Sunday, March 18, 2012

An Exotic Wine and Cheese Party for 2 in the Garden

Ever since I bought this blue parlor set from a Houston trip last year, I told my friend, Debjani, we should have a wine and cheese party here. Debjani's spring break from her MBA course is almost over so we decided to do it last Friday. It was also the perfect day, kinda hot in the low 80's but it was breezy.

 I told Debjani to wear a sari or any other Indian outfit and I would have a surprise for her. She gladly obliged so I took out my surprise, a pair of Indian dolls I bought from HG when I was in FL this past winter. They are suspended on strings so I hang them up on the gingkho tree, leaves of which are just starting to come out.

They seem happy up there.

The breeze was making the dolls and  tablecloth sway.

The azaleas and the peach trees behind them are still blooming

I was hoping they would still be blooming when AJ comes but the flowers are falling off pretty fast

But maybe by then, the confederate jazmines on the arbor might be blooming. There is always something blooming in the garden at different times.

The orange trumpets are also blooming around the gazebo. Do you see them peeking behind the arbor? Orange snap dragons on the ground are doing well.

 Here is a close up of the orange trumpet vines. The purplish pink azaleas on the other side of the secret garden are also blooming. Do you see them through the gazebo window? The perenials on the secret garden terrace are just starting to come up.

I baked some bunny sugar cookies, the kind that are ready to bake from the grocery, and served some grapes too.

 Do you see the pool?

Debjani is lovely in her pretty cobalt blue outfit?

Isn't she?

 Cheese and crackers. We had 2 types of goat cheese, muenster, happy cow with tomatoes and basil and plain ones and brie.

 Kanu wine that I brought out from our wet bar. We have never had it before but it was actually pretty good. I think I bought it from World Market about 3 years ago.

I placed the wine in a pewter wine holder.

 Uh oh! I think we got company. How did they get inside the dome?

The dolls were getting tired from hanging from the tree so I allowed them to sit on the table.

Yep, we have company and they beat us to the cheese.

The pink Italian wine glasses match the azaleas.

I appreciate you all for coming by.
I am linking with:
The Tablescaper's Seasonal Sundy at
Shadow Shot Sunday 2 at
Mary's Masterpieces Monday
Marty's Tableop Tuesday
Sally's Blue Monday
Bunny Jean's Bunny Hop
Kathy's Home and garden and
Kathy's A Return to Loveliness Party
Susan's Outdoor Wed.
Courtney's Feathered Nest Friday
Sherry's Open House Party Thursday
Tootsie's Fertilizer Friday

Thank you so much for hosting, lovely ladies!! 


ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Absolutely beautiful Christine!! Looks like a you guys had a wonderful afternoon!


Such a fun wine and cheese party Christine. I love your glasses in pink, so pretty. The cookies and everything else looks wonderful. My friend Steph and me love to do this, I should take a pics too. Yes, Debjani looks lovely and you too.

Chubskulit Rose said...

I love that setting! Thank you for your beautiful contribution to Shadow Shot Sunday 2.

Finding Beauty in a shadow. Have a blessed Sunday.


Blondie's Journal said...

How fun! You and Debjani always seem to be up to something exciting...I wish I could have joined you! Your table is very pretty!

Your garden is looking beautiful, too! All of the blooms are so colorful! You definitely have a green thumb!

Have a wonderful week!


Kelly said...

Your garden is beautiful and you set such a lovely table! The cheeses look delicious!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

A pretty setting to enjoy your company and good conversation.
I thought about eating lunch outside today, but the pollen is so thick, my food would have been covered.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Christine, the yard is so beautiful and your tablesetting is perfect. Love the dolls and the wine and cheese sounds perfect. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

Marigene said...

What a wonderful setting for a cheese and wine party...beautiful colors.

Terra said...

You are right, your friend is gorgeous in her deep blue sari, and the flowers and vines and your table make a great playful place for a picnic. The dolls have character and the food and wine look delicious.

sabri said...

You gals look beautiful in your dresses on this beautiful spring day..can't wait for the rain and storms to stop here so i can get out and clean up debis to start my gardens over...lost alot of plants due to storms..thanks for sharing your posts...xoxoxo ~sabri~

Dee ⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️⚜️ said...

It looks like you both had a great time. I loved seeing your orange trumpet vines. I planted one two years ago and it now has buds on it. I can't wait to see it flower.


Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Shadows abound in these photos. It looks as though you both had a magical time!

Cactus Shadows

The French Hutch said...

Hi Christine, Your gardens are beautiful and the tables so pretty. The party sounds perfect and the dolls are so festive. Love the wine and cheese and all the treats. You both look lovely and I love the dresses. Happy Spring.

The French Hutch

Sonia said...

What a lovely setting for a meal! Love your table and your gardens are beautiful with the azaleas blooming! Gorgeous setting and ladies!
Miss Bloomers

Gemma Wiseman said...

O how enchanting! Your garden and table setting are stunning! Lots of creative ideas happening here!

Anonymous said...

Christine I love this elegant wine and cheese table. I always enjoy visiting your gardens.

Maggie said...

What fabulous photographs, Christine, your garden looks beautiful in all it's spring glory.
Your wine & cheese party looked amazing, what a special treat for two friends to share.

Kathy said...

Hello Christine, I love your new garden set. It is beautiful - your cheese and wine party with your friend is completely Delightful! I love the flowers in your garden - beautiful!
I hope you have a great week,

Barb said...

Hi Christine,

You are 'grace' defined, my friend. What a gorgeous setting...the table and the surroundings. So filled with peace. I love it.

Hugs, Barb

SmilingSally said...

Debjani is fortunate to have you for a friend. Thanks for sharing a picture of her in her royal blue sari.

Happy Blue Monday, Christine.

Kim, USA said...

Beautiful and so relaxing view.


Shelia said...

Hi Christine! Oh, your setting is just gorgeous! You are the sweetest friend to do all of this and the dolls too! I know your friend was tickled pink to be served in this very special way.
be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

Bargain Decorating with Laurie said...

Chrstine, what a beautiful spot for your little party. Your yard and flowers look so lush and pretty. Seems like just the other day, you were putting the pool in and planting. All of your efforts have paid off. laurie

Dolores said...

Your yard , you ladies, the table setting and the snacks look absolutely beautiful!!!!

Sue said...

I could actually live on cheese, bread and fruit. It is one of our favorite meals-most often in the warmer months. Sadly, the wine gives me a headache in my old age, so I rarely have it anymore. This was really a beautiful setting and so special to spend it with your friend!

Andrea said...

Wow that is so sweet for your friend, and the decors are beautiful. Are those flowers at the back bougainvillea? I didn't see which part of the state you are in, so i guess Florida or California. The table setting and the environs are so special and inviting too.

Jim said...

So beautiful.

Traci said...

I bet y'all had a fabulous day!! What a great table!!

Custom Comforts said...

Looks like everything is blooming in your gardens and your table looks so lovely and inviting. I'll be right over.

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

You are try funny and clever and I think your dolls and little critter guests added so much to your pretty setting. You and your friend both look lovely, and I like the sheer table covering! Linda

Anonymous said...

Oh my it is so Spring there! I just saw my first little bloom today- about 5 phlox blossoms- still chilly here for awhile.

Anonymous said...

A lovely setting for your wine and cheese for two.
Visiting from Let's Dish... and Happy Blue Monday, too.

Debbie said...

You totally make me want to do something like this. It all looks just wonderful. (Those dolls are really very amazing.) My favorite shots of all are the ones where you can see the arbor covered with the jasmine. Just plain out lovely. That's all. Just plain out lovely!

a quiet life said...

so many cute pictures, love the smiles~

Marlis said...

Debjani is beautiful! Love your sweet set up in the midst of all the flowers. So pretty. The dolls make the table very unique. Great cloche with the cows too. It's so warm and inviting.. xo marlis

Kathleen said...

Wow, your yard is a bloom! Those dolls are so pretty! I bet D loved them, you gave them to her, right? :)
Thanks for linking your wine and cheese party up to Let's Dish! It is good John can see what you do while he slaves away! LOL

Robin said...

Thanks for sharing your wine and cheese for 2! Your yard is so beautiful and it sounds as if you have it planted for color all the time. Is your pool water warm enough to swim yet? Ours is just getting there (we just couldn't see the extra expense of a heater when we had it installed).

Robin Flies South


Christine, sweetie, you look sooo pretty in your new photo! I love it!
Have a great weekend.

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Thank you so much for taking us along on your garden party. What a very special friend you are to do this for friend. I enjoyed seeing all of your beautiful blooms and your tablescape. The wine, cheese and treats look so delicious. I should do this for a friend too. Very inspiring!

Alycia Nichols said...

This is beautiful, Christine! What lovely grounds you have! There must be a great deal of peace to be found there! The table you set is really pretty, and the Indian dolls are so cool!!! They really jazz things up!You ladies look smashing in your colorful saris! I really love those Italian pink goblets!!! The subtle design on them is so pretty!!! ENjoy your weekend!!!

Nezzy (Cow Patty Surprise) said...

Oh darlin', this is just beautifully perfect. Makes we want to pull up a chair and join ya'll!!!

Thanks sooo much for lettin' me tag along.

Have an awesomely blessed weekend sweetie!!! :o)

the cape on the corner said...

oh my gosh, what a great day and a great tablescape that looks like. although i see you are missing the 3rd chair...which would have been my spot. ha!

Unknown said...

You are so sweet and you always seem to have so much fun!

A Garden of Threads said...

Beautiful garden and perfect for entertaining.

Zinnia said...

Wonderful with a garden party! I like Indian dolls. I wish you a wonderful weekend! Zinnia

sabri said...

Ha! just noticed my recent project turned out to be the same color as your cute little table..stopping by from fertilzer friday...xo ~sabri~

sabri said...

p.s.never knew your family was soo big and gorgeous!

Sherry @ No Minimalist Here said...

Christine, Your table is beautiful and I love the dolls. Thank you for sharing this at the Open House party. Hugs, Sherry

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