Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Always Flowers

 There are always flowers ...

 for those who want to see them.  --Henri Matisse

Sharing the beauty,
Kathryn :)

Monday, August 18, 2014

Gardens of Happiness

"He who plants a garden ...

plants happiness."  --Chinese Proverb

Happy day!
Kathryn :) 

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Like Pearls on a String

"I believe the nicest and sweetest days are not those on which anything very splendid or wonderful or exciting happens but just those that bring simple little pleasures, following one after another softly, like pearls slipping off a string."  --Anne of Green Gables

Happy Weekend!
Kathryn :) 

Sunday, August 3, 2014

Breakfast at Tiffany's Brunch at Our Home

Welcome!  You've arrived at the front door of 169 East 71st on the Upper East Side of Manhattan in New York City, to attend our Breakfast at Tiffany's brunch!

Oh wait--there's been a slight last-minute location change! ...

We've flown across the U.S. to California and are hosting our party (in the sweet rain) at our own petite penthouse home in (usually sunny) San Diego!  My hubby Steve is off here with his mega-umbrella to walk our honored guests up to our home while I put the final touches on our party and ...

watch from our petite penthouse terrace so I can take a quick sneak pix of our guests.


Here they come!

Oh my goodness!  It's...it's...

it's! ...

Gorgeous Holly Golightly (Audrey Hepburn) and her darling Fred (George Peppard)* of Breakfast at Tiffany's movie fame!

It really is!  Audrey dear, you look absolutely adorable in your tiara!

(* "Played" here at our home by sweet Ron and Lisa Beres, a.k.a. The Healthy Home Dream Team).

The brunch table is ready and ...

the "Tiffany blue" ribbons have been lovingly tied and ...

our antique buffet is almost ready for the food to be served and ...

the (faux) candles are "lit" and...

the champagne is chilling...

and the strawberries are smiling while the ice is melting...  :)

Party pix are quickly being taken to capture the fun memories!

Roses and mimosas and fun guests and ...

pearls set the party tone!

I love planning a special gathering at my home and what fun we had dining and chatting about myriad topics with Ron and Lisa; thanks for coming Lisa and Ron!

And HUGE xxoo to my dear hubby Steve too for all the extra things he did to help me organize this special-details small space celebration.  Love you in appreciation, sweet man!  (You're "high-test" as you would say!)

And thank you, my readers, for joining us here; I hope you enjoyed the party too!

"Do things to make your day precious."
--Bernie Siegel

"Party planning is loving.  It is giving.  It is sharing.  It is everybody’s chance to light a little candle in the sometimes gloomy corners of the world." 
 --Elsa Maxwell

Kathryn :)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Sneak Peek Itty-Bitty Party Planning

My hubby Steve and I spent the day today setting up for our itty-bitty party at our home tomorrow so I thought I'd give you a sneak peek and show you how I orchestrate my small space soirees behind the scenes.

In addition to planning my little gatherings in writing way ahead of time using a binder, I like to cook and bake everything I can ahead of time too and  I freeze items as appropriate.   Plus I like to set up as much ahead of time as possible too so that I can enjoy my guests and not be a harried hostess, but a happy and relaxed one!

I love using gold charger plates for a base like I did here when I set our table.  Gold always adds instant elegance in my eyes.  (So does silver.)

I also love using satin ribbon because it's such an economical and fun way to add color and a bit of embellishment to take the ordinary...

up a little notch.

I think outside the box and use what I already have whenever possible.  And although I do have a written plan, and also  my handy-dandy typed entertaining checklist, I also go with the flow as the creative spirit moves me too!

As in, here I used my new (Goodwill) shawl, (laundered well, of course!), as a table topper.  I didn't plan this ahead of time, but since this little soiree is for two guests who are both gorgeous and a little SoCal-ish glam, I thought this animal-print would be a sophisticated decor touch appropriate to the discerning taste of my particular guests.

I also love to use my own jewelry in my party setups.  One reason is that it not only adds embellishment and color, but it also brings back happy memories as I decorate too.  i.e.  The rope of three pearls here was a gift from my Japanese friend and her husband who brought them back for me from Japan nearly 20 years ago.  The pretty large pearls are a gift from my sweet husband for my birthday, and the brooch is from one of my fun shopping expeditions with a discount-diva girlfriend from many years ago.  These sweet memories touch my soul as I plan for the current gathering!

Soon our honored guests will be knocking on "this door" and the party will begin!

"The proper selection of guests is the first essential in all entertaining...choose your guests exactly as an artist combines flowers in a bouquet."  --Emily Post, Etiquette 1922

Happy small space soiree!

Kathryn  :) 

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