Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Lilac Inspired Luncheon



As Mr. Flea left for work this morning...he gave me a kiss and asked what I had planned for the day...
...Oh, I was full of plans...they involved clearing the dining room table of all my stuff so we could actually sit down and have dinner....



After he drove off, I took Big Blue, as usual filled to the brim with steaming hot coffee and walked out back to see the lilacs which are now in full bloom.



I breathed deep...taking in their heady fragrance...



I gazed up at the clear beautiful blue sky with complete gratitude...
...and that's when it hit me...



I was lilac-ly inspired....
Back inside, I hunted down Nana's old white pitcher...



...the next thing you know I was setting the table...



...wouldn't Talulah Rose and Mildred Grace love to have luncheon out here by the lilac stand?



...an old fabric remnant...some lace hankies...some pretty glasses from Anthropologie...
...I even penned a few place cards for the girls as these delicate glasses are also place card holders...



...some mismatched tarnished silver and milk glass...



Oh...this was fun!



Where did the morning go?
I was all set to dress the girls for their afternoon affair when Mr. Flea arrived home for lunch.
Caught in the act!
He doesn't usually come home during the day...
Do you think he was checking up on me?

I'm really liking being home.
:)

44 comments:

April Mechelle said...

Sounds like you were having a great time !!!

Linda said...

Caught playing! Yep but what a sweet table for tea you set. Love that wonderful pitcher.

A Cottage Muse said...

Your post made me smile, thank you! Your "guests" names made me think of my Nana's name...Viola Rita, quite old fashioned!!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

What a pretty setting! Thanks for sharing it wit us.

Beach House Living said...

Lovely setting. I'm still waiting for our tiny lilac to bloom.

animal print gal said...

I just love lilacs too! My garden is getting started... I love your photos!

Sarah said...

This setting really makes my heart sing a happy tune! I can smell the lilacs. Every element of this table is totally delightful. The hob-nail compotes are so charming and love the idea of the place card holders on the glasses. Anthropologie you say? I think I need to make a trip.
Love your girls' names. Truly a fabulous post, Laura!

KarenB said...

I just wish I could smell them! They are very beautiful. I'm so glad you are enjoying being home. It's a big, huge transition. Blessings.

Diva Kreszl said...

I have always loved the scent of Lilacs...they take me back some 30+ years to when I rented a small cottage in Maine and the owner would let me cut the lilacs to bring inside. It was heavenly! sadly I do not have one on my property now, I tried but the poor thing never really got enough sun to bloom.

BonjourRomance said...

Bonjour Laura,
Lovely lilacs - no wonder you were inspired. And perfect timing too with Mr Flea coming home and a beautiful table for two!!!
Good evening,
Mimi

Lynn Richards said...

Gorgeous photos! And what a beautiful day to treasure!
Lynn

Rosemary said...

Hi Laura,
Glad you are having such fun, I knew you would!!
Rosemary

Debby said...

So much fun to play! Your pics are gorgeous.
Debby

Marsha's Mpressions said...

Yep! I've done it too! We're all guilty! I'd have to say I'll bet it was well worth it!

Linda said...

Laura, this is so charming~ I love lilacs, too! I'm so glad you are enjoying your time at home!

north pal said...

lovely table setting. your lilacs are in full bloom,what could be better? Bestest,Denise

Preppy Mama said...

so pretty! I love Lilacs!

Brynwood Needleworks said...

We've been living in Florida for nearly 9 years now...and each year I find the one thing I really miss about life in the midwest are the lilacs...beautiful colors, full and lovely arrangements, and that smell. ahhhh Thanks for the images...
xoxo
Donna

maryann said...

Yay! I am so glad that you are enjoying being home!! We are enjoying it, too, as we get to see the fun tea parties, the backyard beauty, the flea market finds, etc, etc. Thanks for sharing!!!

Chatelaine said...

So glad you are enjoying your free time. I love that pitcher and your lilacs are gorgeous. What a pretty day!

Your post reminds me that I should clean off my dining room table. It has become a catch all for junk mail, catalogs, and everything else.

Dar said...

Such a lovely table you set! I can see my Grandmothers sipping tea.

Carole~Maynard Greenhouse said...

What better way to spend the morning? You have fun...you deserve it after working in an office all those years!
Enjoy the sunshine!
xxx

Lori Katies Rose Cottage said...

Sooo beautiful ! I love Lilacs ~ I wish they lasted all summer long ~
xoxo
Lori

Nancy @ Live love laugh said...

Oh, how I love the lilacs! I have lavender and white-yours have such a rich lavender blue color! I feel they are blooming a bit early which makes me sad they won't be around too long! That pitcher is so pretty!
~Nancy

gretchen said...

I am lusting after your mixed silver ...
the setting is just lovely!

Jacqueline said...

Dear Laura,
I'm so pleased that you are enjoying your time at home. I knew you would. You have so much energy and enthusiasm for EVERYTHING that you could never be bored.
Lilac is so beautiful, isn't it ? It is another thing that reminds me of my childhood. I remember that we had lilac in the garden and my mum would bring it indoors in the Spring. I remember being told later in life that it was unlucky but, I never took any notice if that one !! We have two lilac trees. A lilac one and a double white. Ours are not out yet though.
Your table looks beautiful and, I hope that you and Mr. Flea sat down and enjoyed a lovely lunch there. XXXX

Heavens2Betsy said...

What a wonderful way to spend your time - you created such a perfect setting. Charmed.

peet said...

Ohhh the smell i love it !

Your pictures wonderful , especially the one with the pitcher !

Have a nice day !
Love from Holland Peet

Lynda said...

HAHAHAH geweldig verhaal!! En ik denk dat je tafel is nog steeds ... uhm .... volledige ????;)
O goed ..... je had een geweldige ochtend, dat telt of niet!;)

Een mooie dag verder!

Lynda

It's me said...

Oooooooo.....i love lilacs that smell !!


Mmmmmmmmmmmmmm.........have a great day Laura ! i'am going to the shop............sell my flowers.....................hugs from me........

Lululiz said...

What a beautifully arranged table setting. And your lilac is already in full bloom, how wonderful. I adore the scent of lilac, it always reminds me of sitting under the lilac tree in my grandmother's garden when I was a little girl. Pity that the two girls didn't get their outing. Still, there is always tomorrow....

Theresa said...

I just visited another blog with lovely lilacs:) Beautiful, your table is so inviting! Have a blessed day and don't get caught again... playing in the middle of the day.:) Sounds like loads of fun to me!

Jackie said...

I'm on my way, coffee filled to the brim...you should open a cafe:)

...Miss...Maddie's... said...

Beautiful lilacs and the heavenly scent stirs such memories...
After years of work one is allowed creative time to just play!
Susan

Zita - Mlle Magpie said...

Your lilacs are lovely - mine are far away from bloom time. I'm so glad you're enjoying your time at home. I just knew you would, Laura.

June said...

Oh Laura, I think you are enjoying this a lot! What a lovely setting amongst the beautiful blooms. If only I could be there taking in the fragrance of those gorgeous lilacs...
hugs

Les Cotrions said...

Your lilac post is marvellous Laura!!! Rob is surely very happy of the lovely table you set! I'm sure he doesn't check up you...too intelligent! I only think that he loves you!!!
Big hugs to you both!
Vale

Cassandra said...

Laura: LOVE your lilacs - many thanks for this wonderful posting. As I have no lilacs at our home near Washington, DC, I can hardly wait to get to upstate NY in May to my HUGE old blooming lilac bush at our farmhouse. You lilac pitcher is absolutely lovely! Cassandra ♥

Vicki's Bit-o-earth said...

Oh how I miss Lilacs! Here on the coast it doesn't get cold enough for them. Oh there are varieties that are supposed to do well here... but nothing can come close to the kind you have! I'm imagining the scent... and I would totally lose track of time too! (:

kate said...

Oh so wonderful, wish I could smell them in your post
kate

Roseanna said...

I live in upstate NY and the home of the Lilac Festival in Highland Park every May. I believe that here in Rochester it is a law that you must own at least one Lilac bush, or it should be! Mine are just about to bloom thanks to our nice warm (unusual) spring. They are fragrant already and I can get a whiff when I open the porch door. Your luncheon table is perfect!

Vera @ Cozy Little Cabin said...

Oh my! What a lovely blog! I have the mug that goes w/your Nana's pitcher. What a small, small world, as I've not seen this pattern too very often.

Have a good, great day!

Jennifer said...

I love your lilac post - I did one this week on wisterias ....stop by and visit me sometime - I love to see your posts - you have a fab blog! Jennifer jennsthreegraces MD

Mitzi Curi said...

Lilacs are so old-fashioned. I will always remember their scent, along with honeysuckle, from my childhood here in Michigan. If anyone is interested, there is a yearly May Lilac Festival on Mackinaw Island, a gorgeous place to explore if you like history, beauty, and fudge....and there are no cars allowed on the island.