Photographs by Miki Duisterhof
Initially inspired by the Feast of the Seven Fishes that Italians celebrate on Christmas Eve,
Susan Watson Scully soon broadened her theme. “Many of our clients vacation in the Bahamas or in St. Barths, so this table created a more relaxed ‘island’ Christmas,” she says. Charts of Long Island Sound and the Atlantic coastline form a unique tablecloth, while white and blue touches reinforce the ocean aesthetic. “Hints of Christmas in the sea green ornaments, boat décor and shell trees were enough to pull it off,” says Scully. Seaworthy menu selections include passed hors d’oeuvres such as mahi crudo and foie gras brulée, an amuse-bouche with jumbo lump crab, seared sea scallops with Madagascar sauce, plus an entrée of baked red snapper. Christmas croque en bouche, passionfruit soufflé and French macaroons top off the dessert menu.