Did you know that June 23rd was National PINK Day?
In honor of the occasion...plus the fact that I was given this gorgeous PINK centerpiece to take home from a bridal shower, I had my sewing friends come over for a bit of lunch in the gazebo, before stitching.
Only 3 gals were available on such short notice...many are away for the summer. No matter, we enjoyed each others company & I had a chance to show them my latest quilt that I picked up from the long arm quilter.
(I'll post photos of that later in the week)
I used the PINK polka-dot placemats that I found at Dollar Tree three years ago for Ms. C's 6th birthday. You can access that event on my sidebar, if you like.
The plates are American Antelier, Bianca, the flatware is American Harmony by Oneida & the white linen hemstitched napkins are as old as the hills!
I must make mention of the fact that I am TRYING to remember not to put the napkin under the fork. Old habits die hard & I've been told that it is incorrect to place them there.
Also, I'm trying to remember that the fold goes TOWARDS the plate & the open ends are on the left side of the napkin.
To carry out the PINK polka-dot theme, I threaded PINK polka-dot ribbon through both the Ralph Lauren cakeplate & the artificial sweetener holder as well.
I loved how the reticulated edge on this milkglass candy dish echoed the placemats. PINK & white M&M's, make more dots, of course.
I always get a kick out of seeing the spiral of the gazebo house ceiling reflected in the silverware!
It surprises me every time.
I used this trio of little PINK planters to serve
three choices of salad dressing.
I had fresh grapes & cheese under the PINK
painted cheese dome.
I have a little hint for you to use, if you want to be able to reuse your ribbons for another project. I bought this beautiful PINK grosgrain ribbon with plans to use it as trim on an outfit for Ms. C.
Rather than cut it after weaving it through the holes, I just coiled it up into a little package & taped it to the bottom of the cakeplate. It will iron out beautifully & I still have the full length for sewing onto something.
I have some photos from the bridal shower to share next week.
I was thrilled when my daughter-in-love handed me one of the centerpieces! So thoughtful & it was nice that other people got to enjoy them at my house a few days later. I kept them in the refrigerator the entire time prior to lunch.
No wine for this group...we'd never be able to sew straight!
Instead, I served fruit punch in these ancient wine glasses that have a matching carafe. I've had them F-O-R-E-V-E-R...they may be Princess House, with the etched grape design...again, mimicking the dots on the placemats.
If you look off to the right in the photo below, you can see the lake & the fountain that we see on a daily basis from the kitchen sunroom, great room & even our master bedroom. The view was a BIG factor in buying this house. I always feel like I'm up in a tree house while in the gazebo!
For those who didn't want cake for dessert, I had fresh strawberries in low-fat strawberry/banana yogurt that I sweetened with honey & topped with Kashi Go Lean Crisp *Cinnamon Crumble*. That little touch of crunch plus some extra sugar on top of a BIG strawberry makes fresh fruit just a little bit special & not very high in calories, either.
If you use sugar substitute instead of honey, it is REALLY a low calorie treat...close to only 3 points on WW, depending on the amounts of fruit & yogurt you use PLUS it has PROTEIN in it!
One more peek at those pretty flowers before you go.
Thanks for stopping by The Gazebo House today.
I hope you were 'tickled pink' by what you saw & will come back again soon.
I'm joining Cuisine Kathleen for Let's Dish on Wednesday.
Yvonne at StoneGable for Tutorials, Tips & Tidbits on Thursday as well as Susans Tablescape Thursday.
Michael Lee at Rattlebridge Farm for Foodie Friday &
The Tablescaper for Seasonal Sundays.
I hope you visit them, too, for lots of wonderful inspiration!