Friday, October 7, 2011

Autumn Eye Candy And A Garden Tea

Yesterday, I hosted a garden tea for the Fine Arts Museum Auxiliary.
Besides providing the home, I was asked to do the flower arrangement for the table.
No problem! Here are some of my inspiration photos....

What they really wanted, was something similar to my fall arrangement that I made for a tablescape last year, as seen here.

So, that's what I did. Not exactly the same, but close.

After a few weeks of sprucing up my garden with new plants and grass, as well as new cushions, it rained! No, it poured! The 12 local artists that were coming to display their art on my grass had to be cancelled.

The garden tea ended up in the kitchen! Sixty ladies in my kitchen!

Even though the sun broke through, everyone still stayed inside, congregating around the table and kitchen island. It was really fun, and everyone had a good time.
And of course, it's a beautiful day today! Goes to show, you can't predict the weather, especially this time of year.

Have a lovely fall weekend!

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Unknown said...

Isn't it odd how everyone loves to be in the kitchen with you, even though you have a lovely garden setting for them? Everything is sooo beautiful and I especially love those centerpieces. Thanks for sharing!

Ribbonwood Cottage said...

Oh this is lovely. You did a beautiful job putting all the tablesettings together. Wow. Very welcoming, fallish and just plain beautiful.

a quiet life said...

beautiful inspiration and kitchen! we had thunder and lightning in the downpours too, was a fun start to the season, not fun for an outdoor party :(

Creations By Cindy said...

Beautiful! Love your eye candy and garden tea!

Sarah said...

Raining most of the day here in Paris, but still magical for me. ;-)
Love your centerpiece and each of the inspiration photos. Everything you do is beautiful. ~ Sarah

Videodiretta said...

Buonasera,mi sono permessa di lasciare un commento, perchè lei mi incanta con la sua bellissima e raffinata creatività piena di gran gusto.
Felice Sera!

Karena said...

Delores you are amazing!! These are the most beautiful centerpieces I have ever seen and I am taking note!

PS Come let me know what you think of my Autumn decor (so far) and enter my New Giveaway!

Art by Karena

Rebecca said...

Oh. My. Goodness! Your arrangements are amazing. Thank you SO much for showing them here.

I'm sure you were disappointed not to be able to host the group outdoors. However, I know your hostess instincts took over and compensated.

Pinky at Designs by Pinky said...

That first picture is exquisite! I am going to try to replicate it for the dinner I am having for my hubby's birthday later this month! Your arrangement is just beautiful, the BOUNTY of Autumn! I loved last years too, saved it as an inspiration too! So sorry it rained! Of course today WOULD be gorgeous...SHHESH!!!!! XO, Pinky

The enchanted home said...

Well they sure asked the right person!!! You are just the master, and I have to say each and every one is just breathtaking, you could come out with your own "how to" and it would be a best seller!! Love the "S" clever. Love it all!

Katie, Julep and Derby's Mom said...

Simply lovely - happy fall - happy weekend.

Katie from

Mona Kay Gorman said...

Gorgeous!! Just pinned :)

On Crooked Creek said...

Gorgeous!!! I'm sure the ladies enjoyed every moment of their stay! You have, truly, captured the essence of Autumn in your decor!

Marlis said...

so sorry about the rain.. but it was a lovely event made even more so with your gracious hospitality and undaunting spirit! Gorgeous inspiration pieces.. I had to pin them all. even yours.. so very pretty.. thanks for sharing.. xo marlis.. have a great weekend..

Michele Smith said...

Beautiful, everything looks so pretty. Sorry about the rain.
Have a great weekend!

Susan Freeman said...

Beautiful ~ bravo!!!

Susan and Bentley

Hollywood forever, Kevin said...

Wow! please come over to my house.

Becca Bertotti said...

So many times, the best moments at a party are shared in the kitchen! Your table looks beautiful and the food looks delicious!

Karen said...

Sorry it rained but it looks like you made a good thing out of a not-so-good situation. Everyone always ends up in the kitchen at a party, right?

Kathysue said...

Oh No!!! I know what you mean about the weather, we were in Muir Woods when it was pouring needless to say we got quite muddy in our white pants and flip flops,lol! Your tea looks lovely and I know they all had a wonderful time because you always make everything so special, warm and welcoming. I can't wait to talk and hear all about it, xo Kathysue

Theresa Strickland said...

Now that is refreshingly different. Well done! Your kitchen can hold 60 women.
Cheers friend,

Lizabeth said...

Wow Delores! That's too bad about having to cancel the art exhibit on your lawn, but it looks like things turned out wonderfully anyway! I love all the arrangements you showed, especially those in the pumpkin/squash containers...Love your new centerpiece this year in the tray (as you know I adored yours from last year)! 60 people in my house would overwhelm me much less near my kitchen! I love seeing the china pulled out and readied for a gathering! You have a wonderful weekend too! Ours is beautiful!

Barb @ The Everyday Home said...

D - I was in your lovely part of the world last week with my dear sweet Kathysue and I am ready to pack my bangs and buy a home there. LOL I am sorry about the weather. It never fails. I am sorry all of your hard work was ruined by the weather. But you know what, everyone would have probably ended up in your beautiful kitchen anyway. LOL Happy Sunday!

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