One of my favourite things about summer is the various opportunities for impromptu gatherings with friends. A couple of week-ends ago one such gathering took place at our country home with dear friends and their darling little boys.
Our back patio/entertaining area is a work in progress ... but that does not stop us from having a great time with friends. The work in progress is also great for keep things informal.
A garden themed tablecloth is quickly placed over the wrought iron table and the table is set.
A round blue scalloped place mat - reminds me of the delicate petals of flowers found in the garden; next a outdoor garden themed plate with flowers and garden inhabitants; topped off with a round dessert plate and napkin secured by a watering can napkin ring.
Mr. G BBQ'd some fabulous steaks and a delicious Caprese salad (a summer time staple at our summer time meals) was served along with baked (on BBQ) sweet potatoes and corn. This great meal was completed with....
...wonderful sweet delights!!!
Pastries from a local bakery.....
and a small red velvet Canada Day cake, from the grocery store.
While our friends and Mr.G. enjoyed their sweet delights with espressos ...
and some cognac .....
I enjoyed a wonderful cup of ginger green ...steeped in a single serving silver teapot...
and sipped from one of the Versace teacups, a collection which Mr. G started for me a couple of years ago. The cups size is perfect and I love the winged handle.
The inside of the rim is equally ornate.*
Our friends' eldest son Lucas is 2 years old and I would say a real cupcake eating expert! Super cute and well mannered. Our little furbabies were delighted with him as a playmate.
Not one tasty bite of this scrumptious red velvet cupcake with deadly icing was wasted...
His little brother Andrew is tres cute!! and we are certain will be giving Lucas some competition in the cupcake eating department soon!!
Do you find summer is filled with wonderful impromptu gatherings of friends at your home?
What is your favourite thing about entertaining in the summer?
* this teacup may have meant with a breaking ending that day...stay tuned for a future post.
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