1 Thank goodness, the weather cooperated for the afternoon of the grilling party. There was even a nice breeze blowing.
2 Games were set up for children and grown-ups alike. This old wooden badminton set is a real classic.
3 There were also hula-hoops.
4 And croquet, a great lawn game
5 One of two beverage tables
6 There was very flavorful ginger beer.
7 And a ginger-mint margarita
8 A yummy watermelon cucumber cooler
9 With a cucumber garnish
10 Another beverage table
11 With hibiscus tea
12 And refreshing lemonade
13 As well as old-fashioned sweet tea
14 And ice-cold lemon water
15 The council fire, although it was a bit too hot to enjoy a fire
16 There were whittled sticks for marshmallows, for those so inclined.
17 Anduin Havens with her headset putting the finishing touches on Emeril's station
18 The rest of the chefs' stations
19 Here I am with Roberto Guerra again, lifting that succulent pig out of roasting box.
20 The guests began to arrive, including Francesca, Sharkey, and G.K.
21 Meesha Haddad and her husband Raymond enjoying a beverage in a Govino glass
22 The tables had baskets of big, juicy cherries from C.J. Olson Cherries. http://www.cjolsoncherries.com/
23 Missy Foristall also sipping from a Govino glass
24 For sitting on the ground, we used Martha Stewart Collection Bedding, Geo Stars Quilts available at Macy's.
25 Mike Fiore, my property director, drove the tractor for the hayride.
26 The film crew followed along.
27 The children were excited for the hayride.
28 Mike drove along all the wooded trails.
29 Guests could visit each station to be served the delicious grilled foods.
30 Emeril in action
31 Emeril was grilling his famous New York strip steaks as well as peaches with mascarpone cheese.
32 A nice shot of the two of us
33 And look at that perfectly grilled steak with its blue cheese topping!
34 This is Bill Taibe of Le Farm in Westport, CT, http://www.lefarmwestport.com/ who shared some of his techniques for grilling vegetables.
35 Elizabeth Karmel of Hill Country Barbecue and Hill Country Chicken http://www.hillcountryny.com/ served up her fantastic beer can chicken.
36 And also mouth-watering burgers.
37 Brad Farmerie of Public and The Monday Room in NYC http://public-nyc.com/about-public/the-kitchen/ refilling his platter of grilled lobster and corn
38 This is Chris Schlesinger of East Coast Grill and Raw Bar http://www.eastcoastgrill.net/main/general.htm in Cambridge, MA
39 Chris showed us how to grill up great seafood appetizers.
40 These little neck clams were amazing!
41 Jennifer, Heather - senior food editor, and Pierre - Pierre and some of his wait staff helped with the party.