Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Informal Bridesmaid Luncheon @ The St. Cecilia

Last June I had the privilege 

to host an informal bridesmaid luncheon 

for the daughter of a longtime dear friend. 

The morning of the wedding, the bride 

and her wedding party gathered

at the St. Cecilia, a historic 1800s Victorian home, 

now a boutique hotel in the South Congress District. 

The large open porch offered the perfect 

spot for a light lunch while the

girls each had their hair and makeup 

done for the evening wedding.

The menu was planned 

around the bride's vegetarian lifestyle.

Fresh Fruit Kabobs

Roasted Red Pepper 

and Traditional Hummus

Served with a variety of 

chips and crackers for scooping.

MacKenzie-Childs paper napkins 

were used for a colorful presentation.

A glass cake plate 

offered up finger sandwiches.

~ Cucumber ~ 

~ Chicken Salad ~ Pimento Cheese ~

Edible spring blooms 

added a touch of panache.

Madelines and Lemon Bars 

were available for a bite of something sweet.

To toast the bride, 

Champagne in a can!

SOFIA ~ Pink Champagne  

Paper plates and paper napkins kept
things simple and easy so the bride
and her friends could eat at their leisure.

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All the serving pieces and linens 

were my gift to the bride and groom.  

The antique mother of pearl and silver butter knife 

kept the paper goods from flitting off in the breeze.  

I find these little spreaders from the past 

also make nice hostess gifts when attached 

to a package of pretty napkins or food items.  

The St. Cecilia with it's lovely 

grounds was the perfect setting with soul.

Happy 1st Anniversary!



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. She's so beautiful and he so handsome..
    Gee were we ever that young?:)
    Of course we were..
    What a tribute to remember the day and celebrate their first anni:)

  2. What a beautiful couple - and what an awesome party!

    All the details were lovely.

  3. What a lovely tribute to the newlyweds on their first anniversary.
    Delicious looking your unique gifts to them, too.
    Have a wonderful week, Sarah.

  4. How absolutely charming! Thanks for sharing this!

  5. What a delightful way to entertain the bride and her bridesmaids! Everything looked so elegant and delicious. I also love the tip for giving antique spreaders with napkins as hostess gifts.

  6. great photos of your delicious foods! I love a casual gathering - looks like it was fun - pretty bride!

  7. Gorgeous photos! Love the fruit kabobs and of course the photos of the bride and groom!
    Miss Bloomers

  8. What a lovely gift that was, Sarah. I may follow your lead with this idea. The bride was beautiful!

  9. How fun! The fruit kabobs look great and I love the gift of the mother of pearl knife! I'll bet she was thrilled:@)

  10. Dearest Sarah,
    That informal bridesmaid luncheon you hosted was such a lovely event and at a very appropriate historic Victorian home. I always love such a 'marriage' of the past and the presence and what better choice than this 1800s place.
    Those fruit popsicle sticks look so elegant the way they got presented!
    Thanks for sharing us this 1st anniversary with great photos.
    Hugs to you,

  11. Sarah:

    This looks like a terrific party. Love that the serving pieces were your gift!

    - The Tablescaper

  12. You added another special moment to their wedding day - so pretty!

  13. The bridesmaids luncheon is lovely, and a sweet remembrance for a first anniversary. Love the colors you chose and the fresh flowers among the tea sandwiches. Cucumber, chicken salad and pimento cheese. YUM!
    The antique butter knife, and napkins are such a thoughtful gift.

  14. Beautiful bride and groom, Sarah.

    The food looks amazing. I love the fruit kabob idea.

  15. Such a lovely couple Sarah. The bride to be was very fortunate to have you host the luncheon. The flowers and food looked so pretty and I’m sure the food was delicious.

    The French Hutch

  16. The colors were superb, and I love that you gifted her with all the linens and serving pieces....what a delightful gift! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  17. How fun Sarah and a perfect light menu! I love the Sofia Minis in a can and the straws are a such a fun touch!

  18. How sweet, and how pretty!!! I just love the little sandwiches! They are not as easy as some people think they are to make! The skewered fruit is beautiful, too.

    There are so many beautiful choices in paper goods these days, and I love the pattern chosen for this celebration. All the hues of pink are so pretty. They go so well with the cool champagne in a can!!!! I would LOVE that!!!

  19. Happy Anniversary to the beautiful couple! Such a loving tribute to them. I love the cake plate with the fluted edge! Great tip on the spreaders, I need to file that away. It all looks so amazing. xo marlis

  20. Hi and wow how pretty everything looks. All the food and flowers and just everything is amazing! I saw in on share your cup.
    Julie from

  21. What a beautiful look back to such a lovely occasion. I've never seen champagne in a can!

  22. What a lovely party! It is such an honor to be able to host something for a bride, thanks for sharing,

  23. We've been to St. Cecille, such a fabulous setting. I can only imagine how perfect it would be to have a wedding shower there.
    What a great idea, giving the serving pieces to the bride.

  24. You host the best parties, Sarah! The food looks so wonderful and so very thoughtful for the bride. I love the serving pieces and what great tips you've shared. Happy Anniversary to the beautiful couple.

  25. I love seeing how you set the tables. You are truly the perfect hostess, Sarah. Everything looks beautiful and the food looks yummy and attractive. Beautiful couple!...Christine

  26. What a clever idea to stand the fruit kabobs up in a compote bowl like that! I am sooo copying that idea!

    The little finger sandwiches look so yummy...I can't remember the last time I had a good Pimento Cheese one.

    The "Sophia" champagne in a can had to be the hit of the party! I can't wait to try some.

    Gifting the bride with the serving pieces was a brilliant very thoughtful of you. (plus you didn't have to carry home any dirty dishes~~giggle)

    What a beautiful couple they make & what a beautiful luncheon you did for them.

  27. Sarah, your attention to detail always amazes me. What a sweet bridal luncheon for the bride and bridesmaids. The menu and setting are *perfect*. Your so thoughtful to give such pretty serving pieces and linens to the happy couple as a wedding gift, too. Beautiful couple, and I hope they're enjoying their first wedding anniversary!

    Lovely post and party, Sarah!


  28. I would say the bride was pretty darned lucky to be gifted with the linens and serving pieces but even more lucky to have you host her bridesmaids' luncheon. That was the real gift.

  29. So very lovely! Everything looks so delicious too!

    Jocelyn @

  30. What a beautiful bride and groom! That was so nice of you to host the luncheon. What a neat idea! It's a good idea to make sure the bride's tummy isn't on empty so she doesn't get overwhelmed by the time the actual wedding occurs! Looks like some good food (the kabobs look wonderful) and I like how you displayed everything. I've never seen champagne in a can? Fun!

  31. This is so pretty, Sarah. You did such a lovely job, and I know the bride appreciates and loves you for this. They are a handsome couple, too.

    I want to thank you for your sweet words on my blog. This has been such a hard time for all of us, and the love and prayers of friends are like a tall, cool drink on a hot summer day. Much appreciated.

    Love you,


  32. A beautiful party, Sarah. What a great idea to use pieces for the party and then gift them to the bride. Those food photos made me hungry. I am a huge fan of any kind of finger sandwiches. They are just so easy to eat and feel so lady-like. laurie

  33. Awww, what a sweet post. Beautiful photo of the bride and groom! I love the idea of giving all the utensils used as a gift. So thoughtful! You are such a wonderful entertainer/hostess!

  34. What a lovely and thoughtful gift for the bride!

    Enjoy your weekend!


  35. Sarah, I remember this post. Sofia is our "house" champagne, everyone thinks it's some very expensive French one. I love the pink cellophane wrapper on the bottle so much. The bride & groom are beautiful, aren't they? And, what a wonderful party you gave them. xx's

  36. I remember the post too, happy anniversary to the couple. The colors of the napkins with the pink and green just popping are stunning. Very pretty antique knife, the linens and knife are a sweet gift from you.

  37. Sarah, everything is just lovely and what a fun way to present your gift. The menu looks delicious and the paper products are as pretty as if they were glass! What a darling couple too. Thanks for sharing with SYC.


  38. What a beautiful presentation. I'm sure everyone loved it.

  39. Hi Sarah,
    I couldn't imagine a better hostess than you for such a wonderful event. Happy anniversary to the young couple. They will ever remember this wonderful party.
    Best greetings, Johanna


  40. They make a wonderful couple.Impressive presentation.very colorful.Love the pretty flowers and fabulous table lay....:):)

  41. Yum everything looks so divine. The couple is lovely, starting their life together is so sweet. Great post. Kathy

  42. What a wonderful beautiful and everything looks scrumptious! You did a wonderful job with every aspect of the luncheon.

  43. Happy anniversary to such a handsome couple and may they have many, many more! What a luncheon, it looks amazing my friend, you are a wonderful hostess. Thanks for your sweet visit. Big hugs.

  44. So elegant and refreshing. I love the way you kept the luncheon a light but healthy affair! Congrats to the couple on their first anniversary. Thanks for the share!

    Happy PS!


  45. What a lovely anniversary buffet, Sarah. Everything looks gorgeous and the food you displayed it's simply fabulous! I am drooling! Thank you for your always sweet comments. Have a happy Fourth coming.

  46. Champagne in a CAN!!!!!!! Now that's fun! We just went to a wedding in Wisconsin on Lake Geneva; what a fantastic place for a wedding and the town, the lakeside and the wedding hall were like in a old "Americana" was splendid.

    Oh Sarah, all that Bloglovin' and Google Reader stuff, I do NOT understand! I just hope I won't wake up tomorrow to a messed up blog roll!

    I will subscribe via email and see if that works. Anita

  47. How pretty!! I am sure the special couple still treasure the memories of such a beautiful luncheon. I love all the details, I don't think I've ever seen champagne in a can before!! love it!

  48. Gosh, I love cucumber sandwiches! And these look scrumptious! What a delightful menu! I like it all! What a beautiful table!

  49. What a lovely luncheon. I'm sure it was appreciated.

    Happy Blue Monday, Sarah.

  50. What a lovely gathering and the food all looks so delicious. I love cucumber sandwiches.
    Thanks, Patty

  51. Everything is so pretty I'm sure the bride and the girls had so much fun with their lunch. I played too. Mine are here and here.

  52. Such a beautiful setting and tablescape. I love the fruit pops idea. Thanks tons for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  53. This looks lovely Sarah! Congrats on their 1st anniversary. Thank you for joining Home Sweet Home!

  54. Such a beautiful couple! Everything looked beautiful and YUMMY!
    Thanks so much for sharing at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

  55. Everything looked gorgeous! Those fruit kabobs looked yummy too. Thanks for sharing your post at the Say G'day Saturday linky party. I'm so thrilled you joined in!

    Best wishes for a great week,
    Natasha in Oz

  56. Hello Sarah,

    This looks like it was a
    fun and delicious luncheon!

    Thank you for sharing the
    photos with us.

    Bear Hugs,


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