backyard garden party

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Last Saturday all the girls in my family (and a few lovely friends) met up at Poplar Point for our annual girls-only garden party. My parents work really hard on their garden and so it's fun for them to host family gatherings. Liz and my mom cooked tremendous food: Savory tarts with salmon and goat cheese, orange + olive salad, asparagus + feta salad. 

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For decorations, we pooled together stuff we owned already (and grabbed plants and greens from the garden) and my mom hemmed up some napkins out of fabric scraps both of us had.

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The centerpiece idea came from Jamie Oliver. In his Italian Escape series, he cooked a family style dinner and used a piece of wood covered in greens to display food down the center of the table. I loved that idea. Mine turned out a little differently than planned but it worked fine. 

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For dessert we ate rhubarb custard tarts (I believe the recipe is in the newest Martha). It was a lovely day, and miraculously the sun was shining!

Millie's clothes were provided by Olive Juice: Khaki Top. Gingham Dress. The baby's romper is from Liberty for Target

You can see previous Mother's Day lunches here: 1,2,3 and another party at Poplar Point here.


  1. That table looks really fabulous. You did such a great job with it! I love the mix of greenery in there with those blue plates. 🙂

  2. I know it was “girls only” so hope it was okay to take a look? 😉 Chelsea, it’s lovely and looks like one of those spreads in a magazine that makes you want to be there! It’s gorgeous and, I have no doubt with Liz’s contributions… very tasty! 🙂

  3. delightful! this makes me want to put on a garden party. i remember having one way back when i was obsessed with american girl dolls and i made little cookies with sugar flowers just like felicity.

    and wow! those girls are gorgeous! i adore their cute little frocks too…i’ve never heard of olive juice, but after clicking over to their website i pretty much want to wear one of each. too bad they don’t have clothing for grown-ups! 🙂

  4. And now I see where you get it from. 🙂 Picture perfect and wow, what an amazing place to spend time in. Lucky girls!

  5. thanks for the nice comments, everyone!

    anna: love your story about your dolls. i always wanted kirsten. so suiting that you should have had one! i loved the clothes they used to sell for girls too.

    not just saying this..the olive juice clothes are amazing in person. really well made!

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