A Summer Party on Gantz Family Vineyards

FamilyOn a perfect-blue-sky day in August, we celebrated a special family birthday on Gantz Family Vineyards. Friends and family who traveled from near and far made the party spectacular.  And it never would have been so carefree and fun without the incredible skills of the professionals we hired to help us with this event. They include:

  • Event designer Lindsey Relyea of L’Relyea Events - Lindsey was a consummate professional who listened to every one of our wants and desires for the party and made them a reality while working within our budget. On the morning of the party, she asked where three items were and then said, “Okay, now we can get to work.” What she really meant was, “Go relax. We have it under control.” And boy, did she ever. The nine-hour event ran like clockwork with a kind-yet-invisible staff and the constant magical appearances of exactly what we needed exactly when we needed them. To read more, check out our Yelp review.
  • Feast Catering - We were so fortunate that Lindsey found the Santa Rosa company Feast Catering. People were truly knocked out — as were we — by the deliciousness of the food-truck-style dinner. Our one regret was that as chatting hosts, we didn’t take the opportunity to eat more! The food was creative and beautifully presented, and the staff was kind and gracious while completely blending into the woodwork.
  • Photographer Mariah Smith – We almost didn’t hire Mariah because our budget was feeling a little tight. That would have been a terrible mistake. As you will see in the pictures below, Mariah was able to capture the joy of family and friends caught up in the whimsy of a wine-country party.
  • Beau Wine Tours – Driver James Nolan from Beau Wine Tours patiently shuttled our guests back and forth from Santa Rosa, allowing our guests to relax and enjoy the party without the concerns of drinking and driving on dark country roads.

Please check out our slideshow of party photos (below) by excellent event photographer, Mariah Smith. Also, take a look at our Pinterest album.

Family

Family

The family of Gantz Family Vineyards

Clay and Celeste Gantz

Clay and Celeste Gantz

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Gantz Family Vineyard rosé

Gantz Family Vineyard rosé

The rosé was made by Clay Gantz especially for the party from a Washington Nebolo grape .

Grandkids and friends

Grandkids and friends

Charcuterie

Charcuterie

Guests enjoyed local salumi, cheeses, house made flatbreads, sliced baguettes, olives and pickled farmers market vegetables while they toured the garden and played lawn games.

Garden Tours and Lawn Games

Garden Tours and Lawn Games

Guests gathered for a tour of the garden or to play croquet, lawn bocce and bean bag toss.

Relaxing

Relaxing

Of they could do nothing at all.

A picture wall

A picture wall

Pictures of the birthday girls were hung with clothes line and mini clothes pins outside of a shed.

Guests perusing the picture wall

Guests perusing the picture wall

Lawn games

Lawn games

Beautiful signs directed guests to different events around the vineyard.

Mason jar cocktails

Mason jar cocktails

While working up a sweat on the croquet court, guests were invited to help themselves to cocktails in Mason jars.

White Peach Sangria

White Peach Sangria

This cocktail with white peach slices, mint, Riesling, peach schnapps and Brut sparkling wine is a family favorite from Sunset magazine (http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/white-peach-sangria-10000001913100/)

Bourbon Lemonade

Bourbon Lemonade

This Bourbon Lemonade could be nursed all day long.

Mini guests

Mini guests

Guests of all sizes had fun at the party.

Under the walnut trees

Under the walnut trees

A peaceful moment before the deck under the walnut trees became a dance floor.

Almost their moment

Almost their moment

The vines waiting for their moment in a month, when their fruit will be harvested for the first time: http://gantzfamilyvineyards.com/our-hopes-for-our-first-growing-season/

Snapping memories

Snapping memories

Clay Gantz with growers Ted and Kathy Klopp

Clay Gantz with growers Ted and Kathy Klopp

Dining

Dining

Picnic tables and umbrellas made for fun communal dining.

Menus on wine bottles

Menus on wine bottles

Feast Catering's food-truck-style menus were displayed on wine bottles

Food-truck-style fun

Food-truck-style fun

These chilled soba noodles, smoked prawns & cashews served in little chinese take out boxes were a huge hit.

Kalbi beef ribs

Kalbi beef ribs

Sliders

Sliders

American Kobe beef sliders, Redwood Hill Farms cheddar, grilled onions & secret sauce on a little sesame seed bun

Our favorite guests

Our favorite guests

Elegant dining

Elegant dining

Beautiful textiles dressed up the farm-house tables while keeping an outdoor simplicity.

Dinner time

Dinner time

Party guest

Party guest

Friends

Friends

Party planned extraordinaire, Lindsey Relyea of L'Reyea Events (right)

Party planned extraordinaire, Lindsey Relyea of L'Reyea Events (right)

Family

Family

Birthday cupcakes

Birthday cupcakes

The Limonatta and Battle Royale cupcakes from Sift bakery. Each cupcake held a candle and every guest blew one out with a wish for the birthday girls.

Lighting birthday candles

Lighting birthday candles

Cigar, Scotch and Bourbon bar

Cigar, Scotch and Bourbon bar

The evening ended with cigar, Scotch, Bourbon and s'mores around a firepit.

Mini beer-batter cupcakes

Mini beer-batter cupcakes

These beer batter and salted caramel frosting mini-cupcakes were served at the end of the night with the cigar, Scotch and Bourbon bar.

Mason jar votives

Mason jar votives

The family of Gantz Family VineyardsClay and Celeste Gantz.The rosé was made by Clay Gantz especially for the party from a Washington Nebolo grape .Grandkids and friendsGuests enjoyed local salumi, cheeses, house made flatbreads, sliced baguettes, olives and pickled farmers market vegetables while they toured the garden and played lawn games.Guests gathered for a tour of the garden or to play croquet, lawn bocce and bean bag toss.Of they could do nothing at all.Pictures of the birthday girls were hung with clothes line and mini clothes pins outside of a shed.Guests perusing the picture wallBeautiful signs directed guests to different events around the vineyard.While working up a sweat on the croquet court, guests were invited to help themselves to cocktails in Mason jars.This cocktail with white peach slices, mint, Riesling, peach schnapps and Brut sparkling wine is a family favorite from Sunset magazine (http://www.myrecipes.com/recipe/white-peach-sangria-10000001913100/)Bourbon LemonadeGuests of all sizes had fun at the party.A peaceful moment before the deck under the walnut trees became a dance floor.The vines waiting for their moment in a month, when their fruit will be harvested for the first time: http://gantzfamilyvineyards.com/our-hopes-for-our-first-growing-season/Snapping memoriesClay Gantz with growers Ted and Kathy KloppPicnic tables and umbrellas made for fun communal dining.Feast Catering's food-truck-style menus were displayed on wine bottlesThese chilled soba noodles, smoked prawns & cashews served in little chinese take out boxes were a huge hit.Kalbi beef ribsAmerican Kobe beef sliders, Redwood Hill Farms cheddar, grilled onions & secret sauce on a little sesame seed bunOur favorite guestsBeautiful textiles dressed up the farm-house tables while keeping an outdoor simplicity.Dinner timeParty guestFriendsParty planned extraordinaire, Lindsey Relyea of L'Reyea Events (right)FamilyThe Limonatta and Battle Royale cupcakes from Sift bakery. Each cupcake held a candle and every guest blew one out with a wish for the birthday girls.Lighting birthday candlesThe evening ended with cigar, Scotch, Bourbon and s'mores around a firepit.These beer batter and salted caramel frosting mini-cupcakes were served at the end of the night with the cigar, Scotch and Bourbon bar.Mason jar votives

 

September 3, 2013 1 Comment Subscribe
One Response to A Summer Party on Gantz Family Vineyards
  1. Mariah Smith says:

    Such a wonderful party! So full of love, joy and laughter. It was an honor to be there.

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