Another birthday. I thought: ugh. I merely wanted to be in my garden with my pups and have a glass of champagne to good health with Simon. But, alas, I had committed to a couple of things and I, grudgingly, went into New York City. My sweet godmother, Mittie Ann, was the only bright spot as she was bound and determined to join me on my birthday — although I tried to say, “Why not come in June when the peonies are in bloom and you can stay longer?”. Originally she and my mother were going to join me in celebrating the spring flowers and my birthday at Weatherstone, but my mother fell and broke her hip and was stranded in St. Louis and could not travel.
So here I am on May 7th in the city. Simon and I go off to a cocktail party. The plan was to pick up Mittie Ann and go to dinner at Sette Mezzo, our favorite Italian restaurant.
I returned to the apartment to collect her, and SURPRISE! I see faces of friends that are very dear to me, a beautifully decorated table, glasses of pink champagne sparkling in the candlelight…It turned out that Simon — with the help of Rosa , my assistant , Maria, and my staff at Weatherstone — had done a ” Carolyne Roehm Style ” birthday party for me. Sylvie, my good friend and photographer, in from Paris as part of the surprise, stated that my “equipe” truly had the ” CR look” down pat. That they surely did; a red damask table festooned with all shades of glorious peonies. When Simon showed me the invitation he created I was very impressed: beautifully done! It set the theme of peony pink, and everyone arrived with a touch of pink, whether a shawl or tie or a shirt.
The food was incredible, created by chef Claudia Silva. For special occasions I use Claudia as a chef and I swear she makes the best hors d’oeuvres I have ever tasted!
The sweet and talented Carlos and Antonio, of Carlos Rivas Floral Design, prepared all the flowers. Of course, this is always a big part of my entertaining so Simon wanted some super talent and he got it….click here to view their Facebook page.
Rosa was the Commanding General organizing everyone and everything. Maria was her able” aide de camp.” Pepe, Rosa’s talented husband, built a special table. Margarida, Placido, Vicky, Rosario, aided and abetted the production.
Thank you to my darling friend Peter Bacanovic who documented the evening and created a beautiful collage of images as a remembrance of a wonderful night. To view the pictures, click here.
And the cake! Simon and his pal the great cake maker Sylvia Weinstock really outdid themselves. Simon asked Sylvia to recreate Chisholm House, my new house in Charleston, nestled amongst a bouquet of May flowers. It was fantastic!
Thank you all for all of your hard work!
Most especially: thank you, darling Simon, for giving me this beautiful, tasteful, magical night!