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Friday, June 13, 2014

Anatomy of A Summer Garden Party












We always have at least one white glove affair each summer. The ingredients include a few little girls, a little lace, a floppy bouquet of flowers, and as many frothy curtains as we can muster. Beneath the market canopy, which has been up since Memorial day-- the launch of the season-- a jangle of teacups and saucers completes the scene.













It's a breezy day, and threatens rain, but nothing can break the spirit of the garden party theater. The show must go on. . . .




The moving air only adds to the drama, and nothing here is too dear to weather a small tempest.




A summer afternoon in June is made for this, afterall. A bit of festooning and chasing around is good for the soul.








A pile of old vintage pearls is also a part of the recipe. Let the games begin!

































Never pass up a tattered or ruffled window sheer. It's the very stuff of which dreams are made. . . .
























Don't forget the fancy food!














































We hope you have something fluffy and lovely waiting ahead for you too this weekend!

Thanks so much for stopping by!

Jacqueline




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44 comments:

Pamela Gordon said...

Hi Jacqueline, I so enjoyed this post and the previous one too. I love your pretty enclosed garden with the tent and all the sweet white lacy curtains. It's just the perfect spot to have a garden party and lots of privacy too. The pretty china and flowers added to the charm. I hope you have a lovely weekend to enjoy your pretty garden. Pam

Bella's Rose Cottage said...

Now that is the very best way to spend an afternoon! Perfectly delightful!!! All the pretty things and the pretty girls... growing up so fast! The breeze makes it purely magical.... Love the doilies on the fairy lights and those must be the cottonwoods? so big and grand, that shade must be premium real estate in the summer months!! Now I must hit the sales tomorrow and look for lace panels, haha... like I needed another excuse:-)
Hugs and Happy Sipping!!

Custom Comforts said...

Just beautiful Jacqueline. Can I come? Looks so perfect, like in a romantic movie. Those sweet girls will remember this always. I have one pretty sheer print tablecloth that looks like your curtains. You've inspired me to get it out and use it.
Cindy

Ruffles and Roses said...

oh Jacqueline......amazing.....love the girls putting on the Ritz....and what a wonderful display...oh never pass up old ripped torn lace,,,,we and you and I know how wonderful it will look.....just stunning....love your blog I so need to do one.....xo Lorraine

Ruffles and Roses said...

oh Jacqueline......amazing.....love the girls putting on the Ritz....and what a wonderful display...oh never pass up old ripped torn lace,,,,we and you and I know how wonderful it will look.....just stunning....love your blog I so need to do one.....xo Lorraine

White Lace and Promises said...

This is so precious! I love, love, love the sweet beauties, girls and flowers and lace, pink and white. Your posts always make me smile.

Jeanette@Creating A Life said...

How magical! The lace..the pearls...the flowers-wow! Lovely summer memories made for you and the girls. Thanks for sharing this!

Jeanette

Liz Hockamier said...

I love how you draped the sides of your tent. So romantic and sweet. I love it. :)
~Liz

Lady of the Woods said...

oh its so beautiful~ all of it, I want all of it. Frothy Lace especially. I think I may have my first Tea Party ...!ever!....a friend said she would come by soon. I plan to wear my Tulle Skirt finally, but I don't have gloves which seem like such a whimsical touch :D...I hope I can pull it off.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Love your post Jacqueline! I enjoyed every wonderful image and the sweet girls sure had a great time too! Your tent looks so romantic with the brizze blowing the drapes you've placed around it. The dishes are gorgeous and the tablecloth is beautiful too!
Happy Father's Day weekend.
FABBY

Things and Thoughts said...

Never seen a tent more beautiful than this one! Who have had this wonderful idea of hanging laces on it? You? Absolutely aerial and fairy...

Anne said...

Absolutely lovely!The lace ads a bit of magic and your china is gorgeous!

chateau chic said...

Oh Jacqueline, how delightful!!! Who wouldn't want to be invited to a fancy tea party like this at your home. You make everything look so lovely and special. Love the gloves, pearls, and beautiful tea cups.
Mary Alice

CelestinaMarie@SouthernDayDreams said...

Hi Jacqueline,
Ruffles, vintage gloves, lace, pearls, flowers and teacups under a canopy of sheers~ what could be better on a summer day for a tea party.
Lovely
Have a special weekend.
Hugs

Art and Sand said...

I signed up for the Mad Tea Party at A Fanciful Twist and am looking for ideas for my party. I got some fun ideas here.

Thanks for the inspiration!

kims bliss said...

My grandmother saved old lace curtains for me to play dress-up when I came for visits. There was also a box of old costume jewelry to add to the glamour! I spent many happy hours with her. She also taught me how to make a cherry pie- right from picking the cherries and pitting them, to rolling the pastry.You are giving your grand-daughters a treasure trove of memories! Blessings.

Miss Rhea said...

Oh My, I want to move in :) Every picture is more beautiful than the last. Happy Pink Saturday :)

Betty from My Irish Cottage Home said...

What a beautiful and magical garden party. You did a wonderful job decorating and the girls look like they were having fun too.

Sarah said...

Oh, my what a fun time! I want to be one of your granddaughters. Do you adopt? '-)
Lucky girls indeed to have a creative, energetic grandmother. It all looks absolutely lovely. And the long white gloves remind me of my youth. Can you believe we actually wore those to dances? Wonder where mine are????????

Beatrice Euphemie said...

Yes, enchanting, indeed! Three very lucky little girls to have such a pretty place for spending a summer day. Like a dream....Lovely, I really enjoyed visiting. xo Karen

erin's art and gardens said...

oh my goodness! it is all so ethereal and wonderful and inspiring!

Deborah Montgomery said...

oh, can you adopt me too? Your granddaughters are so blessed to have you. so beautiful and fanciful. Love those sheer lacy panels and the gloves, everything!

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Now that is the tea party in my dreams. What a truly enchanting and beautiful setting you have created for the pretty little girls. I can almost picture little fairies dancing about. Love the lace.

Janet

Zuni, Chickadee Home Nest said...

Oh, how sweet!! Those curtains billowing in the wind are so romantic. Just lovely. So glad I stopped by. I really need to do this for our baby grand who's 6, before she gets too old. ~Zuni

helen tilston said...

Hello Jacqueline

A beautiful and most memorable party. How I would have loved to be present. The perfect subject matter for a plein air painting

Helenxx

Kay said...

Ahhhh! So so sweet and beautiful and fun and fabulous!!! Lucky granddaughters and lucky you! You've made your yard so dreamy and happy! Wish I could visit!
Kay

Suz said...

Oh my, the tent is summer glamorous. The top photo of the table top with the lace sheers hanging in the background is absolutely beautiful.

Pondside said...

I'm taking notes on the lace-draped tent. What little girl wouldn't think herself in heaven there?

lynn said...

so delightful and charming, jacqueline!! love the lace panels!

Shabby Passion said...

Dear Jacqueline, why wasn't I invited to this fantabulous tea party!?!?
Oh golly, this is incredible, I enjoyed reading this post so much!
well so happy I found you,
have a lovely day, ciao
Lisa

Jeanie said...

Perfectly pink and simply divine! Oh, what a treat -- and such beautiful treasures!

June said...

The children in your life are so very lucky J! This is a magical setting and the very thing they will remember their whole lives and hopefully pass it down to another generation. It makes me wish I was little again :)))
sending hugs...

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

Well doggone it I just realized why I haven't been getting your posts in my "reading list!"

I just now had to rejoin you.

So now that THAT is fixed (grrrr) I need to re-read all your posts I've missed. Sigh.

Wonder what happened. Glad to be back. Hope I didn't fall off your reading this as well.

Corn in my Coffee-Pot said...

Well, now isn't that just a dreamy fun time!
It all looks lovely!
Pat

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Debbie said...

This post warms my heart. My granddaughters love it when we set up a tea with lace, and vintage hats, cups and saucers, and special cookies. I love all of your panels hung, and waving in the breezes.
Your previous post is also lovely. You narrate your posts so well. I feel as if I'm right there participating.
Debbie
xo

Bernideen said...

What totally fun photos!

Diane Porazzo said...

Jackie,
The photos are just beautiful! I would love to be sitting where the girls are and enjoying your beautiful decorating. Just lovely!
Regards,
Diane
Babiesbridesandlavender

Cindy said...

Ok, there is pretty much nothing else on earth as wonderful as this. I MUST have that canopy with lace forever in my yard. How charming! and just look at the memories you are making. This post made my day...

Cindy

Pat Cantwell said...

Jacqueline,
Absolutely A D O R A B L E!!!
Memories in the making of a special time and Day with Grandmother!!!
Fondly,
Pat

Suzan Sweatman said...

Looks just like a Jane Austen setting - how completely amazing !
XOX

Curtains in My Tree said...


what a beautiful play day

Southwest Cottage Designs said...

Oh wow! It's like a fairytale day! Very lovely!

Lynnie CottageGalstyle said...

What a beautiful setting for a summer party! The lace curtains on your canopy is the perfect décor element. It really sets the stage for your lovely party.
Hugs, Lynnie

www.cottagegalstyle.com

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