This past weekend my husband and I hosted our supper club. Through out the year a different couple hosts every month. I was thrilled when I found out we would be hosting in May because the weather is still mild and flowers are in full bloom. We decided early on we would set up the dinner table on our back porch because it is one of our favorite areas in the house. I wanted the dinner to be casual and comfortable but special at the same time. With hydrangeas in full bloom, I knew I wanted them to be the centerpieces of my table. Luckily, I have a very gracious mother-in-law who has a yard full and told me to help myself.
When I saw all of the gorgeous full blooms in her yard I was in heaven! It was like I was in the garden of never ending hydrangeas. Even after I filled the back of my car it looked like I hadn’t touched the bushes.
Needless to say, I got more than I needed for just the table but I knew of many many places through out my house where they would look perfect! I had a blast prepping the flowers and getting them into arrangements. Side note – Some of you may know this already but for those of you who don’t it will change your life. My mom taught me an amazing trick on how to get flowers to sit perfectly in a vase. You wrap a rubber band around the base of the flowers and it holds them perfectly in place! Try it next time you make an arrangement!
Another great tip for all you Nest candle lovers out there…after you burn a candle all the way down clean the remaining wax out with some very hot water and soap and you will be left with a beautiful vase. I have been saving mine for a while now and they come in very handy for a dinner party.
Now that I had all of the flowers ready to go it was time to figure out where all I could put them in my house. I found about every available spot and stuck a pretty arrangement! I probably went a little overboard but when it comes to hydrangeas, more is always better!
Now that I have gone on and on about how much I love hydrangeas, I can now focus on the actual table! We opted for blue willow china mixed with casual printed napkins all set apart by small tea light candles.
All in all it was a wonderful evening with great friends! I can’t end this post until I include one last detail from that night. We served a signature drink that was amazing and I most certainly can’t take credit for it. We had the mixologist at Victors Bistro infuse a vodka with blackberries, raspberries and blueberries. She then mixed it with freshly squeezed juices and topped off each cocktail with a splash of Sprite. It was a hit! Even the guys loved it!