Spring garden party

With several spring fetes on my calendar this month, I’ve got the itch to plan my own little garden party. We haven’t tackled the backyard in our new house, though, so this little soiree will have to be virtual for now. Will you join me?

I’ve been looking for more reasons to practice my calligraphy, so I’ll send you a handwritten invitation on card stock that’s so heavy it would jam the printer anyway.

Harper's Bazaar

via Harper’s Bazaar

This eclectic dining set from Target should work perfectly. I like the idea of a gravel area in our backyard too, instead of laying pavers (okay, honey?).

Holden dining set Target


I’ll DIY a table runner or tablecloth using this tutorial from Oh Happy Day.





Top it with a few terrariums with grasses and bird’s eggs, like these from West Elm. Be sure to check out their terrarium tutorial while you’re there.

west elm terrariums



And some chunky woven chargers and white plates. I like these in the lighter tone from Pottery Barn.




Add some bamboo flatware. I think the darker bamboo would be a pretty contrast with the light woven chargers.

bamboo flatware from neiman marcus


Napkins from Mark and Graham, personalized, of course.


Vintage glassware is my thing, so we’ll have Firefly Mo-Tea-Tos in these gorgeous blue tumblers.

vintage blue tea tumblers



I’ll keep the menu simple…homemade pimento cheese and crackers as a starter (couldn’t lunch without this Southern staple).

Pimento Cheese via David Leite

Pimento Cheese via David Leite

If you are all together unfamiliar with this Dixieland delicacy or simply don’t have a secret family recipe, then read David’s witty post. Or, do what I do when I have an immediate  hankering and no time to whip it up: pick up some Palmetto Cheese.

I’ll keep lunch simple too: a prepared quiche from Whole Foods and a simple green salad (even Ina says she doesn’t make everything from scratch).

And, we’ll finish things off with my most favorite dessert, banana pudding. I’d rather this over birthday cake any day. Doesn’t this caramelized banana pudding from Southern Living look divine?



I hope you can make it!


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  1. I make that banana pudding from Southern Living and it is divine!