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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Bridge Buddies and Azaleas

Thanks to these wonderful bloggers, there's a great Spring Linky Party happening.  I'm joining by reposting this luncheon I held for my Bridge Buddies.  Take a minute to visit this fun day with me, and then go to the rest of the blogs and remind yourself how wonderful spring can be!

Several weeks ago, when my azaleas were at their peak, I invited my bridge group here for lunch.

I can't remember what kind these are, but I love to mix them with these tiny, fringy native azaleas.  They are exactly the same color, but add a really lovely texture.

This organza and pique tablecloth is perfect for this spring table.  It is so sheer, that I layer it over a white caterer's linen cloth.

I just love the embroidery and the fabric combination.

I chose this white Portugese wicker patterened charger, with a lime green dinner plate from Target.  Then, just for this photo, I put the majolica pink cabbage leaf that I use for a bread and butter plate on top.  The flatware is from World Market, but I only have place settings for four, so I used a different pattern, but still in green at the ends of the table.

I layered the napkin over a plain hot pink linen one and used a lucite napkin ring that holds water to keep the azalea fresh. 

These dainty little placecard holders are perfect for the girls, and I added some white china birds here and there. 

These cranberry glass goblets made just plain water beautiful.

I love to include a menu card and I'm always surprised how many people take it home.  The quote that I used this time from Henry Van Dyke reads:  "The first day of spring is one thing and the first spring day is another.  The difference between them is sometimes as great as a month".  

The salt and pepper set is nestled in a wire basket.

This dish held Splenda and lemon wedges.

Here's the way the coffee/tea tray looked.

This was such a happy day and a happy table.

When the girls arrived, we had what we call "bridge tea" in the bar.  It is a calorie-free ginger tea. These glasses are from Ikea and so are the napkins.
This tray is from Ikea, too.  I used it for spoon shaped pastrys topped with pimento cheese and garnished with chives.  The spoons are just refrigerator pie crust with seasoning sprinkled on top and then baked.  I saw this in some magazine this spring and it said that Crate and Barrel had a spoon shaped cookie cutter.  When I went shopping for it, they said they never had such an item, so I just cut one out of light weight cardboard and cut around it.  They were fragile, but oh, so good!

Asparagus soup was the first course, garnished with pink sour cream and chives.  I found these little lidded ramekins at Homegoods several years ago.  The green plate is vintage depression glass and I added a paper doily.  The soup spoons are vintage silver plate.

The main course was a luncheon salad that was a riff on procuitto wrapped melon.  The greens were wrapped in procuitto, and then the plate was napped in melon coulis, small melon chunks, and toasted pine nuts.  I first had this salad at a bistro in State College, Pennsylvania called Zola's when were were there for a Penn State football game.

What better spring dessert is there than strawberry shortcake?????

It was a lovely day with lovely ladies and I am so grateful for their friendship.  I love to set a table and cook for them, as their appreciation is deep and genuine.  The day just ended too soon.


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  1. What an amazing meal and pretty table to greet spring with friends! The menu sounded -- and looked -- divine, and the table really spells SPRING. The cranberry glasses were the perfect addition!

  2. So pretty, as always. I love the birds and the colors.

  3. This was a wonderful setting. Oh my!!! The food looks so scrumptious. I loved all the pretty textural pieces you used. The colors are fabulous. I know the ladies felt so special and pampered!! xo marlis

  4. This is a beautiful tablescape. So many pretty the gorgeous tablecloth and flowers and I love the little name plate cards. Your menu is great too and what a wonderful idea with the spoons. Love it all!

  5. This is glorious. I'm sorry it's taken me so long to come to visit but my June has been packed!!!

    Love the lightness of this table. I too love the finds at Ikea!

    - The Tablescaper

  6. So pretty! Just stopping by to wish you a Happy 4th of July!
    Blessings from Still Woods Farmhouse

  7. Beautiful Tablescape. Just this morning I was thinking Ishould hold a early dinner for cousins & aunts. Your photos just made me so eager to get started!

    We have long summer evenings and we will linger and chat it up for hours. Again Very Beutiful Table Barbara Ann

  8. Love this beautiful ladies luncheon! I'm behind on my blog reading but slowly catching up. Hope you are having a wonderful summer!


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