Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Reprise of a 2010 Post I Loved.....

We've all been to places we simply cannot forget,
and I'm about to tell you of one such place,
visited many years ago, which has suddenly been brought to mind.

I was a guest at this splendid old home in the French Quarter of
New Orleans, complete with a greenhouse roof, like the one above,
but their roof retracted!!   

Will you please come play with me....
Imagine this room as it is and the floor-to-ceiling
glass wall on the right leads out to a beautiful interior courtyard
filled with flowers and tropical plants

and on the far wall, facing the dining room is the most exquisite
wall-mounted fountain, it's water creating lovely sparkles

and for one night only  we are having a
 beautiful dinner party with a few of our beautiful-people friends
who will all be dressed formally.

All us girls are interested in making an exquisite table,
complete with our finest china, crystal, & silver,
along with beautiful flowers, music & conversation.
So I thought it would be fun to imagine our party,
set the table and decorate the room
for everyone to see.

The room looks too bare to me, so I think installing this
huge canvas opposite the opening to the courtyard
would be perfect...

I love the glass table, but for tonight I'm thinking:

  these chairs slip-covered in gray/silver shimmering silk
I love the not for tonight's dinner...I think
we need a more intimate & cozy look...because it's a formal 
dinner party...

the flowers, hi-lo arrangements with many column candles of
various heights marching down the table

and now for the china....

1st, this Arte
which I happen to own in beautiful inlaid silver

I dreamed of these so much that my husband's daughter & son
gave 8 of them to me for Christmas many years ago.

with this beautiful Versace Arabesque Dinner Plate

& the William Yeoward Avington Magenta Salad Plate

the magenta plate will fit exactly inside the gold border of the

Of course, we will need beautiful crystal wine glasses

Varga Raspberry Red Wine

& William "Orleans" Water Goblet

Dessert Plate with be this Butterfly Gold,
brought to the table on the same crystal charger...
one can recognize

and this is the dessert
a ribbon-wrapped 2-tiered cake covered entirely with fresh flowers...
see the little green chrysanthemums

so we shall all celebrate

with a lovely champagne
(has anyone tried Coppola's "Sofia" - it's very nice)
served off a silver tray
in various vintage crystal stems

and the hostess wore this nice little
New Orleans-appropriate
Oscar de la Renta gown 



beautifully-wrapped in pink,  favors for all the girls,
from Sandi at A Gift Wrapped Life

and I would like you to meet the gentleman
who will be accompanying me to this wonderful
dinner party.

...oh well, let's just go ahead
celebrate George & Amal's wedding!