Sunday, June 19, 2016

Brunch ~ Easy Entertaining

Hello everyone.  Things have certainly picked up around here.  It seems like we are full speed in the entertaining department.  We have been non-stop since May.  Although I am completely exhausted, it's been wonderful to have our family visit from New York and Florida.  Especially my parents.   It is always such a sweet treat to spend time with Mom & Dad.  Mom has been through so much since her battle with breast cancer so I treasure every moment that I get to be in her company. 

One of my favorite ways to entertain is by having brunch.  It is simple and carefree.  Besides, I consider brunch so much fun.  That wonderful combination of breakfast and lunch allows for a leisurely and relaxed pace.  So last weekend when my niece Adriana stay for the weekend, I thought it was the perfect opportunity to have a Sunday brunch.

I usually set the table a few days before which lets me concentrate on meal planning and prep.  I also like to set the buffet areas the night before which helps me keep organized.   I pull like to out all my serving dishes, pitchers, coffee cups, kettles, baskets and place them on the serving tables so I don't forget anything.  I usually keep things simple with family but since My niece Adriana was bringing her in-laws from Washington to stay with us for the weekend too, I wanted to make it extra special.

I began by using a crisp white linen tablecloth on the table as my base and began layering by adding powdery blue plate chargers and floral Royal Doulton dinner plates that I found on a recent trip to Newport Rhode Island.   Baby blue napkin, gold flatware and Mikasa stemware complete this elegant setting.  I made my own center piece by using a rustic planter and flowers that I purchased from my local supermarket.  To make it even more special, I placed a very pretty favor box on each place setting which had a little sweet surprise tucked inside.

Simple touches such as silver trays, glass and linens layered in bread baskets make all the difference.  


Many items can be purchased from your favorite bakery or local market.

A well stocked Mimosa bar allows your guests to serve their own drinks.

Here is my beautiful niece Adriana.  She is such an amazing cook already.

My niece and her husband Jimmy.

The beauty of brunch is that it is a relaxed and leisurely meal.  One that allows for simple and quick entertaining.  Best of all, it allows you enjoy more time with your guests.  In the end, anything that brings family and friends together is always a good thing in my book.

Thank you for visiting me today.  Wishing you a great week ahead.


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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Roses ~ The Ultimate Romantic Flower

Hello friends.  I hope your week is off to a good start.  Mine has been busier than usual.  Car trouble, loads of extra work at the office and getting ready for family and friends visiting from out of town this weekend.  With all that in the back of my mind, I look to my precious garden for calm and tranquility.  

Truth is, I am crushing over my garden right now and I just can't help it.  Something really magical and wonderful is happening in this tiny piece on heaven these days.  A bit of a celebration...Roses and peonies are blooming voluptuously in my little garden and I am totally enchanted by their magnificent beauty and old-world romance.

The sounds of buzzing bees and happy birds accompany this spectacular show...

It is a blessing to have and endless supply of roses and peonies.   Floral arrangements in our home have been a little more opulent and romantic these days, even if it's only for a few short weeks of the year.

Graceful old-fashion roses adorn a simple basket.

June is when our pretty garden begins to shine.  It is when the abundance of spring flowers is unlimited.  But roses are the star of the show for sure.  They make a statement all on their own. 

I hope you enjoyed my pretty roses.  They certainly bring a smile to my face each morning.

Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to leave a comment.  Each one inspires me and makes me very happy.



Tour of My Rose Garden

Here is a little tour of the roses in my garden.  Each year we add one plant to the garden.  Lately, we have been adding more of the David Austin roses because I love the softness and delicate beauty they add to the garden.  And I also love their fullness and endless petals.

Monday, May 30, 2016

Time For Tea

There is something very captivating and striking about a well-set table.  It is about expressing gratitude and making your guests feel special.  For me, it is about creating a painting.  One that reflects my vision with color, texture, harmony and balance.  Setting a dreamy scene that is pure romance and honors the everyone gathered at my table.  Keeping in mind that my table has to be inviting and comfortable...  

And with warmer days making the outdoors a better choice for entertaining, I set this lovely table in my garden with all of you in mind.  Honoring all of you who week after week visit my blog and follow me.  To thank each and everyone of you who have welcomed me with open arms and hearts. You have embraced my work and my creations and allowed me to come into your homes to inspire you.    And for that I offer my gratitude and honor you with this romantic and delicate table.   

My table is begins with a pristine white table cloth.  Pretty cottage roses in a casual metal flower pitcher are the inspiration for the colors used on this lovely table.  Soft, feminine and graceful. Timeless Limoges salad plates adorned with delicate flowers add a bit of romance to the table. 

Martha Stewart teacups give a touch elegance while simple gold flatware add a bit of shimmer  to the table.

Thank you again for your blog friendship and for the lovely comments you leave with each visit.

Wishing you a beautiful week.


Sunday, May 22, 2016

On Rainy Days

Another rainy weekend again...  grey dark skies set the tone.   The rain is soft rain with no sign of heavy winds or thunder. Truth is, I don't mind it at all.  There is something incredibly appealing and soothing about the rain.  

I am happy and secretly glad that I can stay indoors this day.  No goal in mind beyond the joy of having a quiet and relaxing day.  Besides, I am easy to please and don't require much more than my favorite room, a good book, some fresh flowers and a cup of warm tea.  And how blessed to have been able spent this sweet rainy day doing exactly what I love. Reading, writing, and listening to the sounds of the rain..  How about you, do you love rainy days too?

I hope you had a lovely Sunday sweet friends.  Thank you for being here and spending a little time with me.  We will be spending the long holiday weekend in Newport, RI touring the spectacular mansions...