Autumn Open House at The Antique Garden
We had a perfect night for our first Open House at The Antique Garden. The weather cooperated, after a nor’easter the day before, and the skies cleared. The evening turned out better than expected with friends, neighbors and business associates in attendance.
After developing the property, in Leitersburg, for five long years, it was time to show off all our hard work! We wanted to entertain outside, even though it was mid-October, to show off the exterior of the store. Luckily it was in the low 60’s and a friend and artist, Harold Shapiro, loaned us his wonderful ciminea to keep us warm!
Inside the old general store we had hot coffees, including a pumpkin blend, mulled apple cider, and a spread of deserts like, mini pumpkin cupcakes, apple dumplings, prize winning brownies, and various cookies. Michele and Harold Shapiro even brought us a tier from their daughters wedding cake, who had gotten married just days earlier. All the deserts were catered by Desert Rose Cafe, a local coffee house in Williamport, Maryland.
Rose, the owner of the cafe, Pam and Allen were on hand to help set up, keep everything stocked, and serve. This was wonderful as serving 50+ can be overwelming if you want to enjoy the party!
People started arriving exactly on time, and toured the store and grounds in the evening twilight. The pond and waterfalls were flowing, the flowers, grasses and trees illuminated with lights, both spot light and holiday lights, arranged artfully by John. The out buildings were lit up also, the latest being a Christmas Shed, with red wall paper featuring chickens!
On the buffet tables, were spiral sliced hams and rolls, salsas and blue corn tortillas, cheeses like goats cheese, fresh mozzarella, swiss and cheddar, antipasto trays with delicious black and green olives, roasted red and yellow peppers and hummus. Rose’s artichoke brushetta was a hit and not a bite was left! I have begged her for her recipe and she promises to send it after her nuptuals in two weeks!
The bars were set up around the patio and Allen was a great bartender, making sure glasses were full.
People stayed and lingered around the fire, toured the store and all in all had a terrific evening. The Open House was worth all the planning and effort involved. Even my parents, who drove in from White Plains, New York, said they enjoyed the party and made new friends. And that is really what a party is all about!