, the bridge, the dinner…incredible! I love SF by night. Wow, well done!

  44. In Full Bloom by MJL

    September 28, 2010

    What a great idea! This is a night you will remember forever!

  45. Miss K

    September 28, 2010

    That last photo is just so gorgeous! Brilliant, Jordan.

  46. Laura

    September 28, 2010

    Seriously so cool – what a special dinner!
    I blogged about your post:
    http://6lalas.blogspot.com/2010/09/dinner-under-golden-gate.html

  47. michelle

    September 28, 2010

    Bravo!

    The first image is just gorgeous. Love the flowers match the bridge. And the long tablecloth! So pretty.

  48. EMILY

    September 28, 2010

    This is so darn dreamy…

  49. Anonymous

    September 28, 2010

    So wishing I lived in SFO. And also that I was friends with you. :)
    AMAZING.

    maile
    maile@epiphaniebags.com

  50. Ransacked Goods

    September 28, 2010

    Oh I do love Kirby Cove but I always forget m=to make a reservation dang it all. Looks like an amazing evening.

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