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Thursday, May 2, 2013

May Day Brunch.. .

A May Day Brunch ~
On Crooked Creek
for my dear friend, Julie and I.

Since retirement,
I am continually blessed with life On Crooked Creek.
Now, the luxury of time allows for me 
to stay connected with former work colleagues, 
enjoying our ever growing friendships.

My friend, Julie and I, truly enjoy each other's company.
An abundance of laughter is usually the order of the day.
While Julie is undergoing some major home renovations,
I invited her to join me for a May Day Brunch.

When deciding upon our menu for the day,
I had no idea it would be raining and cold. . .
and this hot soup and warm bread were a perfect choice!

May Brunch Menu

Garden Chowder 
Cornbread Muffins
Herb Butter
Pink Lemonade

Strawberries and Cream Pie
Raspberry in Paris Rooibus Tea

Keeping this a totally feminine tablescape,
 for our color palette, 
I chose soft buttery yellow hues with pastel pink.

My inspiration came from the floral arrangements
in my newly purchased flat baskets!

Utterly feminine, the buttery yellow blossoms
accompanied with yellow and pink berries 
against the baskets warm texture, 
filled my creative soul with enthusiasm!

Picking the color palette from this floral arrangement,
I began with my honey hued chili pepper over~size plates 
rimmed in brown used as chargers.

Daintily scalloped cream ware dinner plates 
placed atop the chargers continue the feminine design.

Next, I placed a layering of paper napkins.
Partially to prevent the side~to~side movement 
but more importantly for a whimsical touch!

First, these pink polka dot with rick~rack trim. . .
followed by this over~sized pink Dahlia floral print.

Atop the paper napkins,
I placed a matching scalloped cream ware soup bowl.

Continuing the scalloped cream ware
bread plate and butter pat keeps the place setting 
from over stimulating our senses.

Printed recipes are given as a favor to each of my brunch guests
to add to their favorites.

The flatware used in this tablescape is heirloom silver 
with a single rose blossom intricately embossed in the handle.

Crystal rose etched stemware compliments
my Bavarian China pattern in the cup and saucer.

A single pretty peat pot (here) 
holds a packet of Zinnia flower seeds at each place setting.

Rose floral print napkins are gathered inside napkin rings
then fanned for a full skirted feminine effect!

Todays rain and cold certainly didn't damped our spirits
as we enjoyed good food and each others company 
On Crooked Creek.

Sunshine occasionally peeked through the cloud cover
allowing for these sun~filled photos of our May Day Brunch. . .

A divinely delicious piece of Strawberries and Cream Pie,
a hug, a smile and a promise to meet again bringing this
May Day Brunch to an end, came all too soon!

I'll be sharing today's May Day Brunch recipes 
in a future post with Yvonne @ StoneGable
for On The Menu Monday!

Until next time. . .

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