Meet and Greet Party

Hello my friends,
welcome to a special link party that I am hosting called a
'Meet and Greet'.
For the last two years I have wanted to host an actual bloggers meet and greet.
On Saturday I finally did it.  Our numbers may have been few, but we had such a wonderful time getting to know each other!

I'm planning to make this an annual event and hopefully the number of blog friends attending will grow!
(left to right)
Paula from Pollyanna Reinvents, JoAnne, an Instagram friend, Jo from Anne's Attic Design, me, and Trina from Tea Time with Trina

Originally I had planned to have the party outside in the garden, but with the hot temps I decided to host it indoors.
I could hardly wait for their arrival and had so much fun preparing for it!

 My friend, Ann gave me this tiered galvanized tray as an early birthday present.  She thought that I might want to use it for the party.  Does she know me well or what?  lol!
I tucked pretty little items in every nook and cranny and then added flowers from my garden.
Aren't these birdie S&P shakers so sweet?
I love making spoolies so I made some to add to the tray and for my friends to take home.

Teacups hung from the chandy and pretty purple bottles filled with Feverfew lined the table.

Saucers with a Hydrangea design were layered upon a vintage plate.
A couple of sweets were wrapped up for taking home.

I missed getting photos of most of the food.
but the menu was:
mini melt sandwiches
frozen fruit salad
stuffed salad shells
(recipe for salad stuffed shells)
cheese, olive, and pickle hors d'oeuvres

Remnants of the stuffed shell salads.  : )

I have loved getting to know these sweet gals!

(Paula and Trina)


I'm sure it's just the beginning of a lasting friendship!
These sweet gals all brought me the most wonderful gifts.  I will be sharing them in a separate post.
My word, they certainly did not need to do that!
Now I'm looking forward to learning more about you my blog friends!
Link up a post telling a little about yourself and share some of the things you love.
Help others to get to know you better!
And please go visit and learn more about your blog friends, or perhaps make a new one.
I will be sharing with these lovely parties:


Doreen said...

I'm experiencing a bit of insomnia tonight and decided to pay you a visit. It looks like you lovely ladies had a blast, and what a fabulous job you did preparing your home for the event.

I linked up a story that my cousin wrote years ago about our family that might be of interest to those that enjoy a bit of history about immigration In the early 1900's.

Thank you for coming up with this great idea and I hope to make some new blog buds! Have a great week!

Stacey said...

How neat!! I know you all had a wonderful time. Connecting is what it's really all about and when you find ladies that you have something in common with it's pretty special. I bet they just loved your home.

I would love to do the same thing here in the Dallas area. There are several of us around here. :)

Kameel huise tussen spore said...

Wonderful to have a day with your friends. Love your menu and as always thanks for hosting. Lots of blessings

Creations By Cindy said...

Awe...just loved looking at the pictures and all the ladies. I know you all had a grand time. How sweet and precious for you to do this Jann. Loved all of your goodies too you had for everyone. WOW! You are indeed the Hostess with the Mostess! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Anonymous said...

Great idea to meet up with your blog friends in real life, love it! I altered a post that I originally shared with Kris at Junk Chic Cottage to acknowledge your meet and greet efforts and I hope you enjoy my post. Love the idea! Have a great day! xoxo

My thrift store addiction said...

Jann, looks like such a lovely celebration! Love your party decor and the food looks fabulous! Thanks for extending the invitation by hosting this party! Blessings, Cecilia

Artsy VaVa said...

How nice of you to host fellow bloggers in your home. Looks like a wonderful time.

Sharon @ Blue Willow House said...

Jann, Thank you hosting the Meet and Greet. I can't wait to meet everyone else.

Linda @ A La Carte said...

It is so much fun to meet blogging friends. I've met some great gals from the Atlanta area and we meet up several times a year. We just had a fun time celebrating a few birthdays (one was mine) and I posted about it. I know you will enjoy getting to know all these great gals better.


Art and Sand said...

Well, I want to crash your actual party next year!

Trina said...

It was a dreamy afternoon, as you can see from the pictures. But, let me tell you, the pictures do not even come close to the amazing atmosphere and ambience which Jann has in her adorable and inspirational home. Every nook and cranny is decorated with pure love and joy which radiates from Jann. I felt so honored to be among these women which I can now call true friends. Thank you dearly, Jann, for the wonderful afternoon.

chateau chic said...

Happy to hear what a delightful time you all had getting to know each other in the flesh! Jann, you created such a Lovely luncheon with a delicious menu as well as a beautiful setting. I know everyone felt very special at this event.
Mary Alice

Kim said...

This looks like so much fun Jann, you put on quite a spread! There's only one blogger I know here in real life and we meet occasionally in the aisles of Marshall's! Ha! I have never seen stuffed shells salads before, they look yummy. I am going to have to make some of those, for sure!!

Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Oh Jann, your blogger friend get together looks wonderful, how fun! Your decorating looks great and those little flowers are adorable!!
Thanks for sharing the fun with us! And thanks for hosting!

Unknown said...

These photos are wonderful but like Trina said they still do not capture the real deliciousness of the afternoon. I am so grateful to have been included in this event. Jann you are a truely generous soul with immense talent! Paula you left too early, you missed the house tour... My chin is still on the floor ;) Joanne

Linda W. said...

How wonderful that you were able to get together with some fellow bloggers! Wow, looks like quite a lovely spread too. If I lived closer, I'd totally join you! :)

Dreaming of Vintage said...

Looks like a lovely time Jann!

cynthia lee designs said... looks like you all had a great time!! Everything looked so pretty too!! I've got to meet some Ohio and Michigan blogging friends in person a few years ago. We all met up at a primitive/vintage show the first time, but since then...we have gone antiquing together a few times. Thanks again for the pretty mason jar banner!!

Anne's Attic - Design said...

Thank you sweet friend for the chance to get to know some of the bloggers a little bit better. Hugs, Jo

Suzanne said...

What a wonderful looking party, afternoon and idea! I really love the table decor.

Popping by from Trina's blog : )


Gina @ VictorianWannaBe said...

Oh Jann, I just realized that I was suppose to blog about me not stuff. Sorry, could you please delete my link and then I will link up to your Thursday party. Sorry...

Leovi said...

Yes, pretty ladies, wonderful design!

Cathy @ My 1929 Charmer said...

Boy, I sure wish I lived closed would of loved to have met you and all the other ladies! Looks like you surely know how to put out a spread too! The food and decorations are lovely. I joined in on your meet and greet!

Kim@Snug Harbor said...

What a fun idea. I loved the scrabble name plates.

Benita said...

I imagine this party was quite wonderful! Beautiful women, beautiful decor and beautiful food! So glad y'all had a great visit!!

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a wonderful party, Jann! I know you all had a fabulous time.

Mary@mydogsmygardenandmary said...

Oh Jann, what a great party. I have always wanted to get together with bloggers here in So CA. I met Mona, and she is great. I also got to meet Julie from Julies Lifestyle when she was here last week on vacation. I believe she is doing a post on our luncheon date that we had on Wednesday.
Everything looks so pretty and the food sounds great. Wish I could have been there.

Micupoftea said...

sounds like a fun afternoon! Such a pretty table :)

Sue @ A Colourful Canvas said...

How very nice! I am going to be meeting Trina in person in July, and I'm so excited about it!

Mary Ann Potter said...

Oh, how wonderful! Special blessings all over the place!

Pollyanna said...

Jann, you are such an amazing hostess, I've never felt so pampered. Your home is absolutely divine, I'm pretty sure that is just what my heaven will look like. I've been looking at snippets of your charming home on your blog for years, but seeing it all together is just stunning. Thanks so much for including me in the festivities!! You are delightful!

Nora @ Teacup Tales said...

Wow, what a special get together! The luncheon looks wonderful with the delicious food and creative decor. I would love to meet fellow bloggers in person. I'm glad you had this opportunity. How memorable!

French pretties said...

Whant a great party! It seems you had a fun. Hugs, xoxo

Dana Bishop said...

Jann. You did an amazing job planning and hostessing your meet and greet. I would have loved to sit with you and your blog friends in your beautiful home and to later stroll your gardens. I think the concept of the gathering is brilliant! If you ever do it again, have it in the fall. I love Utah and we have time to travel between hot weather and freezing temperatures. Haha. It's all about me :) You are a gracious blogger for sure! Dana

Linda said...

Loved looking at the pictures and "meeting" the ladies. I know you all had a fantastic time. Loved all of your goodies too you had for everyone. WOW!

Hugs and blessings

Rita C at Panoply said...

Gigi, I met you through Kris' spotlight and am so happy to know you and own one of your creations. You are very resilient, living with MS, and still making the best of life and living. I admire you and your talent. XO Rita

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

I really enjoyed meeting you all! How nice to be able to get together like this! Enjoy your week. Hugs, Diane

The Tumbleweed Contessa said...

What a grand looking party! I can only imagine how much fun it must have been to be in a room full of people with all the ideas buzzing. I left a link to the story about my mom and how she came to be the Tumbleweed Contessa. Great to meet you.

Michele M./ Finch Rest said...

That is SO NEAT you did that - what a blessing.

And it looks like a wonderful party.

YAY, I love it when that happens!

Stephanie said...

I was visting Jo earlier this evening and saw that she got to meet you :) What a joy for all of you ladies! You went all out, sweet Jann, and everything look simply stunning!

I am so glad all of you were able to enjoy your time together. Thank you for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. Hugs!

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

What an incredible get together you put together Jann, you really are amazing, and I can tell that all the ladies there were just so richly blessed by all the creative work you went to, to entertain them! Everything you put together was just so special! I know you certainly have made friends for life! May the Lord continue to bless your day :)

Crystal said...

Looks like it was a lovely party. Meeting other bloggers with similar interests is wonderful. I am new to blogging and look forward to meeting new people.

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