Dinner Party in the Orchard

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As a blogger, you are always looking for inspiration. Last fall I was fortunate to attend the Inspire Workshop at KariAnne Wood of Thistlewood Farm’s home in McKinney, Texas.

This was a one day workshop, but what I learned that day has changed my course this past year. A few months after the workshop one of the other attendees reached out to organize a group of us to join in a call each week to encourage and help one another on our blogging adventures. Seven of us have become regulars on our weekly calls. Just a little over a week ago, five of us were lucky enough to gather at Bella Terra, a gorgeous historical home in Phoenix.

Everything about this beautiful estate was wonderful, but being able to share two days with four of these wonderful blogging friends! This was our first time gathering in person, in fact I had never met two of them, but it was as if I already knew each of these amazing women!

The grounds of Mary’s home are lovely, but there was no doubt the orchard was the perfect setting for our communal dinner party. Down there in the distance you can see the table, ready and waiting for us to create!

I can only imagine how fun it would be to have a dreamy spot like this with a table ready to style in the garden.

It was SO much fun to shop Mary’s home to style the table! These pair of elk antlers caught my attention. I LOVE to incorporate something rustic with finer elements on a table. I was sure one of these would be lovely on the table.

Barbara from Mantel and Table and I had no trouble deciding on this beautiful vintage embroidered tablecloth. We topped it with a soft pink runner.

That antler was huge, wasn’t it? Those chargers were really way too beautiful to be covered up, but we did! We layered two chargers, both in gold.

The china we selected was perfect for our outdoor dinner in the orchard! These are Johnson Brothers Windsor Ware Harvest Dinner plates. Aren’t they perfect for fall?

The addition of beautiful flatware and shimmering crystal in pink completed the place settings. Barbara took over adding fruit and flowers while I headed to the kitchen to prepare the entree!

As wonderful as it was to set the table that afternoon, when we entered the garden that night, it was truly magical!

Each of us will be sharing our own blog post on this beautiful tablescape and fantastic evening! Mary has already posted hers, you can see it at: https://lifeatbellaterra.com/creating-an-antler-centerpiece/

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  1. Great picture of you with the antlers, but I will never forgive you for the one of me at KariAnne’s. Just kidding. What a fun few days. Can’t wait until we can do it again.

  2. I would NEVER have thought of putting those antlers on the table, but they made the setting! It was so wonderful to work with you Chloe – I learned so much just watching you and seeing that beautiful style up close and personal! Plus your photos are stunning!

    It was a fabulous weekend all around, and SO great to meet you in person!
    Till next time!

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