Part of the fun of entertaining is getting ready for it. If you like to cook, it's the cooking. If you like to shop, it's the shopping. If you like to decorate, it's the putting it all together that you like. If you enjoy all three, then you entertain a whole lot and everybody loves you!
Sometimes I find something that just makes me feel like having a party. Trader Joe's French Market Sparkling Lemonade did it for me. Don't you love all their genious bags and labels? My friend Mary brought her New York Trader Joe's bag over just to show me how much she loved it.
And usually all I need is one small inspiration to bring an idea together. The rest just gravitates around it. I knew I wanted lots of white, so I gathered up a white platter, some gorgeous white linens, and a lovely potted white orchid. We'll need a few more drinks, a bit of fruit and cheese, a crusty loaf, and Bonne Fete! (Happy Celebration!)
Generous and smooth vintage damask napkins with a cherry pattern and a family monogram pair with luscious linen battenburg lace place mats.
A yummy white majolica platter echoes the cherry pattern of the napkins.
The label lends a little French flavor to the occasion.
I'm addicted to the visual pleasure of stacked linens!