Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Spring Girlfriend Luncheon


It is a beautiful spring day! Bright sunshine, pretty blooming flowers, birds singing and moderate temperatures make us happy! It is a perfect day for a girlfriend luncheon!
I love people, beautiful flowers, pretty dishes, and great food so a spring luncheon is right up my alley. What is better than getting together with friends and eating and chatting for hours?
There is always something to talk about with all my girlfriends which includes you, my blogging friends. Sit down and let's enjoy a relaxed lunch.

Flowers are my passion and I am happy to have fresh picked camellias and azaleas from my garden for the centerpiece. I bought one bunch of flowers from the grocery store to add some yellow to the arrangement. 

The footed container for the centerpiece is actually a casserole dish and caddy that was the ideal size and texture.

A luncheon for four in an intimate home environment with no distractions can be very relaxed. A small number of guests gives each person time to share and enjoy each other. No cell phones allowed!

The delicate vases of fushia, yellow and blue flowers with scrolls of gold trim and verge is such a feminine pattern perfect for our luncheon today. 

The china is vintage american made from the 1930's called Lamberton Ivory in the Dorothea pattern. 

I set the table before I planned the menu and the dessert fork is in the wrong place. There are some other mistakes in etiquette but I'll not embarrass myself by pointing them out. 

 This tablecloth began my color scheme for this tablescape. I love the  damask shamrock design.
The ivory coffee set with gold trim is Eschenbach made in Bavaria. Vintage scalloped brass tray is from China.

 Lemon creme cake is for dessert.  Our main course is an orzo salad with shrimp, 
 cherry tomatoes and olives, asparagus wrapped in prosciutto, and homemade yeast rolls.

To pick up the fushia flowers in the china I added fushia azaleas in the centerpiece. Also shown above the yellow roses are my white with a slight pink tint camellia called Julia France. Dusty miller adds additional texture and repeats the white color.

Each place setting has it's own pink perfection camellia blossom in a tiny vase.  The individual candlewick salt cellars and salt spoons were collected over several years.

"The beautiful spring came; and when nature resumes her loveliness, the human soul is apt to revive also." 
Harriet Ann Jacobs

Thank you for joining me today for a spring luncheon. I hope you will be inspired to host a girlfriend luncheon soon. I cherish my friendships and enjoy setting a beautiful table to entertain. Please continue the bloghop with bloggers listed below.

Saturday, March 18, 2017

Excited winner of two giveaways!


Shirley @Housepitality Designs gave this book, "She Sheds "as a giveaway recently and I won. It's a lovely book that features our blogging friend, Mary's great potting shed  @ Home is Where The Boat Is  as well as other she sheds. I would really like to have a she shed. I love the book, Shirley. Thank you. I really hit the jackpot recently winning two giveaways. 
Sarah@Hyacinths for the Soul was the host for the Traveling Totes giveaway. It was a MacKenzie Childs Green Flower Market vase and I was the lucky winner. It arrived today and I've already made an arrangement.
I love it. Thanks so much.

Thursday, March 16, 2017

You are invited to a blog hop next week.

Join me and 21 other bloggers next week for a Spring Tablescape blog hop. Chloe Crabtree @Celebrate and Decorate is sponsoring this fun event. I will be posting on Tuesday. The schedule is listed below so please join in all the fun next week beginning on Monday. 

Hope everyone is having a great week. I've had my grandchildren part of this week during their spring break. 
Can You believe the temperatures? It got down to 29 at my house last night! I am distressed my hydrangeas won't bloom this year. My garden is full of every tarp, sheet, blanket, comforter and beach towel that I own trying to cover just a few hydrangeas. Not sure it will help but I had to try.
It's been a roller coaster with the temps. It's been like March all of February and now we are having February weather after all the hydrangea  bushes have leafed out.
Have a great day. Happy Thursday!


Sunday, March 5, 2017

Sunrises and Sunsets

Sunrises and sunsets are glorious to me and I am in awe of each one I view. I'm sharing a collection of sunrises and sunsets today that were a thrill to photograph from different places I've traveled.
Progression of Sunrise-St. George Island, Florida 
Let us acknowledge the LORD, let us press on to acknowledge him. As surly as the sun rises, he will appear; he will come to us like winter rains, like the spring rains that water the earth. Hosea 6:3
Another morning the same week on St. George Island.

A cell phone pic of sunrise from Panama City, Florida on the bay side.

 In Monpazier, France, we had a "room with a view" and what a glorious sunrise it was!

I view some spectacular sunrises through the trees in my own backyard in Alabama!
My daughter and son-in-law walking on the beach at sunset on St. George Island.
Sunset over the Mississippi River at Natchez. We had to work hard to get this shot. To find the right spot at the right time can only be credited to my husband who has a great sense of direction.
The Eiffel Tower is a splendid platform from which to watch the sunset over Paris.

As the light faded over the Trocadéro we sat down to eat a once in a lifetime meal in one of the Eiffel Tower restaurants.

The whole earth is filed with awe at your wonders where morning dawns, where evening fades, you call forth songs of joy. Psalm 65:8

I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Genesis 9:13

And the grand finale is a gorgeous rainbow viewed from our hotel balcony in Bordeaux, France. Which sunrise and sunset is your favorite?
On another note, do you like Instagram as much as I do? I'd like to invite you to follow me in all the fun there.