Thursday, August 12, 2010

Be My Guest

Hello everyone,
We have had lots of lovely summer days and eating outdoors is one of my favorite things to do. So, a couple of weeks ago I planned a little lunch for our three daughters and daughter in law and eight of our grandchildren(one was at camp).
It wasn't fancy as I am not one to want to spend too much time in the kitchen in the summer. I live in the garden all summer.
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So, I made some egg salad sandwiches,tomatoe,cucumber and cheese croissant sandwiches,biscuits and strawberry cream cheese tarts. Some fresh fruit and we are all set!
Little Lila is ready to eat.
So grab a plate and help yourself everyone!
My oldest daughter Andrea is pouring the iced tea.
My daughter Jen has made us some lovely coconut cream pudding-thanks Jen it was a lovely end to our lunh.
Some of the little ones had their own tea party after lunch.
Abby hugs a baby.
Lila and her baby.
And some went out to jump on the trampleline after.
It was a lovely way to spend a summer day.
But you might rather have a few quiet moments on the hammock with a book and some lemonade so go ahead and be my guest!
Today, I am joining is with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday where there are lots of beautiful tablescapes to see.
Thank you for visiting me today.


A Hopeful Heart said...

What a lovely afternoon. The spread of food looks fabulous.

How wonderful that your children and grandchildren live close enough that you can share days like that with them. We are far from family, so my kids have no grandparents nearby...a huge void in their lives...and a huge void for the grandparents so far away. We are hoping to move back to the South so that we may be close once more.

All the photos of your grandchildren are beautiful. I especially like the one (Abby, if I remember correctly) with the baby doll.

Blessings to you,

Carina said...

What a lovely afternoon you gave to your children and grandchildren, something they will always remember.

Have a nive day, Carina

Passionedeco...perchè le case hanno un'anima said...

What a joy to have so many beautiful children around!
They are wonderful.
And what about the lunch and the setting??? Wow, just perfect!
That food is mouthwatering! Gnam!

Crystal Rose Cottage said...

Carolyn....Looks like a lovely summer lunch for the "ladies" in your family! The food looked too good to eat! Picture perfect lunch!~Hugs, Patti

Rachel said...

What a fabulous way to spend time with your beautiful family! Dining on delicious delicasies and eating al fresco! I know your family felt special!
Thanks for sharing!

Elisabeth said...

Wow, this is so beautiful and the food looks wonderful. I would have wanted to try the coconut pudding, for sure!

The tea party was adorable and the hammock and side table so inviting!


september cottage said...

A picture perfect tea party! I always enjoy your posts - they are a little bit fairy-taley.....

Have a lovely day!


VINTAGE said...

All pictures look so nice and it's a great thing, to have a "picknick" with all children and grandchildren.

I think, you'll rembember always!

Have a wonderful day


Georgianna said...

A beautiful luncheon! And how lucky you are, Carolyn, to have all your beautiful children and grandchildren so close by that they can come for lunch. Cocoanut pudding sounds delightful!

Mariette said...

Dear Carolyn,

That was so lovely to watch all this about a happy lunch with your family! The company is even more important than the food... but you managed to have both in high quality!

Sunny greetings from Georgia,


Barbara said...

What a lucky woman you are to have your family so close! And your grandbabies are just precious. You are filling them with such wonderful memories that will be with them always. That hammock and a good book look very inviting!

Andi's English Attic said...

Our two LOVE spending time with their cousins but they all disappear and we don't see them until they're hungry. xx

Anonymous said...

Thank you Carolyn to invite us to this little lunch.
The food looks as delicious as the grandchildren seem to be.
In summer, to have lunch outdoors is the most exciting and lovely thing to do! We do it as often as possible.
I wish you a nice weekend.

Sanna said...

Hi Carolyn,

Thank you for a wonderful lunch. I left with a big smile on my face ;)

Lovely photos as always.


fitty's pinky rose cottage said...

wow! what a fabulous feast! so many yummylicous treats! seems like everyone enjoy the time, food and each other company! love the kiddies photos too! they are all adorable! with a house as beautiful as yours, am pretty sure, the kids would remember all the fun time they had at your garden!.. precious memories indeed!

Cabin and Cottage said...

What a sweet and elegant family gathering. Thanks for the peek! Jacqueline

Nellie's Cozy place said...



A Garden of Threads said...

Blue sky and sunshine, perfect for lunch on the porch. Lucky you to have everyone so close for easy get togethers. Thanks for sharing your family with us. Take care:)

Madelief said...

bHi Carolyn,

Such a good idea to do a lunch for your daughters and grandchildren in the garden! It all looks fabulous; the lunch, fruit, mousse and the setting. You have very pretty daughters and grandchildren!

Enjoy your evening!

Lieve groet, Madelief

Pam said...

How wonderful to have your daughters and grandchildren close by. Mine are so far away. I so enjoyed having lunch with you today! As always, I love visiting you.

ThiliBlooms said...

What a lovely day! Everything look so perfect and beautiful!
I`m new to your blog but I will come back for more!
Have a wonderful week!
xo, Thili

Sandy~Romantique Inspirations~ said...

Hi Carolyn, You have everything set up os pretty and the food looks delicious and so well displayed. I bet those kids feel so special too having their own little table set for them.

Always a pleasure to stop by for a visit*

My Ugly Garden said...

What a blessing to be able to have your children and grandchildren close by to share such a lovely afternoon. Everything looks delicious! Is your daughter willing to share the coconut pudding recipe? Have a wonderful day.


craftyles said...

Your party looks so beautiful especially on a summer day. The food looks pretty and I'm sure tasted good too.

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Your party looked lovely! Some great looking food and displayed so prettily....I love the pink flower patterned table cloth! The super cute pictures of the kids at their own little tea table is adorable!

I definitely would have dove straight into that hammock after lunch, with a book!

Barbara said...

What a lovely lunch. And how nice the little ones were 'dressed up'. Having raised two boys I know how difficult is to get them into a collared shirt and out of the T-shirt. And the girls all looked so cute. Adorable.

Maleviks Rosenträdgård said...

I feel hungry :)


maría cecilia said...

the most cute and lovely grands in the world!!!

June said...

Carolyn, i think I will definitely join you for a beautiful lunch on the porch. And then I will lay in the hammock until I fall asleep.
What a gorgeous post of how you delight your family in the Summer. They are so blessed to have you!!! You make everything a lovely occasion my friend.

Red Couch Recipes said...

What a fun party you had for your family and I do think it is a bit on the fancy side. I love your tiered server...everything looks lovely and it is fun to do s[ecoa; thing s with those we love. Joni

Anonymous said...

I would love to be your guest! Everything looks just beautiful! :)
It looks like a wonderful afternoon spent with the ones you love. Your grandchildren are so precious!
Thanks for sharing!
~ Jo :)

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

Lovely! Gorgeous photos and food. Looks like you all had a wonderful time. My hubby just took my son and his family to the airport so I decided to bloghop a bit rather than sit around feeling lonesome.


David and Kelsie's Country Home... said...

Looks like a lovely time was had by all...Those sandwiches sound delish, and how delightful for the grandkiddies to be able to get together for a day of fun in such wonderful surroundings full of family love.

Thank you for sharing

Brenda ~ Shabby Cats and Roses said...

Hello Carolyn :) What a wonderful and special day to spend with your children and your precious grandchildren. The food looks so delicious...I haven't made egg salad sandwiches in a while, and now I'm craving one :) How I would love to relax on your cozy hammock. Here in Michigan, today and the next 2 days are very hot and humid, so not good days for relaxing outdoors :(

Hope the rest of your week is wonderful :)

Warmest hugs, Brenda

Katy Noelle said...

How absolutely lovely, Carolyn! What a precious time that I know that your family will always hold inside of them. I love our tea times and picnics with my sons and family - don't they just bind you together??!

Love, Katy Noelle

NanaDiana said...

Lovely day & lovely luncheon given by a lovely lady. What fun to have your grandchildren over and be able to truly enjoy a special moment in their young lives. Diana

Betty Jo said...

Sooooooo gorgeous! I'm so glad you have time like this with your children and grandchildren. Life is definitely about the people we love. I would love to have Jen's recipe for the coconut cream pudding; it looks divine and I'm a BIG coconut lover. Thanks so much Carolyn for stopping by my new blog and leaving a comment. ♥

Shelia said...

Hi Carolyn! What a wonderful afternoon you must have had! You have a lovely family too. Your little grandchildren are just precious! I see a Cabbage Patch Doll! My daughter had a few of those I believe I still have them up in the attic! :)
Be a sweetie,
shelia ;)

Sharon said...

Carolyn I secretly nibbled on just about everything. Looks so wonderful and the children are so precious. What fun!

Carol said...

What a beautiful luncheon, and a beautiful family memory for each of you.

Susan (Between Naps on the Porch) said...

Carolyn...what a wonderful afternoon! Your children and grandchildren are just beautiful. I know you must be in heaven when they are their visiting. :) Lovely tablesetting...perfect for a summer day!

Entertaining Women said...

The children's table is magical, and your tablescape was a marvelous gift for your family. Thank you for sharing your charming design. Cherry Kay

Kate Dickerson said...

So sweet! This is what life is all about. So glad you captured all those adorable little ones as they enjoyed their tea party! Your set-up was so attractive, too!

Tina said...

Hi Carolyn
I posted one of your posts on my blog.em 13-08 -2010
I would like to see and comment ... would be happy


Maddy said...

Sei un anfitrione perfetto... quantità di commenti estasiati che ricevi, lo dimostra!

♥ Un abbraccio

♥ Maddy

Sue said...

Your lunch looks just beautiful. Simple food, beautifully arranged always tastes the best I think. Your family is lovely and I am sure that you all enjoyed your time together. {I especially love the photos of your grands tea party}

Erin @ I Heart New England said...

Every time I think your posts couldn't possibly get any more gorgeous, you floor me again! ♥

Peonies & Magnolias said...

Everything looks so beautiful and a great day for your family to treasure. Have a great weekend.


Jo Ann said...

Everthing is so beautiful. When is the next one - I'm hungry!

CIELO said...

Everything looks perfect... and I don't know exactly why I have this feeling that your oldest daughter Andrea looks very much like you... ;) I've never seen pictures of you, but I know Andrea is you! ;)




Oh, what a lovely day with your family!
~ Julie

Linda said...

So many goodies presented in such a delightful way. Everyone must have loved the afternoon.

Mimi said...

What a nice way to celebrate summer with loved ones!

Jacqueline said...

It looks very fancy to me!

I have been gone, so am just catching up. This is just beautiful. The food looks just lucious and the little table for the darlings is to die for! They look straight out of a magazine. I bet they will never forget this. What a fun person you are!

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