My friend Carson attributes her happy marriage, in part, to her ability to follow the recipes of legendary Edna Lewis. Miss Lewis, an elegant cookbook author and chef, died two years ago but in the 1990s she was honored with a gala birthday party outside Atlanta.
For the event, the walls of the tent were hung with framed paintings that held meaning for Lewis. My favorite is a silhouette of her, positioned above the champagne table. It's almost regal yet unassuming, and I thought the concept might inspire some of you who are planning a celebration for a parent or grandparent.
(As seen in Karen Carroll's Entertaining With Southern Style.)
Somewhat more attainable than the beautiful painting of Lewis are these paper silhouette placecards. Angele Parlange made these for a joint birthday party for her dad and herself; the figures represent the guests of honor. Parlange photos by William Waldron, courtesy Southern Accents.