Archive for June, 2012

Groupon Garden Party…..
June 18, 2012

While I will put REAL blackboard in eventually, I waited too late
for this shindig. Answer: foamboard and chalkboard paint.

OK, I used to be (as many of you have been, don’t deny it) a Groupon addict. But when I found there were too many of these “bargains” that I was allowing to expire unused, I kinda backed off. But I’ve had this one simmering in my hip pocket for almost a year….expiration was I called the folks at The Savory Kitchen in Frederick, and set a date for the “Friends and Family Feast“….a catered dinner for 25.  June 16th…be there.

Don’t have enough matching plates? Party rental…love these
white square ones….20 of each, about $25….

And not doing any of the cooking,  frees one to be a little more creative in other areas(or clean the house as the case may be)….here were some things I tried.

Napkins are Ikea dishclothes…huge so great for a buffet lap napkin.
Only $.79 each…and if they get stained: cleaning cloths. Morandi in
NYC also uses them as napkins..

Yes, more hydrangeas…

Put all the flatware in this little tin container I got from Pottery Barn last year…and used Mason jars as drinking glasses and votive holders. I didn’t have tons of Mason jars, but I ordered them from Ace Hardware for $12 a dozen. And I wish I had gotten all of them the little size…they make perfect size drink containers!

Put all the empty Mason jars in this old strawberry crate,
with some flowers…for guests to grab.

nibbles….the Buffalo Chicken Blue Cheese Dip was to die for,
and so was the black-eyed pea salsa….

A really creative guest brought baby veges from her garden,
that were so pretty, they became a decoration….love the idea.

An equally creative guest brought bundles of lavender from
the Eastern Shore, wrapped with ribbon. Yes, they grow loads
of it…lucky devils. I can’t grow lavender to save my life.

Remember the huge vase from Ethan Allen(yes a Groupon)..
today filled with long-stemmed hydrangeas…..

Used oyster shells(of which I have many) as iced tea
spoon rests.

Ok, this is not my picture, but used a stand just like this one to
Sangria….I forgot to take a picture. Party brain!

I’ve wanted a hanging chandelier over this table for
forever…Found this one at West Elm on sale. And it’s
made for outside use!!

Many, many many thanks for the delicious food from Cheri at The Savory Spoon. I honestly did not know what to expect…I knew absolutely nothing about them, and certainly not how good…no, make that how delicious… their food is. And they bring it right to your door! Best pulled pork I’ve ever had…seriously. Na’an herbed toasts for dips…addictive. Salads and slaw yum, fresh guacamole ditto….and those little cheesecakes with the crunchy crusts I squirreled a few away for Donna… for later… you know what I mean. Sorry 🙂


Spring, spring everywhere….
June 6, 2012

I heard this little chirping the other day…ground level chirping…looked thru the bushes…and I saw this….

Oh no, baby Robin!

Yep, a little baby Robin, out of the nest just a little early. OK, I flip out, and immediately start googling how to save baby Robins. Answers, mush up worms and berries, and feed them to baby. So I do.

Yeah, I know. And in a pretty green bowl, too.

Then I read further. That you should feed them every 15 minutes(who can do that?)…and even further….that you should leave them alone and let the parents take care of them….that they won’t come around with you dithering about. So…I stopped. I don’t know what happened after his initial meal of worms and berries…but he was gone the next day. Fingers crossed for you, little buddy.

Isn’t this pretty? Totally unplanned…

And nature is at her very best this time of year….this picture above is just outside my house. Absolutely none of it was planned…it just….happened. OK, this was planned…

Who doesn’t love the sound of water…

I made a water feature for the front garden from  a fire pit, a pump, some stones, and one water plant. And surrounded by ferns and hostas, it’s just the most soothing noise when you’re leaving or returning home. And the birds adore it too. SO dead easy.

So Original!

And how cute is this in the garden…using a vintage toy as a planter. Just adored this when I saw it the other day(and wished I had that kind of imagination)…And this past weekend I was in Talbot County( Tilghman Island), for the Heritage Garden Tour. Saw some really kick butt gardens that made me feel pretty guilty about some weeds I left growing at home….here are some things I loved.

Look closely…see the chandelier over the chair?

In the same garden…using bushel baskets as chandeliers…
brilliant, and so perfect for the Eastern Shore!

Perfect use of old barnacled buoys by a front door….

But my fav view was when I got back home, over the Bay Bridge Sunday afternoon…Yeah.

A perfect G & T with Hendrick’s Gin…cheers!