1 After almost a month of very hot, dry and may I say, hideous, weather, our party day followed a day of cooling rains - blue skies, high clouds, a gentle breeze and temperate weather made the perfect day.
2 I took an early morning ride to see how the farm looked after the hard rain the night before.
3 All the carriage roads were "dragged" - we created this contraption to fit on the Kawasaki, so we could rake the gravel more quickly and more efficiently. It evens out the gravel and makes the carriage roads look very tidy.
4 Susan and Heather worked very closely on all the details of the party.
5 I opened my carriage house, so all the guests could look at the beautiful horse carriages I keep inside.
6 Over in the southeast paddock, Pete set up the volleyball net.
7 Ang and Pete made sure everything was set up according to game regulations.
8 Pete and Ang set-up the badminton net on the party lawn.
9 Michael and Agnes brought all the equipment out to my party lawn, where we set up badminton, bocce ball, croquet, and corn hole beanbag toss.
10 Fernando pounded stakes into the ground, so signs could be posted telling guests where things were, or in what direction to go.
11 Proper signage is key at a party.
12 Faux bois oil cloth covered all the tables used for food preparation or eating - oil cloth is easy to clean and is great for outdoor surfaces during a party.
14 We had about 200-guests visit my farm - I invited a few vendors to cater our party. They came early to set-up and start preparing their delicious dishes.
15 Bonnie supervised her team as they prepared the tandoor oven, a cylindrical metal oven used for cooking or baking.
16 I set up seating areas, but there was so much to see and do that very few people sat during the party.
17 The stable was cleaned and the horses were ready to greet all the guests.
18 As the morning progressed, more supplies and food arrived.
19 Herbal iced tea and wine were served at the stable.
20 Our fabulous margarita bar - my vintage, but never used Margaritaville three blender frozen margarita maker, Milagro tequila, and Cointreau. This was the most popular drink station.
21 Garrus was our rose of choice- magnums were poured and enjoyed! We used old farm items like this galvanized trough, for ice buckets. http://esclans.com/item/garrus/
22 I hard boiled a lot of farm eggs to serve as a snack with salt and pepper.
23 Azteca is one of my favorite casual dining places in Mt. Kisco- they came and made their delicious fresh guacamole and salsas in huge molcajetes- this was very, very popular.
24 Ghenghis loved the guacamole station!
26 Matt Perella, of Perella events, set up the margarita station.
27 This is a closeup of my "Jimmy Buffet" Margaritaville machine - it makes great drinks.
28 The first bus load of guests arrived at the farm - here they were walking through my linden tree allee.
29 Guests began arriving right about 2pm and stayed until 5pm.
30 Guests got into queue quickly at the Little Kabab Station - it was a very popular line for food!
31 This is Bonnie Saran, the owner of Little Kabab Station. She also owns Little Crepe Street, and her newest establishment, Little Drunken Chef. http://www.littlekababstation.com
32 Bonnie made delicious ceviche shots with halibut and vegetarian versions, which disappeared as fast as she made them!
33 The tandoor oven cooks food very, very quickly inside a hot deep space- potatoes, peppers, meats, and onions are delectable, hot out of the oven.
34 Bonnie's samosas were very popular filled with potatoes and vegetables.
35 Two portable tandoor ovens were set up- this is what they look like inside as food is cooked on long steel skewers.
36 All the food was delicious - the guests kept going back for more.
37 All day long huge banks of cooling clouds rolled over the farm.
38 Guests used the boxwood allee to go back and forth between the stable and the equipment barn.
39 Hosanna Houser was one of the first guests to arrive. Here she was in the stable courtyard.
40 Our new Seqential partners came - CFO, Gary Klein, CEO, Yehuda Shmidman, Chief of Strategic Development and Operations, Chad Wagenheim, and General Counsel, Andy Tarshis.
41 Yehuda, Allyn Magrino and Susan Magrino came in brightly colored clothes!
42 Margaritas were free flowing- we used a dozen bottles of Milagro tequila, and 10-bottles of Cointreau.
43 Pizza Luca New York came with one of their iconic pizza trucks to bake the best small pizzas! http://pizzaluca.com
44 Chef Dean Medico owns Pizza Luca - here he was standing by his truck.
45 This was the front of the Pizza Luca truck. Chef Dean owns the business with his wife. Luca is their young son.
46 The pizza kitchen is mounted on a 1952 Chevy flatbed. This vintage truck is so charming.
47 This is the inside of the Pizza Luca truck- with a real wood burning oven!
48 Here I am with Chef Dean Medico.
49 Chef Dean sliced the Bianca - mozzarella di bufala, extra-virgin olive oil, fresh garlic, fresh basil, and Sicilian sea salt.
50 This was the Margherita - San Marzano tomatoes, mozzarella di bufala, extra-virgin olive oil, fresh basil, and Sicilian sea salt.
52 Lyndsey Matthews, Taysha Murtaugh and Jamie Buerger.
53 Blaze Pennington and Kristen Riebesell.
54 My stable manager, Betsy Perreten, and my head gardener, Ryan McCallister.
55 The attentive wait staff was always prepared to serve our guests.
56 They were all very friendly, and happy to join in on our photos.
57 Ban Chunch and Lindsay Pierce - Ban Chunch loved greeting all the guests who walked past his stall.
58 Jill Joyner visited my dear Friesians.
59 Lincoln Paterson enjoyed a ULIVjava iced coffee drink. Lincoln is one of our company drivers - everyone knows "Linc".
60 Fernando Ferrari, Laura Acuna and Andres Velastegui.
61 Scott Schubert and Tina Webber Carmelich.
62 Chris Forsberg and Martin Mendosa.
63 Ryan, and editor-in-chief of Living, Eric Pike.
64 Phurba and Pete - two of my hard working outdoor grounds crew.
65 Allison Stocco and Erin Kelly.
66 Emily Greenberg and Hannah Lieberman.
67 Susan, and her sister, Allyn, joined me for a photo.
68 Tanya Graff, Ayesha Patel and Sarah Vasil.
69 Pam Aquino, Jana Branson, and Rit Chatterjee posed for a photo on my terrace parterre.
70 Kayla Alewel and Becky Mickel looking at the map of my farm - I provided site maps for all the guests.
71 Guests were free to walk around much of the farm on their own. This group walked down to the vegetable garden, and to see the chickens.
72 From afar, you could see the energetic crowd outside my kitchen on my terrace parterre.
73 Here was the delicious guacamole being made fresh as guests watched.
74 The guacamole and chips station was very popular.
75 Greg Lofts was a big fan of the guacamole.
76 Ashley Wells-Wood, and Lindsey Cox from the Meredith Corporation.
77 Melissa Stemple and Olivia Spadafore.
78 Sonia Ramadin, Molly Baker, and Emma Vidmar.
79 Ari Kirkpatrick, Cathryn Delarosa, Elizabeth Nissen, and Dana Miller - I think they were in line for margaritas.
80 A view looking down the carriage road on the way to my Gravenstein apples and my clematis pergola.
81 G.K. and his daughter, Peluche - G.K. is so patient with the 13-week old puppy.
82 Peluche loves playing with her sire.
83 Peluche also loves Kevin.
84 Maureen Farago, Susie Ercole and Dorian Arrich.
85 Patsy Pollack, Kevin Sharkey, Sarah Carey and I played a long game of croquet using the English rules- I won.
86 Lots of strategy was discussed.
87 Patsy and Kevin focused on this shot.
88 Sarah concentrated on her croquet shots too.
89 Sarah and Kevin thought they could win our croquet game, but I was victorious.
90 Sarah and Kevin stopped for this quick snapshot.
91 Here was a volleyball game in progress.
92 Here was Chhiring about to serve.
93 Dolma, who is also a very passionate mountain climber, was very focused on the volleyball.
95 Guests enjoyed all the games on my party lawn - here were some playing badminton.
96 Our CFO, Ken West, played badminton too!
97 Elias Santiago and Pedro Reyes.
98 My gardener, Wilmer, took a brief rest and watched the other games on the party lawn.
99 Our general counsel, Allison Hoffman, enjoyed a walk through my cutting garden.
100 Dorian couldn't get enough of G.K. She walked him as much as she could.
101 Cecilia Butris and Laura enjoyed some of the food from the Little Kabab Station.
102 Spyro Ginis, Lisa Wagner, Brian Steindl and Tina Webber Carmelich.
103 Lisa, Paige Goudey and Kim Miller-Olko from our video team.
104 Susanne Ruppert "double fisting" the ceviche shots from Bonnie's station.
105 Allison, Pam and Jayshree Mahtani - members of our legal team.
106 Ari, Cathryn and Elizabeth.
107 Alison Vanek and Ruby McBride - this was Ruby's first week with MSLO. Welcome to the company, Ruby.
108 Another view of the guests walking down the boxwood allee.
109 Elizabeth Jent and Samantha Perlman.
110 Levi Garcia and Angelo Cardenas.
111 Jack Arenas waving at the camera as John Myers looked on.
112 Pam, Heather, Dorian, Valerie Buchholz, and Jayshree.
113 Here I am with Yehuda.
114 Heather and Dorian enjoyed one last photo as the party started to wind down.
115 One of many group shots of some of the guests- my front porch steps are a great place to take such big photos.