A friend stopped by recently to pick up napkins to give her graduate. What was most gratifying about this visit was to hear that her daughter had ASKED for Hen House Linens napkins for her new apartment. This sweet graduate wants a reminder of family meals around the table and she wants a civilized start to her new life. She has her priorities straight. I have no doubt her proud mother knows she is on the right path to a successful and happy home.
Stopped by my favorite garden shop today. Picked up my pallet of herbs to plant up to take me through the end of summer. But, prior to getting these lovelies in the ground, I let them take a spin on my table.
I can play in the dirt tomorrow.
My neighborhood knows how to put on a party. We live on the Severn River in Maryland and share a community dock and shelter where we like to gather as soon as the weather gets warm. One of the best parties we throw is a barn dance. And we do dance. Want to shake up your next neighborhood get together? Close down your cul-de-sac, fire up your grills, hire a square dance caller and get to getting. Promenade!
Here's how we do it.
FOOD: Fixins Bars! Hot Dogs, Taters and Popcorn with all the toppings you can imagine! Inexpensive, easy to prep for the masses and a gloriously fun mess of deliciousness. Dessert is an easy to eat crisp served in individual mason jars.
DRINK: Set out big tubs of ice and have everyone stock with their favorite beverages. We have several neighbors that are home brewers and love to share their hoppy experiments.
DECOR: Gussy up picnic tables and benches with cloths. Throw a few tablecloths on the ground and on hay bales for upscale picnic dining. Simple arrangements of wild flowers, twinkle lights and clever signage for the fixins' bar finish off the look. Oh, and cow bells. You need more cow bell.
I pre-fold my napkins and stuff with utensils when packing my picnic basket. The sleeping bag fold is tried and true and makes the unpacking easy and is sure to impress your fellow picnickers.
Check out this fold and other inspirational napkin origami here:
A young friend came by the other day to borrow some linens for a big dinner party. She is slowly building her own linen wardrobe. I opened up my linen cabinet and she gasped. All she could say was, "Linen goals."
Ha. Never imagined being hashtag worthy for my napkin collection. #linengoals #napkinsquad (Too much?)