The Rural Experience - Part 2
This is the sequel to my earlier post introducing you to the photo tour recap of my Fall Collection Debut event back in November, at my rural property in Louisiana. Part 2 showcases the environment and incredible food and drink that made the evening unforgettable.
Last October the Treehouse hosted her first wedding, and luckily the bride and groom had impeccable taste and left behind their directional signs from the reception. We repurposed them for the rural experience with a little black and white paint. These signs guided the way for guests from the street to the parking lot (pasture) to the camping field, through the woods along a path, to the clearing which hosted the bulk of the party, including the stage, Stout Tent music lounge, farm table dining, and open-air bar under the treehouse.
When I envisioned food at a Treehouse party, I had no idea what Four Calendar Cafe had up their sleeve. I would have been happy with hot dogs and chili, but instead, what we got was the most incredible poutine, posole, pickles and liver mousse you can imagine. Somehow the marriage of the setting and the food was like that couple who doesn’t look like a fit, but are so kind to one another nothing but goodness comes from their union. THAT was what is was to dine at The Rural Experience. For those in New Orleans who want to partake of this culinary glory, they do a pop-up on Tuesday evenings at Faubourg Wines, resuming the last tuesday of January in 2015.
The whole setting was completely enchanted by our beautiful Canvas Bell Tent from Stout Tents. They are at the helm of this boho tent trend and your go-to source for buying or renting a tent for your property or event. Our tent was used as a musical lounge for our headliner Kristin Diable when she wasn’t on stage, and later functioned as a communal crash pad late in the night. We outfitted it with tons of blankets, pillows and led lanterns for a glowing sprawling chill-out zone. The girls at Stout Tent are super helpful so I highly recommend giving them a call when you are ready to throw your own magical rural evening.
Speaking of camping, we had over 30 tent-campers in the field, plus the added lux of an impeccable Airstream parked next to the satsuma trees. When you throw a party in the woods, it really is best to have your friends make a night of it.
For a party that began at dusk and went late into the night, the shout-outs go to our bartenders, sponsors, food vendor, production assistants, parking attendants, staff and friends who made it all possible.
Drink Sponsors: Cathead Vodka, Jack Rudy Cocktail Co., Nola Brewing
Food Vendor: Four Calendar Cafe
Bell Tent: Stout Tents
Production coordinated by: Rebecca Rebouche Studio and Saladino Gallery
Musical Guests: Dustan Louque, Kristin Diable
Photography by: Hannah McSwain