Our Day at the Gatsby Summer Afternoon 2010
Given that the Gatsby Summer Afternoon was Sunday and I've been silent until today, you can surmise that my energy level was depleted significantly. As you may recall, the theme of our picnic for this year was "Gatsby by the Sea." We've already decided that the theme of next year will be "a picnic that doesn't require china, glassware, silverware and tables." This was the second year that we created a massive large picnic — while last year's was tiring to put together and take down, this one kicked our collective butts. All our hard work was rewarded with an "Honorable Mention" for large picnic ribbon, however.
Of everything, I was most proud of our dresses. All of the women (and the two girls) were wearing home-sewn garments. I sewed five of the outfits — for the women and the two girls and two of my girlfriends made their own. Because of this, we were all coordinated and period-correct (for the most part). But more importantly, we were all incredibly proud to have all created a piece of clothing that was something special. I will be interviewing Libett and Krissy, the gals who made their own dresses, in the upcoming days.
Here we are, from left to right: Maddie in the beach pajamas I sewed. Krissy in the dress she made. Me and my dress. Libett in the dress she made and my sister-in-law, Sarah, in the dress I made for her:
The menu consisted of shrimp cocktail, three salads — a pasta, a cold beef and potato — and a trifle. My husband, as always, made an awesome feast. We even served the shrimp cocktails in shrimp cocktail glasses complete with icers. It was nice to do once, but probably never again (at least at a picnic).
And now the photos!
The happy group:
The view of my dress, front and back:
Our grand nautical style picnic. We brought everything from home:
Some folks eating:
The bottles I relabeled with original labels from the 1930s:
A view of the life preserver and napkins I decorated. Each place setting had an embroidered anchor and the name of the person.
Ben's delicious trifle:
Another view of some of the gals:
Krissy and Me. Maddie and her beach pajamas.
Me and my husband. The girls dancing:
The Dunsmuir house where the picnic is held:
Us, kissing. Me, contemplating:
The girls playing around with the life preserver:
John and Krissy. Libett and Gil:
More folks eating:
Sarah, Abe and Greg. Andrew and me.
Ben and John:
Our Lady of Gatsby, Pray for Us. The girls dancing:
Until next year!