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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. Elaine

    September 28, 2010

    What an amazing setting for a dinner party. You just can't buy that kind of scenery. Lovely. Just lovely.

  2. Angela

    September 28, 2010

    Wow – how beautiful, and how creative.

  3. marijke

    September 29, 2010

    This is so beautiful and creative. And it makes me miss San Francisco even more.

  4. jane

    September 29, 2010

    amazing. amazing.

    wish i were there.

  5. *sarah berry design*

    September 29, 2010

    Sensational!

  6. Jan @ Family Bites

    September 29, 2010

    This is fab! I'm also an event planner and am always looking for ideas for lighting and heating foods without electricity. Awesome job!

  7. ceo

    September 29, 2010

    Gorgeous………. this made me miss and appreciate home all at the same time…..

    xxx
    CEO

  8. Inha

    September 29, 2010

    amazing

  9. wishful nals

    September 29, 2010

    could this be any more perfect? doubtful.

  10. Komal-Nishka

    September 29, 2010

    Love love love it Jordan.. thanks for sharing. So inspired. I shared a couple of pictures on my blog with due credits & link backs.. here's a link http://goo.gl/fb/ia4IN

  11. mamagnome

    September 29, 2010

    Beautiful! I cannot wait to see what you do in Paris.

  12. sara w

    September 29, 2010

    What an incredible idea! I had no idea you could do this.

  13. Angela

    September 29, 2010

    Where'd you get those darling white chairs?

    I've been searching for an affordable Chippendale-style chair.

  14. Corinna White Charlton

    September 29, 2010

    are you in the know with the local weatherman?! you couldn't have had a better night!

  15. R-Eight

    September 29, 2010

    Perfect. I've tried to do things at the beach but the wind is always prohibitive.

  16. kristen of present :: considered

    September 29, 2010

    Um, where are those chairs from? Are they folding chivaris?? Brilliant if so!

  17. Where My Heart Is

    September 29, 2010

    Jordan you have a special talent. Love the simplistic tablescape with the bridgescape as the backdrop. The Christmas Tree lights really created the perfect atmosphere. Wish I had been invited :)

  18. jonahliza

    September 29, 2010

    this dinner looked amazing. beautiful, beautiful photographs.

  19. Miss B.

    September 30, 2010

    oh my.

  20. Joanna Goddard

    September 30, 2010

    this is incredible, jordan! breathtaking!! xoxo joanna

  21. marcantonio

    September 30, 2010

    wonderful idea, I'll invent something like this for the next barbecue in my garden

  22. kylee

    September 30, 2010

    oh! how wonderful! love this!!

  23. holtkamp

    September 30, 2010

    amazing! i love it! -jen

  24. Vale

    September 30, 2010

    Wow! I am going to have to steal this idea! My dinner party, however, will be at the Tower Bridge, London, UK! Lovely!

  25. ag.

    September 30, 2010

    what an amazing idea! you've created such a magical scene!

  26. Melissa Blake

    September 30, 2010

    This looks like such a fun evening!! :)

  27. Taylor Sterling

    September 30, 2010

    wow amazing!! I want to do that!! So beautiful, but I am sure cold!

  28. Carolyn

    September 30, 2010

    you have so much heart and creativity! this is absolutely magical..

  29. Danielle

    September 30, 2010

    Are you serious with this post?! Stop. It. Now….can't handle it. What a memorable evening, I am sure! Wow…

  30. ladybonq

    September 30, 2010

    wow – this is so pretty darn awesome! i bet everything made the food taste better!

    great idea. great photos.

  31. Elise

    September 30, 2010

    This is SO beautiful!! Looks like a fantastic night – I wish I had been there! :)

  32. Signe

    September 30, 2010

    I am just blown away, this looks so amazing – what a GREAT idea!

  33. AubreyRose @ My Simple Everyday

    September 30, 2010

    Wow. I'm speechless. You did such an amazing job. So awesome you found battery string lights!!! They totally make the scene

  34. The Gourmet Traveller

    September 30, 2010

    This is amazing! Seriously. You just took 'dinner parties' to a whole new level. Absolutely stunning.

  35. Melinda

    September 30, 2010

    Yum! Would you ever be willing to post your recipes? Sounds so good!

  36. dee

    September 30, 2010

    Absolutely brilliant!

  37. *Simply Colette*

    September 30, 2010

    What fun! I absolutely love this idea! I did a Fisherman's wharf post earlier this week too… :)

    http://www.simplycolette.blogspot.com

  38. tenlinespica

    September 30, 2010

    You guys are amazing!

  39. K.

    September 30, 2010

    wow!!! mind coming over to germany and doing that here ?? that looks just amazing

  40. tilly | maison

    September 30, 2010

    i so want to have dinner at that table. excellent job!

  41. chiara

    September 30, 2010

    wow. let me be the 91st person to say the same thing: amazing!

  42. sfgirlbybay

    October 1, 2010

    you amaze me. it's like a movie…i wish i could have been there! :)

  43. ~*~ saskia ~*~

    October 1, 2010

    Oh my that must have been a perfectly amazing HAPPY DAY!
    Great shots of a fabulous dinner Party! Wish it was me, sitting there ;D
    xoxo

  44. Sharnel

    October 1, 2010

    love your style Jordan, perfect!

  45. ladylullabuy

    October 1, 2010

    This looks like a scene out of a movie!!! So inspiring.

  46. Victoria

    October 1, 2010

    WOW – this looks amazing. I am just a little jealous!

  47. Lucy Calico

    October 1, 2010

    This is so dreamy and amazing! So inspiring! xo

  48. keli *

    October 1, 2010

    oh, so beautiful.

  49. Melissa

    October 1, 2010

    How does one get invited to these parties? LOL Amazing

  50. TheCornerOME

    October 2, 2010

    A dream-deaner… Looks really good…

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