Friday, May 4, 2012

4 Sisters Brunch with a Pig

I've got a little story to tell you . . . the names may have been changed to protect the innocent . . . the facts may be embellished (literary license) for entertainment . . . but the rest of it, well, you can bet the farm on it.

There once were 4 sisters who gathered together for a special Mother's Day brunch . . .

They dined on the 'balcony' (fancy way of saying upper deck) on a table sprinkled with sunflowers, and one giant sunflower that was the center of attention.

Sunflowers were their mother's favorite flower.
soften the faux grass edge with reindeer moss and the tray with a extra long burlap scarf (actually just a fabric remant I fringed and use randomly throughout the year ;)

The 'Magic' Sunflower standing in the faux grass was super easy -- after I learned this fun trick from Jonathan Fong of Style with a Smile TV. All it takes is a metal surface (in this case, a gorgeous Covington Tray) and a magnet hot glued to the base of the flower stem (for fresh flowers you'll need to glue the magnet to a flat head nail and insert the nail into the flower stem). I've used Gerbera Daisies with great success, but since this sunflower was top heavy I used a larger magnet and even placed a few rocks around the base of the stem in case a breeze came through (I didn't want it to fall into my sister's fruit salad . . . or did I ;). Anyhoo -- the bigger the flower head, the bigger the magnet base I always say.

The youngest sister doesn't cook . . . but she sets a cute table.

And included a little gift at each place setting.

A pretty little fabric bag filled with jewelry.

Some of the sisters are bossy, so their stemware charms make them feel in charge.

Many trips to the 'beverage station' were taken . . .
. . . where they were greeted by . . .
. . . another proud sunflower (this one in a vase) and an old soda crate filled with succulents,
mimosas are a brunch staple
a Pig (planter) holding a bottle of champange next to a pitcher of orange juice.  Pigs always make an appearance when the sisters gather (long-standing 'who's the biggest pig humor). 

And of course . . .
MoM!  The lady who made their lives possible.

The sisters exchanged funny cards (tucked behind mom's frame) . . . kudoos to the one who brought the most hilarious and original card to the party!

The sisters will likely stay on 'the balcony' most of the day.  Brunching with a PiG and . . .
. . . thinking of the lady who loved sunflowers that brought them all together.

Resources for the wonderful pieces that dedicated their time and patience to this brunch ►
•  PiG -- a gift from a sister (of course) made in Mexico, she picked up at a locally owned West Texas import shop.
•  Tuscan (turquoise) Pitcher, and Tuscan Tidbit & Saucer, retired Southern Living at Home products
•  Gramercy Beverage Server, Willow House
•  Emerson Wine Glasses, Willow House
•  Frame of my gorgeous mom, a gift from my (oldest & wisest) sister
•  Sunflowers, Large Stemmed from Hobby Lobby; Small Paper (sprinkled on table) Pottery Barn
•  Juniper (green) Vase (with iron frame), retired Southern Living at Home product
•  Soda Crate filled with Succlents, garage sale find repurposed over here
•  White Tablecloth, efavormart
•  Burlap Table Runners, made from fabric yardage bought at Hobby Lobby
•  Covington Serving Tray, Willow House
•  Faux Grass & Reindeer Moss, Hobby Lobby
•  Black Rocks, Pottery Barn
•  Cabbage Leaf Placemats, Grandin Road (only seemed to be carried at Easter, every year)
•  Emerson Iced Beverage Glasses, Willow House
•  Gallery Flatware, retired Southern Living at Home product
•  Villa Stoneware Dinnerplate, retired Willow House product (ask me :)
•  Tuscan Accent Plate, retired Southern Living at Home product (ask me :)
•  Drake Firefly Lantern, Willow House
•  Sara Blaine Jewelry Bag & Willow House Jewelry by Sara Blaine, available here
•  Sunflower Garden Seat, Pier 1 Imports (many moons ago)
•  Pillows on Bench, Embroidered Scroll from Willow House

Thanks so much for stopping in :) this post is being linked up with ►
•  Between Naps on the Porch, Tablescapes Thursday
•  504 Main Tickled Pink Friday
•  Chic on a Shoestring Flaunt it Friday
•  Serenity Now: Weekend Bloggy Reading
•  Stuff and Nonsense: Friday's Unfolded
•  At the Picket Fench: Inspiration Friday
•  The Shabby Nest's Frugal Friday
•  French Country Cottage, Feathered Nest Friday
•  Thrifty Decorating, Thrifty Thursday's
•  Saved by Love, Thrifty Thursday
•  The Shabby Creek Cottage's Transformation Thursday
•  Brandy Craft's Get Your Brag On
•  Embracing Change Creative Inspirations Party
•  DiY by Design Swing into Spring Party
•  Coastal Charm Nifty Thrifty Tuesdays
•  Salt Tree Open Call Tuesdays
•  Uncommon Slice of Suburbia Tuesdays Treasures
•  Addicted 2 Decorating's Addicts (not so) Anonymous Party
•  Seasonal Sundays with The Tablescaper
•  Six Sisters Strut Your Stuff Saturday
•  Petite Hermine Sunday Linky Party
•  Organised Housewife Linky Party
•  My 1929 Charmer Sunday's Best
•  Under the Table & Dreaming's Sunday Showcase
•  Funky Junk Saturday Night Special Patios
•  Simply Klassic Home - Simply Klassic Sunday
•  Tator Tots & Jello Weekend Wrap Up Party


  1. This is a very nice tablescape! Sunflowers are my favorite. Neat idea with the cactus in the Coke box :)

    1. Thanks JoAnn! Sunflowers are such a happy flower to me, and I really enjoyed putting this tablescape together. The succulents have been growing nicely -- I think even I can keep them alive ;)

      I greatly appreciate you stopping in and for the follow! Have a fabulous weekend!

  2. What an exquisite post. I'd love to have you join Seasonal Sundays.

    - The Tablescaper

    1. I absolutely will stop in on Sunday! Thanks Tablescaper -- much appreciated :)

  3. Fun table! Love the sunflowers, cabbage placemats, and gifts for all. What a joy to spend time with sisters. Your table reminds me of how much I love my sister Sue. So, I'll give her a call. See how you have inspired someone! Thanks for posting. ~CJ

    1. Thanks CJ! So happy you stopped by :) for a bit of inspiration ♥

  4. Love the story- makes me miss my sisters! Hope you all had a wonderful time at your beautiful table!

    1. Thanks Ann for stopping in and the compliment :) The relationship between sisters is such a special one. I have been blessed! Blessings to you!♥

  5. Oh, so incredibly sweet!!! Hi! I'm visiting your blog for the first time from BNOTP tonight. What a sweet and uplifting post! Sisters will be sisters, so this was especially entertaining. What a really neat tribute to your Mom and to each other as you celebrate together. I love the way you used the reindeer moss to soften the edges of the faux grass. Very clever maneuver! The single sunflower is WAY cool, too!!!!!!!!! Very pretty table, and I wish you and your sisters (even the bossy one!) a very Happy Mothers Day!

    1. Alycia -- you are a sweetheart for stopping in and making me feel all special with your comment, thank you! I am glad you ran across my link on BNOTP's Tablescape Thursday. Hope to hear from you again soon, take care ♥

  6. What a great post, and so very sweet of you! I so enjoyed reading the story and miss my sisters too. I know you all had to have a great time. Loving all the sunflowers, great look. Thanks for sharing you creative inspiration at Sunday's Best Par.tay! PS - following you on Linky!

    1. Cathy, I SOooo appreciate the follow and your blog! Thank you for hosting a great party, it is so fun to find new blogs and be filled with inspiration. Thanks for stopping in -- all my best!

  7. Your table looks lovely, just beautiful!

    1. Thank you for stopping in -- And for the follow ♥
      much appreciated and I hope you are having a wonderful week!
      Take care,

  8. Beautiful table and even more beautiful story! Lucky you could all come together.
    ~ ~Ahrisha~~

    1. Thanks Ahrisha! much appreciated
      ♥ Susie

  9. Your table setting looks lovely! So cute!! We loved having you link up to our "Strut Your Stuff Saturday." We hope you'll be back with more great recipes! -The Sisters

    1. Thanks so much! Love your blog and I greatly appreciate you hosting the Saturday Party!
      Take care --

  10. Photos and arrangements are beautiful!


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♥ Susie