1 Lilies, lilies, and more lilies arrived from the garden.
2 I believed that this was enough lilies for three great hall arrangements, but one can never have enough flowers.
3 You cannot see it in this photo, but I am totally covered with yellow and orange lily pollen! Dressed in work clothes, I didn't mind one bit - the fragrance was phenomenal!
4 This is the arrangement I constructed before I added more flowers at Alexis' insistence.
5 The pot is a very early Chinese bronze vessel. The drips on the pot are just water from filling it. It took so much more water than I anticipated - Kevin, where are you???????
6 After adding more lilies, the arrangement started to look like it could be in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Alexis was right - more is better!
7 In every light the flowers looked amazing. I actually made this for Diana Wister, who always has the most incredible arrangements in her home in Northeast Harbor. Sadly, Diana didn't get to see these, for she could not attend the party.
8 The big faux bois cement table in the Great Hall is always covered with new and old books about Maine and especially about Mt. Desert Island. These books are very interesting reading. I also place current periodicals here.
9 All of these lilies came from the Dutch Bulb Association. We have a very nice relationship with that group and find the Holland bulbs superior to most others.
10 We put orange tiger lilies in the dining room on another giant faux bois table, which was made by Carlos Cortéz in San Antonio, Texas. Carlos is a true artist. http://www.studiocortes.com/
11 When we started to set the terrace up for the party the sun came out, the skies cleared, and the foliage glowed!
12 Beautiful bars were made by covering tables with Chinese rugs. We used copper trays, old Martha-by-Mail glasses, and gray linen napkins, which were sewn by my mom for my very first big party at Skylands several years ago.
13 Old bronze Chinese urns made for great wine coolers.
14 There are lots of large brass pails in the house, which looked great as ice buckets.
15 This is Matt Frongillo, one of our handsome local bartenders, who is so nice!
16 And this is Rachel Sisson, another bartender, who is also terrific.
17 Jennifer Rau was stationed at another wine bar set up in front of our really giant lilies!
18 I had these teak tables made 12 years ago and they have held up fabulously. The wood has mellowed to a glorious gray and the glass tops show off the intricate wood pattern beneath.
19 The faux bois bird bath was a great wine cellarette.
20 One of the servers standing in front of yet another lily garden on the terrace.
21 This is what the sky looked like right before the guests began to arrive.
22 All the chaises were lined up for guests to use.
23 A giant medinilla was planted in the giant green iron urn down the terrace stairs - it is doing very well.
24 I love my vodka very well chilled in a bucket of ice.
25 Gail Clark - Chairman of Open Garden Day and Tanny Clark - President of The Garden Club of Mount Desert, brought some friends from Atlanta with them and the Club gave me a present for hosting the Patrons Party.
26 The council circle fire stone was lit for the party and it certainly was a conversation piece.
27 The ferns and other plants are growing very well amidst the stones of the council circle, a favorite Jens Jensen landscape idiom.
28 My favorite hors d'oeuvre that evening were the Parmesan cheese straws, which were so light, fluffy, crispy, and cheesy. These brass epergne-like holders were perfect for serving them.
29 The fantastic Dick Wolf (Mr. Law and Order) admired the height of the lilies growing on the terrace.
30 The guests really enjoyed the festivities.
31 The food trays were unbelievable! There were crab cakes with sauce tartare, minted garden pea soup, angel biscuits with ham, gougeres, lobster medallions with rouille on brioche, corn soup, and more crab cakes.
32 This is Cynthia, who has cooked and served for me many times.
33 On my Scrabble table, I left this message - only after the party did I notice the mistake!!! Sorry!
34 There were great comments written in my guest book.
35 Chef Pierre Schaedelin, in the kitchen arranging the cheese straws in my brass epergnes
36 For serving the three soups - carrot, pea, and corn - we used these votive candle holders. They are the perfect size for small servings.
37 Justin and Pierre made quite a team.
38 Setting up the bars - I found the great Chinese rugs years ago at a tag sale.
39 Ostrich ferns were used to line trays for the service of stuffed mussels.
40 The many angel biscuits we baked - The recipe is an early one from my cookbooks. The biscuits are light, airy, and delicious. http://www.marthastewart.com/344643/angel-biscuits
41 Arranging the trays
42 The stuffed mussels, from Maine of course, were a favorite appetizer.
43 Another great looking tray
44 A better view of the lobster hors d'oeuvre
45 The staff who helped put the party together - Heather, Truman, Cynthia, Justin, Cheryl, Jamie, Pierre, and Gretchen
46 Some of the staff actually enjoying the garden tour the next day. Thanks everyone!!!!!