Mark and Patty Griffith hosted a special green-themed porch party at their beautiful North Calibogue Cay home in Sea Pines. The color was selected to honor emerald, the birthstone of May. A spouse in each of the invited couples celebrates a May birthday. Everyone brought a dish to share for dinner, which was followed by birthday cake, of course.

PICTURED, FROM LEFT: LARRY MCFALL, PATTY GRIFFITH, KEN GOSS, KAREN BEALL, GRETCHEN GOSS, MELISSA FAUGHT, MARGARET RICHARDSON, LESLIE RICHARDSON, MARK GRIFFITH, BOB HODDE, BETSY GRIFFITH, SCOTT RICHARDSON AND FOREST RICHARDSON.

“Our favorite thing about Hilton Head is definitely the people we have met and become friends with,” Patty said.

Friends invited to this particular party included Price and Karen Beall, Melissa and Bob Faught, Ken and Gretchen Goss, Betsy and John Griffith, Hester and Bob Hodde, Bill and Cindy Lewis, Sara and Larry McFall, Leslie and JR Richardson, Margaret and Scott Richardson, and Forest Richardson.

Guests nibbled on bread and pickles, picked at an impressive charcuterie board and noshed on deviled eggs and more while sipping on special birthday cocktails created by Price Beall.

“Our porch has been used for many gatherings,” Patty said. “We especially enjoy using it to watch sunsets.”

The Griffiths, both from the Midwest, always knew they wanted to retire on Hilton Head Island. They spent 12 years in South Florida, moved to Atlanta and lived overseas in London for a couple of years. They purchased their first Hilton Head home in 2006, then their current North Calibogue Cay home in 2010. Two years of renovations included building their stunning porch, which features a beautiful fireplace and picturesque views of Broad Creek.

We close this special nature issue with the recipe for the tasty green cocktails that were served at the colorful porch party. Mix up a few and enjoy the view — one of the best you’ll find on God’s green Earth.

Price Beall’s Birthday Happiness

Ingredients

4 cucumber slices, 1/4″ thick

mint sprig

1/2 ounce elderflower cordial

1 1/2 ounces vodka

Sparkling water

Directions
Muddle cucumber slices. Add mint, elderflower cordial and vodka. Top with sparkling water.