Wednesday, August 3, 2011

A Pearl Party

Marilou and I hatched this idea last summer, but just couldn't get it on the calendar.  This summer, she and Ron are moving, leaving - I frantically got it on the calendar.


Easiest party ever. 

We reserved the space, announced the date and time, brought drinks and the ladies did the rest. They brought a pretty place setting, finger food, and decked themselves in pearls with stories.
Marilou served  proper tea with a Chinese strainer, Rebecca made cranberry-mango punch with a fancy ice ring, I brought water (I did drop in sliced limes and mint sprigs).


I brought all my tea partyish linens, borrowed a bouquet from Sunday service. That was it.

It was magical.  Lovely.


The ladies kept thanking Marilou, Rebecca and me which made us laugh because the party was so lightly planned and easy.  The lesson here is that we all love a party - we can dress up, eat charming food, and talk to people we care about.


Afterwards, at home, I got my husband to take some pictures so I could show you the fascinator I made.  For less than a dollar using feathers and flowers from A's creative reuse shop and rhinestone buttons from my stash.


And this yellow dress is one Rebecca's mother found in her basement, a vintage dress Rebecca wore in college and surprisingly perfect on me because I'm bigger than Rebecca and thought I looked terrible in yellow.

Sans fascinator, I think I'll add it to my Sunday rotation.

16 comments:

Jennifer Jo said...

I love the fascinator! I need to show it to my daughter.

What would people like me---the pearless women---do at a party like that? It looks like such fun.

Rebecca said...

I checked out your wikipedia link to "fascinator" and your looks MILES better than anything there. I think it needs to make another appearance in the near future.

Jennifer Jo....my "pearls" were from a 2nd hand shop, the broken clasp replaced with a safety pin.

The Heritage Farmgirl said...

The party looks fun. And the dress is lovely, even in yellow!

BLD in MT said...

That sounds like an absolutely lovely idea for a party! What fun! I've been to a few themed parties and they were always great. This one though I really admire for its simplicity.

Eva Girl said...

LOVE the dress - so flattering! I'm doing a little garden tea party with my Mom and some of our friends tomorrow : )

Tracy said...

So glad you're back... I've missed you!

Christian @ Modobject at Home said...

Love the party idea. Love it!!! Love the dress, especially accessorized with red!

There's no better reason to have a party than to spend time with friends that we love. I'm adding this post to my sidebar.

Jacinta @ modelmumma said...

Looks like a ton of fun. Any excuse to get together with the ladies. Love the fascinator but WOW great dress. so classy xo

Miss G said...

I love the dress. I came over from Modobject at Home. Good to "meet you". Wonderful idea for a party! Did everyone tell the story of their pearls? Kelly

The KitchenMaid said...

Hey Margo, this party is a very sweet idea. I love it! Thanks for nipping over to my blog - and re the tahini, I have no idea why it's a salmonella risk, but the person that told me works in food safety, so I took her word for it (partly cos I wanted to prove that I could make my own - which is probably a salmonella risk too. Ho hum) Anyway, let me know how you get on if you make it, and have a great weekend!
p.s beautiful dress!

Margo said...

hi Kelly - not all the ladies felt they had stories about their pearls. Some people have a natural flair for turning the smallest detail into a story, so we got the gamut. The unforgettable story: one of the women having necklaces stolen from her NECK not once, but TWICE, years apart.

senolt said...

Oh Margo I am soooo sorry that I had to miss this delightful party b/c of other plans. I was so thrilled at the idea--starting planning my outfit-- when I checked the calendar and saw the conflict. I do so hope you'll do it again, even without Marilou. I'll help organize!

Deanna Beth said...

Everyone looks so pretty.

Carol A.Bender said...

What a great idea. I've keep talking about doing a mad tea party/seed exchange, maybe this post will motivate me to actually do it. Looks like a fun time. I love that yellow dress on you too!

kyleann33 said...

That dress looks wonderful on you, and I love the fascinator too! The party looks like it was lots of fun, what a neat idea.

Polly said...

Love this idea!!! Love the dress and your fascinator. Such a fun party idea!

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