One of my favorite things about entertaining is planning all of the little details, from recipes to flowers and tableware. This past weekend we entertained ten friends and I chose simple arrangements of hydrangeas and roses.
I keep these lemonade bottles out on the sideboard so guests can serve themselves. However, I love the labels so they do double duty as decor.
This coming weekend we are hosting friends for dinner followed by game night. The menu is simple and comforting, with chicken pot pies as the entree. I prepare the pie crust and filling ahead of time and before our friends arrive, I assemble them in these lion's head bowls so they are ready to pop in the oven.
Since we will be entertaining friends a few weekends in a row this month, I added a little welcome message to our chalkboard.
On a side note, I read a tip online about how to make fresh cut hydrangeas last longer and it really does work. You just dip the cut stems into Alum (a crystalline powder found in the spice aisle) before placing them into the water. The arrangements I made last Thursday, now in my studio, are still looking fresh today.
Lemonade Bottles - World Market | Flowers - Fresh Market (great prices!)