This past Friday night I hosted our second annual book club sleepover. There were seven of us, and it was great fun. We've been meeting for five years now, and have read, I don't know, more than 100 books together.
We're hoping to celebrate a 25th anniversary someday!
One of my favorite things to do is get ready for a party.
Here are some beautiful hydrangeas cut from bushes by the front of our house. We ate here in the kitchen for a dinner ordered in from a local Italian restaurant.
Brunch the next day was served in the dining room, and I got the table set ahead of time, using my mother-in-law's silver and vintage linens from my side of the family.
I found these chargers 70% off at Michael's a couple weeks ago. They are more a rose gold than copper-y, as seen here.
My grandmother's red transferware in the Bristol pattern by Crown Ducal. I blame her for my love of vintage china.
I am not a gardener, so can't explain how these blooms came off the same hydrangea bush as the bright pink ones above. They were lower to the ground, under some leaf cover, so maybe the sun has something to do with the color?
We were not shy of carbs. This French toast was delicious. Some of us (including yours truly) topped it with real whipped cream and strawberries left over from the night-before's strawberry shortcake.
As I said, carbs were in evidence.
We had planned to make wreaths using old encyclopedias. Too much talking going on to accomplish much. A couple friends looked through several volumes to find maps and pictures to put in clear glass lockets I had ordered from etsy.
One friend, who has a daughter who's worked in Afghanistan and India found little maps of the two cities there, and put one on either side of a locket. Another friend found a colored picture of a Monet painting and put that in her locket. A friend from Malta put a picture of Maltese lace in hers.
We had to laugh that only a book club would find looking through encyclopedias a fun Friday night activity!
This is what we were going to make, but it seemed like too much work, and we watched a movie instead.
I decluttered the extra books and papers that are usually lying around here for our movie time.
It was a wonderful time. So grateful for the friends in my life.
So now, with less than four weeks to the wedding, I must get back on track if I'm going to fit in my mother-of-the-bride dress. So . . . no more French toast and coffee cake . . . just lots of vegetables and a little protein.
Hope your week is off to a great start, friends.