Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Cocktails On The Terrace

Cocktails On The Terrace 

Courtesy Of 

A gift of party mixers and

a gorgeous hand painted pitcher

recently floated my way from

Mary's lakeside abode.

In celebration of my "booty"

from Mary's Blue Crab Bay Giveaway,

I'm serving drinks and appetizers.

The beautiful stoneware pitcher 

is the original design of nationally known

 folk artist,  José Dovis.

One side features a blue crab. 

The other, a grapevine design 

inspired by the vineyards 

of the Chesapeake Bay Region.

I filled the pitcher with 

flowers for our table this evening.

~ Grevillea ~Lysimachia ~ Eucalyptus ~ Roses ~

This stoneware pitcher will be perfect for

serving drinks when we host a group.

The Sting Ray Bloody Mary Mixer

is award winning with a rich

 blend of tomato and clam juice.

Great to cook with, Blue Crab Bay's 

web site offers a variety of recipes that use 

Sting Ray Bloody Mary Mixer.

The jalapeno infused margarita mixer

offers a real zing to the traditional lime margarita.

How about a little something to 

munch on with your tasty drinks?

~ Snow Crab Claws ~

 The Perfect Cocktail Appetizer

Pick them up 

by the claws and   .   .   .

Dip them into 

a spicy red sauce.

I'm enjoying mine with an

ice cold zesty margarita.

I salted the rim with

Cyprus Lemon Sea Salt.

All gone and

ready for another!

The "chef" is having Blue Crab Bay's

signature Sting Ray Bloody Mary.

We may be landlocked in central Texas,

but for this evening's cocktail hour,

 we can feel the ocean breeze.

Thank you, Mary!

 won a Blue Crab Bay gift too.

The two of us planned to have a virtual party with 

cocktails here and dinner at Kitty's Kozy Kitchen.

Some of you may know that Kitty's husband is terminally ill. 

He is now receiving Hospice Care.  

Kitty asked me to let her blogging friends know.  

Please keep Kitty and her family in your 

thoughts and prayers as they travel this journey.



The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. I have never in my life seen crab claws like yours..Are they on steroids?
    Oh I would love a bite..of each:)
    And the mermaid?
    Well I bet you know already..Coup de coeur!

  2. Cheers, Sarah!!! Both drinks look delicious. I have never tasted this brand but looks yummy. I love the bottle. I also love your presentation. xo

  3. Everything looks terrific. Yummy drinks and the crab legs are to die for. Never know you were in Texas, looks like your at the beach.

  4. All so pretty and I sure wish I'd been at your house to eat!

  5. Hi Sarah! Oh, so lovely and tasty looking. Hope you're having a great week.
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  6. Hey dear Sarah, this table is amazing! I love all the decor, the cocktails, the food, the presentation of it all...now, I wish I could go for those crab legs and to visit you too! Big hugs,

  7. Dearest Sarah,
    Very nice presentation indeed; great for looking at.

  8. This is my first visit to your beautiful site! Oh my, what an absolute delight. I am so glad to have found you!

  9. Such luscious looking libations...I'll be right over! (I wish!)
    Congrats on winning these delicious liquids & that beautiful pitcher. I know you will put it to good use.

    I'm sorry to hear Kitty's husband's conditioned has worsened. I'm praying for them both.

    Hugs to both of you guys, too!

  10. Sarah, Your terrace looks like such an inviting spot to enjoy a cocktail and appetizer! I hope your libations are keeping you cool and refreshed in the Texas heat! Your crab claws look wonderful and I need to try my Cyprus Sea Salt as a glass rimmer~ love your fish glass! Enjoy your pitcher and mixers!

    Keeping Kitty and her family in my thoughts and prayers.

  11. I would never, ever guess you are in central TX, by this lovely table that makes me feel as if I'm somewhere on the shores of the Gulf, Florida, California or Bahamas! Those snow crab claws....GOOD GLORY are they plump!!!

    Oh Sarah, our summer is waning! AHH! But all is well, and I thank you for coming to read my post. There are scares in life, and I'm convinced they are there to teach us to not fear. Oh sometimes, don't you wish there were another way to learn??? :))

    Much love. Anita

  12. Beautifully presented! Love the pitcher. My husband loves Bloody Mary's- I'll have to try that mix for him. That's a neat cocktail glass with the fish design. You may be landlocked but it sure feels like you're by the sea!

  13. Sarah, this is such a fun setting that you've created! The crab claws look delicious!! Everything looks beautiful!!

  14. See you on the terrace! What a great way to enjoy summer!

  15. The snow crabs looks so tasty!!! Everything looks great!

  16. Wonderful post Sarah, you had me feeling the ocean breeze! I love all your coastal touches and the mermaid of course stole the show! Your pitcher is gorgeous, how neat that it has 2 different sides~your descriptions are mouthwatering too! I'll be by later for a frosty margarita!

  17. beside the bloody mary mix I really like those shells trimmed in silver , makes me want to get my silver paint out and paint some of my shells

  18. Oh, my favorite kind of party, cocktails and little nibbles! This looks wonderful Sarah! I am so sorry to hear about Kitty's Husband. I will stop over there for a visit and prayer.

  19. That's my way of spending happy hour!! What a lovely presentation....and beautiful photos!

  20. That all looked so good!
    Up here one of our favourite summer cocktails is a Caesar - made with Mott's Clamato juice and vodka. I like to garnish mine with a pickled asparagus spear.
    Your crab appetisers look amazing!

  21. The lovely pitcher is a wonderful vase. Your gift set was so nice to receive and this setting is the perfect way to enjoy it. The snow crabs are always a favorite. Your beautiful mermaid is a great addition to the theme!


  22. Beautiful elements....the silver shells are enchanting. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. I'll keep Kitty lifted in prayer. Cherry Kay

  23. This all looks so delicious -- especially the crab claws an jalepeno margarita. That's so sad about Kitty's husband -- I hadn't heard. I will get in touch.

  24. This looks fabulous, Sarah. The crab looks so delicious. I love your flower arrangements and what a wonderful win! Pretty dishes. Will keep Kitty and her hubby in my prayers...Christine

  25. Oh my gosh I could just come through the computer, those are my most favorite things, fresh crab and bloody marys..yummy...I usually use the spicy v8, pretty tasty, would love to try that brand, wonder if they have it here...I will have to look...yummy..Phyllis

  26. OK, you have really made me want some cocktails! Beautiful...

  27. Sarah - this is lovely and how wonderful to have won this great pitcher! I really love your theme, because both my daughter and granddaughter have chosen to go to boarding school not far from the Chesapeake Bay. We love to go to the Baltimore area and eat blue crabs. Your cocktails would be the perfect accompaniment!

  28. I have been praying for Kitty and her husband. My heart just breaks for her.

    As usual, I enjoyed every tiny detail in this post. The food presentation ideas are as pretty as the rest of the decor!

  29. So lovey and now my mouth's watering!
    You have such a knack for putting out the prettiest spreads -- large or small, Sarah!

  30. Congratulations, Sarah! What a fun win, and how beautifully you've put it together for a cocktail hour. That pitcher is fabulous, and I love that it's almost like having two pitchers, because the design on each side gives a different mood to the setting. Wish I could come enjoy happy hour with you and the chef. I'm so sad to read about Kitty's husband. I didn't know that, and I will add them to my prayers. laurie

  31. Everything looks so delicious. My mouth is watering. Great photos!

  32. Looks like a wonderful evening. The mermaid is wonderful.

  33. I am right around the corner. Hold up a moment, I will be right there. My, what a wonderful cocktail spread. What a lovely and tasty gift. Loving the pitcher and I especially love your glass.
    Such a nice gift, congrats.
    Prayers are going up for Kitty, her husband and their family.
    Have a blessed weekend, Ginger

  34. HPS! Those drinks and that food look A M A Z I N G!!!


  35. Sarah, Your coastal style table is beautiful and what a great win from Mary! Thanks for linking to the Open House party.

  36. Sarah, I did not know that about Kitty's husband. I feel terrible that I missed that somehow. She is such a sweetheart! They will both be in my prayers. You made good use of your gift. The crab claws have me drooling! Thanks for sharing with SYC.

  37. Great win and those crab claws look YUMMY! Saying a prayer for Kitty, so sad. Thanks so much for sharing at Amaze Me Monday, hope you'll hop back over...

  38. Looks absolutely splendid!

    Wonderful to have you be a part of Seasonal Sundays!

    - The Tablescaper

  39. Loving your blog! New follower here, hoping you'll stop by my blog and say hello and follow back :)

  40. Your mermaid is wonderful! I did my mantle with a mermaid theme and posted it last week. Living in the heart of mermaid land, I'm embracing it.

  41. Very cool and refreshing post.

  42. I grew up in Maryland, and I dearly miss blue crabs. I can't get any good ones in Florida. (Snow crabs don't measure up, I'm afraid.)

    Thanks for playing.

    Happy Blue Monday, Sarah.

  43. Love this, Sarah. Congratulations on a great win. The margarita looks delicious. I'll be right over.

    Happy Pink Saturday.

  44. What a gorgeous table! I keep going back to look at the mermaid! Sweet hugs!

  45. Sarah,
    Another winning table setting with REAL food that makes my mouth water. I just love the way you present everything and think your photos are outstanding. I see so much detail that I feel like I really at your table.

    Stay cool...


  46. Dear Sarah,
    you really know how to set a tempting table. All looks so inviting, luxury and yummy. Its really a fun to see each photo. Thank you for sharing that and for your sweet comment on my blog.
    And thank you for the hint about Kitty. I didn't know what happened. So sorry for them.
    Hugs and greetings, Johanna

  47. As always, the presentation of all the goodies is marvelous.
    Everything looks so delicious.
    Great win...:))
    xo bj

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  49. Everything looks soooooo good. I would love to join you. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  50. Everything is so lovely, Sarah! I wish I could join you for cocktails on the terrace- especially if I could have one of those amazing margaritas in that wonderful fish martini glass!

    Your photography is beautiful. :)

    Love, Joy

  51. So pretty, Sarah! Now I am hungry for crab claws! I am sending up prayers for Kitty and her family. Thanks so much for sharing at The Scoop!...hugs...Debbie

  52. Congratulations, Sarah! What a fabulous cocktail party! Everything looks delicious, especially the snow crab claws. Beautiful styling and photos. Thanks for the information about Kitty's husband. I'll definitely remember them in my prayers.

  53. Your new pitcher is so beautiful used as a vase with the gorgeous flowers. Congrats! Your party looks like fun. Love the mermaid too. Joni

  54. So lovely and sounds so delicious! LOVE crab - you did an amazing job with the tablescape - I appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  55. Yum! I'll have a Sierra Mist with mine, but count me in! What a pretty spread, I love the citrus plate!
    Great win from Mary, you are a lucky girl!
    My heart is heavy for Kitty's loss, she is in my prayers!

  56. Sends me back to Port A remembering lazy days by the ocean with the family. Lovely.


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