party, UncategorizedElectric Boat Parties–British and California Style August 1, 2012 By Mary Ann Pickett 30 Comments A quiet electric “Duffy” boat is a fun place to have an intimate cocktail party. In the last couple of weeks, I have been lucky to attend one in Newport Beach, California, above. . And one on a river in Weybridge, England. Both with different, but lovely, water views. Notice all the greenery on this serene river in Surrey. We enjoyed great English and French cheeses and a truffle paté… with a French white Burgundy wine. My friend, Lisa, keeps baskets of chestnuts in the boat to ward off spiders (have you heard of that?). Here is their home with their American electric boat docked… bet the British neighbors all want one. Our friends, Cindy and Jimmy, just bought the house below on the left on the Newport bay. Last weekend, we went out for a sunset cruise. I made cocktails of lemon, fresh basil, sparking lemonade, vodka and lots of ice inspired by the one I had in London recently. I just sort of “winged” the recipe–but it seemed popular! Here are some houses we saw from the water…sorry about the shaky camera. We made a meal of the appetizers…fun! I took these right out of the oven before we got on the boat. They are from a “Cooking Light” recipe. My sister made these first and I asked for the recipe…a winner. Try it! Thanks for joining our little boat parties–thousands of miles apart from each other. Really a small world with good friends. Participating in Monday on the Menu @ Stone Gable Inspiration Friday @ At The Picket Fence Feathered Nest Friday @ French Country Cottage Show And Tell Friday @ My Romantic Home Home Sweet Home @ The Charm of Home Vintage Inspiration Friday @ Common Ground Savvy Southern Style @ Wow Us Wednesdays Related PostsIt’s Black and White at Design ChicReady for a Party? Check Out These Table LinensTaco Tuesday?Welcome to Our Fall Front Doors and Table Settings!