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Talk of the Weekend #33 (and a Giveaway!)

painted wicker yellow accents porchHappy Weekend!  Yes, I totally abandoned the blog for a week. Sorry friends, but I had to let it go.  We have been traveling and going to events for our daughter at her college as she winds up her senior year.  (How in the world is it time for graduation???) But I am back in blogland, and I have a giveaway for you today too. 🙂  So what shall we talk about this weekend?

Let’s start with food…always a good thing to start with right? Most of the weather this week has been dreary cloudy, and for some reason, rainy weather makes me crave breakfast dishes.  Does the same thing happen to you?  Anyway, since I had that creme brulee French toast for Valentine’s Day, I have been wanting to find a recipe to duplicate it.  I think I found it here, except I plan to use croissants for the bread in it like the restaurant did. This is going on my list-of-things-to-cook very soon. Yum!

Creme Brulee French toast casserole recipe Mirlandras Kitchensource

Now moving on from food to kitchens.  This is an oldie-but-goodie located in Atlanta. Don’t you love those plank walls and that charming light?

Atlanta kitchensource

And through the doorway you can see this perfect little butler’s pantry.
(Be sure to click on the links.  There is more of the house to see there.)

butlers pantry Atlanta kitchensource

This kitchen, designed by David Sharff Architects of Medfield, Massachusetts, has such wonderful windows to let in all that natural light!  And not only is there a lot of glass with the windows, but there is more in the upper cabinets and in that transom. Beautiful!

kitchen with white cabinets and blue accents David Sharffsource

I must be in a “kitchen mood,” because here is another one for you to see.  This one is in Madison, Georgia.  The range hood wood lines up perfectly with the walls, and isn’t that old flooring gorgeous?!  Do any of you know what the piece of stained wood is there below the sink?  Is it just trim, or does it serve some purpose?

Madison Georgia home kitchensource

And look at the foyer in the house!
All those pressed flowers remind me of the botanicals in our foyer. 🙂

dark botanicalssource

Yes, another kitchen.  This beauty is in Palmetto Bluff where we traveled a few years ago.  I especially like how they built the island with the seating and the open shelving.

Palmetto Bluff home kitchen Traditional Homesource

Here is the exterior that belongs to it.  You will want to see the entire house on the website. 🙂

Palmetto Bluff home exterior Traditional Homesource

Okay, one last kitchen.  When I read that this one is on St. Simons Island, (Georgia) I just had to check it out.  Then I learned it is a rental.  What a fabulous place for a group to stay!  All that old brick really adds to the vintage style of the space.

St Simons Carriage House kitchensource

Here are the living and dining areas of that house…more brick!
You can see that the three sets of French doors open to the private pool area.

St Simons Carriage House living roomsource

Alright no more kitchens today.

Some time ago, I wrote a post about the work of Barbara Westbrook.  At the time, I could not find photos of her personal home, but since then some have appeared on her website.  The bathroom below is from her home, and if you follow the link below the photos, you can check out many more rooms in her pretty house.

Barbara Westbrook homesource

Now let’s talk about cleaning.  I did some spring cleaning after we got home from our trips.  (Hallelujah!) Have any of you seen these products by Common Good at your local Target?  Our store has not carried any of them, and I am a sucker for the cute packaging!  The all purpose cleaner comes in 4 scents, and I was wondering which you prefer.

Common Good at

And have any of you seen Disney’s new Jungle Book movie?  I have read mixed reviews.  We have not seen it yet but hope to soon. The old animated version was one of our favorites around here when our children were young. I am also excited that Disney will be releasing Roald Dahl’s BFG on July 1st.

BFG movie poster Disneysource

The trailer looks rather scary, but the book was always always one of the favorites of my students when I taught 3rd grade.  In fact, my copy of the book is very worn from being passed around so much. 🙂

And now lets go from movies made from books to simply books. 🙂

If you enjoyed Mary Kay Andrews’ Beach Town you will want to read the prequel, Change of Scene that just came out.  This short read is only available in e-reader format.

Change of Scene Mary Kay Andrews

Change of Scene: A 100 Page Novella

(My Amazon Affiliate link)

And make plans to get a copy of her newest full length novel, The Weekenders, when it is released on May 17 – just one month away!  It will make your perfect summer read.

The Weekenders Mary Kay Andrews

The Weekenders: A Novel

(My Amazon affiliate link)

Now do you remember the book, Dear Carolina that I wrote about here last year?  I loved LOVED it, and it was amazing to me that it was Kristy Woodson Harvey’s very first novel.  She managed to give two main characters authentic voices throughout the story and tie them together in a heartfelt way.  Plus it just left me feeling good when it ended.  Don’t you just love it when books do that?!

Dear Carolina by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Dear Carolina
(My Amazon affiliate link)

Well she has written her second novel, Lies and Other Acts of Love. (Totally unrelated to her first one.) You have probably seen it in a number of places in blogland.  Karen at Garden Home and Party wrote a perfect review of it here.  Like Karen, I enjoyed this second novel even more than the first…and that is saying a lot!  I read it while we were on our recent trip.  At one point we were stopping to go in a store, and I was at a really good part of the book.  I commented to my husband, “Do you suppose I could find a chair in there and sit and read this book some more??!!”  Seriously, it was that good.  The girl’s got talent! 🙂

Lies and Other Acts of Love by Kristy Woodson Harvey

Lies and Other Acts of Love

April 9th marked the 4th birthday of Talk of the House.  To celebrate and thank you for your wonderful readership I’d like to do another giveaway for you:  a copy of both of Kristy’s books and a $50 gift card to

April 2016 giveaway from Talk of the HouseTo enter, simply leave a comment on any/or all posts that publish between 4/17/2016 and 11:59 p.m. Eastern time 4/24/2016 (on the blog itself – not an email reply please)- one comment per post please.  I’ll announce the winner, chosen from a random drawing, in the first post that publishes after that.

I hope you take the time to leave a comment to enter.  Both of the novels are soooo good, and if you win, you could spend your gift card on….more books! 🙂  (Or anything else you would like.) Any of these would make great Mother’s Day gifts.  Good luck to all of you!

Until next time…

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Susan - April 23, 2016 - 4:01 pm

Thank you for such a fun post and chance for a giveaway!! Books, recipes, kitchens….the perfect post!

Rosemary - April 23, 2016 - 4:25 am

Sorry I’m so late commenting! It’s been my daughters birthday …busy …but very happy few days 🙂 I hope you had a wonderful time with your daughter…in fact I’m sure you did! Great blog post, as always! The Creme brûlée French toast …just looks amazing ….variations on “bread pudding” is always my favourite dessert and not found on many menus. My all time favourite is one made with brioche and apricots …just perfect!
Hope you’re having a good week!

Kathleen - April 22, 2016 - 9:54 am

I love the mix of topics that you present. I am also an avid reader, so really appreciate knowing about the Kristy Woodson Harvey books. Thank you for sharing on your blog! I am a big admirer of your beautiful and decorative handwriting on your chalkboard and gift tags, and always wonder how you accomplish that. Perhaps you could focus on that in a post one day…Best wishes!

Kimberly - April 22, 2016 - 7:09 am

I really enjoyed this post. It covers everything. I love the kitchen photos and movie and book recommendations. The books would make great gifts and I am excited to learn that you enjoyed Ms. Harvey’s second book more than the first. That is really saying something.

Karen H. - April 21, 2016 - 5:11 pm

Thanks for sharing!

Sally - April 21, 2016 - 12:08 pm

Thank you for sharing your beautiful ideas, your home, your travels and family with us.

Cindy - April 19, 2016 - 10:35 pm

I always enjoy seeing what books you are reading. I’ve never read any of Kristy Harvey’s books, but thought I would really enjoy them after reading the description. What a treat it would be to win them since my library didn’t have them. So sweet of you to do that! Looking forward to seeing all the fun graduation posts that will surely be coming in the future! 🙂

Emily - April 19, 2016 - 9:25 pm

Love looking at all those kitchens!! I got some ideas for decorating my own! Thanks for sharing!!

Claire @A PREPPY PERSPECTIVE - April 19, 2016 - 2:47 pm

Happy Birthday Talk of the House! I can’t believe it’s been 4 years already! And thank you so much for all the inspiration you share here! 🙂 Your blog is just amazing Kelly!

Ann Fuller - April 19, 2016 - 1:43 pm

I love your pictures and descriptions of lovely homes. I also love to read and enjoy getting a tip on a good book. Thanks for both!

Libby Barnette - April 19, 2016 - 10:24 am

Although I am many years your senior I love reading your cheerful blog and always love the lovely homes you feature. Living in Chas. SC I am familiar with many of the places you feature. I am reading the Jan Karon series of Mitford novels because of your praises. Don’t know how I missed them 20 years ago.

Lisa - April 19, 2016 - 10:08 am

I’m definitely making the creme brulee French toast. Looks delicious.The books sound like great reads.
Want to take my granddaughters to see The Jungle Book. They’re 4 & 5. I’m wondering if some scenes will be too intense.

Terri - April 19, 2016 - 9:44 am

Love reading Mary Kay Andrews…. and recently read Dear Carolina by Kristy Harvey…. What a great story!! Love it !!! (Now to check out some of these kitchens you posted!!!) 🙂

Amy O'Quinn - April 19, 2016 - 9:36 am

Love all these gorgeous kitchens! I don’t think the Madison house has been on any of the tours (at least not the Christmas ones I’ve been on), but I hope it will be! I’d love to see that one!
Thanks also for the book recommendations–I love to find new-to-me authors. 🙂

Sandy - April 19, 2016 - 5:48 am

Oh what a nice birthday gift your giveaway would be for me; April 24 is my big day. My husband and I celebrated early at the Biltmore Village Hotel this past weekend. Yes, we toured the House and Gardens too and visited the free wine samples daily.

Lynne - April 18, 2016 - 11:19 pm

I was going to buy the books you mentioned, but maybe? I’ll get lucky and win them? Thanks for a great give away!

Barbara - April 18, 2016 - 11:13 pm

Hi Kelly…I love, love your blog…your ideas are so practical and down to earth and beautiful! I find myself anticipating your next post. Thank you for sharing your talents with all of us. Your table settings are always so pretty. I really liked your Easter table. Out of curiosity, you seem to always set the table…dinner plate, salad plate, etc, but you also serve buffet style. Do you collect the plates and place them on the buffet table before serving or when your table is set, as in your Easter table, do you place food on the table to pass? I have a dinner coming up and I am weighing my options on this. I love the way the table looks when it is set with pretty dishes, but buffet is prob more practical. Thank you again for this wonderful blog.

Row. - April 18, 2016 - 10:25 pm

Oh that brick in the kitchen!!! :::swoon:::
Thank you for this fantastic giveaway! looking forward to reading these…adding them all to my wish list!

Marsha - April 18, 2016 - 9:26 pm

I would love to read these books!

Carolyn - April 18, 2016 - 8:45 pm

Thanks for the giveaway opportunity. I like to have new authors recommended to me, and admittedly I am a book addict, and would enjoy expanding my collection! As for the decorating eye candy, I love Barbara Westbrook’s house and could easily move in and not change a thing.

Barbara - April 18, 2016 - 8:30 pm

Thanks for the book recommendation, Kelly. While I don’t have any beach time scheduled in my near future, I have a 12 hour drive to Colorado and need something to read. I will be sure and get my copy of Kristy’s book.

Congratulations on four years!!


Kristy Woodson Harvey - April 18, 2016 - 8:06 pm

Congratulations on 4 years! And thank you for hosting a giveaway of my books!

Nicole - April 18, 2016 - 7:39 pm

I’m really loving that Butler’s pantry – although the idea of neat tiny little spaces I love even though I’m not neat by nature. Those books look so good too! I’m so happy I found your blog! What a nice giveaway!

Kathy P. - April 18, 2016 - 5:59 pm

I read “Dear Carolina” at your recommendation and loved it. Can’t wait to get the new book.

Debbie Powell - April 18, 2016 - 2:27 pm

Congratulations on your blog Anniversary! I so enjoy your posts! I love your website and all that you share.

Gina - April 18, 2016 - 2:06 pm

Wow, four years! I’m not sure how long I’ve been reading, but I think I need to take some time to go back and read some of your archives!! 🙂 Oh, and the links in this post. 😉 Glad you were able to get away and enjoy your daughter’s graduation festivities. Thanks for the inspiration and give away!! 🙂

Donnamae - April 18, 2016 - 12:58 pm

Those were all beautiful kitchens! And, thanks for the opportunity to win such a generous gift? I could use some good summer reads! 😉

Cindy - April 18, 2016 - 10:56 am

Wow – 4 years – Congratulations! Love your website 🙂 Both books sound good, can’t wait to read them!

Lynn - April 18, 2016 - 10:36 am

Thank you for posting the recipe for Creme Brulee’ French toast – I am going to try that for sure!! Thank you also for the chance to win your wonderful giveaway ~ I look so forward to your postings on your blog!

P. - April 18, 2016 - 10:33 am

Thanks for the recommendations. I’ve been studying your porch photos too, as I get myself psyched up to paint the wicker I’ve been given! Hope you have a lovely week.

Valerie - April 18, 2016 - 10:29 am

Love the kitchens. Starting a kitchen remodel and got some ideas. Happy 4th Anniversary. Enjoy your blog so much!

Helen - April 18, 2016 - 10:15 am

So glad you posted about books – I need a couple to read on vacation this year and these look great.

liz piccione-volger - April 18, 2016 - 10:14 am

Happy Anniversary! I would love to read these. You’ve mentioned this author before and its been on my list. Thanks for the opportunity. And I love the ceiling in that Palmetto Bluff home’s kitchen!

Pat - April 18, 2016 - 9:53 am

Oh, my! Books and kitchens are two of my favorite things! I will have to try a new author but then I get hooked and have to read everything they wrote.

Wendy D. - April 18, 2016 - 9:50 am

I just love Mary Kay Andrews, and I did not know she has a new release!! Putting it on my summer reading list now. I have it read anything by Kristy, but they sound great. Always love to find new favorite authors. As always thank you for the inspiration and also the wonderful giveaway.

Jenna M - April 18, 2016 - 9:38 am

Happy anniversary! 🙂

Margaret - April 18, 2016 - 9:34 am

I just recently discovered your blog and have enjoyed your posts and beautiful pictures. Thanks.

Kay - April 18, 2016 - 9:34 am

Thanks for the recommendations. Love your blog and would love to win.

Ang Wilbie - April 18, 2016 - 9:33 am

Your talent for decorating and entertaining is incomparable- love your sense of style, Kelly! As an 8th grade teacher I could sure use an escape from this craziness that is middle school, and for me, reading is it. I hope I win! Thanks!

Peggy Mossing - April 18, 2016 - 9:26 am

I cannot believe that your daughter is a senior already! Can’t wait to read my prizes!! Thanks for your upbeat and beautiful blog.

Linda - April 18, 2016 - 9:15 am

Your porch is just beautiful. Makes we want to read a book and drink ice tea. Have a great week.

Marsha Greer - April 18, 2016 - 8:47 am

Your blogs are like candy! So sweet and good you never know what you will get…but you just can’t wait for the next “piece” to be shared! Thanks!

Catarina G - April 18, 2016 - 8:37 am

Thank you, Kelly, for your generous giveaway.
As you know i am an avid reader of your blog and a huge fan of your pictures.
I have that authour on my To Be Read list for such a long time (well not so long but as book are concern too many are not enougth!) and I would really like to give her a try.
Love from Portugal.

Cheri G - April 18, 2016 - 8:33 am

I love all of your reviews from places to stay.. to restaurants…shopping and books. I LOVE to read and always like to hear what other folks have to say about the books they read (even bad reviews) and to check out new authors (new to me). This is a really wonderful giveaway…thanks Kelly.

Jacki G. - April 18, 2016 - 8:17 am

Keeping my fingers crossed that I will win this lovely prize. Thanks for offering it!

Tracy K - April 18, 2016 - 6:19 am

Congrats on the blog anniversary and on your daughter’s graduation! These books are on my Want to Read list.

Nancy - April 18, 2016 - 1:32 am

Thank you for new authors to read this summer! I needed some recommendations. I so enjoy your blog. I wish you posted every day.😊

susan - April 18, 2016 - 1:00 am

Kelly – Oh Gosh! Loved loved this post! Loved all the kitchens….and how I would love to win those books! Been looking for a good read!!

L. - April 18, 2016 - 12:26 am

I love your blog. It is so refreshing to read about a family who prioritizes what’s truly important in life. Thanks for sharing your heart!

Laura - April 18, 2016 - 12:19 am

Love your blog…and these books sound like must-reads to me!

Dianne R - April 17, 2016 - 11:50 pm

Kelly- I love hearing great book reviews as I am always on the look out for an escape to dive into! Thank you also for giving this California girl peeks into Southern and island homes and places to get away to. Dianne

LJ - April 17, 2016 - 11:17 pm

I too can scarcely believe that your daughter is in her senior year and that the blog is four years old. Congrats! on both–daughter finishing and blog is 4-years old.

Diana Taylor - April 17, 2016 - 11:12 pm

I just put Dear Carolina on my Amazon Wishlist! I can’t wait to read it. And I think I will try the Creme Brûlée French Toast soon when company comes. Love your blog!

Garden, Home and Party - April 17, 2016 - 10:45 pm

I followed the links on each of the kitchens you’ve shared…what great homes connected to these beautiful kitchens.
There are so many wonderful kitchens, the heart of the home!
Thank you for the shout out. Didn’t you just love Lies and Other Acts of Love. I know many of my friends have ordered Kristy’s book. They are enjoying it as much as you and me!
P.S. I did miss you last week.

Ellen Martin - April 17, 2016 - 10:37 pm

Although I don’t comment often, I do love your blog, and look forward to each post. Congratulations to your daughter on graduating from college. I look forward to seeing the party you plan for her. Can’t wait to try the creme brulee French toast!

Sherry Myers - April 17, 2016 - 10:36 pm

I can’t wait to try the recipe. It looks delicious. My favorite kitchen is the one in Bluffton. Clean and cool looking! I plan to see if they carry the Common Ground products at our Target. I love the packaging. Love pretty packages. I appreciate the book reviews. They sound so intriguing. Thank you for this opportunity. Congratulations on your daughter’s graduation and your time spent together. Memories made and long remembered. Time is so swift. Enjoy it. Can’t wait for the week’s posts.

Sharon - April 17, 2016 - 10:33 pm

Can’t wait to try the French Toast recipe. Looks Yummy! I love the home on Palmetto Bluff.

Pamela Christopher - April 17, 2016 - 10:30 pm

How wonderful, my birthday was April 9. I was so glad to get this great post. Such lovely rooms and great book reviews. I would be honored to be considered in this great giveaway.

Joanne - April 17, 2016 - 10:25 pm

Can’t wait to read Kristy Woodson Harvey’s novels. Sounds like great reading while at Folly Beach in May with girlfriends. Love Talk of the House!

Shannon - April 17, 2016 - 10:17 pm

I’m always looking for new authors, thanks for the recommendation 😊

Janna - April 17, 2016 - 10:17 pm

Happy 4th Birthday! And, Happy Graduation to Hayley (hard to believe)! I want to get one of your book choices for beach trip this June- thanks for the suggestions!

Jeanne bell - April 17, 2016 - 10:02 pm

Happy Anniversary, I have followed you from the first and you keep getting better. Thanks for taking us along on your journey.

Eva - April 17, 2016 - 9:58 pm

Your blog is one of my favorites.Thanks for the giveaway.I am always looking for a great read.

Debbie S. - April 17, 2016 - 9:51 pm

Happy Birthday! And here you are, Kelly, giving us a chance for presents! Should be the other way around, but thank you! Have loved your blog from the beginning!

Marilyn - April 17, 2016 - 9:43 pm

I love your blog–and so much enjoy seeing your decorating ideas!

Nancy - April 17, 2016 - 9:42 pm

Always look forward to reading your blog. Would love this giveaway. Thanks for the opportunity.
Nancy (in NE GA)

Debbie w - April 17, 2016 - 9:39 pm

Would love some summer reading ! Thanks for a perfect giveaway!

Bonnie - April 17, 2016 - 9:25 pm

Both of those books sound like a great read! Perfect for a summer break.

Bonnie - April 17, 2016 - 9:24 pm

What an enjoyable post of various things! Glad that you’ve been busy enjoying time as your daughter graduates and changes the focus in her life. I love to read, and have several children who like to read, and now, my 87-year-old mother lives with us (and, she’s a reader as well). Thank you for sharing your thoughts and your giveaway!

Mickey - April 17, 2016 - 9:18 pm

Love reading all about your adventures, cooking, decorating, family etc. Thanks for the update on Mary Kay Andrews newest book in May. I am going to check out Kristy’s book, sounds so good. Have a glorious day! Mickey

Stacey Y. - April 17, 2016 - 9:17 pm

I always look forward to your blog posts! Happy Anniversary!!! - April 17, 2016 - 9:16 pm

Welcome home, Kelly! So glad you had a good trip for your daughter’s end of senior year celebrations. Loved all the kitchen looks and it’s always great to learn about new books. Congrats on four years of blogging!!

KAREN IN SOUTH CAROLINA - April 17, 2016 - 8:36 pm

Hey Kelly, love your blog and all your wonderful party ideas.I was missing you this week but I figured something came up. Thanks for the giveaway any many more years of Talk Of The House!

Ermetta - April 17, 2016 - 8:21 pm

hI Kelly,
I enjoy your blog so much…thanks for taking the time to do it. Thank you especially for the book reviews. I can’t wait to read them, Have you read any of Julie Klassen’s books.? I highly recommend them!

Mary - April 17, 2016 - 8:21 pm

Love reading your blog and seeing what beautiful rooms are shown

Carol - April 17, 2016 - 7:53 pm

Hi Kelly!
I so enjoy your blog, especially the parties you throw….they are so creative and fun! Love your house too! Happy Anniversary!

sharon - April 17, 2016 - 7:46 pm

Happy anniversary. I was so happy to find your blog awhile back. Love your posts and I was in your back pocket as you took your son to college and all your wonderful trips you have shared. I so enjoy all your parties and all that you do to make them so special.Those books look like excellent reads too. Thanks again for all your great posts.

Joyce A Ward - April 17, 2016 - 7:19 pm

Hi Kelly!
Happy Blog-a-versary and happy birthday to me! Your blog is always refreshing,
your family celebrations, travels, home decor,and cooking are right up my alley!
Thank you for sharing, it makes my day!

KARENANN - April 17, 2016 - 7:16 pm

Thank you for such a lovely giveaway opportunity! That is so sweet of you! I absolutely love reading your blog!

Shelley - April 17, 2016 - 6:59 pm

Happy Blog-a-versary! The beautiful kitchen with the brick wall makes my heart melt. I enjoy reading your blog!

Dawn - April 17, 2016 - 6:52 pm


I was wondering where you had been and was hoping you were traveling and doing family things and not sick. Glad to hear from you and to see so many fun kitchens. This time of year I get in the mood to cook and feed my friends and family new recipes. The weather has been spring like here lately. I am not much of a breakfast person but I love desserts and my favorite food for breakfast is leftover dessert from the night before with coffee. Thanks for sharing the kitchens and book ideas the I may need to check out. I read tons in the Summer time. Take care.

Sue - April 17, 2016 - 6:17 pm

Going to check out MaryKays Change of scene tonight while I patiently wait for Weekenders to come out. Thank you for telling us about the ebook, not sure how I missed it. Anxious to check out the new author as well. Bring on summer.

Jenny blanc - April 17, 2016 - 6:04 pm

Read your column daily. Love how you decorate your chalkboard and surrounding area with themes. You know to have fun!!

Tricia - April 17, 2016 - 5:32 pm

Kelly, I was genuinely concerned not seeing a posting for such a long time, such a relief to see your post today! Happy 4th birthday. I look forward to seeing your posts for years to come – your blog is my number one favourite. Have a wonderful week.

Vicki - April 17, 2016 - 5:26 pm

I love a give-away, but I love your blog more! I have missed you! Hope you were having a good time. How are you handling retirement with your husband? My husband retired and wanted me to come home with him (I lack a few years before I can actually retire). I love to travel, plus I have had occasion to keep the grandchildren, which I absolutely love. So glad I have had an opportunity to be home for a little while. I may go back to work one day – I was a paralegal for many years- and I would like something much more “uneventful”, if you know what I mean! Lol!

Have a great week!

Kim Lippard - April 17, 2016 - 5:12 pm

I love Mary Kay Andrews books! So I will definitely look forward to checking these two out!!!
Missed your blog last week. But was blown away to get an email response from you to a question I had asked about maintaining your porch furniture. You are a sincere, thoughtful, and very talented lady! I wish you lived closer….i would love to sit with you on one of our porches and have coffee someday!!!

Cathy - April 17, 2016 - 4:57 pm

Alway enjoy reading your blog. (A friend shared it with
me a year ago, and love checking into what you are doing
around your home.)

Susan McMillan - April 17, 2016 - 4:51 pm

I just discovered your blog not long ago and have enjoyed it so much. I’ve added those two books to my ever growing list of books to read. Thanks for the recommendations! And congrats to your daughter!

karen - April 17, 2016 - 4:44 pm

Hi Kelly,
Oh those kitchens were so dreamy. Nice way to spend some time reading all those sources! Thanks for that.

I am a reader . I have a list so long I’ll never live long enough to read them all. Thanks for the give away!

Donna M Gott - April 17, 2016 - 4:39 pm

Love the kitchens…and the French toast recipe I will surely try. I am addicted to your blog and thank you for offering the give away.

Joti - April 17, 2016 - 4:36 pm

Happy blogging anniversary!!! love the book recommendations 🙂

Ann - April 17, 2016 - 4:31 pm

I found your wonderful blog when searching for Easter decorating with red!! Red is my favorite color and I adore buffalo check and gingham. I love everything about your blog and I will be a lifetime fan! Thanks for all of the time and effort that you put into it. Congrats to your daughter on her graduation. Mine has one more year to go!

Meredith - April 17, 2016 - 4:09 pm

Welcome back,and congratulation on your daughter graduation.

Pam Jenkins - April 17, 2016 - 3:58 pm

I would love to read those books and then pass them on to friends 😊 !!!

kathy - April 17, 2016 - 3:56 pm

Kelly, another fabulous post! I just texted Anita for book recommendations! How funny that you would have book recommendations, especially from Mary Kay Andrews. I will have to read Kristy Woodson Harvey. I can’t wait to go back and click on all of the links. I especially love all of the kitchens. Kelly, please stop feeling like you need to respond to all of the comments left on your blog! That takes way, way, way too much time! We love you whether you respond or not. RIGHT, KATRINA!?Congratulations on four great years! Your blog is my very favorite one!

Heidi - April 17, 2016 - 3:50 pm

I don’t find time to read all the blogs I subscribe to, but never miss reading yours!
You bring us such gorgeous pics of beautiful places and things that inspire me to
Continually look around my own home for opportunities to freshen it up. Keep up the good work!

Mary B. - April 17, 2016 - 3:44 pm

I so appreciate your book recommendations. I needed a new author to try!

Ellen - April 17, 2016 - 3:40 pm

We love our blogs, but sometimes we do indeed need a break because real life is more important. Congratulations to your daughter for a successful conclusion to her college year.

I have to get MKA new book, and I am thinking I would also like to read the two books by KWH. So — I hope I win!

Glad you are back.

Linda - April 17, 2016 - 3:26 pm

Thanks for all the pictures of beautiful kitchens.

Deana - April 17, 2016 - 3:24 pm

Thanks for the giveaway! Sounds like wonderful Summer reading.

julia walker - April 17, 2016 - 3:24 pm

Congratulations on your daughter’s graduation, Kelly! Thank you for your inspirational ideas. You’re wonderful!!!

Judy Whitmore - April 17, 2016 - 3:10 pm

Love reading your comments on all these things and would love to read Kristy Harvey’s two books as I have not read either.

Nan, Odessa, DE - April 17, 2016 - 3:01 pm

Missed you! I always want to be one who comments at the very beginning of a new blog. I kept looking, looking no Kelly! Hope you had a much needed rest.

Happy Birthday! That is being committed. I can honestly say, I enjoy the blog as much today as my first read. That is doing a good job! You are good, keep me interested, motivated and we enjoy much of the same things/styles. I am still waiting for the next blog, every TIME.

I haven’t read the Harvey books because they have been advertised on blogs and I dislike blogs that advertise. On your recommendation and those of your readers, I will check them out.
Have my calendar marked for May 1 for the newest Andrews book. Just one of many things we share.

Can’t wait for the graduation party, and plans for your daughter. Seems we just got the apartment ready.

Be well. Enjoy spring!

Heather - April 17, 2016 - 2:51 pm

I missed you! Glad you are posting! I’ll keep my fingers crossed 🙂

Karen B. - April 17, 2016 - 2:20 pm

I would love to take chance at your giveaway! Thank you.

Christy - April 17, 2016 - 2:11 pm

I would love to try these books. Summer is here and I’m in the mood to read. Thanks so much for offering books to us.

Sherri - April 17, 2016 - 2:02 pm

Another pretty blog! Thanks for another gift offer!

Bobbie Allgood - April 17, 2016 - 1:28 pm

Thank you for the reading selections. How are you feeling about retirement now?

janet - April 17, 2016 - 1:24 pm

Kelly, Thanks for the book recommendations. I always like to know someone else enjoyed a book before I get into it. Have not heard of Kristy Harvey. Love your blog and look forward to seeing Talk of the House pop up on my e mails and then to find inspiration from your writings. Thanks.


Donna - April 17, 2016 - 1:07 pm

I love your blog, Kelly. I have not read either of these books but they sound great. Congratulations on your daughter’s graduation.

lin - April 17, 2016 - 12:05 pm

I enjoy reading your blogs and looking (many times) at the “house” pictures. Will obtain the books you suggested for some good reading. Here is another suggestion: The Ambassador’s Wife – deals with current issues of women of various backgrounds/nationalities and survival.

Patty - April 17, 2016 - 12:04 pm

Loved this post. Will be reading it more than once and looking at all the links since absolutely everything in it was of interest to me. Will keep me busy for hours! Thank you!!!

Dana Black - April 17, 2016 - 11:51 am

I’m in the mood for a good read. These books sound perfect! Love your blog! Congrats to your daughter on her graduation. Time does fly by so quickly with children.

Vanessa - April 17, 2016 - 11:39 am

Happy 4th Anniversary! Always enjoy your delightful blog. The book recommendations sound great. Perfect for summer reading.

Cindy T - April 17, 2016 - 11:24 am

Congratulations on your daughter’s graduation!! I am loving all of the kitchens, couldn’t pick my favorite if I had to. Thanks for the giveaway Kelly, I’m a book lover too!

Patty - April 17, 2016 - 11:23 am

Since I am now retired I have more time to read. I like your selections very much and look forward to reading them. Thanks for doing this.

Lyn - April 17, 2016 - 11:15 am

I think the answer to the kitchen sink is that farm house sinks are very heavy ,especially the thick ones, so I would venture to say it is an iron support rod used to keep the sink secure. We have restored an 1859 farm house and have learned all about supporting heavy objects . Good to learn you were traveling, feared you may have been sick – so enjoy your posts. Looking forward to reading these two books.

Lynne - April 17, 2016 - 11:14 am

What an exciting time for your daughter! Congratulations and best wishes to her!
I always look forward to your posts. I have been looking for some new book suggestions as summer will be here soon. Thank you for the generous giveaway!

Carolyn. Smith - April 17, 2016 - 11:08 am

You are like a friend and family. I start worrying about you when days go by with no contact. Always love your posts and give always.

Laurie P - April 17, 2016 - 11:07 am

I really enjoy your blog, I smile when I see it in my inbox. You cover all my favorite topics. Food, homes, travel and books. I especially enjoy the books you recommend, I have enjoyed them all.

Julie in Asheville - April 17, 2016 - 11:05 am

Oh, how funny. I just couldn’t wait and ordered both books before I got to the bottom of the page!! LOL I appreciate recommendations on books and am so looking forward to receiving them from Amazon. I’ll still be very happy if I win, but believe I’m a winner regardless. And, many congratulations to your sweet daughter…a very exciting time for her.

Jill Peters - April 17, 2016 - 11:02 am

I always look forward to your new blog posts!

Linda - April 17, 2016 - 10:49 am

Look forward to reading your blog, glad you’re back. Reading is my favorite past time, thanks fo the giveaway. Fingers crossed!

nan - April 17, 2016 - 10:46 am

I always look forward to your “talk” and I’m glad you are back. Thanks for all the pretty kitchen photos …. maybe I can gather and idea for mine.

Mary Michelle - April 17, 2016 - 10:45 am

I am a new reader of your blog and know I am in for a treat every time I see a new post in my email. Thank you for adding joy to my day.

Dawn W. - April 17, 2016 - 10:39 am

I love to read. This is a great give away….thank you!

Louvina - April 17, 2016 - 10:38 am

Nice posting! Lots of info and suggestions to think about– and since I am in the midst of serious spring cleaning I needed a nice diversion. Been missing you and was in hopes you have been out and about enjoying your retirement with your hubby. Can not believe it is graduation already for your baby girl! That went by so quickly. Hope to hear what she is looking forward to afterwards as she sprouts her wings! Happy exploring to you!! Nice cool spring weather here but have a feeling summer heat is coming soon.

Mary Hanson - April 17, 2016 - 10:34 am

Always so happy to see your blog post show up in the in box!

Tamara E - April 17, 2016 - 10:24 am

Kelly…Congrats on your 4 yr Blog Anniversary. Your blog is the FIRST blog I have followed and I so enjoy reading it! I am a very detailed person too when we are entertaining… I really love your post when you share your entertaining ideas. Thank You!

Kay - April 17, 2016 - 10:22 am

I have a beach trip planned with my girlfriends in June. We are all teachers, or better than that…some of us are retired! Would love to add those books to my beach bag!

Paula B. - April 17, 2016 - 10:21 am

A belated Happy Blogaversary! Where has the time gone? I must have started following TOH right after you began writing it. I still think you have one of the best blogs around, for sure. Those kitchens look amazing although I would need some color to offset all that white-ness. And, that home on St. Simons, I would move there in a heartbeat. Gorgeous. I am a lover of MKA’s books, especially the earlier ones, adored the Callahan Garrity series. But, I was disappointed in the last one, was that Beach Town? Very interested in the two books by Kristy, I need some new reading material.

rebecca - April 17, 2016 - 10:10 am

I have been debating about buying Kristy’s books…I do read her blog, although most of the time it is more formal than I am…now that you have endorsed it I probably will order it.

Love the pictures of Barbara Westbrook’s bathroom…couldn’t find more on her house though. I do have 2 of her books and love them…especially the first one.

anita - April 17, 2016 - 10:04 am

Congratulations to your daughter! My daughter graduates this month as well from university. My goodness time flies! Love the dreamy kitchens. Thank you for the summer reading suggestions. And I wonder if Target ships to Canada? I would love those nice bottles as well. Sadly, there are no longer Target stores.

Angela - April 17, 2016 - 9:55 am

Congratulations Kelly on 4 years. How kind of you to offer this giveaway. Your blog is such a joy to read and so different from so many others that I follow. I hope you continue to write for as long as you enjoy it.

Judith N - April 17, 2016 - 9:53 am

Congratulations on the success of your blog for these many years,
I just loved the wicker porch pieces. Having finished renovations on my lanai, I’m looking for some white wicker pieces myself. I decided I wanted a wicker rocker. Something I could use to enjoy the warm Florida evenings that are soon to arrive.

Karen McLeod - April 17, 2016 - 9:46 am

Thank you for the generous giveaway. Love your blog and all you do.

Sheena - April 17, 2016 - 9:41 am

I’m glad you’re back, Kelly. I love your blog and appreciate the giveaway. I’m excited to check out today’s featured authors. You got me into the Mitford series, and I’m so glad you did. Thanks again!

Sue Berg - April 17, 2016 - 9:38 am

Happy Anniversary!

Bonnie - April 17, 2016 - 9:32 am

Can’t believe she’s finishing college! Can’t wait to read some of these books.

Charlene - April 17, 2016 - 9:30 am

So happy to see your post! Missed you! The books look perfect for my summer read collection. Can’t wait to follow the links for the kitchens you posted to see more photos. As always, thanks for the work you do on your blog. It is by far my favorite!

Martha - April 17, 2016 - 9:25 am

Oh, I really enjoy reading your blog. It is so lovely. And as a matter of fact….I have a beach bag ready to pack up those wonderful books! Happy Anniversary!

Joyce Mays - April 17, 2016 - 9:22 am

Welcome Back! Missed you this week. Congratulations on 4 years

Pat - April 17, 2016 - 9:16 am

Oh thanks for coming back. I was missing you and your blog fix. I would love these books.

Kathleen - April 17, 2016 - 9:16 am

Once again, great blog! Love all the kitchens & Barbara westbrook! I’ve been wanting to read Kristy Woodson Harvey’s books too! Congrats to your daughter on her upcoming graduation!

Julie Foy - April 17, 2016 - 9:14 am

Congratulations on the anniversary of your blog! I always enjoy reading it! I would love to have these books for my summer reading on the back porch!

Carol M. - April 17, 2016 - 9:13 am

Congratulations on your 4th year of blogging. I am new to your blog and have loved going through the archives and reading your posts. I teach and am looking forward to my summer reading so these books will be added to the list.

Beverly - April 17, 2016 - 9:12 am

Love your blog! Missed you this week.

Joy Cooper - April 17, 2016 - 9:11 am

Enjoy all of your posts very much. Would love to read these 2 books. I am out of books to read right now!

Sherry - April 17, 2016 - 9:08 am

Thank you for this opportunity! Can’t wait to check out everything on today’s post!

Kay - April 17, 2016 - 9:00 am

I have both of these books on my ‘to read’ list already – so glad to get your endorsement of them as well, plus an opportunity to win them! Love reading your blog – happy 4th birthday!

Debbie Robinson - April 17, 2016 - 8:58 am

Congratulations on your blogging anniversary. I love your blog and look forward to your reading recommendations. I MUST have a stack of books ready for summer reading!!

Barbara Jo - April 17, 2016 - 8:56 am

Happy 4th to Talk of the House!!! We are getting our house ready to sell and I always find inspiration in your blog photos for staging! Once we are settled in our new home, I hope to relax and read some of the books you suggest. Thanks for the opportunity!

MaryAnna Cochran - April 17, 2016 - 8:54 am

I love to read your blog, and It never fails to brighten my day:) thank you for the book reviews and recommendations! I have just cleaned the pollen from my porch and enjoy this time of year siting there and reading a good book!

bev - April 17, 2016 - 8:46 am

Thanks for a list of new books to read. I love Mary Kay Andrews….have been a fan for years. Having knee replacement surgery next week so will add those to my read list. I have been saving Susan Branch’s 2 new books for that time too.

Elaine - April 17, 2016 - 8:45 am

always enjoy your blog and refer to the archives when traveling to check your recommendations for lodging and dining.
On another note, the kitchen that has the odd piece of brown trim could possibly be a pull out mini step ladder believe it or not, we have a friend who builds high end kitchens and they put those in the dead space that is there so they are handy to access tall cabinets, just a thought, although odd that it doesn’t match the cabinetry like they usually do.

Marianne in Mo. - April 17, 2016 - 8:44 am

First, congratulations to your daughter (and you!) on her upcoming graduation! A great accomplishment!

Second, I loved seeing all the kitchens here today, and my favorite was the St. Simons one. Or maybe the Palmetto Bluffs? Or the light-filled David Scharffs? Let’s just say I liked all of them!
I’m re-reading some classics lately, mostly Jane Austen. I’m working on Emma right now. Guess I’m missing Downton and crave a little old England. 🙂
Have a great rest of the weekend! It’s been lovely here this week.

Sandireese - April 17, 2016 - 8:36 am

Ty!!! Love me a good book!!

Amy Canby - April 17, 2016 - 8:32 am

The books look great and as always, your blog photos give me a warm cozy feeling.😊

Nancy H - April 17, 2016 - 8:30 am

Thanks for the giveaway!

Jan - April 17, 2016 - 8:29 am

I just love your blog. We have very similar taste!! I love to sit down with my morning coffee and read your posts. Thank you for sharing your talent.

Karen - April 17, 2016 - 8:23 am

Congratulations for your daughter! Glad you are back to blogging. I am a librarian so of course I would love to win some books!

Pat in Georgia - April 17, 2016 - 8:22 am

Happy Birthday Talk of the House! Four years have flown by and I, for one, have enjoyed each and every post. I have gained so many beautiful ideas for my home, loved the recipes, and have been able to wander with you to many wonderful places. Thank you for the beauty and joy you bring to our world!

Susan W - April 17, 2016 - 8:21 am

I enjoyed your post Kelly. Great kitchens and would love to win the giveaway. I printed the french toast casserole recipe and will try it when my sister comes to visit in two weeks.

Kelly Tye Vallis - April 17, 2016 - 8:17 am

Thank you for this generous opportunity! I always enjoy seeing what inspires you! Enjoy this special time with your daughter.

Anne - April 17, 2016 - 8:09 am

We’ll be in St. Simons Island in a few weeks…have to check that place out. All are lovely!

Shelley - April 17, 2016 - 8:07 am

How I’ve missed you! Graduation can be so busy though…I get it. Loved your post and would love the book gift certificate!

Andi Willis - April 17, 2016 - 8:05 am

Congratulations on your blog anniversary! You do such a fabulous job and I enjoy looking at all the eye candy.

Jacki G. - April 17, 2016 - 8:04 am

Would love to win this prize, and thanks for your great blog!

Sherrie - April 17, 2016 - 8:01 am

Thanks for the pictures of all the beautiful kitchens and for the book recommendations! With summer right around the corner always looking for some fun summer books!

Roxanna - April 17, 2016 - 8:00 am

I’ve read all of Mary Kay Andrews books. I haven’t read Kristy’s books, so it would be awesome to win. Thanks for the giveaway.

Fran - April 17, 2016 - 7:57 am

Books are my passion (next to reading your blog!) Thanks for this giveaway opportunity!

monica - April 17, 2016 - 7:53 am

Thanks for the giveaway! Congratulations on the graduation of your daughter, it is an exciting time! And thanks for some amazing book suggestions!

Dorothy Sadler Hemphill - April 17, 2016 - 7:51 am

I have not read these books – so happy to hear about more good books. Thanks for such a great giveaway.

Jennifer - April 17, 2016 - 7:50 am

I always love your pictures. Thank you for the book suggestion.

Linda - April 17, 2016 - 7:45 am

I just finished my book and was wanting a new one to enjoy. Thanks for the suggestions! Congratulations on your daughter’s upcoming graduation. Don’t those four years just fly by!

N from Va - April 17, 2016 - 7:37 am

Love the kitchens. Lots of white and light (my favorites). Your blog is my favorite. Thanks for the chance too at the give-away.

Karen - April 17, 2016 - 7:33 am

Glad to see you back blogging, I was wondering where you went! Graduation is fast approaching at my house too. It felt like those high school years went by fast, but college flies by! Seeing your children grow into beautiful young adults and entering this new stage in life is priceless!

Betty Sparrow - April 17, 2016 - 7:31 am

I look forward to you blogs. The kitchens were delightful!

Jackie - April 17, 2016 - 7:28 am

What a great giveaway!

I hope you enjoyed your time off. As always, you posted beautiful pictures. I almost always save something on Pinterest from your blog.

Also, happy anniversary on your blog! Seven years is great!

I’d love to be entered in the giveaway. Thanks so much!

Cindy Horton - April 17, 2016 - 7:22 am

Missed you, but so exciting your daughter is about to graduate. I also love, love, Kristy Harvey’s books. I take much pride that she is from my home town. Would love to win. Thanks, Cindy

Lois - April 17, 2016 - 7:14 am

Always enjoy your book recommendations, so these are all on my list of must reads now-thanks! I remember the amazing feelings involved with all the festivities of our younger child graduating-a wonderful, but somewhat bittersweet time. Cherish every minute!

Betty - April 17, 2016 - 6:56 am

Thanks for the book reviews and I love the beautiful kitchens. I missed your blog last week–glad you’re back!

Marianne A - April 17, 2016 - 6:35 am

I always look forward to reading your blog. You travel to woo many places and I love seeing the inside of the inn’s you have stayed in.

donna - April 17, 2016 - 6:17 am

Oh yes…would definitely buy more books! Have not read those two but would love too! Thanks Kelly!

jan - April 17, 2016 - 6:08 am

Our taste in books is very similar…so I love.when you review or mention something you have enjoyed…I know I will enjoy too and since I kindle read Amazon is my best friend. Have a.more relaxing week.

Anne Boykin - April 17, 2016 - 5:50 am

Thanks for the giveaway, Kelly!

Barbara - April 17, 2016 - 5:25 am

Thank you, Kelly, for a chance to enter this generous giveaway! Love all you do on your blog. It’s so inspiring! Thank you! Barbara S.

Merri Jo - April 17, 2016 - 3:02 am

It was such a treat to receive your sweet email, Kelly. I, too have enjoyed both of Kristy’s books–I could not put “Lies and ….” Down! I had my kindle affixed to my hand for a few days!

A Bumble Bee Birthday Party

Bumble bee partyIt’s time to talk of a party today…and not just any party…a bee themed birthday party! 🙂

Bee birthday party foyer vignette

A couple of weeks ago, we hosted a dinner party for my mother’s birthday.  When our children were born, my mother did not want to be called any name that would be associated with old age…no Granny, Grandmother, Grandma, etc. for her.

Bee birthday party banner

So because her name is Betty, she/we decided that our children would simply call her “B,” and that is exactly what they have done since the time they could talk.

Bee birthday party centerpiece

For the last couple of years, I know you have probably seen all the cute bee themed celebrations online…birthday celebrations, baby showers, (What-will-it-be parties) and even weddings (Love is sweet as honey receptions.)  I had been thinking a bee party for B would work perfectly for her birthday, and when Sur la Table’s spring catalog came out featuring  bee-related items, I knew this was the year for the party. 🙂

Bee birthday party tableI loaded up on their spring cookie stamps, (that featured bees and beehives) a beehive cake pan, bee napkins, beehive and flower cookie cutters, and even a beehive drink dispenser for the party.

Bee party beehive drink dispenser

Then I planned a somewhat picnic/spring related menu: friend chicken, deviled eggs, potato chips, tomato sandwiches (cut in the shape of beehives), fruit salad, butterbeans, corn on the cob, and cucumber sandwiches (cut in the shape of flowers.)

cucumber sandwich ingredients

(I used 2 different sized cookie cutters to make them.)

Bee party beehive tomato sandwichesI found candy bumble bees in the baking/crafts section of Walmart and used them on the tomato sandwiches…

Bee birthday party foodand the cakes.

Bee birthday party beehive birthday cakes with candy beesHere are the sugar cookies that I used the spring stamps on.

Bee birthday party bee stamp sugar cookiesEach guest had a mini-pound cake along with strawberries, blackberries, whipped cream, and a cookie (or two. 🙂 )

Bee birthday party dessertsFor party favors, I simply had single serving lidded containers of honey wrapped in cellophane bags tied with yellow ribbon.

Bee party honey favorsSome bee stickers from Michaels worked great on the hand lettered tags.

bee birthday party favorAnd that was the bee party for B.  Of course you know I can never get a party done all by myself.  A big thank you goes to my brother who was here for the afternoon and helped blow up balloons, tie them outside in the wind, cut up watermelon, shuck the corn, and entertain us with his helium inhaled voice. 🙂  And a thank you to our daughter and her boyfriend who always jump in to help when they are here for a party.  You guys are the best “volunteer” help around! 🙂

I hope you enjoyed seeing the party.  It was a fun one to pull together and perfect for spring!

Until next time…

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Talia - April 19, 2016 - 9:58 am

What a lovely cottage. Looks like the perfect place when you want to get away from everything. The color selections are very soothing!

Row. - April 18, 2016 - 10:31 pm

What an adorable theme! Once again you have outdone yourself!

Becky in 'Bama - April 14, 2016 - 9:24 am

Question: Is your mother as ‘crafty’ and talented as you? You have such a gift – one I crave but sadly don’t have. My late-mother was much like you – able to carry out a theme to the last detail. Unfortunately, that gene skipped me. 🙂 Good job! Happy Birthday to ‘B’ – I could have been a ‘B’, but to my grands, I’m Grandmother all the way. Thanks for the clever idea.
Hi Becky! My mother is definitely creative, but she uses most of her artsy skills in oil painting (something that I cannot do. 🙂 ) Thank you for the belated birthday wishes for her. I know you must enjoy your grandchildren!

Rosemary - April 11, 2016 - 3:44 pm

What an imaginative and fun party for your mum, Kelly. Wishing her a belated Happy Birthday! I’m sure she was thrilled with it all. As usual, you’ve created such unusual and delicious looking food ….and I’m sure it all tasted delicious too. It’s interesting how many don’t like the idea of being called Grandma, Gran, Nanny etc. I’ve always felt the same …but haven’t as yet come up with an alternative. Bee sounds sweet …. No doubt when the time comes the baby and I will think of something 🙂
Have a good week.

Design Chic - April 10, 2016 - 11:27 am

I need you to help me throw parties – yours are always the best! Love the cakes and cookies – so clever and the favors…adorable!! What a special party for your mother! Happy Sunday, Kelly ~

classic•casual•home - April 10, 2016 - 11:20 am

What a fun party for B. You are so thoughtful and creative AND a great daughter.

DiAnne - April 9, 2016 - 4:27 pm

What an amazing party! I know your mother must have loved it.
The beehive cakes are perfect for a little pound cake. I also most of all like you have family helping you get ready for parties. That is making memories.

I wanted my grandaughter to call me Nana but she has yet to call me by that name. We will see what she comes up with.
Have a great weekend.

Linda Hardgrove - April 9, 2016 - 10:22 am

At my daughter’s request—-actually more of a command—I became Granny. When learning to text I shortened it to Grani, which I like better. Granny was my grandmother. My husband is Grumples—-long story!
I like Grani…has a cute vibe to it! Grumples? That one does sound interesting (and more serious in tone!)

Janet - April 9, 2016 - 10:03 am

Kelly– You do the best, most thoughtful parties! Can I come sometime? I love to entertain, but have never really used a theme and run with it as you do so well. I also loved the party you threw for your husband. I’ll have to come up with a party and theme.And I love the your guests always get a favor to take home. Thanks for all your great ideas.

mari1017 - April 8, 2016 - 2:10 pm

What a wonderful B-day theme for your mom! I just love everything 🙂 Bees, beehives, bee skeps, honey – all wonderful!!! I have a small collection of honeybee themed bears on my desk, and when I visited my cousin, she had almost the same ones 😉 Love the food, the colors – most of all, I LOVE the drink dispenser and will need to check that out at Sur La Table! Thanks for the bee-u-tiful post!!!♥ Happy Spring (we will ignore the need tonight and tomorrow to cover the outdoor plants lol)!!!

Gina - April 8, 2016 - 12:51 pm

Oh, I love the name your mom chose. 🙂 What great inspiration for her birthday party! I love all the details. And such a southern menu. 😉 I’m hosting a wedding shower next week and we’re having cucumber sandwiches. Now, I am going to dig out my cookie cutter similar to yours. 🙂 Thanks for the inspiration!!

Kaye Ann - April 8, 2016 - 9:46 am

How adorable. Very creative, but that’s nothing new with you. Happy birthday to your “B”!!

Debbie - April 8, 2016 - 9:37 am

Oh Kelly, as always, so fun and tastefully done. Missed you ! Happy B Day to your Mum

Talia - April 8, 2016 - 9:30 am

You are hands down the best party planner ever! Absolutely delightful!

Bonnie - April 8, 2016 - 9:30 am

Kelly, that is such a fitting idea for your mother’s party. And, what a special way for y’all to share your love with her…I know that she must have felt very blessed. It’s nice that you have some good helpers to make it all come together!

Arlene@Nanaland - April 8, 2016 - 9:00 am

Kelly, my birthday is May 17th…I would like one of those BEE parties!:) I know your mama was delighted with her celebration. I just finished a sampler that featured Bees as my granddaddy was a bee man as they called them in North Georgia. I did it in his memory. And I like B as a Nana Name…so cute and easy to say!!
I’ll get right on a party for you Arlene! LOL How sweet of you to do a sampler in memory of your grandfather. I bet it turned out bee-utiful (sorry…couldn’t resist. 🙂 )
B was definitely easy for our children to say!

Amy O'Quinn - April 8, 2016 - 8:49 am

Love, love, love this ‘bee’ birthday theme. Well done. My mom is also named Betty, but all the grandchildren call her ‘Mam’.

I know the posts (and parties) take a lot of time, effort, and creativity to pull together and share, but after reading your blog, I’m always so inspired. And it reminds me (once again) that our homes and families are definitely worth the time and investment!

Cheri - April 8, 2016 - 7:49 am

Kelly, besides being the “travel” agent you are now my go to “party” planner. You rock!

Claire @ A PREPPY PERSPECTIVE - April 8, 2016 - 2:41 am

Hi Kelly! Wow I couldn’t wait to discover this party and I’m not disappointed: it’s amazing!! The little beehive cakes are so cute!love everything about this party and it worked perfectly well with your black and yellow Spring decor! 😉
Congratulations again and Happy Birthday to “B” who was certainly so pleased by the party you throwed for her!

Cynthia Austin - April 7, 2016 - 11:33 pm

You certainly have a flair for parties! I’m a bee lover too and all your details are perfect. Grandmas are very special people and deserve a great party. Love your posts. Cynthia

kathy - April 7, 2016 - 10:37 pm

Bee-utiful!!! You are so clever! I love all of the bee ideas! The cakes were adorable! The candy bumble bees and bee stickers are too cute! Your banner, the napkins, and your curtains were perfect touches! One of my favorite people in the whole world was a lady named Beatrice and we called her Nanny Bea. So bees/beas are special to me. I also want to tell you what our daughter (Paige) calls my mom. My mom’s name is Geneva. Paige couldn’t say that and started calling her Geebeejimba. The name stuck. Even my dad calls her Geebee or Geebeejimba now. I hope I get a name that cute when the time arrives.
That is quite the name that Paige calls her grandmother! It is so funny what names stick when children can’t pronounce things. 🙂 Geebee is super cute!
Thank you for your kind words about the party. It was easy to pull together with all the things from Sur la Table, and our spring color scheme really worked well with it.

Sherry - April 7, 2016 - 10:36 pm

I can’t bee-lieve you have done it again! Yes, I can! Everything is so cute! I know a great time must have been had by all! I love the little pound cakes, the cookies, and how ever did you happen upon the bee hive beverage dispenser? What a happy atmosphere you created for your mom’s party. I know she felt like the queen bee! Who wouldn’t have? Love the favors too. Thanks for sharing your creative genius, Kelly.

Dawn - April 7, 2016 - 10:20 pm


You never disappoint. I just love this bee themed party. I once helped a friend do a bee themed baby shower. I even made the mother-to-be some thank you cards to use that I stamped bees on. I also painted some terra cotta pots that I put some plants in for decorations and then let her keep too. She planted the plants outside and used the bee themed pots to hold baby things in her nursery. Your foods all look super cute and delicious as usual. Thanks for sharing. Take care.
Love your ideas for the bee party, Dawn! Why didn’t you send all these to me before I did this one? LOL
Just kidding. I may steal your painted pot idea for another party in the future. Thank YOU for sharing. 🙂

Velia - April 7, 2016 - 9:37 pm

Kelly, your creativity is endless; what a fabulous party to honor your beloved mmother. The bee theme scream spring, sweetness and a honey-making fun time. Thanks for sharing.

Anita - April 7, 2016 - 9:17 pm

You throw the best parties! The recipients of all your fabulous parties are very impressed with all the details I’m sure, I know I am!!
Everything is simply beautiful and I know your mother enjoyed it.

Anne Boykin - April 7, 2016 - 8:40 pm

Hi Kelly, You give the sweetest parties! I know your Mom loved it! Take care, Anne

Tricia - April 7, 2016 - 7:40 pm

Kelly, what a fun party this would have been to plan! Cute sandwich idea and the beverage dispenser is a great find. The cakes and cookies are too clever. Have a great weekend.

Patty of Michigan - April 7, 2016 - 7:30 pm

Everything is so cute. Every detail was perfect!

martha - April 7, 2016 - 7:27 pm

I love this!!! My son and his wife started keeping honey bees a few years ago. It was so much fun we got a hive a year ago and this Spring our other two children have started their own. I have been thinking about having a bee themed party for my son’s birthday in May. His name is Ben and when he was little we called him B….so a bee themed party is great on many levels.

I also agree with your mom….I picked a name other than grandma for a reason. My son named my mother “Big Nana” when he was 2, I thought it was cute and appropriate because his other grandma was very short and my mother was very tall. Many years later my I realized my mother was not crazy about the name and I could see her point. Since all of my children have mother-in-laws that are on the short side (or at least not as tall as me) I realized I might get “Big Nana” too, so I decided to pick my own name. I am Mimi and I will never forget the first time my first grandchild said my name. It works well for me, I just sign everything M and it can stand for Mimi, Mom or Martha.
What a great story Martha! I can certainly understand not wanting “big” tied to your name. 🙂 Glad you settled upon Mimi, and yes, the M works for all your names! Love it!

Louvina - April 7, 2016 - 7:08 pm

Such a great idea! Everything was perfect! The food, colors and theme! It was a wonderful spring party. I bet Ms B was delighted with her special day! Fun, fun!!

Garden, Home and Party - April 7, 2016 - 7:06 pm

I love bee-themed anything since my last name begins with a B. This is wonderful. I love some of the details like the bee hive pound cakes with fresh fruit. I’m sure your mom was honored and thrilled with the party!

Sandy in FWB - April 7, 2016 - 7:00 pm

Your party was wonderful. I know I need some kind of bee word to describe it, but not nearly that creative. My husband provides all of those. Any who…it is just wonderful. You can throw me a party anytime.

Marianne in Mo. - April 7, 2016 - 6:37 pm

Really cute! Happy Birthday to your Mom! I felt the same way when I found out I would be a grandma, but I couldn’t come up with a suitable substitute, so I just got used to grandma. Now it doesn’t bother me in the least! Once you hold the first one, who cares what they call you, as long as they call you! I wanted Mimi, but my daughters thought that was silly…I didn’t!
I have had my eye on those beehive cake molds, but figured I wouldn’t use them often enough to take up space to store them. But I love the drink dispenser!

Debra - April 7, 2016 - 5:40 pm

Belated Happy Birthday wishes to your Mom. I am with her, as I go by Noni, rather than Grandma to our twin grandchildren. Your party was Bee…utiful. 🙂 I’m going to have to check out Sur La Table, as if William Sonoma isn’t dangerous enough! Loved all your “Bee” items. It turned out so cute Kelly.

Kathy P. - April 7, 2016 - 5:28 pm

How darling and delicious!

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