Photo by Matt Lara Photography

Story Time

Everyone has a story to tell. Create a space where guests can sit together and share stories, beyond the banquet tables. This overgrown foliage area provides a wide-open space with seemingly small intimate seating areas. Plush green carpets add to the outdoor feeling and even the lighting is draped with greenery.

Photo by Matt Lara Photography

Reflecting Back

Furthering the comfortable story atmosphere, the golden mirrors provide soft glowing reflections to amplify and reflect the lighting. 

Photo by We Crush Events

Game Time

Stories are often told when friends gather together for meals or games. Create a game space for your guests with popular board games, which encourages guests to put down the phone and sink a battleship or two.

Photo by Vicky Wasik

On the Sidecar

Good old-fashioned stories don't need much other than a few elements. And good old fashioned drinks are the perfect match for telling stories. The sidecar, while simple, is classic yet slightly exotic, the way a good story should be.

2 ounces VSOP Cognac, Armagnac, or good California brandy
1 ounce Cointreau
3/4 ounce fresh lemon juice, to taste
superfine sugar, for garnish (optional)

Optional: Prepare cocktail glass by making a slit in a lemon wedge and running the cut edge around the rim of the glass; then dip the rim in a saucer of superfine sugar to create a thin crust. Chill the glass until needed.
Combine brandy, Cointreau, and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker and fill with ice. Shake well until chilled, about 10 seconds. Strain into prepared glass; garnish with a twist of orange or lemon peel, if the urge comes across.