observed by Diane » photo journal for those who enjoy vignettes of an ordinary life

Category Archives: Gathering

Lately . . .

Lately … . . . We have been entertaining by having couples over for brunch — what a great way to entertain! Nearly everything can be made in advance so that the morning-of all that’s needed is toss things in the oven, pull the fruit/berry plate out of the fridge, brown the sausages, and wait […]

View full post »

On Amaryllis, Dinner Parties, and Pinterest

This is the first year I’ve been able to get my amaryllis bulbs to re-grow and reproduce for me. This white one is a real beauty, though the pink & white striped one is now pushing out of the pot as if desperate to bloom before Christmas. According to Canadian Gardening, “It’s a native of […]

View full post »

Host-Hostess Gift Etiquette

{NOTE: In this particular blog post, the photos included are not my own, with the exception of just one. I have given credit for each of the sources.} It’s the time of year when we begin receiving more invitations to dinner parties, cocktail parties, and open houses. No matter how well we know the person/couple […]

View full post »

One of the Delights of Life

It was our turn to host Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner with our local newcomer’s club. Eight couples, lots of fine food, and plenty of interesting conversation. I love dinner parties.  And then up early this morning, enjoyed our cappuccino, and joined our regular dog-walking group for an exhilarating walk along the beautiful Englishman River. […]

View full post »

Easy Peasy Hostess Gifts

I love giving hostess gifts and lately I’ve been trying to come up with ideas for gifts with a homemade touch. When we’re invited to someone’s home for dinner we always bring the age-old standby of a bottle of good wine. But I always feel that isn’t enough considering the host and hostess have spent […]

View full post »