Oyster Hour

Two weekends ago I celebrated my 36th birthday in Charleston with my good friend Grace Atwood (who lives in New York) but fell in love with Charleston on a press trip and can’t stop coming back! In fact, that is how we met, and ever since her first visit we’ve been fast friends, bonding over our love of oysters, jewelry and and the south. Since we are both September birthdays and share so many mutual friends, it was only natural to celebrate with oysters and frosé at one of our favorite Charleston spots, Leon’s (best known for oysters and their amazing fried chicken).

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Our party, a family style dinner party with an opening round of char broiled and raw oysters and frosé was actually held in their event space in back, The Oyster Shed. The renovated “shed” is the perfect place for an intimate gathering, with just the right amount of comfort, rustic charm and sophisticated touches like their vintage “oyster” and “lobster” signs. While you can see more of the photos over on Grace’s blog, I thought I’d share a few more (thank you Clay for beautiful snaps!)

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These are my absolute favorite – their char broiled oysters, in all their garlicy, buttery goodness. Do not miss out on these if you go to Leon’s!

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And frosé of course! Grace has a great recipe on The Stripe if you want to try making your own:

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And the amazing Leon’s friend chicken – probably my favorite in Charleston with just the right amount of peppery goodness:

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Plus a thanks to my friend Elaine who own’s Frampton’s Flowers and made the most beautiful little bouquets for the table:

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Finally, as a party favor I gave out little zip drives with a mix that I made on it (I sometimes DJ around Charleston). You can listen to it and download it here and find the tracklist here:

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Such a special birthday celebration!