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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Small Celebrations



We have a lot of birthdays at the end of summer, and it seems that we have a long series of small celebrations. But any excuse is fine for a gathering on the lawn this time of year.










Maybe it's because we have so many Leo's around the table, but I always like a touch of drama in a humble setting. One way to achieve it is to bring the fine furniture outside to join the party like the French and English do.














But anything unexpected is going to bring a little theater into a celebration and spark conversation. A cluster of antique books, for instance, or a set of gorgeous botanical cards. My son even offered to set up the market tent again. He said it was no trouble, and it set such a festive tone for our last garden party. But we're keeping it simpler than that.










I always think I need to pull out the script napkins at least once in August. I wonder why?














A bit of vintage lace and crystal is always invited.



 





Perhaps someone might read aloud a few lines from Ivanhoe: "The daylight had dawned upon the glades of the oak forest. The green boughs glittered with all their pearls of dew. The hind led her fawn from the covert of high fern to the more open walks of the greenwood; and no huntsman was there to watch or intercept the stately hart, as he paced at the head of the antler'd herd." . . . .Whenever else would you hear such language?

 






































Are you getting in your last licks of summer too?
I just can't seem to get enough.
Have a terrific week!
 I hope there's a small celebration in it somewhere for you.

Jacqueline




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34 comments:

lynn said...

so charming! love the napkins and that beautiful chair:)

Cynthia said...

I love this post it is so soft and inviting. I love the chairs. They are beautiful.

Cynthia

Lisa P from The Hollyhock Wall said...

Hi

sooo romantic and eccentric, I love the script napkins and the lovely leather bound books, perfect outdoor theater . Have a wonderful summertime.

Lisa

Gee Singh Newbanks said...

How romantic is this setting!!
Napkins, old lace, aaahhhh... Enjoy.
Cheers, Gee

Ceekay-THINKIN of HOME/Doublewide Decor said...

I love those napkins....beautiful tablescape....so serene.

Betty Sneeringer said...

I love the old books and scripted napkins!

Betty

wendy said...

I love that chair. I WANT to come sit in that chair.
Your world is truly a beautiful place.
I'd like to come spend a day in your surroundings.
so lovely

Penny said...

I'm visiting you from White Wednesday. I love your post, esp. the napkins! Hugs, Penny

On Crooked Creek said...

Jacqueline,
"Every occasion of life is reason to celebrate", is my mission statement for Studio One. Seems that you've taken this to heart...indeed. The chair is exquisite, dear friend. Poetic Ivanhoe and sparkling crystal atop beautiful lace and linen makes this a romantic scene in my book!!! I am refreshed after seeing green grass, plants and bushes. Drought conditions have taken their toll here on the Prairie; today I purchased a houseplant to have something green for viewing! Thank you for this lovely post!
Fondly,
Pat

Donna Heber said...

Hi Jacqueline,

Your tablescape is lovely and I adore those script napkins. A beautifufl place to enjoy a good book.

janice15 said...

LOVELY EVERYTHING.....THERE IS NOT A PIECE THAT I DON'T LIKE AND APPRECIATE...HAVE A LOVELY EVENING Jacqueline, WITH LOVE JANICE

Linda said...

Well....you did it again..
You have everybody luvin' your photos..
You sure have THE touch...

Cheers!
Linda :o)

Judy at GoldCountryCottage said...

Jacqueline: So pretty. What a nice celebration in the garden for any reason. The script napkins fit August perfectly and I love the centerpiece on your table. I always think of clipped boxwood hedges and fancy white ironwork when I see the green and white color scheme. Formal yet very inviting. Your chair is beautiful and just the right touch..Happy Birthday celebrations..Judy

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Very lovely - and happy birthday if you are one of those Leos! It certainly IS call for celebration!

That was sweet of your son.

Love that tablecloth, my eye keeps going to it.

Mary Palumbo Collings said...

Such a pretty setting. I love putting indoor chairs outside for special gatherings.
Have a good evening.
Ciao,
Mary

Sarah said...

Always ready to join you for a celebration on your lawn. I think I'll have a glass of champagne in one of those pretty crystal stems.
Jacqueline, all your details are exquisite as always. Loving that centerpiece!

Katherine Wolak said...

Oh, this is lovely, just lovely!!! I am in awe of the delicate and elegant setting and mood you created! :) Fantastically done!

Hugs,

SizzleandZoom said...

Beautiful chair-a scene stealer.

Amanda said...

That so lovely! I think i will join you!
Amanda - www.notsoperfectmess.blogspot.com

Rosetta said...

Che bel giardino!Che belle immagini riposanti!Rosetta

piccolaceleste said...

ciao grazie per essere passata ... mi piace il tuo blog complimenti baci lu

Haworth said...

Such a beautiful garden setting for a celebration, Jacqueline. I hope you all had the lovliest time.

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Such a beautiful setting! Love the upholstered chair. And those napkins are gorgeous! Wishing you a delightful day with beautiful moments in it.

Blessings,
Sandi

Marlis said...

I love the obelisk on the table.. how wonderful is that! Of course the lace caught my eye.. but the chair is fabulous!!! What a wonderful needlepoint. The setting is so pretty. Isn't this cooler air so enjoyable!! xo marlis

ImSoVintage said...

It all looks so wonderful and inviting. Love the chair :)

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a completely lovely vignette!

I would love for you to link up this wonderful post on Friday's Favorite Pin!
Have a blessed day.

LindyLouMac in Italy said...

What a lovely series of garden vignettes.

andrea@townandprairie said...

Beautiful stying and white wares,as always, from Cabin and Cottage! What a lovely place to gather.

Infuse With Liz said...

So lovely! There is something about bring indoor wood furniture to a lawn that makes it even more gorgeous! I love your chair! Your napkins and the quote from Ivanhoe were beautiful! Love the iron table with linens! Lovely!

dizzyizzy said...

Beautiful.

Debra @ Common Ground said...

Simply gorgeous setting. that chair is amazing as are the botanical accents. but hey, what's that green stuff?...our grass has been brown for several months!

Carlene @ Organized Clutter said...

Never tire of vintage lace!

Miss Merry said...

So vintage and romantic - what a lovely garden party! I wish I could be a guest in a white Victorian lawn dress. Such a pretty setting.

Sherry said...

Love your party table! I with Debra though, your grass is the envy of the Midwest! Thank you for joining me at Home Sweet Home!
Sherry

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