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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

You Making Party?

I've spent a good portion of mid to late morning outdoors today.  It IS a big deal!  I'm not a gardener or a yard-girl.  I feel bone tired ..like The Lady above but very satisfied and all I did was weed.  I'm most thankful that I have a gaggle of girlfriends from different parts of the country.  Pictures show their efforts in the yard and every once in a while I get inspired. 

I dream of living by the sea...

                                                 (photo by Sandi)
 or to have a forest in my backyard!

                                                                                             (Photo by Deborah)
Then again, to have a green thumb.  Period.

(Photo by Jennifer)
Oh, to traipse through the snow...in THIS setting!

(Photo by Mary)
But, here we are in suburban Texas.  My yard lacks personality; therefore, I must make up for the lack in other areas.  With Easter round the bend and company coming...I gotta spruce up the place.  I hope the weather allows us to have a
Tracy Porter-inspired-outdoor-brunch Sunday morning.

We'll bring out the 8' long Home Depot table.  Cover it with an old, shabby rug, bedspread or several table cloths.  I'll move two wicker arm chairs from upstairs to the head(s) of this table.  And, since I'm all about the hi-low in clothing, decorating AND entertaining....my table will sport:

  • Plates from Dollar Tree

  • Crystal from my Mom

  • Bamboo flatware from Big Lots interspersed with Mom's sterling

  • Monogrammed cloth napkins from Ballard Designs           

  •                   (Photo by Kelly)

  • A BIG centerpiece inspired by Kelly above and...

  • Nell Hill rattan chargers (they dress up my $1 plates!)
Hospitality IS my thing.  Yards and gardening, not so much.  If I don't get to everything in the yard I hope my guests won't notice.  I'll have to make my table extra special so the focus is on it! 

Recently I met the owner of a restaurant to reserve their room for an event.  A waiter with a really thick (unknown) accent said to me:  "You making party?"  I knew what he meant.  And loved what he said.  And thus replied:  "I am!"

It's Tuesday.  I'm (pretending to be a) gardener, browsing through cookbooks, swapping recipes with friends....all because I'm making a party!  And I so love a good party!

Happy Easter!

xoxo


29 comments:

Pam said...

wish I was coming for Easter!! It all looks beautiful...

jen said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog today. I actually spent fifteen minutes in my yard today, snipping some uglies off a plant I can't name. That was enough for me. But luckily, my husband is a yard guru. And lucky for my daughter, because her wedding reception will be in our yard in exactly 14 days.
Now I need the nap!

Kelly at Chatelaine Ranch said...

You have so much fun making party! No gardening here, but will have fun setting up an Easter buffet table. Make sure you take pics before the guests arrive! Love you! xoxoxo

Mary said...

I love how you write! I can just hear you replying.."I am!" with a big smile on your face. :) Whatever you do I know it will be special!

Dianne said...

Oh I would love to be at your party!!!! One thing you can do fo sho is make a party!!!!!!

Dawn said...

I know it will be splendid...wish we could celebrate together!!

moondiva said...

Vava, I though I left a comment yesterday...oh well!! Plates from Dollar Tree??? I need to visit $Tree. Love your table, have fun Easter!!!
Love ya, Deborah

Anonymous said...

oh my friend VAVA u make wonderful party for your hub and family and enjoy EASTER with those u love. Take a deep breath. (i'm in to that lately LOL)love you, FRANCO

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