Monday, July 2, 2012

Garden Party

Life has been so busy and full of changes over the last year that I feel like I haven't had a chance to really enjoy the seasons (Spring is my favorite and it's gone...) let alone our home. We have this great little porch and I had visions of sitting out there in the morning before work and drinking my coffee. Kind of hard to do when your table is covered in plastic, newspaper and rattle cans from the various home improvement projects we've been doing.

But all of that mess had to go away because I decided I would invite a friend over for Saturday Brunch. I've never had Charlotte out to Rosehaven and I wanted to make it special and memorable. It was close to the 4th of July so at first I thought I might go with that theme, but the pink roses and hydrangea were blooming in the garden and my pretty blue plates were calling me, so, a garden party theme it was. Of course my first stop for inspiration was Pinterest. Then off to The Graphics Fairy for some great clip art. I was so excited when I found the perfect print for my place cards. Not only did it have pink roses, but the blue was the same as my plates. A couple of old salt and pepper shakers, some lavender buds, wire, ribbon and a button and we had the perfect  "Wren like" addition to my table...

I dug though my old linens and lace and did a layered look on the table. The rule used to be that you never mixed white and ivory, but (being the rebel that I am) I mix them all the time. I love the richness of the two together. I used to hear that the white would make the ivory linen look dirty, but I don't find that at all.

I pulled out my grandma's silverware, did a little more digging in my stash and found a platter, plate and dish with just the perfect floral design to compliment my table...

Speaking of platters, with only Ken and I at home, mine don't get used much. In fact, the only time I pull one out is to serve the turkey if we have family over for Thanksgiving. But look at this use of one of my favorites...

It was just the right size to use as my tea tray. That little bit of yellow that you see peeking out is a metal utility cart that I use for everything. It's one of those great old vintage ones and the best part is that I got it at a tag sale a few years back for $1!

I served a simple menu of Sugared Bacon, Cinnamon French Toast Bake, fresh fruit and Brown Sugar Shortbread. A few cups of good coffee, a nice glass of pear cider and great conversation and laughter made for a wonderful morning. I like to think that Charlotte enjoyed herself. What do you think?

Charlotte, my Guest of Honor
(who, I might mention, threatened to sue me if I put her photo on the internet!)


  1. Love this. I have a Blog Hop on Wednesdays, and I would love it if you would link this post tomorrow. You can find it at
    It is called Wednesdays Adorned From Above Blog Hop.
    I hope to see you there. Have a great Day.
    Debi Bolocofsky
    Adorned From Above

    1. Thank you for the invite Debi. I would love to share on your link party. Thank YOU for stopping by my blog!

    2. Thank you so much for linking with Wednesdays Adorned From Above's blog Hop. Everything is so beautiful in your post. Thanks so much for sharing.

  2. So creative and pretty! I hope you will link these up to The CSI project starting tonight. The challenge is Summer outdoor decorating and parties. Come on over! You just might win!

  3. Soooo very elegant!!! Love it!

    Thanks so much for sharing this at The DIY Dreamer.. From Dream To Reality!

  4. Wren,
    These are all co pretty. I was nominated for the Liebster award, and I want to pass it along to you! <3

  5. Thank you so much Debi! I'm so honored and have passed the award on. I look forward to following you!



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