Saturday, November 8, 2014

Long Overdue Dinner Party

I came downstairs last Saturday Morning and told Bill that I'd like us to have a dinner party.
He said, "Who are you and what have you done with my wife?"

This is sad but true.
We were veteran hosts.
We had our small group from church here for years. 
But when my brother had his stroke, I was so depressed with grief we stopped hosting anything except family.

It was just too much work.
I was in a place where others needed to take over hosting for a while but that didn't really happen because I'm horrible about expressing my feelings. 
We entered into a season of hunkering down. 
I've been willing to come out of that season for a while and tonight is the night.

I set out some fresh flowers and leaves for late fall decor.

Don't forget the bathroom.

Pillows and throws have a seasonal bent with moody browns and yellow.

Last, but certainly not least, is the dining table.

The wreaths used as chargers came from Hobby Lobby.
They were $3.99 each. The idea came from the workshop with Joanna Gaines. 

They are super cute but super messy.

I shook, I vacuumed, I beat them and still stuff fell out.

Setting the table with them was a pain.

The china is Adams, Empress White. It was a thrifted find.
The crystal came from Bill's grandparents.

That is it for now. I've got to get cooking. 
I'll be sharing the family stuffing recipe with you in the next few days.
I hope you are having a fabulous weekend.
Linking with
Thoughts from Alice: Sundays at Home   
A Stroll Thru Life 
CedarHill Farmhouse   
My Uncommon Slice of Suburbia 
Savvy Southern Style

Update: Our guests did not care for the chargers. They thought they were cute but the men stripped them off of the table almost immediately. 
The women let theirs stay on a little longer but ultimately we pulled them all off. 
I gave them to the thrift store. 


  1. I hope you have a wonderful time!

  2. Very nice and I am sure everyone enjoyed your hospitality!

  3. I truly understand the "hunkering down" season in your life...maybe not because of the same circumstances, but that's what I tend to do with life's challenges become almost unbearable. So glad you're ready to think about hosting a dinner party. I'm sure your guests will feel the warmth and loveliness of your home upon entering, but most of all good fellowship.
    Mary Alice

  4. Everything looks lovely and even though the wreaths were a messy pain they accent your table nicely. Such pretty flowers and sweet mantel too. Enjoy your dinner party.

  5. Oh how lovely, everything looks fabulous. l love to entertain and I am sure your party was fabulous.

  6. Very pretty dining room and table....everything looks so nice!