Friday, February 17, 2012

Love Day at Evi’s

One of my favorite days of the Winter Season is the day I come to Evi’s house
to celebrate Valentines Day with my favorite gal pals.
I always look forward to seeing how she's decorated the table.

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Paula and I arrived a little late.
We got talking in the car and missed the turn.
Not a big deal but I didn’t have the time to take many photos of the house….

smelling roses

but we all took the time to smell the roses!
and there are still a lot of photos

The perfect shade of blush pink.
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The table set with sweet gifts for all of us.

living room
The last time I was here the living room was decked out for Christmas and
now it was ready for Spring.
Evi changes out the pillow on the sofa’s often and are now a soft sage green floral.
Oh yeah, also the curtains are different.
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(I just noticed that)
She switches them out with these red and white ones edged with pompoms.
She kept the birch planters on the mantel but
added the green pompom branches.

green pompoms

Aren't they cool?


Bunnies are one of Evi’s favorites.

I have a soft spot for them too.



It’s good to be Queen
and we are the queenettes.

ok maybe Ladies in Waiting.
You may ask what are we waiting for???

Soup of course.


One of my most favorite soups….Cream Leek and Potato,
and Evi doesn’t wimp out on the cream…..she uses the good stuff.
I can diet later.
We then had a wonderful salad with heart of palm
which I dug right into and forgot to photograph.


But I didn’t forget to take a picture of these shrimp kabobs with
papaya, pineapple and zucchini. It was complimented with Jasmine rice and roasted vegetables.
It made a beautifully colorful plate and most importantly


cherry torte

Evi had wanted to try a torte from a
recipe book of famous German chefs given by her niece.

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Multi layered cake filled with cherries and edged
 in roasted almonds.
We all went nuts over it.
We all took some dessert home.
George ate it all the next day after he’d already
 eaten breakfast.
Left me a morsel!
said he was helping me diet!

chocolate cake

We were also treated with heart shaped chocolate cakes
with fresh raspberries.


Little chocolate mice made with hersey kisses and fresh cherries.
So clever.


Then the presents came out!
Woo hoo


Evi decoupaged these cute boxes with script paper and filled them
with Toblerone candies.

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and beautifully wrapped sweet little notepads.

Laura gave us all a wonderful gift bag with a tin bird and covered

egg cup

egg cup holder from Pottery Barn.
Don’t you just love Pottery Barn?
Love soft boiled eggs!

self therapy

Debbie gave us a very needed self therapy notepad


and homemade pink meringues.
I ate them all by the next day : )
is that bad?
George never saw them.


Paula gave us an adorably decorated
tin pot of paperwhites

paper heart

and hand stitched paper heart tied with ribbon and filled with
homemade caramels from Gather in Ivoryton 
and antique crystals.
So clever!


I hadn’t taken any photos of what I had made for Evi
 until I was there.
It was a kit from Cathy Pendleton.
I’ll share more about it on another post.


Hope you all had as good a Valentines Day as all us girls did.
I feel so lucky to have such good friends in my life.

My only wish is that we could see each other more often.

Don’t worry we all went home to our
Sweeties that night !!!




Grandma Yellow Hair said...

Wow I don't even know where to begin to comment on this lovely post. What a delightful way to spend Valentine's Day. I don't think I have ever seen such a beautiful party like she had for all of you.
So glad you were a good friend and thought of us and shared these awesome pic's

Laura @ 52 FLEA said...

Hi Carole...
It was truly a wonderful afternoon but seemed to go by way too fast.
Your photos are gorgeous!
And the picture of those shrimp, pineapple, mango skewers is making my mouth water just remembering how delicious they were!
Hope your weekend is a good one! :)

Itchin' Stitchin' said...

Looks delightful!! Love her house - Such a great way to spend V-day ♥

Rebecca said...

Oh Carole this looks like a dream luncheon... talk about women that bless! You are such a blessing... What fun.
Wish I could have been a mouse or at least ate one, how cute were they?

Susie~From My Home To Yours said...

Hey Carole,
Once again, you've wowed us with your awesome photography. Of course, the subject matter was absolutely perfect!
You gals are really special!

Blessed Serendipity said...

What a beautiful home and beautiful party. Thanks for sharing.


Draffin Bears said...

Hi Carole,

What a gorgeous Valentine's party you had with your friends.
Love everything from the gorgeous roses, the tableset so beautifully and all the beautiful gifts you exchanged... and then the wonderful home and food. So much inspiration and talent and thanks for giving us a little peek too.

Happy weekend

chateau chic said...

What a lovely, lovely treat you had with your friends on Valentine's Day. And the gifts...amazing! Sounds like so many memories were made.
I'm your newest follower, Mary Alice

Denise said...

Oh wow! I just love her house. And the way she changes the curtains and pillows makes the room look entirely different. All that and a yummy lunch too!! Lucky girls.

Auntie Cake said...

What a magical day! Thanks for sharing it with us! I enjoyed it ever so much!

Julia - "Vintage with Laces" said...

Hey Carole, Evi's home looks just wonderful again. It's so amazing what a change different curtains and pillows can make. The tablescape is very pretty and I fell in love with the tablecloth immediately and with the cast-iron bunnies as well. No pictures of Evi's sheep collection? Is the reason for it that you took them all home and didn't want to leave evidences that they had been in Evi's house once, LOL?
Each course of the lunch looks very delicious. George is such a sweetheart to help you dieting, isn't he ;-)?
You girls did such a great job picking, making and wrapping the gifts. Everything looks beautiful.
You all must have had a fantastic day together.
Have a great weekend :-)!
PS: I can't believe that sweet Charlotte still hasn't found a new home. What a shame.


What a wonderful day you must have had. Evi is sure amazing with her attention to detail. Have a great weekend!


Dorthe said...

Dear Carole,what a wonderful day, you have had ,all. Just meeting in dear Evi`s beautiful home, makes the most gorgeous start on a day filled with beauty,happines and friendship-love. Your photoes shows perfectly well,all the lovelyness she surrounds herself and her family ,with. I can watch all the little datails over and over again.
Also you shared wonderful gifts,all- and I love your little sheep you made Evi-so real country feeling to it.
As for the food pictures, you mafe me sniff and lick my lips :)
I wish you a beautiful week-end Carole, and looks forward to your next post.

Theresa said...

Friends, good food, special gifts... i don't think it gets better than that! It looks like a wonderful time was had by all!
Happy Saturday!

Susan McShannon-Monteith said...

It appears you had a wonderful time... who wouldn't in such a gorgeous home.
I'll have to ask Evi for the soup recipe.
Friends are forever... thanks for reminding us.
Susan x

ariadne said...

I so enjoyed all those photos!I am glad you all had a great time!AriadnefromGreece!

Nella said...

Dear Carole, everything looked so beautiful, the food, gifts, Evi's gorgeous home, but best of all the care and attention you give one another as friends...perfect post for Valentine's Day or any day. N.xo

KarenB said...

What a lovely day! I can't decide which gift would be my favorite!

Evi said...

Carole, how lovely!
Thank you for the wonderful photos. You gals outdid yourselfs with all the wonderful gifts.
I love my little sheep pinkeep and the paper flower. Tried that out with...of all things...toilet paper!
It's so nice and square, ha ha.
It was, as always, such a VERY special day, my little queenette.
That crown you made for me a few years ago, has a very special place in my heart.
I get to be queen for a day!!!!! Woo hoo!
Sweetie, you left your scarf here...but I will e-mail later today.
Thank you SOOOOOO much for everything, but most of all, for being my friend.
Love and hugs,

A Cottage Muse said...

So happy you had fun with the girls Carole and even happier you are sharing the photos with us!!
Happy Sunday!

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Dear Carole
You girls know how to party!
What a wonderful day you had in Evi's magical Home - I would be gasping at every turn, it all looks so beautiful, she is a very talented person.

Such sweet Valentine treats you all made - I know we girls appreciate the whole concept of this day much much more than the boys!!!!

Your felted sheep is adorable, dying to see more about that.
AND the cake.............. I'm licking my lips and trying to imagine the taste!

Shane x

Heaven's Walk said...

What a wonderful way to spend time with good friends, Carole! Evi's got such a beautiful home! Quite the design Queen, huh? lol! :)

xoxo laurie

Mademoiselle Poirot said...

Such a great and lovely way to celebrate with friends. There's a lot of pretty inspiration in those pictures :-)

Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog, I really appreciate it. Sorry it took me so long to get back to you. Wishing you a lovely evening xo

Romeo said...

I LOVE this idea Carole - the celebration of friend-love on Valentine's Day!!! The gifts, the food, the photos....everything looked purrfect ;) Got a soft spot for bunnies and so naturally loved seeing all Evi's bunnies :) The pottery barn egg cover is an "oh my whiskers" I want one kind of gift ;) The food - that Evi is some kind of talented isn't she!!!! Romeo wants to know if you saved him one of the mousies :) And I must mention your pin cushion creation - WOW! Beautiful!!! I'm sure I've missed something but please know that I appreciate you sharing this wonderfully fun and happy day with the rest of us!!!!


"Her" and of course Romeo >^,,^<

Susan said...

Wow, it looks like a fabulous feast and heartwarming time with friends. I can't get over how talented Evi is at decorating and entertaining (not to forget about those dolls!). You are a wonderful group of talented friends. Deserving of those gorgeous queen crowns!
Glad to see you had a great time, Carole. :)

suziqu's thread works said...

Dear Carole
Looks all so DELICIOUS! including the tablescape, the gifts shared, the wonderful company and the gorgeous food!
So much talent all coming together to share some precious time with friends!
I hope this Valentine's Day was special!
Warm hugs,

suziqu's thread works said...

Thank you also dear Carole for posting my GIVEAWAY button on your sidebar!
So sweet of you!
Warm hugs again,

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Evi has unbelievable talent! Is she real? Thanks for shring your very nice pictures!

June said...

Thanks Carole for sharing this wonderful time with us. I love seeing Evi's beautiful house! You all make the loveliest things to gift to each other. Girlfriends really are one of the best gifts we have!
I loved your post with the beautiful Breakers. WoW...what a house!!! If you can call it a house.
Tonight is DA on PBS, so you know what i'll be doing : )
hugs from here...

Sarah said...

Carole, I'm here from Evi's and so happy to find your wonderful blog. Thanks for sharing the photos. I want to know more about the sweet pin cushion. ~ Sarah

traci said...

wow. she does it up right. everything looks so beautiful. she has a gorgeous home.

Kathleen said...

That looks great, sweet house! Did you scrape the bacon off your soup? Cant have leek and potato without bacon!
Those PB egg holder are so cute. I will wait for them to go on sale at the outlet unless I win the lottery!

vicki said...

I think this is the most magnificent girls day I ever saw. Every picture is fabulous- the food- the gifts- her home. I can not even imagine that wonderful day! I wish I was Evi's friend ---


Jill said...

Thanks for taking us along on your day! It looks like such a nice time.

Auntie Bliss said...

Wow! I'm glad I read down this far...I felt like I was at the party.
I used to host days like this...what happened to me?
Her home sure is photogenic!!