A Garden Party

I have always wanted to host a garden party under a big tree strung with lights. A night filled with “dark, tremulous, elfin loveliness” as Anne says.DSC05668I had big ideas about having 20 girls dressed like Georgina Woodhouse from Greenfingers or wearing Edwardian lace but in the end what my heart really desired was to make a garden themed dinner for a few close friends. I set up a little lounge under the dogwood. Its petals are just about to blush!

And what better friends than the Kindreds? They are writers and gardeners and lovers of fanciful things!  kindreds garden party-001 They each brought a little num and other delights, Joey brought a big bouquet of fairy flowers from her garden, Rachel brought elderflower and cassis cocktails, Stephanie picked a soundtrack, Marissa brought sweet Rubina, and Finn read a song he’d written about summertime. I nearly died of happiness! The five of us have this uncanny ability to always keep the laughter and enticing literary conversation going.  We love each other so dearly and have bared eachother’s hearts over the last couple of years. There’s magic in the treasuring and keeping of souls. DSC05701I made pizzas and salads and dressing and desserts using scrumptious gardeny ingredients like enoki mushrooms,  fiddleheads, watermelon beets, edible flowers, rose extract, rose petals and violas. And of course herbs from my garden and clover honey. I wanted to feel like we were winged creatures tasting nectar!

Then as it got dark we released 1,500 ladybugs into the roses!

The following pictures are in order of how twilight fell…DSC05548 DSC05566 DSC05569 DSC05620 DSC05622 DSC05626 DSC05629 DSC05630 DSC05631 DSC05635 DSC05637 DSC05639 DSC05647 DSC05648 DSC05654 DSC05657 DSC05661 DSC05663  DSC05669 DSC05671 DSC05674 DSC05676 DSC05678 DSC05679 DSC05680 DSC05697 DSC05698 DSC05699  DSC05710 DSC05712 DSC05713 DSC05714 DSC05724 DSC05725 DSC05728 DSC05735 DSC05740 DSC05742 DSC05743 DSC05747

17 thoughts on “A Garden Party

  1. How utterly lovely. I was feeling a bit down and then I found this. You are an amazing young woman. You made a difference to me today.

  2. Oh my goodness Bridget . . . this all belongs in a magazine! What a magical evening! You have touched my heart and made me smile! Lovely . . . simply lovely!

  3. You are so talented my friend. I’m so thankful God has given you a group of women to fill your cup and for you to love on through your gift of hospitality.

  4. Bridget! You have a plant in your yard that I would like to know the name of! It’s in your pictures a few times, as in front of the garden shed on the right, next to a gate. With white flowers and large bright leaves. What is it?!

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