ic Kathe With an E: Garden Party

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Garden Party

We enjoyed the most beautiful weekend!
Temperatures were in the mid 70's
and just a gentle breeze.

My favorite kind of weather to
be out working in the yard!
Mr. B has plans to move the shed
at some point so Saturday I
had to move my compost tumbler and bin
over about 15 feet to make room for it.
This meant emptying them both,
moving them and then refilling them.
Then, I decided to put down mulch on the front garden.
FYI, if any of you are Ford Focus owners,
 You can fit 8 2-cubic foot bags
of mulch in the trunk.
By the time I was done I was sweating
like a nun one spot away
from a full bingo card!

Poor Mr. B spent Saturday
with his head in a muddy hole
rebuilding the manifold valves
for the sprinkler system.
NOT his idea of fun for sure!

Come Sunday morning
we were both feeling our age!
I can only speak for myself but,
even my toenails ached!

We jointly decided to take it easy
on Sunday!

Taking it easy for me means
enjoying my other hobby.
Setting up a table.

In honor of my garden season starting I decided
compose a table as if my blogging besties,
Laura (Under the Suburban Sun), Jen (Four Marrs One Venus),
and Sheree (Detroit Mom and Her Views)
were joining me for a garden party brunch.

I dressed the table in a green checked tablecloth which
you may remember from my St. Patrick's Day table.
I used a round white placemat from the Dollar Tree
and layered on a green Dollar Tree dinner plate.
Each of the salad plates has a different
seed packet and flowers on it and are from Home Goods.

The flatware was a gift from Mr. B
Luck would have it, the napkin is almost the same color as the dinner plates.
I used a butterfly napkin ring purchased
on sale from Pier 1 several years ago.

 The little butterfly bowls were .99 from Michael's.
The adorable water can
salt and pepper shakers
are from Home Goods.
One of the very few times I have paid full price
for anything!
I HAD to have them!
For the centerpiece I placed my favorite
faux flowers into a galvanized
watering can from Ikea.
I placed glass butterflies and flowers
 candle holders are each side.
The candle holders were originally marked
$12.95 & $14.95 each at Pier 1.
I got them on clearance for
$4.95 each! Gotta watch for
Pier 1 clearance sales people!
I regularly use their Pier 1 To Go service and
pick up my items on my lunch break.

I didn't want my friends to leave without a memory of
our meal together so
I put together a take away gift for them.

I used bright pails from Target's dollar spot
and added a faux flower from Michael's,
a colorful garden tool from the dollar spot at Target
and a packet of flower seeds for them to plant
and, hopefully,  think of me when
the flowers bloom.

I hope my dear friends, whom I have never met in real life,
enjoyed sitting at my table.
I like to imagine they
have wonderful memories of laughter and
the stories that were told.
In my mind, they went home
and told their friends of
the fun garden party
at the home of
Kathe With An E.

*Don't forget to stop by my new link party
on Tuesday's
You're Gonna Love It!

I always share my tablescapes at
Cuisine Kathleen's Let's Dish Party  every Thursday!

 Click here to see where else I may be partying this week.


  1. What a bright fun tablescape!!

    Thanks for linking to a Round Tuit!
    Hope you have a fabulous week!
    Jill @ Creating my way to Success

  2. Ok, I am almost crying over here Kathe!! I love you my friend! Oh my goodness, I am sooo sitting at that table and laughing, enjoying the wonderful scene and food with you and those amazing other friends of yours! I love this table so so much, and oh my goodness-- just overfilled with smiles over here looking at this. I wish I could Jump through my screen and land right into that fun bright brunch! This made my DAY! I needed this so so much- thank you my dear dear friend!! Love- Jen

  3. The watering cans are so pretty! Lovely!

  4. Kathe you are the sweetest! I LOVE that table! I would be honored to sit at your table any day! Thank you! You are so talented at putting things together. I love the salt and pepper shakers!
    We too have been doing too much yard work and boy do we feel it the next day!
    Have a great day Kathe!

  5. What a fun table. Love the salad plates and the party favor was super cute! Hugs, Linda

  6. Kathe, this is such a fun table! love those salad plates! Visiting from NTT

  7. What a fun setting! I love all the bright summer colors that you chose and your little salad plates from Home Goods are just adorable!!

    Have a wonderful evening!

    Aledia @ Plum Perfect

  8. What a cute table. I love the garden tools and seeds in the pails. I need to check out the dollar tree for some of those round placemats.

  9. Hi Kathe...

    Sounds like you and your honey have been busy lil' gardening bees! It's about time here in Colorado to be thinking about that as well.

    I sooo enjoyed your beautiful "Garden" tablescape! I'm sure that your friends really enjoyed the pretty scape! I love, love, LOVE the seed packet salad plates...very unique! I also loved that you made a gift "gardening pail" for each of your guests! Very sweet...great idea! Thank you for sharing your pretties with us today!

    Warmest spring wishes,

  10. So cute! Love those plates too! Thanks for sharing at Craft and Tell!

  11. Great theme for table, love the salad plates and the buckets with flower seeds.

  12. I love your garden themed table, Kathe! The take home pail is a very cute idea. I would have paid full price for those sweet salt and pepper shakers, too. Thanks for sharing your pretty table and good ideas at Your Cozy Home Party.----------- Shannon

  13. What a beautiful garden set-up! Its perfect for spring and summer parties!

  14. Hi Kathe,
    I giggles seeing that picture §;-) it reminds me and GH too! Amazing thoughts.

    Your table is so pretty. Lots of beautiful goodies. Those S&P shakers are adorable. Wish I could grab one on their website. Pier 1 guess don't have international shipping.

    Happy TTT,

  15. That table is adorable, Thanks for sharing this with us at the Sunday Round Up.
    Rose @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/

  16. What a pretty table - those plates are perfect for a garden party! Thanks for sharing at Beautify It Monday, we hope you'll be back next week!

  17. Great salad plates! And the takeaways....precious!

  18. What fabulous salad plates. Loving the dishes... so perfect with the seed packet theme.. xo marlis

  19. It is a garden table for sure! Hope you and hubby are feeling a lot better by now!

  20. pretty garden table, Kathe. I can understand why you paid full price for the s/p shakers. Those are so cute! Love the dishes with the seed packets and flowers on them, and how perfect your pretty favor buckets are for your garden theme. laurie

  21. LOVE, love, love your wonderful seed packet plates! Your little gardening pails make such a colorful and appropriate party favor!

  22. Pretty garden inspired table. I always like to add a party favor as part of a table for friends. Your garden pails are perfect. I picked up some colorful garden tools at Target's $ bin recently with just this thought in mind. Now I need to pull together a table. ;-)

  23. What fun - love your garden theme.

    I love the moss green plates and matching napkins - not an easy color to find, and so perfect for your garden tablescape!

  24. What a sweet table, very gardeny indeed! The cloth is the perfect backdrop! Love those little pails as a take home!
    Thanks so much for linking up to Let's Dish, every Wednesday at 7! Have a great weekend, don't work too hard!

  25. What a cute table! Your little accent plates are just adorable -- I haven't seen any of those in our HG, but that's no surprise. :-((

    Take it easy -- and don't hurt yourself.

  26. Oh, that's just adorable! What a cute and colorful garden table!

  27. Such a sweet table. I love the little filled pots for gifts. Great job!

  28. What a pretty table, just full of spring! I love your seed packet plates!

  29. Awwwww, Kathe...this is so neat!!! What a special gesture!!! Everything looks so cool, and I don't blame you a bit for snatching up those S&P shakers at full price before they flew the coop on you! They are cute as a button! I got those same candle holders from Pier 1 a couple of years ago on clearance!!! I was SO happy with the final price, and I just love the poppies on them!!! I've never used them for anything (yet!), but they should go to bat sometime this summer. The flowers look fabulous in the watering can. Perfect look for this table! GREAT favors for your esteemed virtual guests! I hope you and the Mister are feeling better and "more spry" as we say here in the Midwest! It sounds like you guys worked mighty hard out there!!! (As a Catholic gal, I LOVE the nun/bingo reference!!!!!!!) Have a great weekend, and PLEASE take it easy!!!!

  30. What a nice little gift for your guests but what realy appealed to me was those salad plates. How pretty and perfect for spring and the theme of our table. I had some Pier One tips this week too but I was unaware of the to go option. Thanks!

    Robin Flies South

  31. I love the salad plates! (I'm a bit obsessed with anything seed packet related) Your table setting is awesome, I love how you used a somewhat unconventional theme and stuck to it!

    Thanks for linking up at What's Cluckin!

  32. Cute tablescape! I love garden themes!

  33. It really would be so wonderful if we could actually get together more easily with our blogging buddies. Your tablescape is darling, and I love the garden bucket party favors! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  34. Love your table and all the garden/spring themed place setting and decorations.

  35. Everything is so pretty! I love the watering cans and the napkin rings the best though. Thanks so much for sharing at Whimsy Wednesdays.

  36. Everything looks great! Just featured on Facebook!

    Thanks for linking.

  37. this is a beautiful tablescape! the flowers are what makes it!

  38. What a wonderful idea to invite new guests to your table.I think we would all like nothing more to meet the wonderful friends we have got to know in blogshere. Their kind words and creative colour would make every day a happy one! The simplicity of your table is a bouquet of warmth and friendship!

  39. What a pretty Spring table!! Thanks for sharing at my party!! Enjoy the rest of your weekend!

  40. How lovely!! Thanks for linking to Things I've Done Thursday!

  41. Hi Kathe!
    I LOVE your table and those DISHES "are to die for"!!! Your centerpiece made your table "POP" and made me "SMILE"(LOVE,LOVE,LOVED IT)!!! Now about the AGE ACHES...Hmmm, I guess Hubby and I have always had our ACHES and PAINS over the years and NOW it fits RIGHT INTO "Our age group",hehe!!!
    LOVED your table and enjoyed every moment I strolled through your post!
    Have a wonderful weekend, AND enjoy your RESTFUL SUNDAY!
    Big Hugs,

  42. I'm so please that you had enough energy left to set this lovely table. Great plates from HomeGoods mixed with wonderful dollar finds. Thanks for sharing at Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

  43. Saw you on Seasonal sundays and just had to come. Love your darling tablescape. And those favors..buckets and those delightful things in them....well who wouldn't be just thrilled to recieve them. I am so glad I've found your very charming blog and now I'm following you.

    Most Warmly,


  44. Thanks for sharing this with us this week at the Sunday Round Up Link Party.
    See you next week,
    Rose @ http://www.arosiesweethome.com/

  45. May I be your friend??? I love the gift in a pail - so cute! Your table looks great and what bargains. Wonderful job!

  46. Love every detail on your table!
    Thanks for sharing at Sunday Round Up.

  47. Thanks for linking up to the Tuesday To Do Party! Hope you'll come again this week! This month's Pretty Packages party is now up for any of your lovely wrapped gifts!

  48. What a beautiful table! I can just imagine you guys sitting there! Thanks so much for sharing this pretty pretty tablescape with us this week!

    Take care,


  49. Love your garden table Kathe! those cute little buckets are so sweet!

  50. How fun! LOVE, LOVE the little pails. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Link It Up Thursday.

  51. Thanks for linking up this beautiful table scape @CountryMommaCooks link and great party. Hope to see you again tomorrow:)