Sunday, June 6, 2010

MS Southern Belles in Natchez

Rosalie is the antebellum mansion that the Southern Magnolia Belles toured yesterday and I will show you more of it on Sightseeing Saturday.

I am linking with the following:
Blue Monday which is hosted by Sally of
Mosaic Monday, which is hosted by Mary at

Marty's Tabletop Tuesday at
Lady Katherine Teatime Tuesday at
Tea Cup Tuesday at


The long awaited day came. It was raining so hard and I was afraid nobody would show up.

I was worried that nobody would eat all these food that I prepared. I set a buffet in the kitchen thinking we would have more people. It was already set when some bloggers cancelled and I did not want to undo it and set a tablescape in the dining room.
I I made Thai beef salad

and Thai shrimp and chicken toast. You would think I am Thai fixing all these but I am not. Thanks to a good Thai friend, Nit, who unfortunately moved to Alaska yesterday, for teaching me how to prepare a lot of these dishes. In addition to these, I also made Asian noodles, crab omelet and baked chicken stuffed with crawfish.

For dessert, we had flan, cookies baked by my daughter who is visiting from Florida and mangoes. We also had coffee, Whittard of Chelsea pear and guava tea and mango with passion fruit tea. Ooops, the other tea pot is not there but that's because I was mixing the pear & guava tea.

I was so happy to get a knock on the door to find Lady Katherine, who was so pretty in her white dress, and her husband Terrie. And then a call for directions from Vicky, who arrived shortly after with her hubby, Bobby. D arrived a few minutes later. Can you tell I have been gardening a lot from my tanned skin?
From L to R:
Yours Truly
We had some bloggers who cancelled at the last minute due to unavoidable circumstances but we were determined to make the most of it and have a fun day. And we did!

We talked, ate and laughed and talked, ate and laughed!!

After lunch, the weather cleared up a bit and while the gents stayed in getting to know each other, we ladies toured the garden.

Here we are looking down at my secret garden. Do you see how wet the deck still was?

We took pictures on the bridge going to the gazebo. I am not really that much shorter but I was at the end of the bridge, lol.

We went down to the secret garden. Do you see the sign behind me on the left? Paula of custom made it for me and I love it!

Terrie had to buy something from Lousiana and Bobby kept him company. John in another vehicle led us to do a little sightseeing. We drove through a few antebellum mansions, cemetery, the Basilica and then stopped to browse through some antique shops downtown.

We were going to tour Monmouth but unfortunately, they couldn't give us one when we got there because there was a wedding going on. But we did not waste a trip cause we took pictures in their beautiful courtyard.

We went to tour the Rosalie instead, which I thought was a very good choice because of its beauty and historical background. But I won't show you more about that now. I'll save the other pictures and descriptions for Sightseeing Saturday.

There they are, the Southern Mississippi Magnolia Belles! All we needed were our southern belle gowns so just imagine us in them:-)

In spite of the heat and humidity, we all had a lot of fun. We went back home for some cold drinks and then we opened presents. Thanks for my wonderful presents, sweet ladies! I love them!

The belles all got a set of blue Royal Albert napkin rings and we all plan to use them at the same time for a tablescape

Vicky, who is a very talented painter and horticulturist brought one of her gorgeous paintings for a door price and Lady Katherine won it. I had a cobalt blue basket for drawing too and D won it.

Unfortunately, it was getting late and some of them drove 3 and half hours to get here and therefore had to drive that long to go back home, so we did not get a chance to go swimming. We really had a great time getting together and hopefully we can all meet again at least once a year and maybe next time, more bloggers will join us. I want to thank everyone who came especially knowing that they all drove quite a ways to get here.

Thanks to our wonderful hosstesses for these fun memes and thanks to all of you for coming by and sharing this great moment with us.


Kim @ Savvy Southern Style said...

Christine, it looks like y'all had a wonderful day together. Thanks for sharing it. Wish I was closer.

Linda said...

What a fun day! It's always so enjoyable to get together with fellow bloggers. We just have a kinship don't we!

I think you cooked for an army! Everything looked delish!

Deanna said...

What a great time you all had! Looks like great food, company and sights to see.

d from homehaven

Keetha Broyles said...

Christine, that food is GORGEOUS - - - it looks like you spent a lot of time pouring love into it- - - oh, and a lot of work too, to entertain your blogging buddies!

Silvia said...

oh how nice Christine!!!, the food looks sweet of you to have the ladies over,i wish i lived are such nice lady.have a great week.
love, silvia.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks and sounds like you had a good time! Sorry all the guests could not get there. The food you prepared looks delicious!! Sounds better than the chicken, green beans & potatoes I had.
Have a great week.

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Debra said...

Everything looks just beautiful and the food delicious! Sorry I could not be there, but I have enjoyed the pictures of you all very much!

☺lani☺ said...

Wow, very nice place!

Rajesh said...

Beautiful place and the food looks yummy.

Rinkly Rimes said...

How lovely for bloggers to get togather! I don't know any others in my area. The blue cloth showed everything ff to perfection!

Pat @ Mille Fiori Favoriti said...

Hi Christine

Youer blogger get together looks like so much fun! Your prepared such a wonderful lunch and the mansion you visited looks so magnificent.

Gracefully Vintage said...

So Jealous- i always have dreamed of going to the South, just love what is see in magazines-T.V., so beautiful- THose homes are wonderful , you are so lucky to have a group of friends like that.
Just became a follower, cant wait to live vicariously through you all

Coffeeveggie addict. said...

looks everyone had a great time...i enjoyed all the photos thanks for sharing.

Dredd said...

I stumbled into your blog when I was at Beaux Mondes Design ;).... and here I am a new follower.

btw, cozy place and what a great hostess you are.

SmilingSally said...

You are the perfect hostess, Christine. It looks like a good time. Happy Blue Monday.

Marjorie (Molly) Smith said...

What a wonderful time y'all all had. I sure wish I could have been there. Our trip was short and fast and uneventful. Baby girl is in TN with her Nana and Grumpy....and we made it back home late Sat night.
Maybe next year I will be able to join y'all.
You did a beautiful job on everything, food, decorations and the fellowship will be remembered by all for along time.

Lady Patchy said...

everything was perfect ,food ,place, garden and the bloggers get together was a all enjoyed the meet ups said...

GREAT POST,I had a wonderful time.

jlshall said...

What a delicious-looking buffet! And so many lovely blues, too. You certainly have a beautiful place for entertaining.

Thanks for visiting my blog, and Happy Blue Monday from Joy @ Joysweb!

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Christine... looks like you ladies had sooo much fun! I would have loved meeting with you all! I enjoyed all of your photos, Christine...thanks for sharing them with us! Such pretty ladies...the Mississippi Belles!!!

Girlfriend, you really outdid yourself with that beautiful buffet...the menu sounds soooo delicious! And...I loved how you set the tables...gorgeous! Of course, you know how I love all of your Polish dishes!!! Well my friend, I'm just tickled pink that you shared your special day with all of us here in Blogland! I'm so sorry that the weather kept some away...they really missed out on a treat!!!

Have a marvelous Monday, Darlin'!

Mary Bergfeld said...

You certainly went all out for your guests. It's a shame the weather didn't cooperate. Everything looks wonderful. I hope you've since had time to rest. Blessings...May.

CC said...

What a beautiful,lovely hostess you are..and such lovely food. Oooo, to have been there and enjoyed it..yummm
Happy Blue Monday..thank you for sharing your sweet party with us.

Deborah Kay at The Paint Splash said...

Looks like you had a great time even though your group was small. Thanks for sharing and come by and visit. Debbie

Melissa Miller said...

Oh how fun Christine! I know your parties are just the best. Everyone looks so beautiful! :)

Salmagundi said...

Too bad the weather didn't cooperate so more bloggers could join you. The food looks wonderful! Sally

Gardening in a Sandbox said...

I think from the smile on your faces that a good time was had by all. Food look delicious. Valerie

Diann said...

Everything looks wonderful and food looked yummy Christine! Glad you ladies had a fun day!

Bobbi Ann said...

Hi, just lovely photos and mosaic! Looks like yous had fun, thanks so much fro sharing this! I hope that you have a wonderful new week!

Beth said...

Christine, I really enjoyed reading about your day! Looks like tremendous fun! Your food looks fabulous and your home and garden are beautiful. You are so thoughtful, to gift everyone with those beautiful napkin rings!
Hugs and blessings,

Lady Katherine said...

Christine, your pictures are wonderful! I loved seeing all of the food, and places I enjoyed so much! Thank you for being such a lovely hostess! I do hope John is feeling better. We loved all the wonderful food you prepared. Terry told me the men ate again while we were at Rosalie. No fare! lol Terry talked about what a wonderful Chef you are! He loved it all, and said to Thank John for entertaining the men, he felt really bad when I told him John was feeling well. I am so glad I got to come and have such a wonderful time. Wish we could have sat and talked more. Thank you for inviting us to your lovely home. I been in bed since we have gotten home, sleeping and resting up. Oh, but it was so worth visiting with you and the other Belles! I know it is quiet there, I would love to visit again and sit out by your pool and garden! Can't wait to see all your flowers as they come into full bloom! Now I off to bed again, before Terry comes and catches me up. lol

Brenda ~ The Heminger Farmhouse said...

It looks like you ladies had a wonderful time! How special to be able to get together :) All your photos are lovely, and I've really enjoyed this post!!

Happy Teacup Tuesday!

Warmest, Brenda

Kim, USA said...

Wow the food looks delish and the ladies are gorgeous!! Happy Monday!

Blue Jar

eileeninmd said...

Looks like a great get together with your blogging friends. Your tables and food look wonderful.

Terri said...

You really had a great time! All your gorgeous food and touring your garden and town! Blogging friends are the best!

Marice said...

sorry for the late visit Christine! sounds like you all have a blast! the place and the food look really nice!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

What a wonderful party all of you had together! Everything was so beautiful, and the food looks fabulous! You have such a beautiful home and garden, a great place for a party! The tour looks so fun too!


Judith @ Lavender Cottage said...

A lovely day you ladies had. You made such interesting dishes and decorated everything so nicely.
I am wondering how your group of ladies began since you don't all live close to each other.

Shelia said...

Hi Christine! Oh, how wonderful! I'm sure you all had a wonderful time! You are the perfect hostess!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Unknown said...

Your pictures are awesome! I really appreciate the invitation, and hopefully next time it will work out.

Looks like you all had a wonderful time!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

How wonderful for all of you! What a fun day! Your table and food all looks so good too! So nice of you to share it with us!

Dena E's Blog said...

Magnificent post,,just GORGEOUS all you ladies are...Beautiful Sweetie,,you are soooo blessed..
Hugs Dena and HBM!!!

Sue said...

The food looks delicious and everything was so pretty. I'm sure you were disappointed to have a few cancel, but sometimes a smaller group can actually get more talking done. I'm glad you all had fun.

Theresa said...

Dear Christine, What a beautiful setting~ It looks like you had a grand time and wonderful visit!
Hope you have a wonderful week, thanks for sharing your lovely gathering. ~All my best, Theresa

Jane said...

Looks like you all had a great time. You did a great job and the food looks very yummy. Your home is beautiful.

Anonymous said...

What a beautiful day you must have had together... despite the rains.

Your buffet is beautiful, and I love the Polish pottery! And the food!!! Oh my!

Thank you for sharing your day with us... Karen

Anonymous said...

Hi Christine,
What a wonderful time it looks like you had! Your photos are lovely!
Thank you so much for stopping by my blog for a visit, I am so pleased to meet you. Your blog is so wonderful, I'm glad I found you through your visit.
Have a great week.

Americana Lady said...

Wow you ladies must have had such a good time! The food looks scrumptious as does all your polish pottery. Keep your flag-a-wavin' Joan

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Oh Christine, what a wonderful day you had! You are the perfect hostess. The food looks so delicious. Will you be sharing the recipes for Foodie Friday? Everything was gorgeous. Is that beautiful tablecloth an April Cornell? Thanks for sharing your special day!

Kimberly said...

Everything looks so attractive. I love your tablecloth. Excellent taste!


KathyB. said...

Christine, everything looks so beautiful and blue is my favorite color so I especially appreciate your table settings. The food looks so delicious and it also appears you had a wonderful time. I wish I lived closer.

Sonny G said...

Looking through your photos was almost like being there... Its all amazingly beautiful.
Thank you so much for sharing it with us...

Happy Thoughts

Jacalyn @ said...

Sounds like so much fun! What a great cook you are! Have a wonderful week!


Anonymous said...

Pretty photos, and such a beautiful place to visit!

Barb said...

Hi Christine, such lovely pictures. What a great place. So good to see your pretty face!!

Hugs, Barb ♥

Appleshoe said...

Hello Christine- This is one amazing post. All of you ladies look so lovely and your home leaves me awestruck. I was going to post a picture of my garden, now I'm slightly embarrassed to. You have a Beautiful home. Please, where did you find those place cards to put the names of the dishes on? I would love to get a hold of a set. Take care,

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Christine, what a fun and great gathering. You really did fix some wonderful food, you are such a great cook. How fun for everyone to see your gorgeous home and gardens and then to be taken on such wonderful tours. Wish I lived closer. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Christie Hines said...

Oh it looks like you girls had the most fun!! :) I am so happy for each and every one of you, that you got the chance to meet in real life.

You are such a sweet host Christine...everything looks so pretty and delish. Thanks for sharing your joys with us on your blog!
Big Hugs,

Debbiedoos said...

You sure know how to have fun Christine...and your smile is beautiful! Food and company looked fabulous.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

It looks like you had a wonderful day. Thanks for sharing. Connie

Kim said...

Oh how I a so jealous! I wish I was there to join in the fun and eat some of that delicious looking food!

Joyce said...

I am so happy that you put up the photos from the beautiful luncheon you had at your home for the blog gals in your area. I am sorry it rained and sorry some canceled at the last minute. It looks like you had some wonderful food and the desserts (well you know how I like to bake) all look so tasty. Prizes too and those napkin holders are so lovely. What a fun day. Thanks for sharing.

GardenOfDaisies said...

Your lunch looks delicious!!! Sorry it rained and some people had to cancel their plans. But it looks like the 4 of you had a marvelous time! I wish I lived near!

Debjani said...


Jocelyn said...

Beautiful pictures! What a lovely time was had by all.


Donna said...

Hi, Christine,
Thanks for posting our fun party.
The pictures are great (except for the one of me holding my prize. :)

We did have a great time, didn't we?

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a LOVELY party, Christine! Oh, how I wish I could have been there with you to enjoy this. You are the hostess with the mostest!

Thanks for sharing your fun day and that most fabulous of menus with us!



Kathleen said...

Oh you needed this Northerner there! Y'all could have laughed at my New Yawk accent! :)
Looks like a great time! Fabulous food..and the napkin rings...gorgeous!!!

Anonymous said...

Christine, I miss you,Donna,and Katherine....Would have love to meet new Mississipi Belle too...I'm going to go and visit her blog 'Mississippi Artist' I knew you was going to have everything so beautiful and lots of food...Looks so delicious...I'm sure it was..You are so precious for having this event for us Belles...I sure do miss ya'll Sorry I could not come...I will come next year if I have to rent a taxi or a Ya'll look great and beautiful! Glad ya'll had a great time ya'll Smiles and Hugs Kathy

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Oh what fun! Your food looked wonderful, and you and the other bloggers look so pretty. I forgot to tell you in an earlier post that your Secret Garden sign is so pretty. I'm so glad y'all were able to get together and have such a fun day. laurie

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Looks like a great day. Your spread of food looks delicious!
How wonderful to meet with blog friends. I love putting a tablecloth on my center island to set all the food on, I do that all the time.

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