TEXT BY Angela Mazanti
Photography by Amanda Evaul Writesman, Bel Momento Photography
Take the Father’s Day celebration outdoors this year! Event designer and planner Angela Mazanti creates a Dad’s Day cookout any man would love, setting the stage at an incredible outdoor kitchen at Morgreen Nursery in Collierville. “They have such an amazing setting with multiple patios to entertain on,” Mazanti says.
“I have a tendency to want to go over the top whenever I am putting together any kind of event, but I wanted this to be something uniquely for and about the All-American dad. He doesn’t need or ask for much—just a great relaxing, day in a natural, easy atmosphere surrounded by the people who love him most; his family,” she adds.
Mazanti utilized the beautiful plants and great furniture at the nursery, and took advantage of being surrounded by all of the sounds, smells and textures of nature.
Most dads love a good old-fashioned American hamburger, and that’s exactly what’s on the menu, along with grilled corn on the cob with savory cilantro butter on top, baked mac and cheese, a tasty salad and local beer. “The best food is sometimes a simple meal that doesn’t take all day to create and allows you to spend quality time with the ones who mean the most you. And after a great meal like that, the Adirondack chairs by the fireplace make the most wonderful place to just sit and relax, which, if I had to guess, would be the one thing I think most dads would agree is the best gift imaginable on their special day,” says Mazanti.
“If you want to create that same atmosphere for a special man in your life you can take inspiration from some of the details I included. You don’t have to have a beautiful state-of-the-art outdoor kitchen like we were fortunate to have. You can create a wonderful atmosphere in your own backyard,” the designer shares.
Mazanti suggests that instead of plain paper napkins you use bandanas in fun colors, and another nice touch is to ice down some old-fashioned bottles of soda and/or local craft beers. Make sure to create an area where Dad can do nothing but relax and enjoy the day and the food.
Happy Father’s Day to all of the wonderful dads in our lives.