My friend, who I co-threw a bridal shower for, and her groom-to-be were just celebrated at their engagement party. Her parents hosted an oyster roast. And Jeremy and I were there, of course! We’ll show up anywhere to try food so celebrating an awesome couple was just further confirmation.
I loved the handwritten chalkboard signs. I think everyone started out with wine (except for Jeremy and me) but by the end of the day, we shifted to the left side of the bar.
It made for a casual grazing area while the open grill outside did its thing.
But then I realized why they were all gathering around that table. The main food show had come out!
This low country celebration was perfect as the bride-to-be’s parents live right on the river and the couple is marrying in New Orleans. A festive, casual affair where everyone chatted while hovering around the pan made for an easy good time.
I’d never had oysters…because they are slimy and disgusting. But I can now say that steamed, with datil pepper sauce on a saltine? Delicious! And let me tell you, that day, I think I made up for my almost-three, oyster-less decades.
It was messy and crazy but I had people I had never met before showing me tips to use the oyster tools and everyone laughing and trading places between the oyster half of the table and the low country boil half of the table.
Speaking of the low country boil, they caught the shrimp that morning out of the river! I love living in a water town. And knowing wonderful people who make delicious datil pepper sauce and welcome us to their dock.
Jeremy tried to take my picture.
And because I’m a nerd, I figured I’d go back to the house and take more awkward photos with my dear friend.
Vogueing attempts were futile. We realized that our middle school selves would be very disappointed in us being so out of practice.
But, I guess you don’t stay friends for this long without being okay with silliness.
Such good, casual, quality time. I love those types of events! Hmmm, now I wanting datil pepper sauce with lunch though…