The past few weeks I've been preparing for my semi-annual luncheon for the women of my sorority chapter who lived in the chapter house at some point during the four years that I also lived in the house. This is always one of my favorite luncheons; these women are very important to me. They hold my history, and I hold theirs. I have managed to build a database of about 250 ladies. Preparing for this day is a labor of love. The riot of color provided by the flowers of Autumn just made it that much better as I designed 9 tables for 70 guests who came from all across our nation and from deep down in Mexico.
I used three of this bouquet for the dining table buffet. Sadly I forgot to capture any shots of the dining table, so use your imagination, please.
Fall offers pro and cons for entertaining al fresco. The weather is as close to perfect as it comes out here on the prairie, but there are definite signs that nature is preparing to cause the lawn and flowers to go to sleep for the coming winter. The greens are less than vibrant, and the hydrangeas are long gone. The yellow mums were a welcome spot of color, as were the bright red cyclamen plants used as the centerpiece on each table.
Blue and white are the colors of choice for today's festivities. The mimosa in one of my hand-painted flutes was offered to guests as they entered the house. I also see a few purses on a couple of chairs. I think that my guests must already be saving seats. Typically, many of the sisters like to sit with others from their pledge classes. There is a great deal of visiting and catching up to be accomplished. Some of these precious women have not seen each other in 54 years! It's always a very special day.
This table featured the Mottahedeh Blue Canton dinner plate on the Mottahedeh Blue Cornflower Lace charger plate. The goblet on this table was the Mikasa French Country. The flatware on all the tables was the blue, white, or red L'Argent Sophia. Sorry for the wonky position. I was taking pictures as quickly as possible because my guests were beginning to arrive. I did straighten it up right after I snapped the shot.
The third pattern that I chose for today's luncheon was the Booth's Real Old Willow. Here it is resting on the Mottahedeh Blue Lace charger plate.
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Inspire Me Monday @ Domestically Speaking
Inspire Me Tuesday with Marty @ A Stroll Through Life
The Scoop @ Domestically Speaking
Tablesccape Thursday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch