Thursday, October 10, 2019

Designer Tables/ Heading Home for Dinner

Hello, dear friends. First of all, I want to say thank you to all the wonderful people who took the time to leave comments, wrote emails,  and messaged me after my last post.  I enjoyed hearing the MOB and MOG stories tremendously.  And you ladies know your mascara, too.  I ordered all that was recommended.  
Note to self:  be scarce when the Amex bill arrives.

How was your week?  The highlight of last week for me took place on Friday.  I headed to Boston and picked my buddy, Annie up along the way.   

We met Mary, the Queen of the Sudbury Sweethearts, and my new buddy, Dell, who I met at an author's luncheon on the Cape.  Incidentally, Dell is the one who contacted me about Heading Home to DinnerIt is a dine by design event hosted by the Boston Design Community to raise funds for Heading Home which provides housing and aid to homeless families. 

I ran into a fellow blogger, Danielle, from Finding Silver Pennies.
She hosts one of my favorite link parties on Sundays.

I also had the pleasure of meeting another blogger, Linda Merrill, from Decorative Surroundings. You can read her blog post about the event here.

I loved all of the colors that were used on this table.  
Also, who wouldn't appreciate an unexpected gift at the dinner table.

My parents use to have a set of those glass plates.

Great cork placemats and color combo.

How sweet are those monkeys!

As you know, I have a lot of blue and white in my home.
I think that it's about time to incorporate a pop of orange.

Remember I told you last Summer that Dell's niece is author Marie Benedict?  Well, another niece of hers is Elizabeth Benedict who designed this table and is one of the founders of this fabulous event. 

Those plates make my heart go pitter-patter.

Do you ever use lemons to decorate?

Gorgeous centerpiece!

Another great color combo.

Great plates!

This is Shannon Gilmour, owner of Grace Interiors and the designer of this colorful table.

The event also featured decorated bar carts that were due to be auctioned off that evening.

This one was my fave!

I end with a funny story.  Before we got on the road, Annie wanted a cup of tea to warm her bones. So we stopped at a restaurant.  I ran to the ladies room and when I came back to the table, Annie whispered to me that the gentleman at the next table shot McDreamy on Grey's Anatomy. I thought she was crazy, he looked like a normal, successful businessman. I dared her to go over and ask him. 

Sure enough, Annie was right
That episode aired in 2010
Michael O'Neill was so gracious.  He is off to Savannah in a few weeks to begin filming a new TV show that is along the same vein as This Is Us. Count me in.

I don't know what I was more impressed with - the charming actor or Annie's razor-sharp memory and star sighting skills!

Have a great weekend!

Until next time...

This is Bailey, another friend that I made at the Design Center.
Between you and me, much better behaved than my two hooligans!

Preppy Empty Nester
Preppy Empty Nester

I'm Katie. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I am an empty nester meandering through my middle-aged years while entangled in the never-ending process of renovating an antique home on the South Shore of Massachusetts. I love to write about books, movies, TV, celebrities, decorating, and weekend adventures. My favorite writing material is derived from my family: the Mister, my girls, #1 and #2, and my two untrainable, rambunctious pups, Chowdah and Chili.


  1. Katie, I would have been in tablescape heaven! I enjoyed perusing each table and I am excited to see so much color and pattern mixing. Thanks for sharing and I spotted one of my china patterns on a table! Happy weekend!

  2. I will have to look for the Killer! We are off to Savannah next weekend for my sis in law's birthday. Katie, I LOVE that red coat!!! You look great!!

  3. I'm always a sucker for a good tablescape. I even have a Pinterest Board full of them! Thanks for taking us along on your journey. I really enjoyed seeing all of the different ideas.

  4. I have never seen so many beautiful tables and bar carts and such a fun event for a great cause. Isn't it the most fun meeting bloggers in person? Love that you met so many. Happy weekend, my friend!

  5. Wow - what a fun event! The tables are all so beautiful and inspiring. I'll be pinning some for future reference... How great that you also ran into fellow bloggers - I also read Danielle's blog. And little Bailey...what a sweetie. My Rosie would be wagging her tail everywhere and knocking over all the gorgeous tables! Great post!

  6. Oh, what jolly fun you had! I couldn't possibly pick a favorite but I really did love that Lion plate! You do the most fun things!


  7. Thanks for the great pictures. Any ideas about how to source some of the dishes?

  8. How truly fun this was! I love tablescaping and there were some great ones in there. Definitely consider adding some orange to your blue & white. It's fabulous. McDreamy's shooter! How dare he warm up to you ladies and turn on the charm!

  9. Oh this must have been another fun day for you Katie. Loved seeing all those gorgeous tables and the bar carts looked great. It's always fun when there's a star sighting! Sweet Bailey, I'm surprised you didn't want to take him home........hugs.

  10. It was so great to run into, Katie! Thanks for the shout out. How fun were all those tablescapes. So nice seeing them all in one space.


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