A Thousand Threads

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Just Another Day in the Garden

(my mom’s garden, that is)

For as long as I can remember, my mom has always held these elaborate luncheons for friends in her garden.  She makes loads of amazing food, about five different desserts — way more than anyone could ever consume in a single sitting — and decorates everything to a T.

This time she used my dishes, since I’ve been shipping them to her house (closer to the wedding), and sent a few pictures.  Don’t they look pretty?

… so if there’s ever any doubt as to where I got the party planning bug, well… see above.



Antique Stores

Maybe it’s because I practically grew up in one, but I heart antique stores.  There are so many fun ideas around every corner.  Like how about throwing some flowers in those sifters?

Or putting the cake on this scale?

Growing up in a home full of antiques, I’m not sure I ever really appreciated them.  I remember my parents dragging me through shop after shop… hunting for that perfect piece while I cried and complained.  I remember the dustI remember really wanting to take those collectible toys out of their box.

I remember scratching “I love mom and dad” into an antique dresser that cost god-knows-what… and how my mom could barely scold me when she saw my (strategically I’m sure) sweet little message.

But I don’t remember being particularly excited about the antiques… or interested at all.

It wasn’t until I settled in my own home that I realized how much their style had affected me.  As I searched for that perfect pistachio mixer, paid too much for a vintage-style toaster, and cooed over Mark’s Taid’s (Welsh for Grandfather) roll-top desk (now our bar), I realized that my parents’ style would always be a part of my own.

Luckily Mark came with a little antique love of his own.  Our home is a happy mix of modern and vintage and I love the way it works.

Today, Mark’s son Austin came along on our adventure.  I could see myself… bored nearly to tears, dragging my feet through aisle after aisle of dusty antiques… and it made me smile.

We never know how much our parents rub off on us… until one day we find ourselves giddy and skipping through those same aisles.

Jadeite Love

Birdcage Veil on Etsy / Martha Stewart via Kirtsy / Jadeite Dishes via Our Nesting Place / Madden Photography / Meadowbrook Farm

I’ve officially started scouring ebay for the perfect jadeite dishes.  Because it’s going to be a small ceremony and I already have about 25 sets of these, my mom has been awesome enough to offer to finish off the table with 25 sets of jadeite.  We tried out the combination when I was home last and the two worked beautifully together.

So if anyone comes across any really fabulous and cheap jadeite (I’m thinking Fire King’s Jane Ray edition?) let me know!

For those of you with a bigger order, there are so many amazing vintage rental shops springing up all over the place.  I just love that the option exists to rent vintage if you’re not into the standard bone china or basic furniture.  100 Layer Cake has a great list here, and if you’re in Southern California, be sure to add in Archive Vintage Rentals.  Stephanie is a total joy to work with — really sweet and so so helpful.