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Sunday, February 20, 2011

The Tuscan Luncheon

This is the time of the year when I can't seem to settle down. The weather seems to feel the same way. One day it's 20 degrees, the next 70. Not sure how to react to this! Too early for the spring decor. Besides it is still too cold to go outside and start the 'clean up'. Really, there are still sunless areas of the yard that have some snow. So no. Holidays? Well, St. Patricks Day is on the horizon, but it's still too early to think about that one. And Easter?  - I'm still in the planning stages. The one thing that is always welcome is a hot plate of pasta. Just thinking of the warm Tuscan sun inspired me. Who needs a holiday! So, off to set the table for a nice hot Italian inspired dinner. Welcome to ....

The Tuscan Luncheon

When I think of Tuscany I always think of the plentiful fruits
and the colors used in the interior spaces
that bring the outdoors in.

The purple of the luscious grapes found in wine country
is represented here
in the dinner plate of the
guest setting

The olive background in the center of the salad plate
brings to mind the delicious olives served
with almost every meal

A close up of the dish stack
 with everyday flatware

The bread plate has a beautiful grape and leaf design
in keeping with the theme

As does the gravy boat

The purple pitcher in the background
 has been around for many years.
The wine glasses were a purchase
from a hospital gift shop!

What would an Italian meal be without
a crusty loaf of bread?
I'm ready!

The handles of the bread tray have
a design that resembles a fruit basket

Full table setting for four

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Sunday, February 13, 2011

Senior Recital Luncheon

There are moments in your life you will always remember as the sweetest days. This weekend was one of them. My younger daughter at the age of six asked for a piano for her seventh birthday. As a dutiful mother, I promptly provided her with one. Little did I know I was paving the way for her passionate expression - Music. This weekend I was proud to host a small champagne and cake reception for her Senior Recital; one last step necessary to complete her requirements for the Bachelors Degree of Music. This was the culmination of years of hard work, study, lessons, education and its fair share of frustration and nervous jitters. This weekend was a true testament to what dedication and support from those we love can do. Words cannot express how proud of her I am!
Today I am posting a peek at some of the preparations. Thanks for allowing me to share them with you.

My daughters favorite color has always been pink
so I chose it as the basis of my color scheme
right down to the Champagne!

As an accent, white and black were added
in some of the smaller elements

The pink labeled champagne and 'glasses'
 stood ready for the guests

Her invitation was framed in an autograph board
for friends and family to leave their sentiments

On the buffet there was a Candy Station

Lucky for me this was Valentines Day weekend
it made setting the pink sweets table easier!

Little Chinese takeout boxes were placed
where guests could "take away" a
sweet treat

As a true labor of love, my elder
daughter, our very own Cake Boss
made the centerpiece.
What concentration!

The color theme was carried out in the cake as well

This cake was truly a show stopper!
Notice the little Grand Piano on top?
Nice touch!

I just love the how all the different
patterns come into play

Because my daughters dress was a beautiful
deep blue, I decided to match her dress
instead of going with her signature pink
when creating  the stage arrangements

My daughter on her special day.
I'm so very proud of you!

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Sunday, February 6, 2011

The Valentine Luncheon for Two

Today I am dedicating my post to my dear, patient Hubby. After all, it is a Valentines table for two! And Valentines Day is all about love. This wonderful man and I have been together for over 30 years. How time flies! He is my true love, my best friend, my rock and the best companion ever to share life's journey.  For you my love, a few words I saw on a picture and was so moved, I had to snap a pic of them and include them in this dedication to you...  

In your eyes,
I see my soul mate.

In your arms,
I am home.

In our world,
I found a love

         to last


I Love you

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Wishing you love