Saturday, May 9, 2015

The Best Mom in the World

                                                                       



I owe EVERYTHING to this woman.  My mom.  My mentor, my shining example, my cheerleader, and my true inspiration.  She showed me what a beautiful marriage looked like, how to parent with just the right amount of sternness, and how to love unconditionally.  Her best advise to me when I became a parent was, "no is a complete sentence".  She didn't argue, didn't compromise, and didn't give in to peer pressure.  What she did was love and love and love.  And we ALWAYS  knew her parameters.  She's ninety one now, and we treasure every single day that we have her.  Believe me.....she's the very best God has ever made.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Cinco De Mayo



I'm re-posting a Cinco De Mayo party that we had with some of our favorite people.  There is no way I'm entertaining tonight, so this is the closest I'm getting to a party today.  I am, however, fixing a yummy dish of chicken enchiladas and yellow rice.  I might even wear my sombrero!

Take fourteen dear friends, a beautiful evening, a potluck format, a festive table......and you get an evening of fun and memory making.

  
This was the placesetting at the dining room table.  I sat 8 in there and 6 in the bar.  I have had these stripped placemats for a long time so I used them to bring in all of the colors of Cinco de Mayo.  Then I cooled things down a bit with plain white plates.

Hair elastics gave the napkins a little Carmen Miranda feeling.

I pulled out some green flatware for even more color.

This big succulent was out in the garden in a zinc pot, so it became the centerpiece....

and I supplemented it with these mums.  I wanted sunflowers, as they seem so Mexican, but this was the closest I could come this weekend.


Maracas and beads from Party City and peppers from Kroger added to the decor.

And then I added these folding flowers to the chandelier and this table was ready.

In the bar, I put the leaves up on the  trestle table, added a stripped runner and some straw mats.  Then I used the same napkins and napkin "rings" and more white plates.
This time I used red flatware and small blue glasses.

I used another dish of succulents in the garden, and used more black-eyed mums.

This is not too much to look at on its own, but all together it worked for a fun, fast setting.

I repeated the maracas, beads, and peppers.

The drinks were set up behind the bar in a colorful display.

These traditional Mexican party flags were made on my Silhouette cutter and strung on kitchen twine.

Besides these colorful plastic margarita glasses, I bought these fun, furry little adhesive mustaches and put them on the wine glasses.  Thank you Party City!  They had a great selection of Cinco de Mayo items.

I also added some Mexican soda, mainly for the colors!

In one of the guest baths, I put those little mums and some fresh oregano in the little Black Forest bird vase.  The color is really off in this photo.  Our toilet is NOT really green!

The other guest bath had a wink to Cinco de Mayo, too.

Besides the fresh flowers and vegetables, I found these stripped guest towels that look like serapes.  I have often heard that, much like St. Patrick's Day in Ireland, Cinco de Mayo is not really celebrated that much in Mexico, but I'll throw a party just because the sun came up in the morning!  I let someone else entertain for the Derby and I took the Sunday gig.

The front door welcomed our guests with a sombrero and a bouquet of orange ranuculus. 

Hola!

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Friday, May 1, 2015

The Iconic Iris



This Mikasa pattern, Garden Gallery, is one I use often in the springtime.  While the pattern is busy, the edges have a simple border, and that makes it good for combining with other patterns, or stacking, as I have here.

When our local Trader Jo's had these beautiful iris, I scooped them up to do this table.  I love Iris, but they are so short-lived once they are cut.  I love the flower, and I'm soon going shopping at my favorite source, M P Flower Garden, for some new iris plants.  I did a post on that here.

I set this in the breakfast room on a gloomy day.

I liked the wicker chargers with this, and these light lavender napkins added color to the stack. 

Pale purple stems, and clear Juliska stems seemed to do the trick for glassware.

This World Market flatware complimented the green on the plates.

The dinner plate has daffodils and some unidentifiable pink flower.  Pretty..... but I think the iris salad plate is the star.

In order to let the flowers shine, not the vase, I chose this white paste vase from France.  I can't believe that I haven't broken some of these flowers.

Perfect! 

This majolica salt and pepper dish picked out a little more green.

Nothing fancy here.

Did I tell you it was gloomy?????  I took this through the window.  As you can see, spring has surely sprung here in Georgia and it is soooo welcome.  Soon the pollen season will be over and the pressure washing season starts. 


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Thursday, April 23, 2015

A Lilly Table ---NOT!!!

When these incredible birthday flowers arrived from my (incredible) daughters, I knew exactly what I wanted to do with this post.  

I put together this preppy pink and green table that might remind you of an iconic designer whose company has been in the news a lot lately.  Lilly Pulitzer!!!!  I planned on this table with the Lilly salad plates and napkins offered by Target, which went on sale this past Sunday.  DIDN'T HAPPEN!  Unless you've been under a rock or on the moon, you already know why.  You don't need to hear about my resentment and how I think it has hurt the Target brand, right?

So, after the surprise delivery of the flowers, I knew this was the day to go pink and green and I started with this tablecloth.  I'm not totally sure, but I think it is by Swell which Target carried a few years ago.  (Back when I liked Target!)

The white Portugese plates grounded the pink scalloped plate.  The green bowl and bread and butter plate are from Ballard's, and the pink flatware is so old that I can't begin to guess where it came from.

Bold pink napkins are gathered with some preppy grosgrain ribbon held by some D rings, much like a ribbon belt.  Makes me miss my monogrammed Bermuda bag!

They perfectly co-ordinate with these insulated tumblers which are also a gift from one of my daughters.  Love these!  

What better choice of candlestick than these palm trees?  They were raw tin when I bought them, but a can of high gloss white spray paint fixed that!  The lime candles are a little heftier than the usual taper, and work well.

When there are only TWO candles, don't you think I could get them both straight????

No place cards, no menus, nothing extraneous.  I just let the cheerful colors come through! 

Thanks, girls!  

These make up for the Target disappointment. OK!  That's the last time I'm going there!

Know what this table needs?  Those precious girls joining us for dinner!


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Monday, April 13, 2015

A Tribute to the Dogwood Festival


Many, many people in Atlanta look forward to the Dogwood Festival each year.  It was held this past weekend, and it was full of music, art, food and celebrated the lovely dogwood trees we are so privileged to have here in this beautiful city.  I put together this table as a tribute to the many volunteers that it takes to hold this event.

We have lots of dogwood here, both as specimens and many wild ones in the woods.  They made beautiful fillers for these old blue Ball jars.  I kept the white linen cloth and the burlap runners that I had on the table for "Bunnies and Burlap" (here).

I posted a very similar table to this before, when the dogwood was blooming.  It was probably my favorite table ever.  You can see it here.

I love the colors of taupe, turquoise and white together.  Can you see the faux bois design on the salad plate?

The light wood on the flatware seemed just right with the burlap, and I used these white linen napkins with turquoise linen flower napkin rings.

I put bread sticks in these glass lined, birch covered votives.

The glassware was plain Tiffany stems with turquoise glass tumblers made by Martha Stewart.

I love this easy, easy centerpiece.

These birch-like candles never even got lit, as it is staying light so much later these days.





I knew we are headed for a full week of rain, so I grabbed my clippers and cut a huge bunch of limbs for this granite bucket by the front door.  Is it too much to mix the dogwood and the forsythia?  Oh, who cares?  I'm so into spring!

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