One of our priorities is to have an open bar. We want this to be a heck of a party, and I’m a strong believer that an open bar is a good start. Adam’s mum and dad have generously offered to make the wine for the party. Unlike a lot of homemade wine, the stuff they make is really great. Recently, my parents were out on Vancouver Island visiting them and they had an evening of taste testing. First off, isn’t it cool that our parents hang out together without us? Secondly, the word is that the vino has got an A+. I’ve designed a selection of mismatchy labels for the bottles using some Boler-inspired art sourced from Google and Pinterest. Adam’s mum, Leslie, is going to take my designs down to the local print shop for production.
We’re also going to do all we can to get our hands on a couple kegs from our favorite brewery – Nelson Brewing Company. We met in the quaint little artsy mountain town of Nelson and drank a fair amount of this tasty beer when we were dating. We’re also going to set up a cute little self-serve cocktail station featuring a few of our favorites – mojitos, gin & tonic, dark rum & ginger beer, Caesars, Amaretto Sours.
Next priority is delicious food. Adam has been cooking professionally for most of our relationship and both of our families appreciate a good solid meal. Fitting with the camping theme, we’ve clearly always been set on a BBQ dinner. I first thought that because the entire event is going to have such a casual ambiance, in hopes of making the day feel like a bit more than just a bushparty it would be great to offer a slightly fancier meal. Nothing outrageous of course, just great steaks and salmon, gourmet salads, delicious hoity-toity sauces, rustic breads, an incredible spread of passed canapes, etc. It turned out that a feast of those proportions would run us $100+ per person. This quickly encouraged us to fully embrace the bushparty aesthetic [who were we kidding? It is what it is.] and hire a greasy, sloppy and authentic Southern smoked BBQ truck – BubbaQ. This option is going to run us just over $20 per plate and will probably be far more memorable and certainly much more appropriate for our chosen setting.
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