Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Sewing Ladies Luncheon + Apple Bubbletini

I'm linking with the beautiful blog,
Designs by Gollum for

with the Apple Bubbletini recipe

as well as Susan's

Between Naps on The Porch

Thank you Susan & Michael, for hosting these fun
events every week.

Since my flower arrangement from St. Patrick's day
still looked pretty,
I invited my sewing
friends to join me for lunch prior to
starting on our stitching projects.

The carnations opened up beautifully.
I tucked in a few blue ribbons in place of the Irish picks.

I set the table using BH&G green dishes along with
Fitz & Floyd salad plates & accessories.

Each salad plate depicts a different fruit.
We have lemons
(which you saw last week)
and apples, too.

We have pears.

We have pomegranates, too.

This is a *new-to-me* set of flatware
that my sister found in my
parent's attic &
passed it on to me.

It is very delicate & perfect for the ladies!
I love the flowers & swirls down each handle.

It is Wm. A. ROGERS ONEIDA Silverplate.
The pattern is Wildwood /Always from 1958.

Sis also gave me a green
depression glass butter dish
that was my Mom's.

How cool is that?

Thanks Sis!

Along with soup & salad, I'm serving:

Apple Bubbletinis.

I watched Claire Robinson make them on Food TV last week.
  • 1 cup fresh apple cider
  • 1/2 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/2 cup apple brandy or Calvados
  • 1 bottle Prosecco or Cava, chilled
  • 1 crisp apple, such as McIntosh, for garnish


Mix the cider, pomegranate juice, and apple brandy in a glass measuring cup or pitcher until combined. Chill until ready to serve.

To make a Bubbletini, pour about 1/4 cup of the cider mixture into a chilled glass. Top with ice-cold Prosecco. To garnish, either very thinly slice the apple crosswise on a mandoline slicer and float the wheel in the cocktail, or cut thin wedges from the apple and garnish the rim.

That poor little bee looks like he's trying to climb out of the drink!
I won these beautiful Napolian bee glasses
at Twirl and Taste
Thank you, Libby...I ♥ them!

Yum...My favorite!

I showed you my new water pitcher last week but it looks so good with these green dishes that I had to include this shot with the view of the candle through the handle.

I took the extra flowers that were in the two little green vases &
combined them into one bouquet for the sideboard for desserts.

Wish you could join us for a nice
hot cup of coffee or tea.

You don't have to sew to join in!

Thanks for visiting The Gazebo House!




  1. Gorgeous table!
    I learned some great things from this post and can't wait to try the Bubbletini. I also made note of the Prosecco - we don't have that brand in our local store, so I'll have to track it down!

  2. Flowers that have lasted is as good excuse as any to have company over! I love your salad plates! Aren't you tickled to find the Rogers silverplate? I love the old patterns. They are delicate looking but sturdy enough to use every day! We hate the oversized flatware you find now. Hope no one stuck their finger sewing after bubbletinis :) They do sound delicious! Your friends are lucky to have such a talented and gracious hostess!

  3. Oh I bet they loved it! No crooked stitches after the tinis? :)
    The table look very pretty, rich colors!

  4. This whole scene looks so inviting!
    I love your F&F dishes & I'm amazed that your flowers still look so fresh.

    Thank you for that recipe for the drink. I love Prosecco!

  5. How cool! Stitch and b---ch and yummy goodies for lunch? You have one lucky sewing group!

  6. Hi sweet lady...

    Oooh...what a gorgeous table, Rett! I love all those beautiful pops of cobalt blue!!! Simply stunning! Well my friend, your St. Pat's Day carnations still look magnificent! I love how you added the pretty blue ribbons into the arrangement! Girl, your place settings are sooo beautiful! I love the green dishes but I must admit that it's those pretty Fitz and Floyd salad plates that stole my heart! Ohhh...I love the pretty swirly pattern and all those beautiful embossed fruit! I think the pomegranite is my favorite but that's probably because red is my favorite color! Hehe! The cobalt blue napkins...gorgeous!!! What a stunning table and buffet too! Girl, your special drinks sound delicious! I'd love to try one!

    How sweet of your Sis to give you your mother's beautiful green depression glass butter dish...I do love that! And...that flatware is really pretty! I haven't ever seen that pattern before...but then I guess there are thousands and thousands of different patterns! Hehe! I'm so happy for you, Darlin'! Thank you for sharing your beautiful table with us...what a treat!!!

    I also wanted to thank you for coming by and taking a peek at my cherub/apothecary jar and for leaving such a sweet note! I always...always enjoy your visits, my friend!!!

    Have a fabulous day!
    Chari @Happy To Design

  7. Rett, Your salad plates are amazing! Love the silverware too - so very pretty and of sentimental value too. I really like how you folded your napkins - how about a tutorial sometime? What a lovely table and last but not least your header and footer with Caroline and all the pink peonies - STUNNING!!!!
    Blessings - Beth

  8. Everything is just so warm and inviting. I sew, can I come? ;)
    Your napkin folding skills are impressive, Rett. I would love a lesson!

  9. HI RETT!!!!
    Your sewing luncheon looks lovely!!!
    That silverware was from my birth year!!!!I love it and it looks so young and usable and still so nice!!!I am thinking I wish I looked so young and new too!!!!haha
    Oh, the rings!!!! The big round fake ring I bought is soooo AMAZING --I thought for sure he had to be talking about it!!!!
    I will photograph it and my wedding ring, actually my hubby has allowed me to trade in my original wedding ring--4 times????
    The first time, my oldest daughter cried and I think she was only 8, I guess she is more sentimental then I!!! Or at that young age, maybe she thought it emant divorce???? I never could get her to tell me why it bothered her so.
    I do wish now that I am older and wiser that I kept the small original one!!!
    I will snap a pic, just because you asked!!!!

  10. Rett,
    Beautiful table! I love the bees on the glasses ... so cute! I adore it all!

  11. Just love the blues, greens and whites! They are so beautiful together! I think I will be making myself some bubbletinis! They look yummy!

  12. Rett, everything looks wonderful.
    Beautiful job!

  13. Rett, those F&F dishes are great! The colors are so vibrant and could work with many dishes. I think that little bee on the glass is feeling pretty happy swimming in that yummy bubbletini! Linda

  14. Just beautiful Rett...love those plates WOW!! the blue just makes it all pop...Hope all is well in your world my friend...hugs and smiles Gl♥ria

  15. Hi Rett, YOur sewing ladies must have felt so special!
    I am just wild about your beautiful fruit salad plates. I'd have to hand those or leave them out somewhere. They are wonderful. The layered dishes look rich and the colors so majestic.
    And prosecco- delish- my favorite!
    Thanks for the Bubbletini recipe. I'm hosting game night for our book club in a couple of weeks, and I'll use this great libation!

  16. What a beautiful color scheme! Those blue napkins really pop!


  17. Don't you love carnations? One of the cheapest flowers and yet they last so long - and I think they are lovely - especially when put in the beautiful arrangement you've created. I really like the pop of the bold blue with them. The blue and green combo of your dishes and accessories looks great! Would love to sip that cocktail - looks and sounds delish - not too much before sewing though!


  18. Love your lemons and those bee glasses !! I bet the ladies were pleased !

  19. Great tablescape Rett. What a lovely hostess you are.It is so nice that you have that gorgeous silverware from your parents to add to your collection of beautiful things!

    Best wishes,

  20. Lovely table, Rett. The flowers and pretty china make for an elegant setting and I really like the flatware. It's fun using something 'new' for the first time! And your water pitcher is stunning.


  21. This is all so pretty -- love those fruit salad plates. My mother had a similar pattern of silverware. The recipe sounds delightful -- I'm certain everyone enjoyed lingering over such a beautifully set table.

  22. Your table looks lovely and thanks for visiting with me as well!! ~Nana~

  23. Oh, those deep blue napkins just pop against your white cloth and also bring out the blue in the gorgeous salad plates! SO pretty! I know your sewing ladies loved everything! And what a treasure that butter dish is!

  24. Rett, beautiful table...blue/green are my favorite color combination. I have several pieces of that pretty silver pattern.

  25. Wow, Rett! How beautiful! The colors look crisp, clean, and dramatic. Your flower arrangements are perfect (holding up nicely!). I like the flatware very much. It's mid-century, yet romantic looking ... a nice transitional style that will go equally well with formal or casual dishes.

    Happy Tablescape Thursday, my friend!


  26. I love your table. I especially like the flat ware and green depression glass butter dish. Thanks for sharing.

  27. Oh so pretty. The F&F really pops! And that flatware is so special.

    - The Tablescaper

  28. Rett, these dishes are beautiful and so unusual. They set a stunning table. How nice to have friends that come over to stitch. I used to have a stitching group, but most have given up hand work. :-(

  29. Beautiful! I love the F&F plates--they are almost like jewelry, so layered and detailed. The bee glasses are my special faves. I just realized we have something else in common other than dishes, food, and nursing--we are married to doctors. :-)

  30. What lucky ladies, to be treated to such a fantastic lunch! Everything looks beautiful and so special.

    Thank you for sharing!

  31. So glad you are enjoying the glasses and hope that Bunny Foo Foo leaves you lots of goodies this weekend.
    Happy Twirls


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