Oh What a Night!

Hello my friends,
I have been so busy ever since I got home from my vacation
in the Carolinas. 
But of course it hasn't all been work.  There's been a lot of play as well.  Last night was another birthday celebration for our craft group.  It was held at my home and was definitely more fun than it was work.

My friend, Joanne is always the genius behind the tablescape.  But because it was held at my home I got to help a little.
The table started with a layering of vintage linens.
Such a fun idea and if one happens to have a little stain, no problem!  Just lay another one on top.
Then comes the layering of dishes.  My hubby walked in and said, "why do you need so many plates?"  Our answer was, why not? 
Joanne plans way ahead and finds the perfect dishes at thrift shops.  She found the pansy glasses and I found the pink goblets.

The birthday girl loves to quilt, so the decor was centered around her.  Notice the sweet bobbins tied to the napkins?

And little spools of thread hang from the wreaths on the back
of the chairs.
And look at the darling favors.  Joanne made the sweetest little floral arrangements using vintage buttons.

Joanne asked me if we could use my tiered tray for the center of the table.  She trusted me to fill it with sewing treasures.  A trip into my sewing room made the assignment easy peasy.
Pincushions and other sewing trinkets were added.

And then Amy showed up with the cake.  Oh my, that cake!  Didn't she do an amazing job creating a quilt block design?

I just happened to have a cake plate the exact shade of yellow.


Ribbons and a few sewing notions were added to the chandy.

The food was as delicious as the table was beautiful!
I bet you think this is dessert.  Nope, it's the appetizer.  A cranberry cheeseball.  This was the first time I had made it and believe me it was yummy!  That topping was delicious!!  I'll share the recipe in another post.

Natalie brought caprese salad.  One of my favorites!!  Love that balsamic glaze from trader Joe's.
Jackie made this fabulous cordon bleu casserole.  Oh boy was it delicious!  We lacked a vegetable, so I pulled some of the frozen corn I make each fall from the freezer.

We wanted Brenda to know just how 'sew' special she is!

Special and talented!  She managed to balance the crown on her head.  Not an easy thing to do.  :)

And that pretty cake is not just to look at. We each had a small sliver.  The sweet potato filling had me thinking I had died and gone to heaven!


Oh what a night!

I love the use of vintage items in this tablescape!  If you are looking for some inspiration how to style your vintage pieces check out Invaluables great post on vintage tableware. 


This post was featured at Thoughts of Home
Thank you ladies!
It was also featured at Bernideens BTTCG Party
It was also featured at Cooking and Crafting with J & J thank you Julie and Jess!

I will be sharing with these lovely parties:
Vintage Charm
Thoughts of Home
Rose Chintz Cottage for No Place Like Home
Bernideens for BTTCG
Cooking and Crafting with J and J

Share Your Cup Thursday #195

Hello friends and welcome to Share Your Cup (SYC for short) – the party where you share the things that make you happy.

Garden Party

Hello my friends, I have been looking forward to the opening of this fabulous 'Garden Party'

Carol and I are so excited to be joining the gals from
Thoughts of Home for this fun monthly link party.

Spring is my favorite season, and there's no place I'd
 rather be than in the garden!
Pull up a seat, (well, maybe not this one); and stay a while!
This one might be a little better.  And look at that ray of sunshine.  Love it!
If you've visited my garden before then you know that there is always a lot of red going on.  This year I am having fun working with a new color scheme.  Our oldest grandson is getting married in our garden in June.  His sweet bride has chosen aqua and coral for their wedding colors.
The cushions for our faux wicker furniture were five years old and not looking the best.  I had them recovered in fabrics that would tie in with the wedding.
I picked up this wicker stool at a thrift shop and sprayed it coral.  At first I thought it was a bit bright.  But the pop of color is growing on me.
Saturday I attended the "Three Dotters' vintage sale and came home with this planter.  The plants were the perfect color!
It's still early here in UT, so not a ton of color in the beds.  However, my trailing plants are really putting on a show.
This candy tuft is so huge it hangs clear down to the lawn.  Before it was in full bloom it looked like a heart. 
My Weeping Crabapple is loaded with gorgeous pink blooms.
Lenton Rose are one of the first things to bloom in my garden.  I have a pretty green one as well, but try as I might; I could not get a decent photo.  They have a tendency to hang down.
Love the forget me not type blooms of Brunnera.

Another early bloomer and favorite - Pasque flower.
My 6 year old grandson, Jack wanted to know why I had a cage over my Delphinium.  "Grandma just does silly things like that in her garden"
Sweet little Violets.  Just realizing that I have a thing for purple.  :)
He also was quite amused that I had plants in my boots.
I've been planting some of my containers, knowing that I can bring them indoors if we have a freeze.  Very likely,  because we're not truly safe until after Mother's Day.
I saw this one at our local grocers and thought the colors would tie in very nicely.

Now you've visited my garden, I can't wait to see yours!

Made in the Shade

Hello my friends,
Whether I am cruising in my car.

Shopping for plants,

or visiting a friend who called and wanted me to come by for
 some garden advice.

I've got it made in the shade with my cool new
sunglasses from firmoo
Not only are the frames sweet, but the blue lenses really do make you feel cool.  :)

And look at that fabulous case!  Almost makes me want to craft with it or use it in a vignette.  (wink)

I feel honored that I was able to review these glasses for firmoo
I got to pick my own style and ordering online was super easy.
Now for the fun part.  They are giving away a pair for one of my fabulous readers.
Just leave a comment and you will be entered to win.  The give away will remain open until Friday the 29th.
Happy Weekend!