I am the luckiest girl to have such wonderful friends! Last Saturday night, my friends got together to host a dinner party to celebrate my move to the Carolina's. A lot of fun was had with the decorations- lots of country humor about my relocation to rural Madison county , north of Asheville, NC. There's a saying about the county- "if you shake a tree, a guy with a banjo will fall out of it"!
Right by the front door was a guy with a "banjo" in the tree!!!
Appropriately dressed in a plaid shirt, suspenders, cowboy boots and blue jeans!
A little more "off the grid" humor at the front door!
Stepping inside Julie's home, I see all my friends dressed in plaid shirts and overalls!
I wouldn't have thought they knew where to buy them! And they actually looked pretty cute.
But then- a bit of beauty appeared!
A gorgeous bouquet of peonies, purple hydrangeas, and berries in a rusty sap bucket!
Divine, divine, divine.
It was placed on a rusty tartan throw-
Mason jars and pie tins were used for the place settings- very clever! Elegant silver chargers and vintage stemware were used to balance the country elements!
Dinner was wonderful. All the girls prepared a different recipe from our Romancing the Home Entertains Cookbook and we dined like country royalty! Crab cakes, pimento cheese, asparagus and tarragon dipping sauce, deviled eggs, Gail's tuna dip, beef tenderloin with Henry Bain sauce, green beans with shrimp salad, macaroni and cheese, and on and on- it was an incredible feast.
Squirrel in camo- crowned with a rhinestone crown- guards the cake with a bow and arrow.
A huge cake embellished with pink overalls and a silver tiara was dessert!
Yummy almond filled vanilla cake with berry filling.
As the lucky guest of honor, I took the beautiful flowers home to enjoy for the week!
I had to photograph them in natural daylight to see their beautiful color.
The blooms on the peonies were 8 inches wide-
Lost in the center of this fabulous bloom.
The center detail of the peony.
Wouldn't this be a beautiful mural on the wall in my new home?
Thank you girls for a wonderful evening-one I will never forget!