granny garden party


Favors were homemade shortbread and lemon curd. These had special meaning since they were both from my great-grandmother’s recipes.


My mom made most of the food herself from Ina Garten cookbooks. Everything was garnished with herbs from her garden. I used my great-grandmother’s sewing basket for the centerpiece.


Isn’t my granny cute? I told her she had to wear her old flowery hat from the ’40’s. At 90 she’s a writer and a painter and an all around active, artsy gal that people of all ages adore. Happy Birthday, Granny!


  1. Chelsea, I just love this. It’s gorgeous, personal, and so warmed my heart! Your granny is a love. I wish her more birthdays just like this one!

  2. Wow, this is all so amazing! The flowers are breathtaking, the colors of the drinks look delicious and the cupcakes are so cute! Plus of course your grandma looks so sweet in her beautiful flowery hat, what a party!

  3. how fantastic, chelsea. everything looks gorgeous, and by the looks of it, i think granny would be a perfect candidate for a she looks amazing.

  4. The hat is utter perfection. I don’t have words!

    I love the sewing basket as a centrepiece. You’re a genius!

    Now, can I please have a glass of lemonade and one of those tasty cupcakes?

  5. This is so perfect! I am in awe! The decoration is absolutely beautiful! Your grandma is adorable! I want to get to her age as active as she is!!!

  6. oh, it looks like such a lovely garden party. your granny is gorgeous – she reminds me of queen elizabeth with the pretty hat. i love that she’s artsy and would love to see her paintings.

  7. What a splendid affair! And what an excellent choice of favors! I’m a huge fan of Ina, so I know the food was comforting and classy!

  8. i absolutely love your granny!!!

    mine was also very active, she knitted, embroidered, saw, read, went to vote on the last elections we had here in mexico, she excercised in her still bike, kept a notebook were she wrote all the proverbs and popular sayings she knew and worked until the day she passed away. i admire people like that, that make the most of their lives everyday.

    what a gorgeous party for her did you have!!

  9. Hi…i love your website. All of this looks sooooo yummy! Do you mind passing on the recipes for your shortbread cookies and lemon curd.

  10. I just discovered your blog through a posting on Oh Happy Day. I’m hungrily looking through all your lovely posts. Beautiful work! Thanks.

    PS – Do you know who makes the rectangular porcelain baker used for the party?

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