Late summer entertaining

Thursday evening we entertained two of our close friends. I took some photos as I prepped, enjoying all the colors and patterns and the summery foods.

Don’t get me wrong, normally our coffee table looks like this. Magazines, remote controls, knitting needles and yes, a calculator I’ve had since grade school that I use for knitting math. That’s the usual reality of our living room. (Can you tell we’re going on vacation to New Mexico soon?)

But that evening it transformed slowly.

Tablecloth, too big for the table of course, I think was a gift from my mom several years ago…

A favorite vintage tea towel. Yes, I use them. Yes, I stain them. It shows they’re well-loved!

Strawberry buttermilk sherbet (that we ended up not eating that night because we forgot about it)…

Fresh bread, right out of the oven…

Depression glass that my step-grandmother gave me from her collection…

Tomatoes and mozzarella, one of our favorite summer treats. We forgot the basil at first!

A good time was had by all. And this is what it looked like at the end of the night after the table was cleared and the pets had their own party playing with the tablecloth!

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Golly, 20 Comments!

  • beautiful, evocative images

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  • Mmm so many tasty things. I love mozzarella and tomatoes with basil yummy. Also, your dishes are so beautiful, as is your dress!

    xo,
    Em

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  • Love the dress! Table is set so cute! I have some of those plastic coaster plate thingies! And, I use my stuff, too. Looks like it’s gonna be a fun time!

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  • looks like a fabulous time! Love the photo of the pets…so cute!

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  • I love your living room! The green wall, sofa and lamp are really fabulous! You really can’t beat a Tomato & Mozzarella salad either, yum 🙂

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  • Ooh those little flower drink holders/ hors deuvre holders- I found a huge box of them at an estate sale for $2, I’m unsure the age, do you know when they are from? I adore them!!

    Also your photos are lovely, I adore that dress, and sweet lord I love fresh mozza mmmm!

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  • Great photography, toots!

    I’m going to search for photos of ME wearing that red and dress, oh, nearly 30 years ago when you were just a sprout. I probably paid $2-3 for it at the thrift store then … and love that, as old as it was then, it’s been worn by two generations of crafty women since!

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  • I love seeing the same items in vintage lovers homes 🙂 I have a full set of FK Primrose and the same S&P cherry shakers AND Griffiths shaker set..only yours are in much better shape! Looks like a lovely summer evening 😀

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  • That is the cutest dress, I love it!!!!!

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  • Ahh, that’s the life! Fresh bread, caprese, cute cotton dress, good friends! Awesome!

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  • Lucky guests! Looks like a grand (and yummy) time!

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  • When are you going to NM? And where in NM? I live in Albuquerque. If you’re heading here let me know and I can tell you if there are any fun events going on! 🙂

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  • What a lovely spread!!! Love that dress too it looked very figure flattering on you. I have to say that last picture is the best though.

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  • Gorgeous post! xxx

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  • The depression glass goes so incredibly well with the bright fiesta colors! You are so good with mixing and matching – please come decorate my house! That includes the dishes and hand towels 🙂
    I’ve been turning down depression glass from my mom for ages – now I’m thinking I might take her up on her offer. Although I have no clue where it will all go…
    Awwwww, Pia is too sweet! Do you just cuddle and kiss her all of the time? Poor Moxie gets that from me constantly!

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  • What a lovely table setting… and the food looks soo yummy!! I particularly love the coasters with the tray to the side. They are vintage, right? I would love to know how to make that sherbet. 🙂

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  • I do love your living room but then you know that! mmm mozzarella and tomato, can’t beat it, I think I shall have that this weekend before summer ends here, which looks like soon, it’s like autumn here today!

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  • Such a fun little set-up for entertaining! 🙂 I really love how colorful everything is–as well as a bit eclectic! I’m slowly trying to collect up some interesting old (and new) plates and glassware for the times we do entertain. Right now everything is a bit ho-hum–I need color! lol.

    Love the pet hideout too this provided. 😉 lol.

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  • Gorgeous and stunning photography!! Everything looks so lush and vivid! Your dress is perfection! The pets are too cute!

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  • I just found your blog and I have to “follow” you! I love your glasses, the style of your house, and your cute animals! You can’t go wrong with that 🙂

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