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From Farm to Table – A Dinner – Tomato Pie and Peach Crostata

Talk of the House Fam to Table dinnerWe are talking food today friends! Do you remember all those lovely tomatoes and that beautiful okra that graced the table in the last post?  Well we just couldn’t leave them lying around the house.  We had to eat them, right?  They all made for quite a delicious dinner, and I want to share that dinner with you today – complete with a couple of recipes!  So let’s get started with the menu.

Farm to Table dinner menu

When I first ran this meal idea by my husband, I did not have the grilled chicken with the salad, but he did not like the idea of a “totally vegetarian” dinner.  So at his request I added the grilled chicken to it.  (I must admit it did add to the flavor of the meal.:))  You will need to mix up the marinade first and let the chicken soak in it before you make the rest of the meal.

recipe easy chicken breasts

The chicken had a somewhat sweet flavor, but with that salad I think I would have liked it to be a little sweeter.  So next time, we will substitute a raspberry vinaigrette or perhaps the Panera Fuji Apple salad dressing for the Italian dressing in the recipe.  For the rest of the salad, just mix the ingredients listed in the menu, and you will have it.

salad Farm to Table dinner

For the actual dressing on the salad, we used a champagne vinaigrette, but again, I think it would be better with a sweeter flavor.  So use one of the dressings mentioned above or even an orange poppy seed one.

I prepared the dessert before I made the tomato pie so that I could just keep it warming in the oven during dinner, but it will be last in the post today – just because dessert comes last in the meal.:)Let’s take a look at the tomato pie now.  It is super easy.  I tweaked Paula Deen’s recipe (which is not the one on the chalkboard in the kitchen….I found hers after I did the board.)  The only change that I made was substituting a chopped Vidalia onion for her green onions.  Either will taste fine in it.

Talk of the House recipe Tomato Pie

Here are all the ingredients ready to be prepped.

tomato pie ingredients

The onion and basil were chopped first.  Then four of the tomatoes were sliced, salted, and left to drain in the sink.

(Aren’t they beautiful?!)

tomato pie tomato slices drainingAfter the tomatoes drained, the chopped basil, chopped onion, and tomato slices were layered in the pie shell.  The cheese and mayo were mixed and then spread atop the pie ingredients.

tomato pie with toppingAnd now ready to go into the oven.

tomato pie with cheese toppingAnd it came out looking like this.

tomato pie Farm to Table dinnerYum!

While it was baking, I made the biscuits (my recipe here,) boiled the corn (directions here,) and fried the okra.  I thought I had already written a post with directions for fried okra, but it seems that I haven’t.  It is just like preparing the fried eggplant in the post here, just use okra in place of the eggplant (obviously:)) and buttermilk in place of milk. Basically I slice it, salt it,  and let it rest/drain on a paper towel for 10 minutes. Mix 1 egg and 1 cup of buttermilk in a bowl.  Place 1 1/2 cups of flour in a bowl (not cornmeal.) Heat vegetable oil in a frying pan.  Stir the okra in the egg/buttermilk mix, then roll it in the flour.  Then drop it in the oil and fry until golden brown.  It comes out like this:

tomato pie and buttermilk fried okra

And now for the peach crostata.  I was inspired by Jenny Steffens’ recipe for it from her blog post several years ago, but again I tweaked the recipe a little.  She called for leaving the skin on the peaches.  I peeled the skin off, and I also used more peaches, spices, and butter than she did.  Here is my version:

Talk of the House peach crostata

I definitely used a pre-made pie crust to make this very easy to prepare (the roll out kind – not the frozen one in the shell.)

peach crostata crust

The peaches (both yellow and white ones) were sliced, piled in the middle of the pie crust, sprinkled with sugar and spices, and dotted with butter.

peach crostata fillingThe pie shell was then folded over the peaches.
(This was the fun part to me.:))

peach crostata folded crustThat cinnamon smell while it was baking was heavenly. (I should make it every night just for its scent in the house!) It came out of the oven like this …

peach crostataAre you ready to eat now?

Farm to Table dinnervegetable plate

This dessertaholic was so excited to eat that peach dish, that she forgot to photograph it in the bowl with ice cream.  :( Sorry.  But I will tell you that it was a perfect ending to the meal with its sugar crunch crust and sweet peach flavor. (My father liked it better than the tomato pie.)  I used to think a cobbler was the easiest of desserts to prepare, but I think this peach crostata has it beat.  I am going to try it with apples in the fall with some cloves in addition to the cinnamon and nutmeg.  Doesn’t that sound yummy?

There are a few more things to share with you before I run off today.  First, let’s see who won the giveaway! Your  comments were all so wonderful!  You can’t imagine how much I appreciate them and all the smiles they brought me. Truly.:)

So out of 409 comments that got in before the closing of the entries, this was the winning number:

winning number

And that number went with this comment:

winning comment

Congratulations Julia!  I will be in touch with you via email soon (unless you beat me to it.:)) and all your goodies will be in the mail this week.

And now for my final bit of news…. The last 4 posts (not including this one) have been written on the road. You see, we spent the last 11 days on a road trip up the East Coast moving our son into his apartment at Yale and visiting parts of Connecticut, Maine, Vermont, and Virginia. (I am a very annoying back seat driver, so looking at the computer and writing posts kept me from stressing out and aggravating my husband on the interstate.:)) Anyway we crammed soooooo much in those 11 days, that I now need a vacation to rest up from our trip! LOL I have a zillion things to share with you.  First up will be this charming inn.

the innI hope you will enjoy it as much as we did.  So stay tuned for some beautiful inns, a fabulous hotel, wonderful restaurants, fun shopping, a before-and-after on our son’s teeny tiny apartment (more like a dorm room with a kitchenette,) sightseeing in some towns, and more…lots more.:)

Until next time…


Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - August 24, 2015 - 1:44 pm

Fried okra makes any day better!

I use a combination of flour and cornmeal. I guess that’s our GA – AL differences showing! Such beautiful photos, and now I want a tomato pie for lunch!

Can’t wait to see and read about your travel adventure!
Amen to the fried okra! I used to make it with a combo of the cornmeal and flour, but the more flour I used the more I liked it…until I was using no cornmeal at all. The buttermilk really makes the flour stick so that it has a great thick crunchy coat. Yum…

You weren’t in Virginia on Saturday morning were you? I thought a lady seated in front of me looked a lot like you…but I wasn’t brave enough to ask since I wasn’t 100% sure. It would have been quite a coincidence if it had been you!

Vicki - August 24, 2015 - 3:07 pm

You made this cobbler girl want to try a crostata. It really makes a pretty presentation. Can’t wait to see if you get a little red or gingham (well, probably not gingham) decorating into your son’s apartment. :)
You should try that crostata. I am thinking of making it again tonight with the last of the peaches here (but on-a-diet husband will not be happy with me!) Yes, to the red, but no to the gingham. Remember, this particular child wanted “functional – not decorated.” QUITE a challenge!

Kathy P. - August 24, 2015 - 3:31 pm

Thank you so much for the wonderful menu and recipes. Can’t wait to hear about your trip. Love your posts!!!!
You are so welcome Kathy. I am flattered that you enjoy the posts. :) Thank you for reading!

Ruth - August 24, 2015 - 3:34 pm

Dinner looks AMAZING! Is salting and draining the okra the secret to making it crisp, not mushy? I’d given up on trying to fry okra, but will try it again, using your recipe. Thanks!
Can’t wait to hear about, and get glimpses of, your trip!
I don’t know if that is what makes it crisp or not, but it works with our fresh okra around here. I think fried okra would make a great appetizer! Don’t give up on it yet.
I can’t wait to share our trip with all of you!

Julia - August 24, 2015 - 3:51 pm

Kelly – I enjoyed reading the recipes and was thinking I would make that peach crostata for my husband and then I read that I WON the drawing!! Thank you so much!!
Do give that crostata a try! You will be an instant fan. :) Congrats on winning! I hope you enjoy all of the items and find something you love at Sur la Table.

Tricia - August 24, 2015 - 4:20 pm

Hi Kelly. I’ve never heard of tomato pie….it sounds so good! It all does. Looking forward to hearing about your trip!
I loved the tomato pie, but then again, I am a super big tomato lover! You need to give it a try. How can tomatoes and cheese be anything but good? :) Do come back for all the trip details. There will be something for everyone in the posts.

Talia - August 24, 2015 - 4:29 pm

My husband loves tomato pie! I’ve been making it well over 20 years and it continues to be a favorite. The crostata looks amazing. Will surely attempt it this week.
Talia you got a big head start on me with the tomato pie! Glad your husband is a fan. I hope you get to make the crostata soon. Be sure you have vanilla ice cream on hand to go with it!

Gina - August 24, 2015 - 5:23 pm

Yum! That sounds like my kind of meal. :) I could skip the chicken too…it’s a woman thing. 😉 “Pinned” a couple of the recipes to try. Can’t wait to hear about your trip, especially since you went through my home state Virginia!! :) What a perfect opportunity for a road trip since you had to help your son move. :)
Must be a “woman thing” Gina! LOL Thanks for sharing the blog love on Pinterest. Loved loved loved your home state!!! Beautiful farm country in the areas we went through. I would gladly move there. :)

Garden, Home and Party - August 24, 2015 - 5:56 pm

My mouth was watering by the end of this post. Everything looks delicious. Even the okra. I grew up smelling the delicious aroma of fried okra (mom and grandma were born in OK) but I never cared for the texture of it when I ate it. So other than that, I’d eat everything, especially the crostada. Yummy.
I think you would like the texture of this okra. I slice it so thin, it is almost liking eat pure crust! (What a way to eat your veggies, right? :) )

Dawn - August 24, 2015 - 6:55 pm


Thanks for sharing the delicious looking meal and recipes with us. I am going to try your tomato pie with all of the tomatoes we are getting out of our garden and I can’t wait to try the crostada! I love dessert and peaches. Looking forward to hearing about your trip. Take care.

You’re welcome Dawn! That pie is a good way to use up a good many of your tomatoes. If you like peaches and desserts the crostata is perfect for you!

Nancy - August 24, 2015 - 6:57 pm

Everything looks delicious! I would love to know where you found the ceramic measuring cup and the individual ceramic measuring cups. Thank you!
It was quite delicious! The measuring cups all came from World Market. I loved the script on them and had to have them. :) The big one is here: They seem to have replaced the individual ones with a different style online. Perhaps they still have some of the old ones in the store. I hope you can find them!

Anne from Atlanta - August 24, 2015 - 7:13 pm

Yum, yum! Dinner looks delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipes. Can’t wait to hear about your trip! Glad to know that working on the computer in the back seat of the car didn’t make you carsick! It would me.
I would always have carsickness as a child. So I was rather worried that it might hit me again on this long trip, but luckily it did not. If you suffer from it, you know it is no fun. :( Perhaps the fact that I was taking a low dose of Benadryl to help with itching from hyperthyroidism was helpful in preventing the motion sickness as well. I also wore one of those wrist bands when we were traveling in the mountains. I don’t know if they really do anything, but it was certainly worth a try. :)

Terry Cross - August 24, 2015 - 8:54 pm

Oh yum, we didn’t do dessert here at home tonight and now I’m having dessert envy! Love your posts!
Dessert envy- that’s a good term. I frequently experience that at restaurants! :) I am happy that you are enjoying the posts Terry. Thank you so much for reading and commenting!

Louvina - August 24, 2015 - 9:22 pm

What a comforting post– I think we always enjoy the posts where you share pictures of your cooking and recipes. I want to try these–especially the dessert. I think I will have to wait and make the fall apple one. Been so busy– cleaning and working on party plans for 4 days over the Labor Day weekend at the beach. Have you been able to realize you are really retired yet? And how does it feel? I am so looking forward to cooler weather — this is NOT my favorite time of the year– tropical heat and storms brewing all around. I know it is baking temps in GA too. Hope the NE was a bit cooler while you were there.
I hope you will try the crostata when things slow down for your party planning. It is a very easy to prepare delicious dessert. I know that mermaid party is going to be one fun party! No, I still do not feel retired. It is probably going to take cool weather to make me realize that I am not going back to work at the school. Our nights here are supposed to be cooler this week, and we are having lower humidity. So that helps. But New England was NOT cooler. It was like we took the Georgia heat and humidity with us! And would you believe they even had news reports of “air quality warnings from the high heat and humidity” while we were in Maine!! :( And to top it off, the air conditioner in the car died while we were in Vermont. We took it in for servicing in Virginia, but they did not have the parts. That was a hot few days! I am ready for some cooler sweater weather. :)
p.s. Thanks for the like on Facebook!

Sherry Myers - August 25, 2015 - 1:04 pm

Oh, Kelly,
This is such a “delicious” post. I can hardly wait to make that tomato pie, and the fried okra using buttermilk. I have never heard of that. Why didn’t I think of it? I will definitely try the grilled chicken. The marinate sounds tasty. Your meal looks good and it is PRETTY. Don’t you love it when it turns out scrumptious and pretty? I love your ceramic two cup measuring pitcher, measuring cup and spoons. I have been looking for ceramic measuring spoons. Just haven’t come across any yet. I am glad you all made it back from your trip safely. Ugh, I feel for you with the lack of air conditioning. I am looking forward to your posts on the trip, your son’s apartment, and all the goodies you have in store for us. Congratualtions to Julia, that lucky girl!

LJ - August 25, 2015 - 4:56 pm

Congratulations, Julia; you’re sure to enjoy these “winnings”.

Hi Kelly, first I should thank Louvina and your comment abt fb. I’m a novice with social media and just now learned that you have a fb presence…I’ll be sure to like it.
On the Crostata, being Italian and while growing up I saw my mother frequently make this with any dough remaining after making pies and she usually made the crostata apples but sometimes peaches…I make it only occasionally as my family likes fruit but are not terribly fond of it being cooked.
Abt the tomato pie…well, I intend to make it this weekend; it’s new to me. Thanks for the new recipe to try.

KellyinPA - August 25, 2015 - 5:00 pm

What a wonderful meal! I love when you tell us how you “tweaked” the recipes:) I will definitely be making the peach crostata! The tomato pie looked great too, but dairy free, boo! What!?! No stops in PA on your road trip?:) Can’t wait to hear all the details, you guys always have such fun!

Kathy - August 25, 2015 - 11:13 pm

Yummy! I had never heard of tomato pie until you mentioned it in the last post. It looks delicious! I will have to try it. Fried okra is one of my favorite foods and your salad looked wonderful!

Yvonne M Chavez - August 26, 2015 - 11:29 am

Oh my goodness I’m on my way to the market so I can recreate this yummy looking meal…
I hope you found what you needed for the meal at your market! I would love a plate of fried okra right now myself! :)

Faye - August 28, 2015 - 3:27 pm

I made both the peach crostata and the tomato pie this week since peaches and tomatoes are so plentiful right now in our midwest farmers markets. Both were so delicious. Thanks Kelly for the recipes! Tomato pie was a first for me.
Yay! I’m so glad you tried out BOTH recipes Faye! And I am also happy that I could introduce you to the wonderful tomato pie. As a tomato fan, it is one of my favorites!
Happy eating this weekend. :)

From Farm to Table – August Decorating

Talk of the House porch tableYes, I know.  It is almost the end of August, and I am just now getting around to showing you the decorating for this month.  I apologize, but I wanted to do the giveaway this month, and those posts that went with it came first.  Some of you are probably already looking at pumpkins and mums and don’t want to see anything else related to summer!:)

foyer buffetBut summer marches on in full force here in Georgia.  Full force with lots of vegetables! This decorating actually started in mid July when tomatoes were coming out of the gardens here by the bucketfuls.  (Is bucketfuls really a word??)

foyerI love heirloom tomatoes with their gorgeous range of colors from yellows to reds to even browns. (You can see that here.) So they were the inspiration for this month’s decor, and because I was using garden vegetables, I thought cans made a nice metal accent for my “vases”…

family roomwith a few canning jars thrown in for good measure.:)

family room mantelA group of my teacher friends went together and gave me a very nice gift certificate to Pottery Barn when I retired in May.  Pottery Barn gift cards can also be redeemed at pbkids, PBTeen, and Williams-Sonoma.  So I had quite a few stores from which to choose!

dining roomI had spied these tomato plates in Williams Sonoma earlier in the summer.  They are beautifully hand painted. I knew I wanted several sets of them; so I waited until they were on sale, and then I happily ordered them with my gift card (and I still have some money left on it to spend!:))

dining room tableI mixed a couple of patterns of silver for the flatware, and mason jars just seemed like the perfect choice for our glasses for this farm to table setting.

dining room tomato tableI loved how the centerpiece with all the vegetables turned out!  (Those cardboard berry baskets came from Hobby Lobby I think, but I am not 100% sure.)

dining room centerpieceI ordered the sets of plates in a couple of different patterns so that I could mix them.  (You have to look closely to really be able to tell the difference in them.)

dining room table with Williams Sonoma tomato platesThe red and yellow color scheme is also in the kitchen.  The little stool there that had been blue earlier in the summer got painted with my wall paint.

kitchenHere’s the desk with a few canned vegetables from Fresh Market.  Aren’t those labels just perfect for this?:)

kitchen deskAnd a recipe for tomato pie just had to go on the chalkboard.:) Even Garden and Gun magazine went with a cover of tomatoes this month!

kitchen chalkboard tomato pie recipeAnd finally, I want you to come out on the porch (even though it is hot as the devil out here!)  There has been a domino move of furniture around here lately.  Our daughter got the sofa from the playroom.  The playroom got the wicker sofa from the porch, and the porch got the wicker loveseat from my classroom when I retired.  Got all that?:) My plans are to paint it the same color as all the other wicker out there when the weather cools off some, and I want to get the cushions recovered as well.


I used more of my new tomato plates out here too.

porch dining areaThe fun chalkboard has vegetables listed all around the border.  :)

porch chalkboardLove love how this table turned out with the candles and more vegetables!

porch table

porch Talk of the House farm to table

 It is really tooooo hot to be out there in the day, but the early morning and late evening are nice with the fans on.

porch Talk of the House

In my next post, I will share a meal with you that we enjoyed out there with all that tomato goodness (and maybe a recipe or two.:))

porch farm to table centerpiece

And one last reminder to enter the giveaway that ends tonight.  You can read the details here. All you have to do is leave a comment on a post that publishes between 8/13/2015 and midnight 8/21/15.  If you’re reading the post from an email delivered one, you will need to go to the actual website to leave a comment. Click on Leave a Comment.  Then scroll to the last comment on the post to leave yours in the comment form.   You can enter on all the posts in that date range if you want more chances to win. (Only one comment per post please.) The entry deadline is midnight Eastern time 8/21/15.  I will do a random drawing and announce the winner in my next post.

Talk of the House August giveawayHappy Friday!  I hope you have a super weekend as we near the end of this summer season.  I’m sorta ready for some fall temps around here….and maybe a few mums.:) How ’bout you?

Until next time,


Lynne - August 21, 2015 - 11:15 am

I just love your new tomato plates and the summer/veggie table decorations!

Susan - August 21, 2015 - 11:18 am

I love your vegetable decorations! So original and fresh for the hot end to summer. Thank you for the chance to win the cookbook too.

Nancy L - August 21, 2015 - 11:18 am

Love your new tomato plates!

Nancy - August 21, 2015 - 11:21 am

You are so creative, Kelly! I always want to duplicate everything you do. Now if I could only do calligraphy!😊

Maureen detwiler - August 21, 2015 - 11:22 am

Love your porch

PJ Bronson - August 21, 2015 - 11:27 am

Love your tomato plates!

MaryAnna C - August 21, 2015 - 11:29 am

Love the vegetable theme! I too have a porch and live in Georgia and enjoy early in the morning with my coffee and very late in the afternoon with my book. Yes, it has been hot as the devil and I am really looking forward to this cold front the weather folks keep talking about.

Frankie - August 21, 2015 - 11:30 am

I love the plates, flowers and all the red and yellow!

Donnamae - August 21, 2015 - 11:36 am

Cute plates! I love the summer decorating…but, fall is really my favorite! Quite the variety of tomatoes you had there…did they make a great salad? 😉

Nancy - August 21, 2015 - 11:36 am

I am new to your website and am enjoying everything that I have read! Love your farm to table post!

Lynn - August 21, 2015 - 11:49 am

I love love your decorating style. Hope your retirement is going well, your blog readers will undoubtedly reap the rewards!

Delores Clark - August 21, 2015 - 11:54 am

Ooh I love those tomato plates!

Kathy P. - August 21, 2015 - 11:57 am

Love the new plates. Your tables are always so beautiful. Hope you do share the recipes. Have a great weekend!!!!

Ellen Martin - August 21, 2015 - 11:58 am

What a charming farm to table post!! I love your new plates, and the way you have used them at your tables. Coming to dinner in your home must be such a treat for anyone who is invited……and always for your family! Thanks for all the inspiration!

Priscilla - August 21, 2015 - 11:59 am

I always enjoy your blog and your southern style. Keep ’em coming! and thanks!

Julie - August 21, 2015 - 12:07 pm

Love your blog. Would love to win a guest luncheon slot with 4 other lucky readers of Talk of the House.

Susan - August 21, 2015 - 12:10 pm

This was such a fun, and appropriate, post! (We are buried under our garden tomatoes, right now :) You made a wise choice with your gift card – those plates are beautiful! I’m sure that you will get a lot of use from them.

Trish - August 21, 2015 - 12:11 pm

Love your porch decorated with all the veggies.

ChrisTea - August 21, 2015 - 12:28 pm

I love those tomato plates! So cute. You’ve also made me hungy for a huge plate of veggies. I think I’ll do that tonight. Thank you!

LJ - August 21, 2015 - 12:37 pm

I seem to love everything “tomato-y”…truly made up word…and following that reasoning I like your summer decorating. I have fond memories of helping my Dad in the garden when I was a child. He had a huge garden and every kind of vegetable that he knew my mother would cook or can. I loved every minute being with him. He was a really good man and a great father. Thank you for bringing him to mind with the theme.

Paula Jolly - August 21, 2015 - 12:50 pm

I love a pretty tablescape: they really don’t have to be incredibly expensive – yours are always so thoughtful & seem to be a nice mix of collected treasures, gifts from others, & bargain finds! What a wonderful way to bless those you love!! Dinner at the table is almost a lost art. Thanks so much for sharing & inspiring others to bless their family & friends.

Debra - August 21, 2015 - 12:52 pm

I will say it endlessly….I love your porch! Your decorating is charming. Fun garden/tomato goodness! I bought the pumpkin print plates last fall. Ugh, after seeing this post, I think I might need the tomato ones now. :( Does this mean I have plate addiction?

Jackie Layton - August 21, 2015 - 12:54 pm

What a warm and welcoming home!

I love the decorations. This morning I went outside early and cut daisies to put on my kitchen table. Now I’m tempted to go cut more.

Thanks for sharing!

Joan Rhea - August 21, 2015 - 12:54 pm

Your tablescape and especially your tomato plates make me feel like I’m about to sit down to a meal at my grandmother’s table. Makes me remember smells from her humble kitchen that included fresh churned butter, fresh sliced tomatoes, okra, butter beans, chicken, gravy, biscuits and then a fresh pound cake for dessert. MMM!

Julie {Lilacs & Longhorns} - August 21, 2015 - 12:55 pm

You really outdid yourself, Kelly, with your summer home!! I ADORE it all! Those plates are so much fun and I love all the bounty of summer with your veggies, zinnias and such. You are just so darned talented! Happy late summer to you!

Betty - August 21, 2015 - 12:57 pm

I am going to see if I can find those plates—perfect for August!

Julie Atwell - August 21, 2015 - 12:59 pm

Love those plates!!
Your pictures provide so much inspiration!

Nancy - August 21, 2015 - 1:08 pm

It is all so beautiful as always! Love it all.

Pat - August 21, 2015 - 1:14 pm

Never have I seen someone so creative. And when do you find the time to come up with all these beautiful decorations? Please keep it up because I love your style.

Sandy - August 21, 2015 - 1:22 pm

Seriously, you never cease to amaze me at your creativeness. I simply love those tables with the tomato plates. Your chalkboards are adorable too… such talent. O look forward to your posts.

Ren - August 21, 2015 - 1:23 pm

Such a creative vegetable theme! Love the plates. I think it may be buckets full. But, then I was an apparel and textiles teacher, not English! As always, I thoroughly enjoyed this post.

Dana - August 21, 2015 - 1:47 pm

Tomatoes, daisies and mason jars… these are a few of my favorite things. Although I do prefer autumn, I want to enjoy the last of summer and this post is inspirational, as usual.

Sallie - August 21, 2015 - 1:53 pm

Your table is delightful and I love the plates. I think we all want to come to your house for dinner!

Dawn@Petals.Paper.SimpleThymes - August 21, 2015 - 1:53 pm

So many wonderful ideas, Kelly! I love your flowers displayed in tin cans!! Such fun to see the red and yellow touches in your kitchen. I adore the beadboard back splash!! Love your beautiful chalkboards, too! What do you use to write on them? The retired teacher in me would love some small chalkboards at home to hand letter, but I don’t want chalk dust! My Pinterest boards are filling up with your great ideas!! ♡

Helen - August 21, 2015 - 2:14 pm

I have always liked using old cans and jars for flower vases. Love the plates and all your little touches as always.

L. Bratton - August 21, 2015 - 2:15 pm

Love your porch!!!!

Julia - August 21, 2015 - 2:29 pm

I really like those tomato plates :) Thank you for posting these decorating ideas – I starting my fall decorating (I’m in Florida) and it just seems out of place. I will re-do using some of your inspirations!

Happy weekend to you Kelly!

Sherry Myers - August 21, 2015 - 2:36 pm

You had me at tomato! I am ready for the fall temperatures, but I guess as a former teacher, it’s in my blood to want summer to last a little longer. I love your summer decor, from the entry and the too cute little red truck (wherever did you find it?),to
the new dishes (envy!), all the table centerpieces (loved how you tucked in the radishes and okra too.) On a trip to Savannah, I found a couple of ceramic berry cartons. I have used them all summer. What a clever idea for your flower vases. It all came together perfectly. The new stool color blends well, and yes, the Fresh Market canned vegetables add just the right touch. The porch is pleasing perfection as always. The red plates inside and the yellow plates outside coordinate smartly with the tomato plates. The table looks inviting, well, the entire porch does for that matter. I am still in love with the chalkboard in your kitchen and the one on the porch. AND, Yes, we will take some more recipes. Looking forward to the post on your tomato goodness meal! Thanks, Kelly.

Renee Cook - August 21, 2015 - 2:46 pm

I especially love a farmhouse theme! The cans for vases idea was so simple and cute. I sure wish I had your knack to be able to write so well on a chalkboard! Good job, as always!

I feel certain you’re enjoying your retirement, but imagine it feels weird with school starting back and you’re not! Hope you’re feeling better, too. Enjoy the remaining lazy, hazy days of summer!

Mary Ellen - August 21, 2015 - 2:58 pm

Oh, your tomato dishes would be so fun to have! I love, love, love dishes and would be tempted to have tons if I had room to store them. Love your decorating as usual! Have a good weekend.

jerri - August 21, 2015 - 3:00 pm

Love the veggie decor. Now I know what’s for supper………tomato pie!

DEBI - August 21, 2015 - 3:14 pm

I have had my eye on the fabulous tomato plates! Love your style and willingness to share with all of us.

Crystal B - August 21, 2015 - 3:20 pm

The plates are lovely, and the farm veggies look great!

Nicola - August 21, 2015 - 3:24 pm

Love, love the plates! The table are so pretty, great inspiration!

Donnie - August 21, 2015 - 3:30 pm

Love the tablescapes. Made my mouth water looking at all the beautiful tomatoes. Thanks for such cheerful posts, look forward to hearing from you!

Beth - August 21, 2015 - 3:44 pm

Your table setting is beautiful and so appropriate for the last weeks of summer. As a fellow retired teacher I am so happy that you are now having a chance to relax with your family and share your fascinating creativity with your blog readers. I always look forward to your next post. Thanks for inspiring us!

Cheri - August 21, 2015 - 3:57 pm

I am not a fan of eating a tomato but I LOVE those plates. You did a super job on your tables…can I come over to eat?

Bonnie - August 21, 2015 - 4:07 pm

It’s great to celebrate the fresh vegetables, especially tomatoes, of summer! And, I always enjoy seeing how you make it all come together.

Judy - August 21, 2015 - 4:22 pm

Vegges are my favorite. Could use some of those bucketful of tomatoes over here.
Wish you could toss me a few but it was great looking at yours.

Michele Bailey - August 21, 2015 - 4:29 pm

Love your new dinner plates. I’ve been debating on getting some pumpkin plates I seen at pottery barn. Enjoy the rest of your summer

Tina sneed - August 21, 2015 - 4:44 pm

love the tomato plates!

Louvina - August 21, 2015 - 4:58 pm

Can almost smell those delicious tomatoes!! Where’s my salt shaker?! This is the time of tomato harvest– and I have canned many jars of juice and fruit to use during the winter. Hot, hard work but oh, so rewarding! My mother in law used to say “beats eating snowballs” coming from a family of 11 children! Last year my daughter got me the tomato smelling soy candle from WS and it was wonderful!

Debra C - August 21, 2015 - 5:10 pm

I love the tomato plates.

Mechelle - August 21, 2015 - 5:34 pm

You can never have too many tomatoes! Looks fabulous!

Darla B - August 21, 2015 - 5:46 pm

Yet another table scape I love, absolutely love the tomatoes plates!

Cindy Ross - August 21, 2015 - 6:18 pm

Well I might be deathly allergic to tomatoes but I do believe that I want those tomato plates. I love those. I don’t think they would go in my kitchen. I have brown and turquoise. I would try to find a way. So cute!!! I always love reading your blog and look forward to seeing your next creation. Your the best!!!

Gina - August 21, 2015 - 6:25 pm

Perfect theme for August! Tomatoes galore. I visited my grandparents yesterday and they had lots from their garden. We had BLT’s for lunch. :)I love the plates you chose.I’m sure you will get plenty of use from them. Can’t wait to see what “tomato” recipe you made! :)

Dawn - August 21, 2015 - 6:42 pm


I love your new tomato plates. I am not ready for Fall yet. We are still enjoying the Summer time weather here. It has been a very pleasant Summer here in Missouri this year. We have been making salsa from all of the tomatoes we have been getting out of our garden lately. I can’t wait to see what recipes you made. Have a great weekend!

Nan, Odessa, DE - August 21, 2015 - 6:44 pm

Like how you used the veggies!
Give a tutorial on painting the love seat when you paint, please.
Thanks for the tour.

Tiffany - August 21, 2015 - 6:54 pm

I love the tomato plates!I am always inspired by your decorating posts. Can’t wait to hear the recipes.

Cindy Kuhens - August 21, 2015 - 7:26 pm

Your decorating is so inspiring – love it !!!!

Cindy - August 21, 2015 - 7:47 pm

Love reading your website and would love to win the give-away.

Janet nunn - August 21, 2015 - 7:53 pm

Kelly, You have a flair to make everything pretty. What a wonderful gift!


Monika - August 21, 2015 - 8:28 pm

I, too, have a gift card from Pottery Barn in my wallet … will have to check out those gorgeous plates at Williams Sonoma … and that little red truck! Where did you find that beauty?
Thanks much for another very inspirational post, Kelly.

theresalh - August 21, 2015 - 8:30 pm

love it all. i had my eye on those plates!

karen charleston, sc - August 21, 2015 - 8:55 pm

Kelly, Beautiful post as always!I feel as if i’m right there enjoying your hospitality!What time is dinner?

Patty in Michigan - August 21, 2015 - 9:45 pm

Kelly, I just love this tablescape. I am loving those tomatoes plates!

sharon - August 21, 2015 - 10:35 pm

Love the summer theme using fresh produce. The plates were a perfect choice.

Diana Taylor - August 21, 2015 - 10:44 pm

Loving that tablescape! And with fall in the air, I too am ready to decorate with all the rich colors. I have a love affair with plates and the tomato plates are fun, fun!

judy e - August 21, 2015 - 11:11 pm

love the tomato plates also, and also your table set ups

Joan - August 21, 2015 - 11:17 pm

Yikes, Kelly, where has Summer gone? I like how you have painted the stool in your kitchen which in turn reminds me that I have a bookcase, wicker shelf unit, and something else that I have conveniently forgotten, that all need to be painted before the hot weather leaves us. And those plates are great.
I believe it is considered more correct to say bucketsful though my spellcheck doesn’t agree. You have a slew of teachers to confer with; let us know what they conclude. Have a great weekend.

Kathryn - August 22, 2015 - 12:20 am

Love Love how you place a decorative plate on a plain colored! I am watching for some perfect 3/4 plates for me. Good luck to me for the drawing. Thanks for all of your inspiration

Karen - August 22, 2015 - 8:38 am

Was so happy to see your post featuring farm to table dining. Your table settings are beautiful, fun and inviting. Keep the summer posts coming, I am not ready for mums or pumpkins!

Linda - August 22, 2015 - 9:01 am

As always so fun, I am ready for cooler temps also. Have a great weekend.

kathy - August 22, 2015 - 9:44 am

Kelly, I can never get enough posts about summer. I am not ready for mums and pumpkins yet. How sweet that your friends gave you a Pottery Barn gift card! You are spending it well. The tomato plates are fun. Do you like fried green tomatoes? They are one of my favorite things.

Garden, Home and Party - August 22, 2015 - 9:52 am

Happy weekend! I love the tomato plates and of course, all of the red touches! We’re really still in summer mode so this post was perfectly timed. :-)
I like all of the changes on the porch. The wicker love seat from your classroom looks happy there.
Karen - August 22, 2015 - 8:57 pm

Great decorations, Kelly, and I love the Williams-Sonoma plates!

Sherri - August 23, 2015 - 8:05 pm

Cute and creative idea to use veggies for decoration! It’s always fun to see what you will come up with next.

Lanita Anderson - August 26, 2015 - 9:03 am

Love, Love, Love the tomato plates and the beautiful tablescapes!! I have similar plates and am going to use your ideas for dinner this week! Thanks for sharing – I so enjoy your blog and your fun ideas!
I’m so glad there are ideas here that you can use Lanita! Thank you for putting my ideas to work! :) I hope your tomato plates work for the meal.

Libby Patterson - August 30, 2015 - 9:19 pm

Love the tomatoe plates and your table decor. Also love the lamps on your table with the books, framing your family pics. Where did you find those?
Enjoy your blog!

Yet Another Disney Birthday Party

front porch disney partyIf you have been reading this blog for a few months, you may remember that we hosted a Disney themed birthday party for my father and sister back in April.  (If you don’t remember you can read about it here.:))  My sister is a BIG Disney fan, and our children are even more addicted to all-things-Disney than she is, but the biggest fan of all is our daughter – the one who was actually working at Walt Disney World last semester.

porch balloonsShe wasn’t really happy that she missed that Disney birthday party, so I decided that this year for her birthday we would do it all over again…or at least something very similar. And that is precisely what we did a few Sundays ago.  So come on inside and be our guest at our latest Disney shindig.  I want you to enjoy the party!

We started the decorating outside with polka dot balloons on the steps and a Mickey Mouse saying on the door.

front door for partyIn the foyer, more balloons were tied to a Mickey Mouse who was seated on a few of our son’s Disney art books.  (I was careful with them Will.:))

foyer buffet

Disney party foyer buffetThe piano had a candy jar filled with “Goofy’s gumballs,” while a tray on the piano bench held thank you gifts for the guests.

Disney party treat bags

Disney party gumballsI searched everywhere for something Disney-ish that would not be so juvenile. Let me tell you that was a challenge – especially when you are on a budget.  I lucked out with these polka dot journals at Michaels, and the tags for them were super easy to make on my computer.

polka dot journals as thank you gifts for Disney partyWe decked out the family room with more balloons and a continued color scheme of red, black, and yellow.

living room for partyAnother Mickey Mouse silhouette was framed for the mantel.

mantelAnd I added some Disney sunglasses there for one more themed accent.

mantel vignette

Mickey Mouse silhouette pictur

Our handy dandy red and black pillows worked perfectly there on the sofa.sofa for Disney partyThe table for gifts had Minnie Mouse with another bouquet of balloons.
(Wish I had remembered to photograph this table when it actually had all the presents on it!)

gift tableThe dining room had all the best stuff though.:) Black and white polka dot gift wrap with kraft paper layered on top made our table cloth again.

Disney party tableA pot of flowers with Mickey and Pluto made for a simple centerpiece. And I want to tell you about the birthday “cake.”  Our daughter loves petit fours….and when I say she loves them, I mean like she tells me that she wants her wedding cake to be tiers and tiers of them!  So I knew I wanted to order them for her party.

Mickey Mouse centerpieceNormally they run around $12/dozen at our local bakery, but when I ordered them they told me they would be $24/dozen to have them decorated with a Mickey silhouette (instead of their typical flowers.)  Well that was not in my budget, so I told them to just make them undecorated, and I would decorate them myself.  And I did.  I used 2 red M&M minis and 1 red regular M&M to make the silhouette.  Easy peasy folks – super easy!

Mickey Mouse petit foursWe also served Chex mix with peanuts and M&M’s stirred in, strawberries and pineapple with a yogurt dip, potato chips with Ranch dip, and pigs-in-a-blanket.

Disney party balloonsI added a couple of “hidden Mickeys” around the room.:)

Mickey Mouse cookie jarHere’s the beverage bar.  The red drink dispenser was on sale at Walmart,and I just added a big Mickey Mouse sticker to it.

Mickey Mouse beverage barDo you spot the “hidden Mickey” in the cabinet above the kitchen desk?

kitchen deskA chalkboard seems to be required of every birthday party around here.

birthday chalkboardAnd I just couldn’t neglect the back porch even though I knew it would only be used if everyone stayed for dinner.

porch buffet

porch chalkboardThose polka dots took over the table!

porch table for disney partyAnd here is the birthday girl blowing out her candles!
Make a wish…

birthday cake

And with the cake we also served a copy cat version of Disney’s Dole Pineapple Whip.  The recipe for it is here.

Disney Dole Whip recipeI do believe our daughter enjoyed her party.:)

porch disney partyAnd that wraps up all the details for her party.  Before I go let me remind you that you can still enter the New Perry Hotel cookbook and Sur la Table giveaway until Friday 8/21/15.  You can read the details here. All you have to do is leave a comment on a post that publishes between 8/13/2015 and midnight 8/21/15.  If you are reading the post from an email delivered one, you will need to go over to the actual website to leave a comment. Click on Leave a Comment.  Then scroll to the last comment on the post to leave yours.   You can enter on all the posts in that date range if you want more chances to win. (Only one comment per post please.) The entry deadline is midnight Eastern time 8/21/15.  I will do a random drawing and announce the winner in the next post after that.

Talk of the House August giveawayThank you sooooo much for your super sweet compliments on our daughter’s apartment in the last post!  I appreciate all of them very much.

Until next time…


Stacey - August 18, 2015 - 11:34 pm

You are a master party planner! Happy Birthday Hayley!

Pat - August 19, 2015 - 4:23 am

Incredible how you can take a theme and build and build on it! Magical indeed.

Anne Boykin - August 19, 2015 - 5:50 am

Hi Kelly, Wow, you really throw a fabulous party! I love all the Disney details. It must be fun to be related to you!!

NancyL - August 19, 2015 - 5:50 am

Happy Birthday Haley!!!

TracyK - August 19, 2015 - 6:06 am

I love all the little details you add!

Betty - August 19, 2015 - 6:17 am

I love the Kraft paper and the polka dot runners on the table. Looks like a great party!

Anne from Atlanta - August 19, 2015 - 6:45 am

What a fun party! Cute picture of your daughter with mouse ears!

Vicki - August 19, 2015 - 6:58 am

What a beautiful party!

Carol Ann - August 19, 2015 - 7:03 am

I love the red M&Ms on the cake squares. Ingenious idea….saved time and money and just as cute!

jerri - August 19, 2015 - 7:03 am

Cute party! I love petit fours, too!

Debra C - August 19, 2015 - 7:18 am

You did a fabulous job! Happy Birthday to Haley!

Lois - August 19, 2015 - 7:27 am

Your family is so lucky – all you celebrations look ‘magical’!

Louvina - August 19, 2015 - 7:34 am

What a FUN birthday!! I know your daughter was thrilled with this bd theme! I just can’t understand how you keep coming up with all these creative ideas?! The M&M Mickey’s were perfect for the cakes!! Everything was simple BUT oh so special!! Loved the way you used the polka dots–and it was just “Magical”! Hope I can come up with some magic ideas for my daughter’s Mermaid bd theme next month!! It’s a “Girl Fins” weekend at the beach!! :)

Yarlette - August 19, 2015 - 7:46 am

You are such a creative person. Love that you make things special for your family. You are making wonderful memories for everyone.

Jill - August 19, 2015 - 7:49 am

Wow! I just love all the polka dots and the mouse ears on your daughter, super cute. Thanks for sharing, blessings, Jill :)

Cindy - August 19, 2015 - 7:53 am

Happy Birthday Hayley! You are one lucky girl. (folks can you imagine her wedding!!!) I do theme parties for my grandchildren, everyone loves them. They are just so much fun no matter your age. I do hope we get to see what you do with your son’s apartment.

Stacey Y. - August 19, 2015 - 7:55 am

Love the magical Mickey birthday party! Happy Birthday, Hayley!!!

Debbie w - August 19, 2015 - 8:14 am

Cute ideas for a birthday party!

Jan C. - August 19, 2015 - 8:22 am

You do such a great job! Just sooo cute! Every detail attended to.

Lanita Anderson - August 19, 2015 - 8:36 am

Love the Disney party ideas and decorations! Although we’re not huge Disney fans, I loved the color coordination and fun ideas, especially all of the polka dots on your porch table!
Thanks for sharing!

Sue - August 19, 2015 - 8:42 am

ADORABLE! I love every detail, and especially the Mickeys on the cakes. Great idea! We did the Oreo and mini oreos once on cupcakes for the very same reason and they turned out cute too. In fact my last post, a year ago, was on that Minnie party for my granddaughter.
I am looking forward to seeing your son’s apartment as your daughter’s was such a treat to see. You did a great job! It’s hard to pick a favorite element, the table in the bathroom, the quotation artwork, the beds, and so on. Such a wonderful time those girls will have in that space that was decorated with so much love:-)

Cynthia - August 19, 2015 - 8:51 am

Kelly, I lived Hayley’s apartment. It was precious. I especially loved the New Perry Hotel furniture makeovers. Hayley is a very lucky girl to have a creative and fantastic mom like you. The Disney party was just as cute as the last one.

Susan - August 19, 2015 - 8:57 am

Happy Birthday Hayley! What a great party!

Lynn A. - August 19, 2015 - 8:58 am

Okay – I just had my birthday on Sunday but I want you to come decorate for my next birthday. :-) This was awesome. Everything works together so well. Thank you for sharing with us.

Diana Taylor - August 19, 2015 - 9:08 am

love your styling for all your parties and gatherings! You make everything so special! You are an inspiration!

Michelle G - August 19, 2015 - 9:19 am

Super cute! I love how you made the theme perfect for a young adult!

Bonnie - August 19, 2015 - 9:39 am

It’s always fun to ‘attend’ your parties! It may seem effortless to see everything after it all comes together, but I know that a lot of thought, planning, and work goes into making it look and feel so special. (And, we did see the edge of the gift table through the doorway in the picture taken from the other end of the food table. :) )

Monika - August 19, 2015 - 9:41 am

What a wonderful birthday party! Happy belated birthday, Hayley. Fell in love with your red beverage dispenser, went to the Walmart web site and ordered one. Can’t believe only a little over $14 – with summer coming to an end, looking forward to using it much next year. Will go beautifully with all the red accents in our home. Thanks for this inspirational post, Kelly.

Mechelle - August 19, 2015 - 9:41 am

Mickey would be so proud! A party anyone would enjoy!

Mary Ellen - August 19, 2015 - 9:49 am

Who wouldn’t enjoy a Disney party and you always make parties extra special. You truly have a gift for decorating!!!

Donnamae - August 19, 2015 - 9:54 am

Happy day for your daughter! You sure do know how to throw a party! 😉

Kim - August 19, 2015 - 10:01 am

Even I would have enjoyed your Disney themed party!

Pam Jenkins - August 19, 2015 - 10:08 am

Wonderful party decorations! I’d love to win the hotel cookbook- many fond memories of there.

Arlene@Nanaland - August 19, 2015 - 10:39 am

Kelly, my birthday is in May and I like Purses!!lol Really you could be a party planner. Love all your special touches as usual.

Ellen - August 19, 2015 - 10:39 am

You are undeniably the queen of the party-givers! I love the way you carried the polka dots throughout. The micky stickers or cutouts or whatever they are — really cute! Where on earth does one find things like that?

Cheri - August 19, 2015 - 11:05 am

Kelly, I don’t know if this is a gift or it was because you were a teacher, but you sure can throw a wonderful party of any kind. We generally set the table with the theme and we are done, but I love how you incorporate of little of the theme everywhere. You missed your calling girl.

Shelley - August 19, 2015 - 11:18 am

You are Queen of theme!!! You are so creative…I can’t imagine how much time you put into all your entertaining…Love it all!

Leslie Anne @ Fairhope Supply Co. - August 19, 2015 - 11:22 am

What a beautiful daughter and a fun party! You get an A+ for your Disney font skills! The M&M idea on the petit fours is creativity at its best!

Garden, Home and Party - August 19, 2015 - 11:35 am

What a fun party! Your daughter is darling and I love petit fours and how clever, they would taste even better with a little chocolate. Such a fun event and I’m always so inspired by your creativity. (seriously, you need to publish a book of party ideas for those of us who love to have parties but don’t always have the great ideas you come up with :-))
Have a wonderful rest of August, just think, you would be working right now if you hadn’t retired. Good for you.

ChrisTea - August 19, 2015 - 11:43 am

It’s nice to see that people still have sweet parties instead of some of the ‘circuses’ which people do nowadays. I loved your cute party.

Pat Peele - August 19, 2015 - 11:55 am

Lovely. So well pulled together, not cutesy or child like. Great ideas.

Jane - August 19, 2015 - 11:55 am

Love how you integrated the theme into your existing home décor ~ Very elegant, yet fun!

Nancy - August 19, 2015 - 12:50 pm

I love everything you do around your house! The Disney theme is soooooooo cute, and I think the M and Ms on the petit fours is so clever. Selfishly, I am glad you retired so that you could blog more.😊

lissy parker - August 19, 2015 - 1:10 pm

I love a good party and this one looks great! Happy Birthday to the birthday girl.
xo, lissy

Tricia - August 19, 2015 - 1:36 pm

Kelly, such fun to see how you incorporate your themes into every aspect of the home and meal! Love it!

Emily - August 19, 2015 - 1:57 pm

Love the polka dots! What a cute and inexpensive way to decorate the petit fours as Mickey.

LJ - August 19, 2015 - 2:33 pm

Great job! It all came together nicely right down to the guests’ thank you gifts.

N from VA - August 19, 2015 - 2:43 pm

Oh can I join your family (joking). What a lovely party and great decorations. So fun!

Helen - August 19, 2015 - 2:46 pm

I wish I had your talent – such great ideas!

Gina - August 19, 2015 - 2:52 pm

Your parties are always awesome. They’re some of my favorite posts. :) I love your M & M Mickeys! Great idea. I’m sure your lovely daughter enjoyed it immensely. :)

Sherry Myers - August 19, 2015 - 3:06 pm

Your welcoming door decoration was certainly true! What a fun party. Everything detail flowed together so well. It’s hard to choose what I liked most. I guess it would have to be the gift favors, the silhouette of Mickey on the mantel, oh, yes, the petit fours, polka dots, and without a doubt, the Disney lettering!! Love was evident throughout! It had to be a wonderful birthday for Hayley. Magical I’m sure! Thanks for sharing with us. No one does it better than you. You truly have a gift!!

Ann - August 19, 2015 - 3:19 pm

Thanks, Kelly, for inviting us to the party!! Everything was just adorable. I am always amazed at your creativity!! It was so much fun! ~Ann

Judy - August 19, 2015 - 3:42 pm

This has got to be one of the cutest parties I’ve ever seen! I pinned quite a few of your photos for future use. I might even get to use them in a couple of weekends when we go further south to celebrate my two August grandchildren’s b’days. I usually end up doing the lion’s share of the decorating and party planning as that’s just not up my DIL’s “alley” and she gladly turns it over to me (or someone at the party)!

Hope you are enjoying your first “retired” summer!

Julia - August 19, 2015 - 3:46 pm

Happy Birthday Hayley! What a cute party and I really like that you decorated the petite fours yourself. I’m all about saving money while still having a great party!

Charlene - August 19, 2015 - 4:18 pm

Love your parties!! The attention to detail! Looks so fun and like your daughter enjoyed it. Heading back to school here. Looking forward to more blog posts. I check everyday since this blog is my favorite!

Susan W - August 19, 2015 - 4:31 pm

You are so talented Kelly. Great ideas – I especially like the petit fours decoration and kraft paper/wrapping paper table cloth ideas, but everything looks so nice and pulled together!

Joan - August 19, 2015 - 4:59 pm

These ideas are so ‘happy making’, Kelly. What is there about Mickey and Minnie that puts a smile on our faces. Maybe they lift the spirits and remind us of less stressful times. I found myself grinning at many of your pictures and the idea of using the M&Ms on the petite fours for the Mickey. Happy home, happy family, Happy Birthday. You can do mine next year. :-)

Cynthia Boyd - August 19, 2015 - 6:07 pm

Looks like a fun time was had by all. Clever ideas!

DiAnne - August 19, 2015 - 6:42 pm

This looks like a fun party! I love that she worked there!

Vicki - August 19, 2015 - 6:53 pm

Your love for others shines thru in every thing you do. Your friends and family are very lucky to have you in their lives.

Vicky Hunt - August 19, 2015 - 7:32 pm

This is absolutely adorable! One of my best friends is a Mickey Mouse lover and she would swoon over this! I will ahve to share this with her. I’m off to check out the Dole Whip recipe! Sounds so yummy! Have a lovely rest of the week!

Dawn - August 19, 2015 - 7:39 pm


It looks like your daughters birthday was swell! I love the attention to detail you always have for decorating. Tonight I am making the chicken pan pie from your recipe when you talked about the Perry hotel. I can’t wait see how it turnout but it sure smells delicious. Thanks for sharing and take care.


Jeanne Bell - August 19, 2015 - 8:51 pm

Happy Birthday Haley! You have a great Mom who can make any event super special.

sharon - August 19, 2015 - 9:06 pm

What a wonderful birthday party! It was obvious that your daughter had a great time. Disney is a great choice at any age.

Donna - August 19, 2015 - 9:13 pm

Great party! Thanks for sharing all of the fun details!

Sharon Heinzel - August 19, 2015 - 10:15 pm

Great job on the Disney birthday party! The decorations were so cute!

Dawne - August 20, 2015 - 6:03 am

So Kelly….how many colored pillows do you have? Your color coordination is amazing! Really enjoy reading your site! Thanks!

Amy O'Quinn - August 20, 2015 - 8:45 am

How awesome! You should seriously write a party planning book–or give classes. I would definitely be a customer! :) My ‘mouse pad’ I’m using right now has Mickey on it, and it’s always a fun reminder of good memories!
Thanks for sharing all your great ideas. I always get such inspiration from your posts.
Have a lovely day!

liz piccione-volger - August 20, 2015 - 10:55 am

Wow great job on the grown up Disney theme! Those journals are adorable.

Design Chic - August 20, 2015 - 11:26 am

You always have the best parties!! Just love seeing the images of your daughter and she looked thrilled -now that’s what it’s all about! Happy Thursday, Kelly!

Juli - August 20, 2015 - 6:49 pm

What a great birthday party!! Picture perfect!
Looks like Hayley had a very special and happy day!

Mary - August 20, 2015 - 7:36 pm

Love the Disney par tay!

Susan - August 20, 2015 - 8:49 pm

No matter what age our children are – birthdays and their parties are very special.

Dawn@Petals.Paper.SimpleThymes - August 20, 2015 - 10:09 pm

What a magical way to celebrate Hayley’s birthday! I can tell that she really enjoyed her special day. Kelly, your petit four design was perfection! The big, polka dots made your table settings so festive and fun. Love your framed chalkboard art, too, Kelly! ♡

Cindy Ross - August 20, 2015 - 11:10 pm

Love it!!! You are so creative!!! I am sure your daughter loved it! I noticied that you did get a pic of the presents if you look back at the pics there is one that has the presents sitting on top of the table and with a little imagination and your beautiful Disney party you can just put the presents on the table where they belong and visualize just what it looked like. Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful!!!

Kathy - August 21, 2015 - 1:11 am

How fun! I know Hayley loved it! I love all of the polka dots. I’m not sure I would have thought to use yellow as the third color. Everything was perfect! The M&Ms on the cakes were so smart! Your theme parties are always so clever! Do you have a Disney alphabet to go by when you are decorating all of the signs and chalkboards? Thanks for the inspiration!

Gail - August 21, 2015 - 1:00 pm

Love all those tomatoes. They are beauties

Debra - August 21, 2015 - 1:01 pm

Love all the polka dot decorating. I came across that drink dispenser too at Walmart, but I resisted. I have a red one already from World Market. I really need to find a glass one. Simple enough party and look at her, sporting the mouse ears! Happy belated wishes to Hayley.

DEBI - August 21, 2015 - 3:16 pm

You can never go wrong with a Disney Theme. Your family is so blessed to have you. You make everyday a MAGICAL DAY!!

Katrina - August 21, 2015 - 5:36 pm

Happy birthday to your beautiful daughter! She looks like a mini Kelly!

KellyinPA - August 22, 2015 - 5:28 pm

I know you just retired from teaching school but event planning might be your next calling!;) I always love your parties, attention to detail but never over the top and you can do a theme like no other. I hope Hayley had a happy birthday and I’m sure she was thrilled with her Disney party! Great job, Mom:)

Paula B. - August 23, 2015 - 9:20 am

Adopt me, please. So I can have the best birthday celebrations, ever! The entire house was so simply and beautifully adorned – just the right for an “adult” Disney partay! I love petit-fours, too, but how did you ever get the M and M’s to actually stick in that firm icing? (That was the cutest touch and so economical.) You really need to do a party book: food, decorations, gift ideas, etc. You have the best touch with all you do.

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