Thursday, September 15, 2011

Flowers for a Friend, and Music....


 One of my very good friends turned 50 a couple of weeks ago, and for her gift, I put together flowers for her party. My friend, Dorsey, always has wonderful parties. Her beautiful garden is the perfect setting. There is always delicious food, usually contributed by her numerous friends, as well as many a beverage. And there is music. Her family is one of those where music has always been important. She has a daughter who sings old jazz, a son who channels Roy Orbinson, and many friends who chip in....(more on that in a bit). 

And there are friends that have accumulated over a lifetime.....many of them.


 These friends got together to plan her party and as I said,  I did flowers. I plucked from my garden....lavender, rosemary, hydrangea foliage, and coleus. I went to the Farmers Market for Sunflowers, and the Wholesale Floral Market for berries, Peruvian Lilies, Safflowers and Kale. There is something about arranging flowers that is so satisfying. It is like decorating on a fast track....planned in one's head....elements purchased in a day...and finished in a couple of hours.

The car was full of beautiful color by the time I was done. I was ready to take it all to the party....


 I added little pots of crayons and put butcher paper on the tables for guests to leave birthday wishes....

Home again to get ready. By the time I returned....the music had begun....


 Young men playing French Gypsy Jazz....think Chocolat and you have it.... 


 They call themselves The World's Finest Apples....hop on over HERE to hear what they do...


The evening fell into night. Dorsey's daughter Molly sang with the young gents in accompaniment.....We filled ourselves with custom concocted salads....spinach, arugula, romaine, beets, mushrooms, gorgonzola, sunflower seeds, fresh corn, kalamata olives, pine nuts, grilled vegetables and so many other choices it was hard to decide.....then topped with grilled chicken, tri-tip or shrimp...and all served to our specifications....mmmmmmmm....

And there were cupcakes to celebrate..... and ice cream cones.....
Later....there was dancing.....

Such a wonderful celebration for a wonderful friend.

10 comments:

Karena said...

Katie I love the flowers. A very nice casual look for an outdoors party. The low pots are really nice! You are a good friend to have!

xoxo
Karena

Art by Karena

Michele said...

I absolutely love this post. Anytime there is live music we grab the kids and arrive poste haste (as long as children are invited, of course). I'm going over to hear them now - and I love their name: The Worlds Finest Apples - awesome! Thanks for sharing.

xoxo michele

katiedid said...

It was a special night for a special person. There is nothing quite like being surrounded by your good friends on your birthday.

mary said...

Friends are forever. What a beautiful gift. Mary

lesfillesdelacolline said...

wonderfull party !
Tous les ingrédients sont réunis pour une trés belle fête : bonne nourriture,bonne musique, belles fleurs, belles personnes...
belle journée

Linda@ Lime in the Coconut said...

LOVE this...the flowers were superb, the music...ahhh!

We always do a (getting bigger and bigger) christmas party (outside)...this year I want to do small round tables. Did you rent those...or have them?

The enchanted home said...

What a friend you are!! I love the flowers...just gorgeous and in fact the whole vibe of that great looking party!

Linda in AZ * said...

*** What THOUGHTFUL, LOVING friends you all are~~~ This is one party she'll N*E*V*E*R forget, and she will A*L*W*A*Y*S remember how loved she is... and nobody could ask (or WISH) for more than that... just beautiful in every generous way!!!

Best to all!
Linda in AZ *
bellesmom1234@comcast.net

The Vintique Object said...

Your friend is lucky to have your talent! As a trained floral designer, I think you did an excellent job with the flowers! And I agree with what you said about arranging being so satisfying. It's one of my favorite things to do!
Camille

Renae Moore said...

What a lovely part! Your flower pots were beautifully done, and I am impressed that you grew all of those flowers! Your friend is fortunate to have such great friends. A birthday to remember for sure!

xx