Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Domestic Goddess: Hostess with the Mostest

Who doesn't love a party (except the occasional "party pooper")? There's something heartwarming about being invited to someone's home (or elsewhere) to enjoy food, cocktails, company, conversation and camaraderie.

And hosting a party is a great way to showcase your place, your style and your creativity. I have a friend who is a master at hosting gatherings in her lovely home. Joanne has a natural knack for setting up the most welcoming settings -- especially for her female friends. Her home is classic and cozy, and ideal for entertaining. And her special attention to details can make any get-together magical and memorable.
Here are some photos of a recent Birthday Brunch Joanne hosted for her good friend Dawn. It was sweet, simple and oh-so special:

When you enter Joanne's house, you immediately get a cozy, beachy vibe -- although we reside in a landlocked, mountainous state. Frequent trips to both coasts help her get her fill of the ocean and find her special treasures.

Her living room is perfect for our girl nights of cocktails and conversation. We just sink into the comfy sofas and never want to leave that room.

Here is where we gathered for pre-brunch coffee, tea and mimosas....

Leave it to Joanne to move the dining room outside! She is one of those fortunate ones who has that "perfect" farm table for outdoor entertaining.

The fabulous spread of food in her now empty dining room. Notice on the table: the very first of my famous fitted tablecloths!

And finally -- time to eat. Joanne (the quintessential hostess) is at the head of the table on the left and Dawn (Birthday Girl) is at the other head of the table on your right (I took the photo).

Birthday Girl Dawn (and Wendy) on their custom cruisers. Dawn's "Nanny Blue" was the surprise group gift. She had no idea!

We'll be back at Joanne's soon for one of her famous "Dunbar Movie Nights". More on that fun "girls' night in" event at a later date....

SIDE BAR: I have had the pleasure of making several pillows, slipcovers and tablecloths for Joanne's home. It's so wonderful to work with someone who loves and appreciates the same style as you!

1 comment:

{kara} said...

wow this looks fantastic... I love all the stuff you made too! How lovely! Love that fitted tablecloth!