Welcome to the first of my posts for Petticoats & Parasols. I have never been to a Large Art Event before... & I had no idea what to expect. Our hostess Jennifer is truly an amazing SOUTHERN BELLE! She made the entire weekend a dream come true. Her attention to DETAIL was AMAZING!!!!! Above you can see the banner that was on our Swap Table. (For those of you that don't know this to go visit someone click on the name that is highlighted & underlined & it will take you to their link)
This was our beautiful hotel that greeted us upon arrival Thursday.
For Thursday evenings Opening Night Extravaganza Jenn pulled out all the stops & it was PINK HEAVEN! This was our table with it's adorable puckered fabric tablecloth. I LOVED the mannequins that she put on each table. Each wearing a beautiful PINK Petticoat. Notice she used magnolia flowers for the center of the table which are of course, very southern.
This was my place setting. You can see the beautiful white feather fan decorated with PINK tulle & a rose. Also in the upper left corner is the gift box from JO (more about her later for she is post unto her wonderful self) & at the top was a sweet pink fabric goody bag stuffed with amazing gifts. THANK YOU for your generosity Jenn!
This was the AMAZING Sweet Bar done by Rosalyn Sue Smith! She & her precious husband designed this whole thing. He built the shelves & frame for her. She then had all the curtains & front panels with that adorable silhouette embroidered. On this side was candy jars & bottled cokes. Click HERE to see more photos of this amazing evening on Jenn's site. Because Jenn & Tiffany who is a professional photographer, (how did I miss getting a shot of us together on this evening girlfriend????) could capture it sooooooooo much better.
And this side was full of home baked sweets such as fried peach pie, chocolate cake, coconut delight, pralines... are you getting the idea?
I wish I had gotten a close up of this beautiful centerpiece which was on the Sweet Bar.
We had amazing Peach Martini's here. The recipe for this treat is equal parts vodka & Daily's brand Peach Mixer with just a dash of Cointreau over ice. Shake well in a shaker & pour into a martini glass that has had the rim coated in sugar crystals. YUM! This became a hit with Hubby when I mixed him one upon returning home.
A few shots of the room & some of the Belles gathered to meet & visit.
Rosalyn Sue also organized the swap that I lamented making 24 favors for. OH SO WORTH IT! This is the table of the bags (we each got two)that she put together to give each of us. They were stuffed with so many treasures. To tell you the truth, I haven't even opened them all because I didn't want them all apart when traveling home. So, I still have that treat when I unpack! I had sooooooooooo many gifts & treasures that I am having my roommate ship home a bag of clothes so that I would have room in my suitcase for the gifts & goodies(Thank you sweet Heidi for doing that for me)!
When I first signed up to go to this event, I only knew Joanna & she had already planned on rooming with Bryanna & Cassandra so, I needed to make my own room reservations. I posted on the Yahoo Board & was so lucky to be matched with a perfect roommate. Upon checking into the hotel I met Sylvia (pictured below with Jenn at opening night) who was in the room right next to us. Her roommate had an emergency & couldn't come at the last minute so Sylvia hung out with Heidi & I all weekend. LOVE YA Sylvia & Heidi!
And below is the best ROOMIE in the world!!! Meet Heidi pictured here with our beautiful hostess Jenn.
Below is a photo of Christine (who was one of the teachers for the weekend) & I. I was so blessed to see my friend Christine again. She is an amazingly talented sweetie that I met last year while in California taking my Shaker Doll Necklace class from Diana. We have kept in touch & were so glad to see each other again (& talk about our precious Sheltie's). HUGS Christine!