August 26, 2015
 
When we are in Jackson Hole, I love to throw dinner parties and celebrate the great outdoors and mountain scenery as much as possible. There is nothing more beautiful or fun than eating outside under a canopy of gorgeous trees and the moon and stars. Jackson Hole has a rustic western feel to it, so I used a brown woven check cloth I found at a vintage store to cover the table. I had the perfect bowl to serve the salad in and wanted a creative way to serve this. A friend and I went out back into the woods to find a felled tree we could chop into rounds to use as a make shift charger. The wheat grasses, wildflowers, and wood rounds were the perfect way to use backyard finds from around the house and keep the feel very casual but elegant – just as a summer dinner should be. The menu included tomato crostata, maple glazed grilled quail, balsamic roasted onions, and the perfect summertime throwback; a root beer float with several different cookies. Since we had just picked up our son Grey from camp, we had other visitors in town doing the same. One of Grey’s campmates is a budding photographer, very talented, and snapped the pictures for me!
 
Photography credit: Jasper Schutt http://jasper-schutt.squarespace.com/