or placecards ~ from your prodigal blogger.
My apologies for the long unexplained absence. My niece arrived on the 18th & left last night (28th) ~ it's been a whirlwind! I should have given you some advanced warning but I got caught up in party planning beforehand and ran out of time.
For so many years I've had the dream of hosting a garden party. Partly a romantic notion but mostly because why do all this work & keep it to yourself??? Might as well share the labor of love with friends & neighbors, right?? A month ago, I decided THIS was the year (can you believe it?? Our hottest, driest year & August to boot!) Call me crazy but host one is exactly what I've been up to!
It started a couple weeks ago with the invitations ~ flower pot assemblages created to hand out with the details:
Not too many supplies required to pull this look off.
Here's a detailed supply list:
1 1/2" Clay Flower Pots (pkgs of six @ Hobby Lobby), Small styrofoam balls to fit inside pots, 'Chartreuse' Spanish Moss, Pkg of Memo Pins (by Tim Holtz also found at Hobby Lobby), Paper Flowers (these were by Akasha, purchased at JoAnn's), 'You're invited' Stamp (Martha Stewart), Black Inkpad, Cream cardstock, Styrofoam Glue (by Beacon)
Begin by gluing the Styrofoam balls into the flower pots:
Next, glue the spanish moss to the tops of the balls. (I let the moss dry overnight before continuing to the next step.)
Poke a memo pin thru a paper flower then insert pin into top of moss-covered ball:
Ink the 'You're invited' Stamp using the Black Inkpad & stamp images onto cream cardstock.
I used a scalloped edge square punch around each image for a fancier look but you could also just cut the stamped images out.
Insert stamped squares into tops of memo pins!!
So simple I made 42!!!!
and approx 40 guests showed up!! That was a BIG turnout for my little garden but it sure was FUN.
Party lights were strung from a gutter to the birdhouse tuteur & back to the arbor:
"Aerial" view above. (Discovered this view totally by accident when up on the ladder clipping the lights to the gutter.)
Here's a look down the main pathway with the lights draped above the yews:
The lights were the perfect festive touch for evening (party was from 6 to 9 PM.) People wandered about between the front & back gardens. We served Peach Bellini's (fresh peaches pureed with Italian sparkling wine) & small finger foods.
I have to say it was a wonderful time & I encourage any of you (who've thought of doing the same) to just do it! You already have the beautiful gardens. You won't regret it & I know you'll inspire your guests as well. I'm hoping I've turned some of mine into new/more serious gardeners!!