Monday, August 20, 2012

Blogger Lunch & Swap Party

It is always so special any time a bunch of bloggers and friends get together.  You can't imagine all the talk, laughter and squealing.

  Laura at Decor To Adore hosted a get together for a group of us ladies to bring gently used decor items that we were no longer using and everyone could swap.  Such a fun idea, plus she served the greatest lunch.  Look at this fabulous placesetting she made for each place.  How fun and creative is this.  To read the whole story you need to visit Laura here.  She has more pictures ( I borrowed these from her) and tells the whole story of the swap party and shows all her fabulous decorations.  Plus today is her Birthday, so be sure to go tell her Happy Birthday.

 A decor swap party is such a great idea and so fun.  All of our swap items were placed on a big table and then we were each given a number so we could pick something new.   Whatever was not taken during the swap would be donated to a charity for battered women and children.  What a fun idea.  We get to shop each others house all from one spot.  Oh, and I forgot to mention, you could steal.  If someone picked what you wanted, then when your turn came you could steal.   Toooooooo fun.

When my turn came, I couldn't resist this fabulous vintage tablecloth.

My breakfast table is my favorite, it is 54" round without leaves and with the 4 leaves I can seat 12.  It has had many wonderful family gatherings around it.  Because of it's size, sometimes it is hard to find tableclothes that will fit, and especially vintage ones.  They seemed to be a lot smaller.  Laura collects gorgeous vintage and antique linens and she put a few things out for the swap pile.  I just fell in love with this wonderful Christmas Tablecloth.  How perfect is this.  Don't you just love this pattern.

 The poinsettias on the corners are stunning and such beautiful colors and the gold pine cones. Love it.

 Just look at the wonderful detail of these Christmas ornaments on the garland that goes all around the whole cloth.

 So pretty and one I can use without all the leaves.

Since it was the day before my birthday, I was spoiled and got to pick first.  Laura also had a fabulous cupcake with a candle and they all sang Happy Birthday.  Pretty spoiled.

My friend CK @ Thinkin' of Home and I usually have lunch and do gifts on each others BD, since she was at the party, she brought mine.  Can you believe this gorgeous piece.  She found a fabulous treasure.

A silver centerpiece to hold flowers and candles.  Stunning detail and I love the petal design around the top of the bowl.

See the fabulous flower frog inside.  Isn't this the prettiest thing.

The frog comes out and then you could fill the bowl with fruit for a different centerpiece.  Now you know that I am going to use this constantly.  Love it.  Thanks CK, you are the best.

I couldn't wait to get home and put some flowers and candles in it.  I have it sitting on the buffet for now.  The next time I have dinner guests, won't this be stunning with some gorgeous fresh roses and beautiful cream colored candles. 

I sat it on the dining table and it looks fabulous there too.  Such a wonderful piece and such a precious gift.

We all had  a fabulous time at the party, lunch was delicious and we got to see Laura's GORGEOUS new house.  Just wait 'til she posts pics.  It is beautiful.

Don't forget about my BD giveaway.  Click on the button on my sidebar for these two fabulous books.  You will love them.  Entries end on 8/24

See you this evening for Table Top Tuesday.


  1. What a fun time! A decor swap sounds like a great idea. Love the centerpiece gift from CK and the vintage tablecloth!

  2. I saw your get together over at Laura's..looks like a great time had by all.
    I love your choice! I would of gone for that too!
    Happy Birthday!!

  3. Oh Marty I so wished I lived in AZ just to be with all you fun friends! Laura is always so creative with get togethers! So glad you were spoiled on your birthday!

    The candle holder is so pretty - goes with all your other pretty silver!

    bee blessed

  4. It looks and sounds like a great time. Fun for all!Love the tablecloth.


  5. How fun, looks like everyone had a great time visiting! Your tablecloth is pretty! XO ~Liz

  6. How fun to meet up with fellow bloggers again. And what a fun swap party, great idea! Your bday present from Ck looks wonderful. What a thoughtful present. Love the tablecloth!..Christine

  7. Sound like a REALLY fn afternoon. I love your b-day gift! It loks perfec in your beautiful dining room. HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!!!!!!!!!!! XO, Pinky

  8. I read Laura's post about her swap, Marty; it sounds like it was a lot of fun! You got a great swap item. That tablecloth is perfect for your table. You got a great gift too! I could see tht with some poinsettias, greenery and maybe little ornaments hanging off the candle holder portions to go with your new tablecloth. I know you will come up with lots of vignettes to use it in!

  9. Marty, I would have gone for that Christmas tablecloth, too! And your gift from CK is so pretty in every place that you've put it. I'm sure it will get lots of use, too. Happy belated birthday!

  10. What great fun! I have to go back and read all about the party.Bloggers come from all over,so interesting how anyone can get enough that live close by to have a real party.Wonderful post. Denise

  11. That sounds like so much fun! I love the tablecloth, and the gift from Cee Kay is gorgeous!

  12. Marty, this looks like so much fun! And you walked away with some beautiful treasures! What a great friend CK is!! Such a wonderful gift; and you have used it beautifully!

  13. What a beautiful piece, looks great on your table. I am going to go over and see her pics! Hugs, Penny

  14. WOW!!!!

    How awesome! What a special birthday your fellow friend bloggers provided for you, and your take-homes are perfect!

    What fun- I love those BOGO swaps - and I sure hope one day we get some of the Ohio bloggers together to meet in person!

  15. Love this Marty!! Wish I could have been there, too fun!
    Love what CK got you too, just stunning!
    Hugs friend,

  16. Never heard of a "decor" swap, but it sounds like a LOT of fun!

  17. HI MARTY!!!
    OH NOW I REALLY FEEL SAD I missed out.......darn my busy schedule......your table settings were so cute and You are right LAURA is indeed so crafty and every detail even down to the smallest one is perfect!!!I love your new tablecloth!!!!OH is indeed gorgeous!!!!
    and HAPPY LATE BIRTHDAY.....did I see this on Facebook?????

  18. It looks like you gals had a wonderful time. I love that old tablecloth-it reminds of being at home as a kid. I love the piece that CK gave you- I just adore her! xo Diana

  19. This post made me smile. What a great idea for a luncheon. I am going to visit DTA right now. xo

  20. How fun Marty - what a wonderful way to spend the day. Your silver candleholder is so pretty! Jane

  21. Marty,
    What a fun day, indeed! So~o~o glad you had a birthday treat and were first to choose! Your birthday gift with the candles and flowers is stunning! Thanks for sharing fellow bloggers and fun times!!!

  22. Love your new tablecloth! A blog get-together plus decor swap sounds like so much fun.

  23. What a fun afternoon! That table cloth is beautiful and I love the pretty gift Ceekay gave you, it looks beautiful with the candles and flowers and it's going to be fun changing it out with all the upcoming holidays. Happy Birthday Marty!!

  24. Your decor swap sounds like a gift swap we have at Christmas time with our Bunco group!...It sounded like you girls had so much fun....What a great idea for a get together...and what a great gift...It is just beautiful...she knows how much you love silver....Happy Birthday...hope you had a great one!!

  25. Hi Marty! I absolutely LOVE that tablecloth you "stole." Hope you had a great birthday!