First things first...We are truly blessed to have the means to set a pretty table and invite our friends to join us for good food and fellowship. I am mindful that many are not so fortunate. My daughter has a passion for the work of the Food Bank. As a singer-songwriter, she has written and recorded a song that is the anthem for the world wide Crop Hunger Walk project. Her song, "Raise Your Voice" is featured in their video. I've included a link in the side margin of my blog. I hope that it will encourage you to support projects in your community that contribute to the effort to overcome hunger.
Every once in a while, I am privileged to host an event that is more exciting for me than for the honored guests. This was one of those occasions. For more than a year, I have been compiling a data base of ladies who lived in my sorority house during my college years. With the assistance of some dear alumnae, who live near, we issued around 200 invitations for a luncheon to be held in my back yard on Friday, June 17. The response was fantastic! We heard from more than 140 sisters, many of whom we had not seen in more than 45 years! We were blessed that 56 wonderful old friends were able to join us for lunch on the back porch and under the shade tree. They came from all across the country, including Oklahoma, Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Ohio, California, Colorado, Georgia, Kentucky, Virginia, Florida, and Mexico. You would have loved the energy and excitement in their voices as they reconnected after so many years apart. The conversations began anew, as if they had never ended. I'm still flying high from our magical day! This day fulfilled all the criterion for 'collecting with a purpose.'
Our invitations featured a black and white cow with the caption, "Let's Reminisce Until the Cows Come Home!" The guests were invited to join "The Cream of the Crop" of our chapter for an al fresco luncheon. The small white creamery bottles held a single red Gebera Daisy and were placed at each place setting. Each lady took home her creamery bottle as a party favor. The dark rattan chargers on each table were a great bargain at WalMart. No, I don't own 56 dark rattan chargers. Yes, I am blessed to co-op these chargers with two friends. I really liked them with the toile. The back porch tables were set with Royal Doulton, "RD199" luncheon plates, on Castleton, "Laurel" dinner plates.
I created the table centerfpieces in black reproduction French wire baskets that I found on clearance at Hobby Lobby a year or so ago. In addition to the Sunflowers and Gebera Daisies, I used red Spray Roses, white carnations (our sorority flower), and Hypericum berries.
The Pier One white cotton napkins were tied with narrow "Cardinal and Straw" picot ribbons...our sorority colors.
The back yard is ready to receive my precious friends...the women who hold my history....
taught me, by example, how to live my life. I am blessed to get to welcome them into my home.
Thank you, yet again, to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting her magical meme, "Tablescape Thursday. I'll be linking my post to "Tablescape Thursday." Hop on over HERE and check out the myriad of marvelous tablescape designs, after 9:00 pm on Wednesdays. You'll be glad that you made the trip...it's a wonderful adventure.