Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Garden Club Luncheon

I hosted my Garden Club 

for lunch on the terrace this week.

It was the perfect time to pull out my 

MacKenzie-Childs Flower Market Serving Pieces.

I filled my small MacKenzie-Childs 

serving stand with Courtly Check  

pots full of springtime blooms.

The Flower Market Enamelware 

is covered in glorious color.

The serving pieces inspired my 

choice of blooms in the centerpiece.

~ Yellow Daffodils ~ Lavender Carnations ~ 

~ Blue Delphiniums ~ Mixed Anemones and Ranunculus ~

I used a variety of plates 

by Spode and Wedgwood.

Vintage silver baskets 

held stacks of napkins.

The silverware was 

rolled within each napkin.

Wild Rice Chicken Salad

Recipe Here

Mixed Greens with Fruit and Nuts 

Tossed with Brianna's Dressing

Blooper Alert:  
Somehow the kitchen spoon ended up in the serving bowl 
while the silver serving tongs were left by the side.

Iced Tea with Lemon Slices and Fresh Mint 

and a Tray of Thumbprint and Chocolate Cookies

I forgot to take photos of the tables out on the terrace,

but I used lavender cloths and simple centerpieces.

I used my MacKenzie-Childs fluted compotes 

and placed a preserved boxwood ball in each one.

This makes a quick, easy centerpiece, and no added expense 

since these are pieces I already had on hand.

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  1. I love all of the pretty flowers against the black and white Sarah:@)

  2. Sarah, once again you have created such a lovely, welcoming table for your guests. Everything is perfect for a garden club! I am crazy about MacKenzie-Childs anything, but I do not own any of their pieces (wish I did). Love the serving stand with the pots of flowers - just gorgeous!

  3. Oh my, where to start? I love your dishes, the way you lined your salads with pretty lettuce, the fact that you were on your terrace (still very cold in PA), and your dessert sounds delicious! Your guests are very lucky people! Happy Thursday form the enchanted oven.

  4. Dear Sarah,
    WOW. I love McKenzie Childs and you have some collection. I love their design and the brilliant colors. You did a great-no fabulous job showing them off with those colorful flowers and delish food. So pretty.
    What a treat, thank you.
    Ruthie from:

  5. What a lucky bunch of Garden Club ladies to be hosted by you, Sarah! Your MC dishes are stunning and you coordinated the flowers so perfectly to their pattern. The preserved boxwoods look so cute on the compotes. The food is presented so artfully. I want a bite of it all.

  6. Hello Sarah!! You made me smile!! Those are beautiful and colorful dishes and must have been so fun to pick out such beautiful flowers to go in them!! That whole spread looks marvelous..oh I bet y"all had so much fun! The blue and white plates are lovely, and the napkins and baskets just yummy. So excited you shared this lovely post with us for my party!!

  7. What a lovely table! The Flower Market enamelware is gorgeous, and your flowers do coordinate perfectly with it. The food looked delicious, as well! I know your Garden Club friends were delighted to enjoy the meal in such a pretty setting!

  8. Wow! The plates are fabulous! Perfect for the club. Love how you have coordinated the flowers. You got the goods, Sarah!

  9. I am loving that plate with the purple background. I've never seen these before, so thank you for the introduction! The table, and food, looks so good! I just love color!

  10. Sarah, you have a nice collection of MC pieces...I love the boxwood orbs sitting in the fluted dishes. The food looks delicious, but those thumbprints are calling out to me!

  11. Hi Sarah, Your MacKenzie-Childs serving pieces were a perfect choice for your Garden Club luncheon. Such a lovely way to display the beautiful flowers. Speaking of flowers, the pattern and colors of the enamelware are beautiful. Lovely details and I love the blue and white plates. Lunch looked delicious! Boxwood balls always make for a lovely centerpiece and I’m sure your guest enjoyed eating on the terrace.
    Thanks for sharing this lovely day.

    The French Hutch

  12. Sarah:
    You have been blessed with so many pretty things and this post shows some of them! Love it all and the food! I am so pleased that you linked to "Open House".

  13. Love seeing signs of spring flowers in your setting while shivering in cold and snow here still!

  14. SO colorful- a feast for the eyes! Lovely details :)

  15. Your dishes are so perfect for a garden club luncheon...the flowers are so pretty and I loved the way you tied that little tiny ribbon around the crisp white napkins, and the lovely vintage holder for the napkins, so pretty...wish I could come to your luncheon the food look delish....

  16. Oh to be one of your Garden Club members! I adore your MK-C and your enamelware makes me hyperventilate... what a perfect pairing of flowers with your serving pieces! Lunch looks delicious and I would never have noticed a blooper, I'm sure your GC members didn't either :)

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  18. I wish I could be in your garden club! Everything is beautiful, Sarah. So many details to savor. So happy you had nice weather!

  19. I love your enamelware! So pretty and fun too. Yes, Sarah, I did get your email and will be sending one back to you. Maybe we will be having lunch or tea together in the Lone Star state quite soon!

    Big Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  20. I love the 3 reasons why to use the boxwood balls: quick, easy, and no additional out-of-pocket expense! Works for me!!! I don't know about you, but money isn't growing on trees on my property! :-) The lavender color of those tablecloths is really striking! Wow...just beautiful! I love the mix of flowers, too, and how you presented the flatware. Gorgeous and seemingly really efficient serving stand!!! I hope your group had a good time. Goodness knows the atmosphere was right on!!!

  21. YUMMY! I don't know it this is a garden club or a gourmet club!!! You set a stunning table. I wish I lived closer and could learn your garden secrets... and of course, have lunch!

  22. what a lucky garden club to get to enjoy all your splendor! everything looks wonderful, the Mck pieces are fabulous~

  23. Sarah, You know I'm loving all that MacKenzie-Childs! What a lovely collection you have! And what a charming lunch you hosted.. I'm sure a good time was had by all.. wish I could've been there myself!

  24. Wow, you have a fortune in MC products. They are beautiful and I am in love...with their stuff, not their prices, so I have to paint my own to get their look. Your spread is perfect and I know everyone loved it.

  25. What an impressive collection of lovely MC pieces you have! And, no one can show them off or fill them up like you - beautiful!

  26. Hi Sarah

    Your MacKenzie-Childs collection is so impressive and beautiful! It makes your tablescape look as cheerful as Spring Flowers. I'm sure your garden club had a wonderful time.

  27. Sara,
    Hi! What a lovely luncheon. The flowers are wonderful too.

  28. This is glorious, Sarahg. I love the MKC pieces. I have a few of them and they are really colorful. What a lovely luncheon you had, I am sure your guests had a lot of fun....Christine

  29. Sarah, how I wish I could part of your garden club. Your colorful Mc-K pieces are just perfect for a garden party. So happy you had nice weather!

  30. LOVe the flower market pieces, Sarah. How perfect for your garden club party! I know everyone enjoyed your luncheon. The presentation was stunning, and I know your menu was delicious, too.

    LOVE the idea of the preserved boxwood balls in the MacKenzie-Childs compotes. What an adorable idea! You mights see that on my blog one day *giggles*

    I hope you have a wonderful weekend!

    Ricki Jill

  31. How perfect for your Garden Club! You have so many gorgeous MC pieces, and you used them so beautifully. I love the way you had the salads stacked in the serving stand, what an elegant presentation. I know your guests ohhed and ahhed over everything!

  32. Oh what a beautiful presentation! I'll have to check out the wonderful recipes you shared....thanks so much!

  33. Oh, Sarah, what a beautiful table. I love your MC tiered flower holder and your choice of blooms looks so pretty! You've thought of everything to make your table look gorgeous and so pretty. Thank you for the recipe. I certainly know I can trust you and not Pinterest! ;) I would have loved to have been at your luncheon! ;)
    You know I always appreciate your sweet visits.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;)

  34. What a great idea to use the boxwood balls in the compotes. It gives the feel of a topiary. I love the MC enamelware, and how perfect they are for Garden Club! You are always hosting something, and you always do it beautifully. laurie

  35. Your table is just perfect for a Garden Club luncheon. LOVE The Flower Market Enamelware...gorgeous flowers and colors, and the little Courtly Check pots. So pretty with the bright flowers. I'm headed back to check out your chicken salad recipe. Hugs and have a great weekend,

  36. Just beautiful! I especially adore all of the colors against the black and white serving pieces and the way that you presented your chicken salad. Off to check out your recipe, btw.

  37. Wait - I have to wipe the drool off of my chin! What a lovely presentation for your garden friends - absolutely love the boxwood balls in the bowls and I am stealing that idea!! Looks like a fun event (my invitation must have got lost in the mail!)

  38. This one sings Spring is Sprung, I adore everything! Those stands are such superb tools for tablescaping, and the MacKenzie Chiilds is always gorgeous. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  39. Hello! Everything is wonderful so full of beautiful dishes centerpieces tables love the tray for tea. Such a wonderful setting and great for a gardening group, I adore the silver basket. But then I just love each touch you done here. Nothing could have made it any lovelier.

  40. Oh Sarah, how beautiful your luncheon turned up! My, you are a great hostess, the food looks amazing and how you displayed it it's just awesome with lovely serving pieces. I loved the napkins rolled with the silverware in the pretty basket. Wonderful! Thanks for visitng, my friend.

  41. I adore MacKenzie-Childs dishes. What a pretty table you've created (would never have noticed the kitchen spoon) with these wonderful pieces!
    Have a lovely weekend,

  42. Sarah:

    As I saw your link, a HUGE light bulb went off in my head. Thank you so much for your generous gift. I've added a thank you in my post. I love them so much.

    Your party looks fabulous! You have such an amazing collection of MCK and you do such a fabulous job of using it.

    - The Tablescaper

  43. Wish I could have seen this in person, it would have been a treat. The black and white is such an eye catcher and then the colorful flowers top it off. I love blue and white dishes too so all looks fabulous.

  44. Your luncheon table is so beautiful! I'm sure all your garden club ladies enjoyed it so much.

    Thank you for visiting my blog & leaving sweet comments! I appreciate it so much!



  45. Lovely colorful setting as usual.Beautiful flowers and love your blue plates.Happy Easter to you...:):):)

  46. LOVE your boxwood compotes! Have to pin that so I can reference that cuteness! Nice post, thanks!

  47. Sarah,
    What a bright and cheerful post!! Love your blue and white dishes!! And everything looked so delicious!!
    Thanks so much for stopping by and your words of encouragement on about my weight loss journey.


  48. Sarah, your Garden Club had a wonderful treat. Your dishes are so beautiful and the flowers just perfectly lovely. I have never seen lavender carnations before. Your Mackensie Child pieces are exquisite. Your food looks fabulous too. I will check out your recipe.

    I would love to have been an attendee at your luncheon. So nice!

  49. Sarah, you never seem to amaze me with your beautiful tables and luncheon menus. Love the bright enamelware and your beautiful blues. You used all of my Spring time favorite flowers. Thanks for sharing with Share Your Cup.

  50. So much eye candy here! :) I wish I was there with you! This is pretty close though, what a wonderful post! :)

  51. Oh so pretty!!! Gorgeous dishes, napkins...everything looks amazing!

  52. Sarah, this is absolutely beautiful! I love these bright colors! I'm sure your Garden Club felt very honored to be part of your celebration! Thanks so much for linking this wonderful post at the FESTIVE FRIDAY FIESTA this week! Love it!!

  53. those plates are stunning...the colors are gorgeous and I love anything that is MacKenzie-Childs...your party must have been a huge hit...

  54. What a treat for the eyes on this snowy NY day!
    I love the MC tiered pots with the flowers, just wonderful!
    The food looks amazing, lucky guests!
    Thanks so much for linking up to Let's Dish!

  55. I like this so much I don't know what to say. The entire presentation is sheer delight!

  56. These dishes are UNBELIEVABLY BEAUTIFUL, Sarah! The floral pattern is a M/C I haven't seen before--what a treat! I wish I could've seen your terrace setting; I bet it was beautiful.

    Thanks for stopping by Bunnyville with the Bunnykins dishes. Happy Easter! ~Zuni

  57. Oh, Sarah, you created a most beautiful luncheon full of color and pretty blossoms! I hope you saved a couple of those Thumbprint cookies for me ~ they are a favorite :)

  58. You really outdid yourself! Looks beautiful and delicious! I wish we had a garden club! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  59. What a beautiful setting for the luncheon. I'm so glad I didn't miss this post. For some reason neither of your two recent posts showed up on my reading list, so I'm going to go ahead and put you on the sidebar. I wondered why there was no Easter post from you, so went searching - and there it was!

  60. Sarah, you have really outdone yourself this time!! I love it all, and I featured your post at the scoop. Grab a featured button if you like.


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