Monday, April 14, 2014

An Elegant Garden Theme Dinner for Thirty

We did it... our spring dinner in the clubhouse was another dinner party success!!!

The decor's garden theme inspirations.
Now, for those of you who might not know, we live in a beautiful, community in Bolivia, N.C. called River Run Plantation. It is where our Spring Dinner Party, for thirty guests, was held in our wonderful clubhouse.

I'm part of the social committee of which I have been asked to be in charge of planning and purchasing the decor for our very special gatherings and on rather tight budget.

And since our budget doesn't allow for fancy china and crystal the dollar store, my printer, a variety of crafts and some of my donated additions managed to make it look as pretty as could be.

I painted flowers on dozens of glasses and bowls and made music sheet posies with silverware tucked inside!

Allysum was planted in white painted peat pots and votives got accents in colors to match by some who volunteered to do some arts and crafts.

It all looked so pretty, just as I'd planned.

My "honey" and I were in charge of the menu.
I volunteered him to make his fabulous chicken francese and thankfully after hours of prep and cooking I'm happy to say that the meal was a huge success!

Most photos were taken during the day....though I wish you could have seen it at night!

The tablecloths were gathered and knotted to show the floral pattern at each end.....a brilliant idea by, Eileen, one of our members of our fantastic set up crew!

For our, last three, celebrations for Christmas, New Year's and Valentine's Day we made our own chair covers.....
this time we invested a mere $2 ea. for these universal beauties.
And since they were a bit too long and I feared that someone might trip on the overflowing satin, we tied each, at the bottoms, in pretty alternating knots. 
They were all then accented with mossy, green, organza bows.

Centerpieces were created from dollar store finds. Mossy faux painted pots were adorned with herb printed cards and tied with bright green ribbons.  Live, white ranunculas, faux additions and bright green spanish moss was then planted in each. Flickering lanterns on shepard's hooks and a trio of butterflies added the finishing touch.

 Art created by residents always enhances the room and fit it just perfectly....don't you agree?

  Wisteria grows wild all over the south, so fresh picked it made the room's column a real focal point. Even the wind chime had colors that so perfectly blended with the decor of the room.

My umbrella was perfect to hold this display and decorated a door in a really nice way.

Butterflies were added almost everywhere!

What a day it was, as you can see outside!

A pot from our yard was set in the entry

 that mimicked the theme of the centerpiece decor.

My angel, my Tanya, sat nearby too!

This was a little vignette creation that I brought from home that held a candle votive inside.

Lots of moss and votives were placed in the room.

Even my straw summer hat got a garden themed look with a little bit of added glam.

A butterfly stepping stone just propped in place added more interest to a rather plain space.

This was a gift from my long lost, friend, Pammy, that never fails to make me smile...
just the way she always did!

One last look at the room's decor and I hope that you enjoyed it all!

Now, I must conclude my post with a very special "thank you" to all of my team...Carolyn (our 1st lady in charge), Carol, Josephine, Sharon, Ann, Eileen, Kate, Hannah, Susan, my daughter Tanya and my husband Ralph for crafting, decorating and cooking and of course the clean up which all made this dinner such a great success!

 Love, Hugs and Kisses,

and Gucci, too!

Visiting Southport,  N.C? be sure to stop by my booth @ the Northrop Antiques Mall and see what I may have there for you!

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Wednesday, April 2, 2014

An Easter Tablescape, Rabbits, Pearls, Baskets & Fake Bunnies

  Just when I think I can't compete with last year's tablescape I somehow manage to pull it off!
This is a peak at what I did.

My, hand painted, lazy susan was the inspiration for the white and gold color scheme.

This is the place's almost all white... except for the hint of red in the striped place mats.  They were quick and easy "no sews."

A string of tiny pearls surrounds each white, "egg carton," basket.  

The post on how where the idea came from and how they are made is here

I used these napkin rings as little votive holders at each place setting.

 A little dab of hot glue holds the addition of pearls to glam up the ones I used for the napkin rings.

Silver plate, engraved flatware are from "Beattie's" past....she was my dear, sweet grandmother.

Mismatched pieces...just for fun.

I added a touch of ------ to the rims of the shiney, vintage, silver coasters.....a Goodwill find for under $1.

A vintage, foil, bunny rabbit is added to each setting... sure looks like chocolate, doesn't it?

Sadly, I only had three of these cuties to use. 

And then my head rang a bell....I'd just do exactly what I did for my transferware plates.
You can see that project here

 The centerpiece creation....ta-da!
 I just LOVE "Miss Bunnie"

I used her in the centerpiece last year, too!

Glamorous pearls are so often a favorite prop to use.

 I placed one more votive on top of the candle pillar, filled it with some white, shredded paper, one of the gold, foil, chocolate eggs and draped it with some more pearls.

Pearl wrapped eggs in a wire basket.... 

 that post is here.

 My vintage, Westclox clock was a surprise birthday gift from my little sister, Linda....not a day goes by that it doesn't make me think of her and her sweetness!

I like to accent the chairs to pull the look all together. Each one was adorned with a white, burlap tie, some faux roses (wish they were real) and a tiny, cloth bunny.
Well, maybe not!

 You see I only had one of the bunnies, too, so...can you guess???
Yup, I faked the other three!

The finishing touch to pull the theme all together was to add a touch of spring with some glam on the chandy with some pearls

and some spring flowers.

 This is the hallway view.
And now that my project is done I really feel like singing...."Happy" by Pharrell!!!

   Love, Hugs and Kisses,