Guess Who’s Coming For Brunch

At the Haven Conference you get to see and meet so many wonderful people, 

wonderful bloggers who over the years have become great friends.

For some time I wanted to have some fellow local bloggers over

and there was some discussion of this during the conference.

Then a sweet, talented blogger moved to our area.

So, how do you welcome her? Have a gathering.

Fall Brunch - Housepitality Designs

We finally came up with a date to get together.

Fall Brunch - Housepitality Designs

It was a beautiful Fall day.

Table set with flowers of Fall colors.

Fall Brunch - Housepitality Designs

A little parting gift of local soaps of Fall and Winter scents at each place setting.

Fall Brunch - Housepitality Designs

So what are the soaps tied together with?

The wired portion of a wired ribbon.

Fall Brunch Table Setting - Housepitality Designs

The place setting of Noritake Summer Estate.

Placemats and napkins by William-Sonoma.

Fall Brunch - Housepitality Designs

The placemats were rather large so I turned them lengthwise

and was a bit of a nice departure from the typical layout.

The centerpiece is a divided metal crate from Pottery Barn

with violet colored mason jars serving as containers for the flowers.

The mason jars were a beautiful gift from my friend Mary

who is famous for her magnificent tablescapes, not to mention her potting shed.

Fall Brunch - Housepitality Designs

Fall Brunch - Housepitality Designs

As you can see it was a beautiful day.

I took these photos as the sun was rising and shining  through the trees.

So guess who came for Brunch!

Fall Brunch - Housepitality Designs

We were welcoming Christy of 11 Magnolia Lane

who recently relocated here from Savannah, Georgia.

I am sure you will recognized many of the lovely ladies here.

Starting from the left of the table and going around clockwise are:

Richella of Imparting Grace

Lauren of The Endearing Home

Kristen of Sophia’s Decor (watch for her newly revamped blog coming soon)

Brittany of Pretty Handy Girl

I was so happy that Brittany was able to join us soon after having major surgery.

Susan of This Makes That

And last but not least, our guest of honor, Christy of 11 Magnolia Lane

Truly a wonderful day with beautiful people.

Here is a selfie that I took… is obvious that I will not receive

the selfie taking award. I totally cut off part of Brittany, who is truly the “pretty”

of Pretty Handy Girl.

Fall Brunch - Housepitality Designs

Have a most beautiful day. The leaves here are quickly turning

into the glorious brilliant Fall colors. Love this time of year!!

I am joining:

Imparting Grace for Grace at Home

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  1. How fun for all of you!! Shirley, you set such a beautiful table and I know they loved being in your home. 🙂
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  2. How exciting and fun!! Beautiful table, of course Shirley!!
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  3. Such fun! Pretty table and pretty ladies.
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  4. Thank you so much Shirley for hosting us for such a wonderful afternoon and brunch! The food was all so scrumptious and your table was beautifully set. It was great to see everyone, spend time catching up and of course to welcome Christy to North Carolina on such a lovely fall day. I also truly enjoyed the tour of your gorgeous home that is so warm and welcoming, just like you! Every room was beyond stunning, so cozy and beautifully decorated. It was such a fun day!
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  5. What fun! Your table looks so inviting – I love the metal crate you used for the centerpiece! I’m sure everyone enjoyed themselves!
    I did get to meet two sweet blogger friends last week. We had a blast! I’d love to meet you all!
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  6. Hi Shirley, What a fun day gathering with blog friends. Love the table you set for brunch and the perfect way to welcome Christy to NC. I am sure everyone had a wonderful time visiting and touring your gorgeous home. It is always special to meet blog friends in person. Love the photos. xo
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  7. You are the hostess with the mostess! What a beautiful table and how I wish I could have joined you!!
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  8. What a treat for the ladies, to dine at your beautifully set table and visit in your gorgeous home! Love the flower table arrangement! So glad that our brunch was a success! 🙂 ~Rhonda
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  9. You all must have had a wonderful time. Everything has the special Shirley touch, and your guests must have felt the love.♥

    The leaves are turning. I am surprised by the change just in the last week. Autumn is always a glorious gift to all of us.

  10. Hi Shirley, blogging parties are so fun. Looks like it was a wonderful time. Your table looks amazing. Have a wonderful day. Jo
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  11. Oh my goodness, Shirley, the day at your house just MADE my Fall! I was thrilled to be included, and of course I was absolutely delighted to see you and and to be in your beautiful, beautiful home. You are truly the hostess with the mostest!

    Hope your weekend was a good one and that you’re not washing away in all this rain!
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  12. What a wonderful idea! Wish I were relocating to your area 🙂 Have a wonderful day!
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  13. What a wonderful gathering of beautiful women! The table looked beautiful, and how nice that it was a pretty, Fall day! So, what was on the menu? How nice that you have that many local bloggers!!!
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  14. I’m so glad you took pictures of your beautiful table and shared them. I didn’t take nearly enough photos. Thanks again for hosting a wonderful brunch and giving me the opportunity to meet all these fabulous NC bloggers. I really had a great time and would love all your recipes too. Also, thanks for explaining what the soaps were tied with. I was very curious to where you got the thin wired ribbon. Mystery solved!
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  15. Aw, what a fun day you had with fellow bloggers. Everything is so pretty, you did it up right that’s for sure.
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  16. How fun, such a great group of ladies and your table setting was stunning.
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  17. Oh how fun! So beautiful Shirley. I loved your parting gift idea. The dishes and lines are gorgeous too. 🙂
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  18. Shirley, you do great things with a table! I always get ideas from you and love that you think outside the box. Like turning the place mats and using the wired part of a ribbon. Bet it was a fun day!

  19. What an awesome bunch of ladies and bloggers! Your table setting is gorgeous! I love the soap gifts; the wired ribbon is so cute! I can only imagine the conversations and laughter going on during this brunch. I know a great time was had by all! You have such a lovely home that is perfect for hosting get togethers!
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  20. Shirley you are THE best hostess and what a fun blogger luncheon!!
    This is such an amazing group of women, love them all and their accomplishments!!

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    Artist Lesley Schiff!
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  21. so jealous…I don’t know what to say, except invite me next time. you are truly the most giving and have such a beautiful heart .
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  22. Fun Shirley! Wish I could have joined you – but one more may have really messed with your selfie taking skills!!

  23. A truly lovely table, Shirley. I especially love your centerpiece! It looks like it was a very special luncheon. Thanks for sharing. Rosie @ The Magic Hutch
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  24. Oh how fun! Your table was set beautifully- looks like you all had a nice time!

  25. So much fun and I love the centerpiece of flowers. So happy you ladies had a great time.

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  26. oh I bet you ladies had a wonderful time!
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  27. Shirley, I had such a wonderful time!! Thanks again for hosting such a beautiful get-together… You are truly the “hostess of the mostess”! I just loved meeting all the other bloggers in the area and reconnecting with friends!

  28. Your table setting is lovely. I did a blogger brunch and day of antiquing a few years back. There ended up being about 15 bloggers and some of their husbands. They guys went out to eat with my hubbie and then came back and watched football. Our friend Kim from Savvy Southern Style was one of the many bloggers who came. They actually came from NC, SC, Ga and Tennessee! It was so much fun.

    Looks like you all had a great time!
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  29. Your table is lovely and it looks like everyone had a great time.

  30. What a lovely, lovely table setting and group of ladies! I know there must have been lots of great conversation while enjoying your wonderful cooking, Shirley!
    Mary Alice
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  31. So sweet of you, Shirley but you are sweet. Love the table setting…. And the pictures of you and the bloggers are nice. I know all had a wonderful time in your company and beautiful home…..

  32. what a good looking group of ladies….i know ya’ll had fun. we had a similar get together here in montgomery quite a while ago (more than 5 years i think) and it was a lot of fun, really need to do it again, although a few have moved away and some don’t blog anymore, as far as i know.

    your tablescape looked lovely shirley…..i know everyone appreciated all the effort you put into hosting.

  33. Shirley,everything..Looks so lovely.I’m source your guest felt very special.That is such a creative way you did your placemats.Just one question,what did you serve? 🙂

  34. What a great group of bloggers and your tablescape is stunning. Everything looked so Fallish. So glad that you all had a wonderful time and welcomed a new blogger to the area.
    Happy Halloween – have fun with your little sweetie.

  35. How wonderful, Shirley:) The table was dressed so lovely for your gathering! I’m sure all of you lovelies had a wonderful day!
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  36. Shirley–It was such a wonderful brunch, and I loved meeting everyone! THANK YOU for your gracious hospitality. I can’t tell you how excited I am to have you close by. Looking forward to lunch next week! XOXO, Christy
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  37. Shirley,
    Will you let us know when Kristin’s blog returns? She is such a talent I have missed.

  38. Beautiful table!

  39. It looks like great fun!!! What a nice way to be welcomed to a new area.
    Michelle from

  40. Looks like so much fun! Your table is absolutely beautiful and I love the flower arrangement. Just gorgeous.

  41. What a fun day for all of you, and Shirley you set a beautiful table and made it so special for everyone! Bloggers are the BEST!!
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  42. How much fun Shirley, and your table looks gorgeous!
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  43. What a fun group Shirley and what a beautiful table! All that gorgeous fall sunlight highlighting your wonderful architectural pieces in the window and corners! I love the placemats turned on the table. I have that same fun PB bottle tote, it makes the perfect picnic caddy. It’s beautiful with your jars of flowers for a centerpiece on your table! Thank you for your high praise, I’m chuckling at the ‘famous’ part 🙂
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  44. It was truly gracious of you to have this gathering to welcome a fellow blogger. There’s no substitute for meeting someone face to face! I’ll be meeting two blog buds next week and I can’t wait!

    I have a small round dining table and just the other day used placemats like you did because they were just too large otherwise, so I had to smile when I came across this post. :).

    Happy Halloween Shirley!
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  45. It all looks so beautiful, Shirley and know that was fun for all. Love meeting blog friends in person!!
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  46. What a nice group of ladies… Thanks for the share… I subscribed to most of the blogs…
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  47. Shirley, you knocked it out of the park with this beautiful brunch! The table is just perfect and such a unique idea to use the ribbon in that manner. I feel sure the food was delicious! Such a wonderful way to get together and meet all these special ladies in person. Now, would you please come to Texas? 🙂

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