And the Winner is…

welcoming front porch

Welcome to the dinner—I love the hydrangea.


The winner is the lucky bidder who purchased the dinner hosted by James Farmer and Francie Hargrove at The Church of the Good Shepard auction here in Cashiers. Every year the church hosts a silent auction, live auction and a Bazaar to benefit the Outreach Ministry that helps the local area.

The live auction always has a mix of fabulous vacations homes located in amazing destinations and dinner parties for 8-20 people. The parties are hosted in these homes with an amazing mix of chefs, authors, designers and other talented people.

This year’s auction item that drew heavy bidding was the dinner prepared by author James Farmer and hosted at the home of Francie Hargrove. James used recipes from his books to prepare a delicious range of dishes. He has another talent—that of putting everyone at ease with his story telling. Francie is the hostess with the ‘mostess.’ The combination of the two ‘energies’ made for a fun, fabulous evening.

I was invited to take photos of the setting before the party began.We laughed, cooked, organized, talked and even enjoyed a glass of champagne together—I never refuse a glass of champagne! Knowing what fun the preparation was, I can imagine the party was a smashing success.

Have a look at the party set-up and look for Francie’s house to be featured on the next house crush!

welcome guest with champagne,

Champagne at the front door—love this idea.


beautiful porches,

This wonderful porch was the location for the party.


long view of kitchen

James and his assistant Lexi were busy in the kitchen.


perfect table setting

A perfect table setting


cooks in the kitchen

The cooks preparing the lovely dinner.


honey goat cheese busciuts

These biscuits from his book were covered with honey goat cheese.


toamato and feta salad

The tomato and feta salad with homemade croutons looked delicious.


James Farmer and Lexi

The chefs for the evening paused for a quick photo—they look cool as cucumbers.


James Farmer and Francie Hargrove.

James and Francie preparing for guests—I told you this was fun.


James Farmer cooking

Perfect garnishes for the dishes


marbleizd plates

I love these plates!


place setting

I would love to be a guest at this party.


white hydrangea and ferns

White hydrangea accented with greenery filled the flower vase.


local blackberries

Blackberries from the local farmers market added a fresh touch to the appetizers.


faux boise table and bar

Bar set-up on a beautiful Faux boise table.


bar tender at work

The bartender is getting ready—aka Shannon Hargrove.


A Place to Call Home by James Farmer

After the evening of fun the guests all received an autographed copy of James Farmer’s new book A Place to Call Home.


xo♥, Lissy
All photos by Lissy Parker for You are welcome to ‘borrow’ my photos—just please credit and link the source.

September 1, 2017
September 8, 2017



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