Floral Fiesta Spring Soiree

Welcome to Floral Fiesta!!!!  I'm so excited to be partnering with a few of my fav bloggers to share with you all our progressive dinner blog hop!  If you have stopped by from Nicole's  Home on Poplar Creek I am especially glad you are here!  Since we've already had cocktails at M Jones Style and appetizers at Home on Poplar Creek I believe it is time to head over to the dining table and take our seat!

For the spring soiree I thought a Tiffany themed tablescape would be ideal!  For this tablescape I've used our informal china and crystal.

I absolutely adore baby's breath and often times you will only see that in and around the vases in our home.  This occasion I've added a few white flowers along with baby's breath just loosely arranged in a couple of Dollar Tree cylinders.

Continuing the Tiffany color scheme I added matching candles in a hurricane along with treat boxes.

I don't know about you guys but I think I'm ready to see what the main course is gonna be!  You won't wanna miss what Jamala has prepared for us at Viva La Vintage for your Home.

Celebrating Cinco de Mayo

I'm just curious, raise your hands if you know why Cinco de Mayo is celebrated.   If you don't know let me enlighten you.  May 5th is celebrated because of an unlikely victory the Mexican Army had over French forces on May 5, 1862 at the Battle of Puebla.  So there...the more you know right?

I think that is just great and all but, you know why I celebrate cinco de mayo....it is as good as any reason to enjoy tacos, guacamole and margaritas!  Any reason to gorge on guacamole makes for a great day! HA!

This year I thought it would be fun to create a more festive atmosphere for those tacos!  We are having a few friends over so, I thought it would be fun to do a tablescape to make it festive!

Originally, I wanted to pick up a pinata for a centerpiece from Party City.  Found these cuties and opted for a few instead of one large one!
Mock Margaritas rarely come with an umbrella but ours will!

Since I typically use more subdued colors in my home I'm absolutely loving the vivid colors in the placemats and salad plates.  Both the placemats and salad plates were purchased at Pier 1 Imports.

The charger was a new item this spring at Pier 1 and I snatched those up as soon as I saw them!  They compliment almost every dish I own so be prepared to see these often this summer!  Here is a close up of the dish stack!

Menu plans are steak & chicken fajitas, tacos, taco salads for those wanting something a bit lighter, chips, queso & salsa and of course guacamole!  I'm also adding Cuban Black Beans this year.  Our older son dates the most precious girl from Miami and she makes these black beans that are out of this world!  Stay tuned for that recipe coming soon to the blog.  They are so good I wouldn't dare keep those to myself!

Do you celebrate Cinco de Mayo?  I'd love to hear how you do!

Out in the Garden

The other day while taking photos of my friend's screened porch I snapped a few pics around her garden.

No doubt she has one of the prettiest outdoor spaces I've seen.  She has the perfect blend of shade and sun which offers the ability to plant a variety of things.
Last summer, she had the largest fern in this spot that I'd ever laid my eyes on.  Maybe these ferns will out do themselves this year!

I'm seriously jealous of her hostas.  We've never had a spot to grow them.

The iron horse hitching post greets her guests out front.  The lamp post behind the horse along with the pair of wrought iron fencing guides you to the front walkway.

The fire pit is just beyond the gate.  In case you need fire pit inspiration read all about that here.  Isn't the entrance fantastic to the fire pit?! More hostas and the ivy make excellent ground cover.

A matching pair of wrought iron patio table flank the patio.  The same pots grace each table.  I bet she puts up umbrellas before too long! 

Of all her amazing outdoor spaces I'd have to say that the next pic might happen to be my fav!
I never know what I like the most...the topiaries, the concrete lion, the bench, the awning, the asparagus ferns or the pencil hollies.  Just perfect!!!

 My friend has invited me back a little later in the spring or early summer to see what everything looks like in full bloom!  Stay tuned!!

Tablescapes At Montgomery Antiques

Last week I popped into Montgomery Antiques to take a peek and see what was new since my last visit.  They always have such fabulous pieces in their store.  This trip in they were hosting their annual tablescapes around the store.  Should you live in proximity to Montgomery, AL and love a tablescape this  event is not to be miss!

The above tablescape has brought so much inspiration to me already.  Never before would I have used the color combos of the grey placemat with the purple napkins.  You can bet you will be seeing that on my table in the future!  I adore the pink flower for the napkin ring!

 I might have never noticed the blue flower on this china except the pop of blue berry seems to make it more noticeable.  I have my Grandmother's china and it is very similar to this so I may need to pull it out of the buffet and create something similar.

This water goblet was a big hit with everyone that walked by while I was snapping pics.  It was more than affordable at $6, just proof that it doesn't have to be expensive to be desired or suitable.

Never EVER would I have thought of using Imari on the table.....yes I do know they are plates/china but I see (in my mind) them on the wall or on a bookshelf.  Since those colors are orange and blue maybe I need to create a game day tablescape for my college (Auburn) using some Imari.  I'd better get shopping!

Saving the best (my fav) for last! This blue and white table had hoards of people standing around.  I waited for everyone to move so I could take these photos.  Just beyond gorgeous!!

The foot bath was only $125 and I nearly...nearly brought it home.  I also realized I desperately need some silver candelabras...stat!
 The final tablescape was elegant and lovely.  The footed crystal bowls with pittosporum is so easy to do.  I'm thrilled I have huge shrubs like this and I often use it in my arrangements around the house.
The gold mercury glass pieces were so sweet. I did happen to bring a couple home and now I'm sorry I didn't buy more!
I hope that you enjoyed these tablescapes as much as I did.  They absolutely have given me lots of ideas and inspirations for things I can do around our house and maybe in future tablescapes!

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Antiques on a Screened Porch 2.0

A few years ago I shared with you all my friend's screened porch and you guys loved it!  It tops one my most viewed posts for sure!  Here is a refresher for those that saw it  a couple years ago and if you would like to read that post and see all the pics you can take a peek here.

My friend made a few changes to her porch so I thought I'd share.  After much debate she decided to paint the walls of her screened porch last year. 

The lighter paint color sure makes the space look larger, lighter and brighter. In addition to lightening the color, she added an a settee for added seating.  You might have noticed the flat screen hanging, let's just call that a "man thing" and leave it at that.  Moving on....

One of the things that I adore the most about her porch is that it isn't all just outdoor furniture.  Her use of an primitive table would be unexpected on a screened porch as are many of the elements she has in place.  Each piece seems to have a story and WOW  I love that!

She looked for a table top fountain for ages.  Her patience paid off and when she found this one, it was absolutely perfect don't you think?  The sound of the water is soothing.  I sure wish I could put a fountain on the deck but, those raccoons would be drinking from it if I did!

The antique pie safe holds her collection of ironstone pitchers.  Such a great way to display treasured pieces.

The roof tile in the photo below was a spectacular find, it is from Scotland.  The dealer she bought it from says it is 19th century!

Who doesn't want a Staffordshire lamp on their screened porch?!  

 She has many extrodinary pieces on the porch but no doubt the stained glass steals the show!  The stained glass is the focal point of the space. 

Many thanks to Bestie N for allowing me to share these photos from her home with all of you!

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