After a flurry of flying text messages between Colette and her friends, and a little regrouping and research after church, Plan B became tailgating in an apple orchard. And an excellent plan it proved to be! Colette had the vision and did all the styling, and I did most of the cooking, and friends provided companionship and fun!
I set up the cocktail table, while Colette readied everything else.
Then our friends showed up and the fun began!
Time for serious faces.
And happy faces!
- Menu -
Adirondack Margaritas (recipe here)
Roast Turkey Breast
Thyme Roasted Apples and Onions (recipe here)
Potato-Leek Gratin (recipe here)
Sage Pumpkin Seed Bread (from a local bakery)
Assorted Cheeses: Brie, Gruyere, Beecher's Marco Polo cheese,
and Vermont Farmstead Pumpkinhead Ale Cheddar)
Assorted Autumn Fruits
Apple-Cranberry Upside Down Cake (recipe here)
Hot Apple Cider
Since I'm endlessly fascinated with historical picnics, I've done quite a bit of research on the topic. In the past, a picnic was nothing more than a meal eaten outdoors. So, while our set-up might seem elaborate, it's really not much different than picnicking a century or more ago...in the day and age before paper plates, Solo cups, and plastic forks.
If you'd like to recreate our tailgating party, here's a useful list of supplies:
- folding table
- wooden folding chairs
- vintage wool blankets and comfy pillows
- picnic baskets and hampers
- silver trays, breadboards, and serving dishes
- glassware, china, flatware
- tablecloth and napkins
- portable bar stand
- something to make the table look pretty (pumpkins, wheat, flowers)
And, yes, it was a lot of work. But we created some precious memories with dear friends and our family, and that's worth it all!