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Fergi turns Dirty Thirty

That’s right, another dinner party by the Golden Gate Bridge. Don’t blame me if it looks redundant, the weather here is only warm for about six weeks so I’ve been packing in the outdoor parties. This time we did it on an old fishing pier. I always go there with my kids and I thought it would be a great place for a party because you can see all of San Francisco. One of my favorite friends Fergi came to town and it was her 30th birthday so we had to do it up right. Unfortunately the fickle San Francisco weather was not as cooperative as a few weeks ago and it was freeeeeeezing. Also, unfortunately we chose to do it the same day as the Blue Angels were performing (Fleet Week!) so there was traffic getting across the bridge and by the time we set up it was starting to get dark and I gave up on the cute decorations I had planned. C’est la vie.

The theme of the party was Sparkles! We told everyone to wear something sparkly or shiny. The table cloth was shiny gold and all the decorations (that never made it up) were sparkly gold.

The good news is that we also told everyone to dress warm and a chilly party in front of the Golden Gate Bridge is still better than a great party somewhere boring. It was really fun to cozy up in warm blankets and talk with old friends. Seriously, the view doesn’t get better than this. Happy Birthday Fergi, I’m so glad you were born.

Photos by Aubrey Trinnaman and Paul Ferney for Oh Happy Day

-We dined on potato leek soup, salad, gourmet mac and cheese and Kara’s Cupcakes for dessert.
-We held it on the old fishing pier on the Sausalito side.
-I didn’t get permission, there were other fishermen there with tables and chairs, I don’t think it is a big deal as long as the group is small.
Liz and Aubrey helped with the food and Aubrey helped me set up and carried heavy buckets of rocks all the way down the pier.
-Huge thanks to Paul’s parents who babysat and made the soup (I wish they lived nearby!)

I like to do dinner parties in unexpected locations. Here are some of my other parties:
Dinner Party under the Golden Gate Bridge
Rooftop Dinner Party
Dinner Party in the Middle of Nowhere

  1. Detailing Life

    October 12, 2010

    What a fun concept! I would really like to try and rally my friends for something more unexpected than the usual dinner parties at home.

  2. Pancakes For Recess

    October 12, 2010

    What an absolute stunner. Well done!

  3. Kate

    October 12, 2010

    This is gorgeous. Fergi is lucky to have you as a friend.

  4. michelle

    October 12, 2010

    lovely. I can't wait to see what you do in Paris.

  5. communikate.

    October 12, 2010

    Yay for Fergi!! Cool party!

  6. anne

    October 12, 2010

    C'est un rêve ! Your diner party is absolutely fantastic. It makes me dream… Warmest regards from France !

  7. thedoodlegirl

    October 12, 2010

    Absolutely LOVELY!

  8. Lisa

    October 12, 2010

    That pier does have an amazing view! My husband goes fishing off it in the winter. I know he's crazy! Beautiful party!

  9. Kirsteen

    October 12, 2010

    gosh this looks absolutely amazing. So pretty with all the sparkling lights. If only we had a beautiful backdrop like that over here in England! x

  10. liso.

    October 12, 2010

    love love love your outdoor parties!

    i think i'm going to attempt one?!?

    which gives me anxiety just to type. back in the george, up on the bluffs!

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  12. Merissa

    October 13, 2010

    I am constantly stunned by your magnificent dinner parties in such interesting spaces! I've only hosted two dinner parties so far (which is pretty good for a 23 year old; dinner parties for people my age are more like Bud Light& cheetos), but next year I'm stepping it up BIG TIME! And you are my inspiration 🙂

  13. Kariane

    October 13, 2010

    These parties you do are amazing. Full of small details that make the event wonderful. My question is, where do you get the power to run the lights???

  14. Terri

    October 17, 2010

    This is so beautiful! I love the idea of dinner parties in unexpected places!

  15. andrenna

    October 21, 2010

    Hi. I'm new here. I live in Sacramento and I know exactly where this spot is! I love your impromptu dinner parties because they are exhilarating and delightful! Pretty party on.

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    January 12, 2011

    just found you through gladys jem – WOW this shoot is amazing!!!!

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