Wednesday, August 5, 2009

It's A Celebration!

Did I hear the doorbell? Greetings! 
I'm delighted you stopped by.

When I found BETWEEN NAPS ON THE PORCH and discovered Susan's extraordinary blog, I was hooked. Thursdays are now my favorite day of the week! Truth be told, Tablescape Thursday is the primary reason I started 
I wanted to play too!

So please do come in. 
I'm having a party to celebrate the inaugural week of 

Entertaining in our home is always a joy for me. 
I'm forever daydreaming about table settings 
and how I can make gatherings special. 
My MacKenzie-Childs ceramics often 
provide the seed of inspiration. 
MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check design is one of my favorites.
 In the end though, it's the friends and tasty food 
that are the key ingredients for a successful party.

Detail of coffee table arrangement

May I offer you 
a glass of bubbly?

A glass of one of 
my favorite champagnes?

Perhaps you'd prefer sparkling Italian pomegranate soda 
or a glass of sparkling water?

Please help yourself 
to some "Afternoon Bites".

We have turkey avocado panini with ailoli and homemade potato chips, smoked salmon tarts with crispy capers and créme fraich, and baby vegetable crudites stuffed with herb Boursin cheese.

Please have a seat, visit, 
and enjoy the music.

Do you have a request?

No celebration is complete 
without something sweet.

The chocolates are made 
with expresso coffee beans.

These petit fours were designed 
for the Courtly Check theme.


Let me fix you a cup of coffee?

Just pick your choice of coffee. Would you care for an expresso? Rather have a decaf? Whatever your choice, these coffees are dark and rich. They are made from pure, premium beans. This little machine makes the perfect cup of coffee!

I'm so pleased you stopped by today.

Please sign my guest book, 
and I hope to see you again soon.

Don't forget to stop by 
where you'll find many wonderful posts 
celebrating the art of the table.

The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Oh how I wish I could be there to sample the bubbly and petit fours. What a lovely layout and simply beautiful setting for having friends over.

  2. Oh, I wish I could be there! Yummy! Welcome to the blogging world.....and happy Tablescape Thursday!

  3. What a delight to read your post and see all the delicious food you're serving :) My daughter is learning to play the piano!
    I've done my first tablescape today, I just had to join in the fun with everyone so I went searching for things to use. Hope you can pop over and visit if you get a chance.
    Hugs Denise

  4. Really beautiful. Luv your floral arrangement. Stop by when you can. Connie

  5. I am coming to truly look forward to my visits here! Haven't known you long yet, but I can see I'm going to love the journey!

  6. Now this is a party!!! Not only food, but champagne too! I'd love to be a guest at this party!!

    REally great tablscape!!!


  7. Wow! I am so glad saw this. Your arrangements and details are just perfect. I can tell you enjoy entertaining and are good at it! Welcome to the land of Blog!

  8. That last comment was from me :)

  9. What a charming and gracious hostess you are, I would love to have tried the petit fours whilst sipping a rich dark coffee in your beautiful home.

  10. Oh my stars, I wanted to climb through my screen when I saw the Perrier Jouet. It is my absolute favorite. Everything looked beautiful. Who wouldn't love being a guest at your lovely party?

    Christi @ A Southern Life

  11. Sarah, I'd love to come to one of your parties! You totally spoil your guests! :-) So many wonderful choices. Ummm, I'll take some champagne and one of those beautiful petit fours. :-) Susan

  12. Oh my, Sarah! This is just lovely! Everything looks so yummy and is presented so beutifully! I am sure this party was a huge success! How wonderful to be able to visit your lovely home and pay you a call whenever I want now!! Welcome to Blogland! I'm so glad you decided to join us! Have a wonderful weekend...hugs...Debbie

  13. I am glad Debbie sent me here. Everything is so beautiful. Your home is so warm and inviting and so are your table and food settings....Christine

  14. Oh how fun. I am so glad Debbie sent me here, what a great blog. I will be back. Hugs, Marty

  15. Hi Sarah, I'm just now getting around to some of those that participated Thursday.. life around here is pretty hectic at times.. What a beautiful party you throw.. everything looks delicious. I would love to come to one of your parties and be pampered...looking forward to more of your beautiful tablescapes. Welcome to blogland.. it's a wonderful friendly place to be.. hugs ~lynne~

  16. Oh my! Simply wonderful... Cindy

  17. welcome to is a most wonderful place to be.all the people,ladies and gents are so kind and always looking for a good meanies here whatsoever.
    i enjoy you home very much.i can see your talent and love for your home...ann

  18. Sarah, that is just beautiful! The whole setting is charming. I play the piano, too. What kind of music do you especially like to play? Linda

  19. Sarah,
    Everything is lovely and looks so delicious! I'd have a very hard time resisting anything that is being served. Beautiful tablescapes!

  20. Hello Sarah...I clicked on your link from this weeks tablescape (8-13) and I am so glad I did! I so enjoyed going through all your pictures! I loved all your details and yummy delights!! Loved the black and white accents, and your little coffee demi cups! I'll be back now and again to check out your posts!!Hugs!

  21. I was wondering around your blog and came upon this old post of yours. I love it. You have one serious collection of Mackenzie-Childs! Very impressive! I love their stuff but honsestly I don't think I have a single peice.
    I also love your flow pieces. Did you design them?
    - The Tablescaper


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