Red Roses

2bac1188c7d8938517afe191255c9a25The first weekend in May brings two delightfully colorful events. You can celebrate one or both. The Kentucky Derby and Cinco de Mayo. I must confess to favor the latter, as I am and always will be Texan at heart and a lover of Tex Mex. So if it icomes down to mint julep vs margarita… can guess which one wins in my book.

However, I do love the flower that is at the center of the Run for the Roses. And, I think you could have a party that has roses as its theme as well as its centerpiece. So, in honor of this weekend’s Kentucky Derby….I give you red roses!57b6f4b482a4967658cd6c26bf7b8797 679f2722021f2cbfb405fd91b9bed2ac a747b1128abbe2ab811e3e38327e73fae3fd027b533d96a356ad47ff6781bf01Good luck this weekend….with whatever you do! And, with whatever you celebrate. Olé!!! (wink, wink).


images: Created by Diane, She’s Kinda Crafy

Lunch at The Enchanted Home

IMG_2314One of the major benefits of blogging is being part of a community of like minded people. Somewhere along the way, we went from commenting on each other’s blogs to connecting in real life…and these relationships have blossomed over the years.

This past week, Tina of The Enchanted Home (truly, enchanted!) served as hostess-with-the-mostess for 12 of us, to honor and celebrate Kristy Woodson Harvey and her latest novel, Slightly South of Simple (separate post to come on that). You can’t help but feel you’ve entered a home decor fairy tale, as everything, yes everything, is that beautiful, elegant and inviting.

Kristy and her mom, Beth are the voices behind Design Chic and were in NYC on a whirlwind book signing tour. So, of course we all wanted to see them and one another. Also there was Patricia of PVE Design, Jeanne McKay Hartmann, Sandy of You May Be Wandering, Carolyn and Cynthia of Diane James Home, “Katie” of Preppy Empty Nester and Karolyn of The Relished Roost.IMG_2307Beth, Kristy and JeanneIMG_2312Crudite in mini mint julep cups!tableTina’s gorgeous dining room table, set with her signature blue and white porcelain.IMG_2316 IMG_2320It’s always fun to see how other people entertain, so here are a few tidbits on how Tina does it. We started with the appetizers and processo in the living room. To find our seats, we picked numbers out of a bowl, which corresponded to numbers at the table. That’s mine…#5. We began with the most delicious tomato soup and then helped ourselves buffet style to quiche, salad and sandwiches. Dessert was later set up in the same place, buffet style. And, those cute little foo dogs…those were our party favors!

We lingered for hours, catching up on things we don’t usually write about on our blogs. Just like old friends.

Hope you enjoyed this peek into the blogging world come to life. Wishing you all an “enchanting” weekend!


Pinata Day & Cinco de Mayo

IMG_8508-768x1024Did you know tomorrow is National Pinata Day? Well, I’m sure you know Cinco de Mayo is in a few weeks, so talking pinatas seems quite timely. I’ve always loved a pinata, but once I discovered Lula Flora, I found myself looking for ways to incorporate them into a party or a simple Tex-Mex dinner.

Lula Flora creates customized pinatas, which are perfect for place settings, party favors or surprise gifts. They’ve gone beyond the expected shapes, so if you can dream it they can make it.il_570xN.951108598_iol9 il_570xN.1081999309_340s il_570xN.1141572220_a0p8il_570xN.980193198_hr13 il_570xN.1161818046_a5fsil_570xN.925694706_pg8j il_570xN.1205767933_mdzp IMG_8529-e1461274864488-768x1024So if your fiesta needs a little kick, order some custom pinatas and they’ll be the figurative and literal “hit” of your party!