Wednesday, September 15, 2010

It was a cool, overcast Sunday evening with intermittent showers, but despite that we met together as a group of friends for dinner on the porch.

One couple opened up their home and one couple prepared the dinner. Their joint effort produced a special, memorable evening. Here is a new dish to me. Salmon wrapped in cucumber strips...delicious!

Our friend's southern hospitality from the past was evident in every aspect of the evening.
That along with the best tasting food and the Fall tablescape created an evening we will not forget. I like how the hostess placed the candles and napkins on a mirror. The flowers were from the farm down the road from where they lived.

Faux acorns with our names beautifully written were the placecards. They were placed sitting on small wooden plates and a pumpkin votive. What a perfect addition to the table.

China cups with hot cider seemed like a good way to take the chill out of the
cool air.

That along with the pumpkin cheesecake roll that we were served for dessert, convinced us all that Fall was almost upon us.

The conversations took many different turns during the evening. With the darkness setting in, the candles were lit, and a time of story telling began. The host said it was a practice in their home to do an around the table story telling session. His wife started a story, stopped after a few sentences, leaving the next person to pick up and continue on with the made up story. I found this was not as easy for me as it was for others around the table, but it was a fun way to end our time together.

I want to thank my sister for taking these pictures throughout the evening. Her photography skills made possible the privilege of sharing this wonderful evening.


Judy said...

Fall is in the air...I can almost feel it after reading this post. And it feels good! It looks like a wonderful way to spend a 'fall' evening.

Happy@Home said...

That looks like it was a beautiul evening. The table is so pretty and there is a definite feeling of fall in the air between the food and the decor.
The storytelling sounds like an interesting idea.

Rach said...

Looks like a great time! What a great set up and yummy food!!

Miss Debbie said...

Sounds like a great evening! And the table was lovely. Sounds like you have thoughtful, generous,creative and FUN friends!

Carrie @ Cottage Cozy said...

Oh what fun, Judy!

lindsey said...

Sounds like you had a great evening, so nice to have just one or two more meals out of doors. The table and food looks very seasonal with fun entertainment.

Kathleen said...

If porches could speak, I imagine this one - so well used - would have much to tell.

I like that story-telling idea a lot. Not sure when I might employ it, but I will one day work it into a scenario. What an ice breaker!

Now that I've had my creative morsel for the day, think I'll see what charm I can whip up on my own (don't hold your breath).


corners of my life said...

It indeed was a privilege to share this wonderful evening. Thanks for sharing!


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