A Summer Soirre: Backyard Bash

With summer in full swing here in mid July it was the perfect time to have a few friends over and enjoy this time of the year.  Along with a few blog friends we will be sharing some of our fav recipes, tablescapes, and hostess gifts.
It is possible that you are starting this progressive dinner dinner right here or you might have come from Shelly's home where she shared delicious cocktails either way I'm delighted you are here!  I'm hosting appetizers out on our deck so come on out!

With the heat of the summer pressing down on us, I try to make all of our meals light.   Appetizers are no exception.  I often times think that people just over think and possibly over do for appetizers.  

Can't tell you how many times in 28 years Honey has called and said he was bringing someone home after work.  That made me always keep things that I could just kinda pull out and use.  Everyday items you have in the fridge or pantry work great for an appetizer.

 My new mantra is keep it simple! It is important to me that when I entertain it needs to look effortless.  Maybe this is because I nearly knock myself out when I do entertain! HA!

I'm so glad you guys came over and hung out while we enjoyed appetizers before heading on over to see the marvelous table that Atta Girls Says has set.  Ya'll save me a seat!!

Hostess Gifts & Party Favors  Home on Poplar Creek
Cocktails  Confetti Style
Tablescape      Atta Girl Says
Main Course     MJones Style

Sweet Home Antiques Tent Sale 2018

Over the course of the last 5 years I've mentioned and blogged about Sweet Home Antiques.
They specialize in English antiques. 

Twice a year they go on a buying trip to England and bring back the most fabulous pieces for their stores.

Before these antiques hit one of their four stores, they host a tent sale at their Pine Mountain, Georgia home known to us as Sweet Home Plantation.

In addition to shopping for antiques you can also tour the historic home.  To wet your appetite for the sale you can read a few of my previous posts on the home and the tent sale here, here and here.  Even though I've toured the home countless times I never tire of seeing it.  Be sure and walk the grounds as they are just as gorgeous as the home is lovely!

The sale will begin June 29-July 1 from 9-5 at 2626 Hadley Road Pine Mountain, GA.  Can't wait to see you all there!!

A Summer Chinoiserie Tablescape

Before school was out I had a few friends over for lunch.  This was a tradition we started when our kids were in elementary school and knew how busy our summers would be with them underfoot!  Back then we would typically each bring a dish to share at our neighborhood pool but as we've gotten older we opted for a more "refined" lunch.  Ya'll know how I adore a pretty set table so as soon as I scheduled the lunch I went to work on a tablescape!

I wanted a fresh arrangement so I opted for simple...Just a bunch of Baby's Breath.  The vase  holding the Baby's Breath was my 15th wedding anniversary gift!  That Honey is a keeper for sure!

This stack of dishes  makes my happy.  The moment I saw those chargers I knew they were coming home with me!  My love of chinoiserie is evident throughout our home...lamps, plates and jars.  The moment I saw these salad plates I knew I had to add them to my collection!

The beaded mint placemat matching the chinoiserie salad plate was such a happy coincidence!

I seldom use a white napkin but it lends to such a clean and fresh look it is perfect!

All of my friends that came over had seniors so it was almost an emotional time.  We recalled all the PTA things we've done and became friends through, the band trips, the football games, the field trips and spring flings.  We've vowed that even though our kids are now heading in such different directions with college that we will always have our "school's out "lunch!

The Spring Deck Refresh

Seems almost a little late to call this a "spring" refresh but officially it is still spring. Just before this tropical whatever it is were have been having for the past week+ I decided I'd fluff the stuff on the deck.     

I bought the bar cart last summer and never managed to get it styled or photographed.  It was way past time so I brought out some of my fav things to try it out.  I  have a few friends coming over soon so it was good practice to see what worked and how it would look.

Years ya'll..years I've wanted a cone shaped boxwood finally found one!  Then just after finding this one I found another...even larger.  I need to find a large pot for it!
See my wooden potting bench?  Honey picked that up for me!  I've actually used it and not just for entertaining purposes!

Back to this beauty.  I tried to bring out things that were not breakable...much.  I started with the trays.  The acrylic tray on the top bears my monogram and I have to say I use it all the time!  Bestie P had one and as soon as I saw it I knew I had to have one. 

You knew there would have to be Blue Willow right?  The color was a great contrast with the green in the glasses.  The hand towel along with the flowers soften all the hard edges and surfaces.

Sure wish I could leave these pretties out.  The raccoons that come every night would drag it all out to the woods....seriously they would!
Weeks ago I painted the furniture(something I have to do every other year)and then a a bit later I painted the actual deck(something I have to do every.single.year).  The morning after I painted the deck I awoke to lots of discomfort in my lower back...from of course painting.  Maybe one of the kids can paint the deck next year!

This is the first year I haven't been able to find a red geranium....first it was too cold and then/now it is so wet none of the plants look very good.  Maybe soon I can find at least one!

PB&J Engagement Party

Recently, one of my dearest friends called to invite us to a party.  As she started out with the conversation she choked up a bit.  As she began to speak I immediately thought she was inving us to a graduation party since they too had a senior.  

Turns out she was inviting us to her daughter's engagement party.  At this point, Julie didn't know her boyfriend was about to pop the question!  Both families were in on it and had planned everything to sheer perfection!  What a precious sign that greeted the guests.  I adore that she used the couples initials to create such a darling hashtag! #PB&J

Everyone arrived early and waited for the PB&J to arrive!  I am still so touched to have been included!  When Bestie P said I could photograph I thought I'd just melt right there!  Her house is beyond gorgeous!  I'll never EVER forget my first time inside her home.  There wasn't a thing I didn't adore.  She has amazing style and taste, the perfect mix of new with antiques!

Through her home there were precious touches celebrating PB&J.  The cupcakes, cookies and cake were divine!

Silver trays held bags of gourmet popcorn with the a sweet tag attached.

The celebration was catered by Taco Mama and the food was met with quite the favorable reception!  Party guests dined on tacos and all the fixings!

The happy couple arrived amid excitement, cheers and lots of hugs. Even though classes were already out at Auburn several of Julie's sorority sisters were in attendance.  She may not have known prior to driving up their street that there was going to be a party but, surely with all the cars in the area she knew something was up! 

 I couldn't adore the hash tag more!  #PB&J

Since we were outside waiting for them to arrive I snapped a few photos around her porch.  Gorgeous ya'll!!!

Lots of guests gathered here for photos!

 The bride to be's paternal grandparents were in attendance, sitting in the swing.

Even though Julie has dated Paxton for a couple of years I'd not met him until that night.  I'm a hard woman to impress, this young man moved me to tears as he told a brief tale about he knew he wanted to marry Julie early in their relationship.  His obvious love and devotion to Julie and the Lord was a blessing to all in attendance!

After Paxton spoke, Julie's grandparents stepped up, her Grandfather spoke about their 60+ year and God's blessing on their marriage, he offered up a prayer for them and truly it was a highlight of the night!

As it was pretty warm that evening I left a little early, again feeling glad to have been apart of such an incredible evening!  I've been told wedding plans are well underway and I can hardly wait till next spring when they walk down the aisle!   Now if ya'll RAVE enough maybe Bestie P will read those comments and let me photograph her house and share with all of ya'll...that would be such a treat!!!