Monday, July 18, 2011

Lunch with Fabulous Phyllis (and Baby Bee)

My friend, the Fabulous Phyllis, owns the most charming shop in our small town.  She is a wonderful seamstress and has made many slipcovers and other delights for Sweet Bee Cottage.  I always feel welcome in her store and she and Baby Bee have a special relationship.  Baby Bee dreams of the day when she is old enough to work in Phyllis's shop.  (Phyllis also has one of the cutest grandbabies ever!)  

I wanted to let her know how much I appreciate her friendship so Baby Bee and I invited her over for lunch.
Our weather has been very, very pleasant here in Central California.  Normally we are in the high 90s or more often, the 100s.  So the low 90s feel like spring!  (Sorry Midwest - I hope your heat wave breaks VERY soon!)

So I set up our table out on the patio.  (Of course, having a very shady backyard helps keep it cooler - but doesn't make for the best pictures.)
I used my Spode Chelsea Wicker as a charger and my green depression glass Dogwood luncheon plates.  The flatware is Gorham Melon Bud.  The glasses are a set of vintage water glasses.
The bouquet is picked from my kitchen garden - herbs and zinnias!
The tablecloth is a vintage blue basket weave and ivy design.  (I had been considering selling it on etsy, but I reconsidered.  I fell in love with it all over again!)  My napkins are some Waverly ones I think I bought when I was first married (1990 or 1991).  
On another table we had beverages and other dishes.
We had cherry limeade, iced tea, or water.  Under the wicker cover were croissants on another depression glass plate.  
For lunch we had a salad.  I combined a spring lettuce mix, sliced toasted almonds, blue cheese, and sliced fresh peaches, and grilled chicken breast with a balsamic vinaigrette.  It was really delicious.  I love the combination of blue cheese with a sweet fruit and the balsamic just brings out the delicious contrast of this combination.  We also enjoyed a croissant with our salad.

For dessert?

Glad you asked......
chocolate pudding with whipped cream!  One of my favorites and just the right amount for a sweet treat!

We chatted and chatted.  It was a wonderful afternoon.

And, she gave me the sweetest needlepoint rose!
Don't you just love the blue background?

And I promise to take pictures of Phyllis's shop soon!  Wouldn't you like to see it?

Thank you for buzzing in today.  
Would you like to come for lunch someday?
I would enjoy that!

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  1. Love the table especially the depression glass! I will be right over for lunch :)

  2. Looks like a wonderful summer lunch! What a sweet gift she brought you....

  3. a lovely way to spend lunch. and so pretty. and of course I love her gift to you

  4. What a lovely luncheon!! Tablescape is so pretty!

  5. What a beautiful table and the food looks fabulous! Your friend must have felt very loved:>)

  6. Soooo pretty!!! I love table settings! You do such a nice job-Thanks for your sweet comments about my art and hearting (another funny verb) me on Etsy :) Alyssa

  7. Beautiful table setting, I really love depression glass! The lunch looked amazing, especially the dessert ( I do have a sweet tooth ) so when I come over for lunch please make sure I eat my veggies first! :)
    Hugs Rosemary

  8. Lovely.... I would love to know where the shop is. I spend the day in Hanford on Saturday. Cute shops there. The depression glass is charming.

  9. Lovely lunch! Here, even if the high's are in the low 90's it still feels like triple digits due to high humidity. But at least we have air conditioning and expect the high temps, unlike the folks in the northern midwest!

    Love your depression glass.

  10. Your tablescape is lovely.
    The food looks yummy-especially that salad.
    What a sweet gift too.
    Glad your bearing the heat!

  11. You have the prettiest things! Your food even looks pretty.

  12. Fabulous PhyllisJuly 19, 2011 at 4:53 PM

    Thanks so much for the lunch. Everything was delicious especially the company. You both hold a very special spot in my heart.

  13. Yes, I would love to come for lunch! Especially if you use your beautiful green dogwood dishes!! The salad looks perfect! I like to mix fruit and veggies in with a balsamic dressing too... I agree. perfect combination of tastes. (I use sliced oranges, apples or pears a lot in my salads.)

  14. What a lovely lunch setting! Love your green depression glass dishes and your vintage tablecloth. I would love to see your fried's shop even though I love on the East coast. Glad you are having cooler weather there.

  15. Your table looks so cool and inviting. What a lovely place to have lunch.

    Jocelyn @

  16. I would love to have one of those wicker food savers!!!!

  17. How wonderful to celebrate your friendship in such a sweet and giving way! Everything looks beautiful, and I'm sure Phyllis appreciated and enjoyed it. Yes...we here in the Midwest are slowly melting away. Isn't it a shame when we consider the low 90s to be "better weather"? Sad, but true these days! :-) Have a wonderful weekend!!!

  18. What a sweet way to say thank you to a special friend. Your table is lovely. I especially like the wicker cover for your food plate and the food underneath looks yummy, too!

  19. Very nice table and decor. Thanks for sharing your great ideas.

  20. What a lovely lunch setting!


  21. How sweet and cozy -- lunch looks delicious!

  22. What a sweet lunch table -- and fantastic looking salad!

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