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Croctails and Cajun Bites

An engagement party for Crutcher Reiss and Sarah Kirkwood.

Linda Bjork Photographs

Some of the Best and most creative parties revolve around the newly engaged couple. When Crutcher Reiss and Sarah Kirkwood got engaged, Pixie and Jimmy Reiss’s close friends went into “high gear.” We wanted to have a casual party that included the best elements of New Orleans – including our fabulous food, music and hospitality. Sarah is from Tampa, Fla., and she and Crutcher live and work in New York, so friends and family came in for the weekend.

Guests arrived and were greeted by the alligator bride and groom, great music playing in the background and appetizers of fried oysters, catfish and shrimp. High-boy tables were draped with black-and-white checked cloths, and brightly colored flowers were arranged in coffee cans.

After everyone got acquainted, dinner was served buffet-style and included crawfish enchiladas created by Greg Sonnier of Uptown Caterer and Special Events, a spinach salad and more fried oysters, shrimp and catfish by Mr. Mudbug. Desserts were from Slone Gorringe of Zoë, which included chocolate macaroons and lemon tarts.

Everyone danced, talked and celebrated Sarah and Crutcher.

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