Both Slater and Pebbles were fully made of awesome in bringing the whole thing off and have it appear effortless. I was able to mix and mingle and visit and know everything was being handled. Lesson learned: whenever throwing a gathering of this size or larger? Hire some help.
I had an absolute blast decorating for this deal - all the floral arrangements came entirely from my garden - and I was so pleased with how they turned out. The large centerpiece pictured at right was my favorite - it looks a little chaotic in the picture, but held it's own when set on a table outside.
Everyone seemed to have a good time and after it was over - Pebbles and Slater stayed to help clean up!!!! - I crashed. I was going to take a nap and basically I slept for nearly fourteen hours.
I was very happy with my food planning - I ended up with a little bit of leftovers of everything (which I packed off to Dallas with Slater) - so there was no great big overages. One funny thing I did learn afterwards - I had figured out the champagne - but had failed to tell Pebbles that when it was gone, it was gone - so when I started running low (early, she thought) - she dispatched Slater to buy more - and it turns out that the new stuff wasn't even opened - so I've got 4 more bottles of bubbly in the fridge - the makings of the next party :-)
The lemon curd and the scones were the absolute hit of the party - I think there was one scone left and the lemon curd compote was nearly licked clean.
More as I remember it :-)
Take good care of yourself. Be kind to others. Create Your Own Fun.