Thursday, July 7, 2011

Summertime Tablescape... and Life In General

 last night we were having some friends over for dinner...
and I jumped at the opportunity to have a little decorating fun around here.

I've been too busy with other summertime wonderfulness to entertain and decorate...
even to get over to the thrift store...

In the last two weeks, I...

1. sang my last two concerts of the season
2. had an overnight mini-family reunion in another city
3. celebrated my father's birthday
4.bought a new car!        
5. got my oldest off to his first-ever two weeks of sleep-away camp


So I delighted in the fun business of planning a little dinner party at home...
with an old opera buddy and her family.

We figured out last night that we have sung together off and on for 15 years
and have spent lots of time in the dressing room talking in our underwear...
about husbands and kids and life in general... 
sharing our lives.

That girl has a better memory than I do apparently
because she was telling me things that happened to me over the years
that I should have remembered.
Like being handed a flower on stage by a famous opera composer 
who was directing the production, 
for one.

Yeah, no excuse. Can't believe I had to be reminded of that.
I guess life gets pretty full.

So I'm glad we got to visit over dinner instead of our underwear...
it was a rare opportunity since she and her family live a few hours away.

I got to hang out with her oldest...
who happens to be a sophomore in college
and an aspiring opera singer.
I could tell her mom is really proud of her and now I know why.

We never actually got to the cocktails that involved bourbon
but it stayed on the table anyway cuz it was pretty...

We did have
grilled Polish dogs
grilled corn from our farm share
tomato-basil salad from the farm share
baked beans
IZZE soda and beer
S'more ice cream sandwiches
farm share fruit salad

our youngest kids are both boys
who are apparently long-lost soulmates...

they hit it off all evening...
until it had gotten later than anyone had realized...
and it was time to reluctantly say goodbye.

That's the best kind of summer party.

more soon...


linking to...

Chic on a Shoestring DecoratingGood Life Wednesdays

Weekend Bloggy ReadingPhotobucket


  1. Love your tablescape! Very inviting. Stopping by from {chic on a shoestring}

  2. Wow! Love your table! It is so beautiful and summery! The soft hues of colours are fantastic. Thanks for sharing this inviting project!
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

    Happy weekend!

  3. Lovely as always. Summery, casual yet elegant, special yet relaxed. A real inspiration. Thanks for sharing.

  4. Hi lovely lady.
    I love your casual summery Tablescape sweet lady. Im your newest follower on your lovely Blog. I hope you can join my blog some time.
    Have a Great Weekend with your lovely family.
    XXOO Diane

  5. Your table looks lovely. Love the shells and summer colors that you used.

    I'm visiting from Amanda's party.

  6. That is the quintessential summer party! This is the kind of table that invites conversation, and, isn't that the whole point of entertaining?

  7. Great tablescape, love the beachy feel to it. Thanks so much for stopping by Beach Cottage Good Life Wednesdays and joining the party.

  8. This is such a pretty summer table. I love that you left the bourbon on the table because it looked pretty. Love that little basket with the shells. Thanks for linking it up to Home Sweet Home!

  9. Sounds like so much fun and looks just gorgeous! I love opera!! I can hardly wait for the season to start up this fall!! Thanks for sharing at FNF this week! :)

  10. We didn't have shells the last time I was at the tablescape. Hmm.

  11. Such an inviting tablescape! Reminds me that I need to find time to have my summer's just been so hot!
    Sounds like you had a great time!

  12. Sounds like you all had a wonderful catching up with your old friend and her family. Your table setting is so beautiful, just love the cheery striped tablecloth and red napkins!


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