Hosting a party like this is terrific motivation to get the whole house organized, bring in new glassware and linens and stock up at The Happy Store. I had so much fun getting ready for the party but I had some help from some blogging friends...
A Well Styled Life, wrote such a helpful post on hosting a sit-down dinner party, I loved it!
I decided to organize my party over the course of two days, taking many of her suggestions and running with them... like setting the table the night before and bringing in flowers a couple of days ahead of the party. Thank you Jennifer!
Sweet Violets, to arrange some flowers for the table I asked for help in acquiring a house plant for a corner of the sitting room that needed a little life... fingers crossed I won't kill this plant.
So I trotted over to the local fabric store (which has slim pickings as far as natural fabrics are concerned) and managed to find a new bolt of thick celadon green cotton that was marked down to $5 a metre for some insane reason.
The day before our party I went searching for brass candle holders to light up the dining room. The lighting in that room is an issue, in fact we're thinking of installing a much bigger chandelier over the table, hanging low and on a dimmer of course. Whether we accomplish that or not I knew I wanted to incorporate some gorgeous candlelight.
Initially I found some colonial style brass candle holders, heavy and from England but let's face it: Boring! Then I walked into one of the dusty rooms of the antique market and actually gasped when I saw a pair of absolutely mad candelabras:
Have Some Decorum. Slowly but surely she is teaching me how to accessorize my home, make pesto, have a positive attitude to life even when it punches you in the face and also the importance of gilt mirrors.
Ellie has taught me well and those lessons gave me the courage to buy the Italian candelabras that I really loved... it is this kind of accessorizing that really personalizes a home and makes it interesting... yes Ellie taught me that. Thank you Ellie.
provence chicken that was featured in last week's NYT magazine.
I'm planning my next dinner party already and in the meantime I need to embark on some spring cleaning. The sun is out today and I can finally see the dust in the house properly, never have I looked so forward to spring and the cleaning that goes with it.
I hope your week is off to a great start Dollfaces!