Allie’s Nantucket Birthday Weekend Part I

Winters may be long and cold in New England, but man, our summers are truly glorious. Speaking of glorious, one of the most beautiful places on earth this time of year has to be the proud ‘ole Grey Lady herself, none other than Miss Island of Nantucket.
Whether traveling by sea via the Steamship or Hyline ferries or catching Cape Air from Hyannis, Boston or points beyond, arriving to Nantucket I am always overcome by her natural beauty and picture perfect quintessential New England shingle-style architecture.
On this particular weekend we gathered from points near and far to celebrate Allie’s 23rd birthday and celebrate we did!! We beached at Madequecham and honored the birthday girl Friday eve with a cocktail and dinner party.
Luckily Nantucket decided to show off for us with sunny skies and perfect temperatures.
Seals lined up, catching the rays!
As always we waved to Kat’s family at their house from the ferry. If you look closely you can see Kat’s dad, Billy Boy on his boat!
First stop was picking Allie up at Nantucket Airport, where I spotted C. Wonderstore’s cute little ikat car! I think Buggy Designs could use something similar in pink and green, no?!
The dogs were just as excited as we were to get to the beach so we let them out of the Jeep to run free. Our moms had arrived on Nantucket the night before our arrival, which was handy because they also packed us a picnic for the beach.
My favorite beach bag is this straw monogrammed ribbon bag from Buggy Designs that is big enough to hold a towel or two, sandals, a book and beach sundries with some space left for shell finds and sea glass.
Blonde Evarts girl sandwich! Sistahs Sophie, Al and Remi.
After an afternoon at the beach it was time to head home to start prepping for Allie’s birthday celebrations. When you get two foodie families together, magical things happen in the kitchen. With our moms at the helm, we were their dutiful sous chefs and  happily prepped shrimp, shucked corn, sliced potatoes and set out hors d’oeuvres. The kitchen was buzzing with music, chatter, and chopping!
If you didn’t know any better, you would think we were having 50 people for supper!
Our families don’t know how to do small.
Shrimp Tip: Place 2 skewers through shrimp close to head and tail to ensure flatter grilling and retention of shape. Totally worth the extra minute.
Mom’s unreal Mexican Chipotle Butter for the grilled corn.
Armenian String Cheese
Kate’s amazing artichoke dip
Once the prepping was done we changed into our party dresses and sipped on The Shawkemo (recipe posted here, personalized old fashioned glasses here). The most delightful citrus ginger and mint vodka drink with a Prosecco floater!
Birthday girl in the middle and our other childhood bestie Kat on the right.
Sisters Kate and Vicki and my mom! After you’re friends for such a long time, I suppose you must start dressing the same!
Mom is wearing her Emerson Fry Caftan, posted here.
Grilled flank steaks with chipotle butter, cut by grill master Adam.

We serenaded Allie with Happy-Birthday-to-you and presented her with a flavored assortment of Georgetown cupcakes that we arranged in the shape of 2 and 3. The Georgetown cupcakes were air shipped to Nantucket from Georgetown Cupcakes in Boston. They happen to be my favorite cupcakes in Boston – not too big, not too sweet and made fresh daily. Did I mention the pink packaging? If you are thinking about using Georgetown Cupcakes for a future party, they did an excellent job shipping the cupcakes and were packaged perfectly with cooler packs and special casing to ensure the cupcakes didn’t wiggle around. Not a single cupcake was damaged.

A sweet mother-daughter moment.
Time for Bed Ruby!
Stay Tuned for Part 2 of Allie’s Birthday Weekend Tomorrow! More adventures to come…


  1. Anonymous says

    You and your mom both look so great in that caftan, both worn so differently. Such happy faces in these photos, a joy to scroll through.


    • says

      Will pass along the birthday message! I had never tried Armenian cheese until Allie’s family introduced it to me — it’s soooo yummy! Your boyfriend knows what he’s talkin’ bout!

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