Thursday, February 05, 2009

Guess who's coming to dinner?

The author of 4 Reluctant Entertainers!

Sandy's flight arrives early for tomorrow's conference, so I did what she would do:

...invited her over for dinner!

No pressure, right?

I am not kidding when I say the house is a wreck. Let's hope simmering these orange peels will mask last night's burned rice!

I blitzed through Kroger this morning, ready to choose a menu based on what's on sale.

Asparagus ($2/bundle), blueberries (99-cents), and the last Paula Deen ham marked down to 99-cents/lb.

My husband will love that leftover ham while I'm speaking at the conference!

I splurged on a bundle of orange spray roses (reduced to $4).

Perfect excuse to pull out those church sale placemats and yard sale Wedgwood!

Thrilled to see these thrifty finds come together--and especially to welcome a new friend.

Even if it means moppping the floor!

36 comments:

$5 Dinner Mom said...

Gorgeous! Can you save me a place?!! See you/meet you tomorrow!!!

Erin

Christina said...

Your table setting is beautiful. Hope y'all have a great time of fellowship. Sounds like a delicious menu.

Tamara said...

mmm...yummy menu and yummy placesetting. Love the orange roses!

Have fun, you two!

Shannon@Idylwild said...

That ham sounds yummy. And all the orange is lovely - nice and bright for a kind of drab season. Wish I could come:)

NorahS said...

That is so great! I love her blog ALMOST as much as I love yours. But not quite!

Have fun and post pics!!!

Connie said...

It all looks delightful. I like the way the placemats and roses bring out the color on the inside of the china cabinet.

Layla said...

What a lovely table! You never cease to amaze.

I am SO jealous of everyone attending Blissdom. I know it will be a wonderful time!

VanderbiltWife said...

Welcome to, "How I felt when I visited your house!!"

Looking forward to seeing you again tomorrow. :)

Jessie

50s Housewife said...

How exciting! I love both your blog and Sandy's. Y'all have a great time!

Michele said...

Sounds like fun! I would be nervous to entertain her, too, but I'm sure you will do great and have a wonderful time.

Workin' MAMA! said...

Look who's on board now, Meredith!

Your tablescape is gorgeous!!!

Latrice

Roxie700 said...

The table is beautiful, your dinner sounds so good. I wish I could be there to hear all of you wonderful ladies speak. I am sure it will be a great time for all. Roxie

laurel said...

You are speaking at the conference? Very cool. It is so weird to see blogging friends meet in person!!

An Adventurer in the World said...

HELLO SANDY!

Everything looks lovely, Meredith. Have a wonderful time this weekend and give lots of details after!

deb meyers

Ewokgirl said...

I hope y'all have a great time together and at the conference!

I think you'd said a while back that you're speaking. What is your topic?

Renee said...

Is the wedgwood plates the brand or is that the style?

If not the style do mind sharing these plates are beautiful! I love white plates. Especially ones with embossed edges like these.

Table looks so welcoming:)
And what a price for a smithfield spiral ham. Boy are they yummy!

Take care~ Renee

Mod Girl said...

Have a wonderful weekend! I'm sure that you, your family, and your home will be a blessing to Sandy, mess or no mess!

Jennifer said...

Your table is so pretty!! And I bet dinner will be lovely.

Now I am just so jelouse of you girls who are going to the conference. I soooo wish I were going as well. I hope there is one every year so I can meet y'all next year.

Michelle said...

Beautiful....

Dinner sounds delicious...

I don't even know you and yet I think of you each time I'm at the thrift store..."Hmmmm...what would SHE do?" lol. Thanks for sharing...it's always fun to see what you come up with. Have a great time!

Sandy Toes said...

Oh my have fun! I would love to sit with Reluctant Entertainer for dinner!!! Enjoy!
-sandy toe

Edi said...

I love all the orange color - great for this time of the year when everything is rather dull and gray!

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

Oh, now that is going to be fun! I just love Sandy & can't wait to meet you both this weekend. I'll be leaving bright & early Friday a.m. See you then!

Mercedes said...

How lucky she is!! I would love to get a chance to meet you.

Mercedes

Amy said...

It looks beautiful- I can't wait to meet you, Meredith, and hug you in person! We are going to have so much fun!!

Dawn said...

Everything looks beautiful! Enjoy Sandy tonight and don't worry.

You're my first winner in the BlissDom jewelry giveaway on my blog!!

Empty Nest Full Life said...

Everything is beautiful and sounds like you are in for a great time. Jackie

Andrea said...

How fun!!
Be sure to post more pictures!!
That wedgwood was our wedding china--used as "everyday" china, of course.

Kelly said...

You're dining room is so beautiful.

Manuela@Pleasures of Homemaking said...

It looks just beautiful! .99 blueberries! Lucky you! Have a wonderful time at the conference!

Manuela

Meredith@MerchantShips said...

Y'all, it was really fun! Sandy is not only a gracious host, but a gracious guest as well.

I wish you could have been flies on the wall. I seized the chance to ask her step by step questions about what she would do if she were having a dinner party in MY house!

I think she should charge for this kind of expertise!

I want to write up our evening but it will have to wait until after the conference is over.

Last night I got to meet Nester and Emily and Jen from Beauty and Bedlam...and today even more of my favorite bloggers.

Steph said...

Seriously, Meredith, having either one of you at my house for dinner would be the equivalent to Martha Stewart showing up unannounced to check my bathrooms for cleanliness.

I would have total stagefright!

But you two are entertaining superheroes - so I'm sure it will be FANTASTIC! Now, if we could just all be flies on the wall . . .

Keri said...

Love the table - the placemats look great with the roses! And that asaparagus looks great for $2 a bundle!

Marcy said...

Meredith - it was great to meet you tonight! Thanks so much for all you do...your blog is an inspiration to so many. :-)

Nadine said...

Hi. I'm stopping by because of Sandy. She posted about what a lovely hostess you were and had all these wonderful things to say. I had to check it out for myself. I will have to say, she didn't lie.

Karen P said...

Hi I came from The Nester via 4 reluctant Entertainers. She had pics from dinner at your house with much beauty and Legos. I just had to come over - we ate with Legos tonight too, but not so much beauty. Something to aspire to!

Lizz @ Yes, and So is My Heart said...

That is such a beautiful table!