Hi all, and happy Fall Friday! Anything fun planned for the weekend? There will be a little settling in over here after a whirlwind trip to New York. As always, the Big Apple offered up more inspiration and magic than could possibly be soaked up in just a few days - but this time, the highlight actually took place outside the city... in an enchanted spot out on Long Island...
The amazing Tina from The Enchanted Home hosted a bloggers luncheon, and I was delighted to have a seat at the table with some of my favorite ladies: Elizabeth from Pretty Pink Tulips, Carolyn and Cynthia from The Buzz Blog, the delightful PVE, Sandy from You May Be Wandering, Karolyn from The Relished Roost and Katie from The Preppy Empty Nester, who brought her lovely sister. And yes, if you follow their blogs, these women are as remarkable and talented as you imagine them to be!
Tina set the most gorgeous blue and white table. The menu, the flowers, the food - every detail was perfect (for recipes and more, take a look at Tina's recap, here).
If that wasn't enough to make it feel as if we were celebrating a holiday, there were lovely gifts! Seda France mini pagoda candles from Tina (and what a thrill to see custom gift tags I had made for her attached).
From Karolyn, these unbelievable hand-painted Chinoiserie pumpkins. Aren't they darling? (The best part? They are faux, so will last season after season.)
From Elizabeth, some yummy Molton Brown hand cream - in the prettiest shade of pink, of course. And I packed up a few sets of my first-ever round of limited edition "Trick or Chic" note cards from I Dream Of Studios for each guest.
The Buzz Blog ladies brought these elegant golden spheres - perfect for the holidays, but mine went on display the minute I unpacked.
But the best gift was the opportunity to connect in person with so many lovely ladies. Plenty of laughter, lots of great conversation, it was one of those afternoons that flies by in a blink. What a treat to spend time with such an extraordinary group.
Speaking of treats, in the spirit of connecting with blog friends, I've saved some of the I Dream Of note cards for two readers. Just leave a comment and tell me your favorite highlight from Tina's lunch for a chance to win. Sign up to follow along, or to receive I Dream Of by email for a second opportunity.
Come back next week for another peak into Tina's Enchanted Home and the announcement of the winner.
Happy Weekend, everyone! Hope there is plenty of fall enchantment waiting for you. XOXO