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Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Party Pics

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OK they're not from the actual party, they're from The Day After.  My camera is still down (hence, the aforementioned sucky blogging) so these murky shots of the flower displays are from the cellphone.
This arrangement was on the mantle, next to my grandmother's mirror.
The floral theme for the evening was 'white with touches of fall' and I had a blast making these arrangements. In a former life, I was a florist so it's fun to play with flowers, now that it's not my job, anymore!
This was my favorite arrangement. I love the cast-iron urn.
The party, celebrating my Miniaturas magazine debut, was an enormous success!  I haven't had a big party in ages and I think I need to remedy that.  It really was a blast!  I thought I preferred small-scale entertaining, but you get so much more bang for the buck, large-scale!  Plus --it's not even that much extra work, (unless you make it so).  For example: I made two batches of my award-winning  pâté, when one would have perfectly sufficed --but leftover pâté for breakfast and lunch --OK, dinner, too, isn't so bad, right?
Roses, dahlias, lisianthus, stock, snapdragons, larkspur, viburnum, bells of Ireland, zinnias, waxflower, magnolia, orange berries and a big ol' side of candy corn!
 The only downside is that you, gentle Reader, was not there!  Now that would have been awesome!

XOXO,
John







22 comments:

Catherine said...[Reply]

The flowers are beautiful and so are the rest of the visuals. BUT---->> It looks like nobody came. WHERE are the people? haha

I hope you had fun it sure sounds like it. I wish I could have been there. ;-)

Léa said...[Reply]

Hello John,

This is wonderful! I hope you have the opportunity to do other great parties to give you the opportunity to make other awesome bouquets like that. The flowers are beautiful and I understand your pleasure to arrange and also to admire.
Many thanks for sharing with us this nice moment (even remotely ...).

Wyrna Christensen said...[Reply]

It would have been so cool to join your party, to be there to celebrate you. I am good at party`s. Smile...
It is very beautiful flower arrangements, white flowers are just so beautiful, white is so very elegant.
You have a very beautiful window party in your real home. Very beautiful curtains.
Enjoy your success.
Hugs
Wyrna

The Old Maid said...[Reply]

What a beautiful flower arrangements! You are definately a man of many talents John.:) I love the colour of the walls and the pieces of chandelier show it must be really pretty! Good to read you had a great time celebrating your work's being published. What a good reason to have a big party!
Big hug
Ewa

Ilona said...[Reply]

John, glad to hear the party was a success!! The flower arrangements you've made are really awesome, they are so stylish and so many different gorgeous flowers.
The mirror of your grandmother is a beauty, a real treasure.
It is a pity that I live so far away from you, otherwise I would love to come to give you my congratulations :D!
Hugs, Ilona

Pedrete said...[Reply]

¡Hola John!

Tuvo que ser una fiesta inolvidable, cuanto me hubiera gustado asistir. Algunas veces pienso que sería genial poder conocernos en persona todos los compañeros de blogger. Claro que habría que organizar una macro-fiesta tremenda!!

¡Un abrazo enorme!

Elga said...[Reply]

The flowers looks wonderful as do your real home. Mmmh....leftovers are always good especially if you have to cook every day! Ah, I am so sorry I live too far away to have come to the party, but I am sure we were all there in spirit!

Margaret said...[Reply]

Your floral arrangements are awesome and I think your favourite is mine also. I was trying to work out if they were miniatures at first. Yum pate, and homemade, the best, I bet your guests had a ball too.

Steinworks said...[Reply]

Oh John,

I really love the flower as well as getting sneak peeks at your lovely home..is that candy corn in the candy dish? do wine spritzers go with Pate? and congrats again on being published it's a well deserved Honor!

Hugs
Marisa :)

Flora said...[Reply]

:-D
The next day is always tragic, "the music is over, the friends go away" (verses of a famous Italian song), and you stay with tons of leftover food and the whole house to clean. But in your heart you know that it was worth it, although you will need to sweep for the entire week :-)
The flowers are FABULOUS: If you reincarnate after death, maybe come back to do the florist :-)
But, frankly, because I have a passion for cooking, I would have gladly seen the pictures of paté!
Now, you must absolutely remedy the lack of a camera: you can not have a blog and do not have a good camera!
Lovely hugs from Italy
Flora
P.S.
I love the two Merriman gent dolls :-)

Iris March said...[Reply]

I hate to miss a good party! I agree hosting and being at parties is always good for the soul!

If I just lived closer ....

Anyway, as I always say
CHEERS,
Iris

Troy said...[Reply]

Congrats again on the article and the party! The floral arrangements look great John. Have you done any miniature floral arrangements? Looking forward to your next project - have you given it any thought?

John said...[Reply]

Thanks, Troy --and everyone! Yes, I'm well on my way with my next project, which I hope to blog about as soon as I get my camera problem solved! Stay tuned...

Plushpussycat said...[Reply]

Congratulations John!!! I'm so glad you celebrated your recent success. Your flower arrangements are gorgeous, and I can only imagine how fabulous your party was. Can't wait for your camera to be fixed. :-) xo Jennifer

Daydreamer said...[Reply]

Hi John! Congratulations on your article and so glad to hear the Party was a Success!!! Your flowers are Gorgeous!!! (For a minute I thought maybe you had found some Perfect mini ones!)So is the Room they are in!!! Love the blue and the B&W Toile combo!!! And those little white pumpkins!!! I am so glad to hear the next project is under way!!! Camera is ESSENTIAL... Not Optional!!! LOL!

Simon said...[Reply]

Hey John, the flowers are beautiful and really set off your home. I love the pumpkin face candle holders on the fireplace. I'm so glad your party went well. I think party's should be mandatory -we don't have enough of them.
I'm really intrigued about your next project - get your camera fixed so we can see ;-)
Here's to the next article ...
Hugs

miraclechicken said...[Reply]

Sorry about your camera but I LOVE these pictures! They are really beautiful. You did a great job on the arrangements---

Gee said...[Reply]

Hello John,
No doubt any party you host will be a ball, glad to read you've had a great time, sure wish I could have been there, with or without pâté.

What beautiful flower arrangements you'made, white flowers are my favs, so stylish! It is always nice to see a glimpse of your house; your decorating skills are as great in maxi as they are in mini.

Thanks for showing the pics!
Hugs,
Gee





Josje said...[Reply]

I see I have missed a few posts (I was away, taking my favourite class of the year, with Jens Torp!).
Too bad I could not come to your party, I would love to meet you and see your beautiful houses, both full size and miniature.
The flowers look beautiful, you could always go back to arranging for a career if needed, the talent definitely is still there! And paté, what can I say, I loooove homemade paté! I made one last week from organic chicken livers, pork and mushrooms...it was sooo good! But yours is award winning? Would love to taste it!

minifleur said...[Reply]

Hi John,
It would have been so fun to attend and see Merriman Park in person!
I LOVE your arrangements!
Martha
XO

Giac said...[Reply]

Hello john,
Congratulations! I think a party to celebrate Merriman Park and the greatness that is you is a fantastic idea!
you go girl!
Big hug,
Giac

Karin Corbin said...[Reply]

I can't wait to see you Christmas decorations!