Topic: Party planning
YAY! We had my mother's 80th birthday party in the Garden as hoped--
A few photos of the yard shows--the city house--a Gothic Victorian from the 1890s--placed on a small lot by suburban and farm standards, its space is well used by strategic courtyard pavers and compact plantings. Mostly shaded, impact color plants are hung in baskets or placed in pots. The fountain lends both ambiance and sound masking from streetside and neighbors. Additionally, I've placed outdoor speakers in the courtyard for background music that stays in our yard.
And another secret--because the types of plants used in a shade garden are usually not very fragranced (if at all)--I tucked a floral fragranced candle among the battery powered candles to put just the right amount of scent in the air.
The menu was posted in yesterday's blog. Italian food always works well for a leisurely dinner party. However, my next garden party will be completely French, planned for July 14 th's Bastille Day--a recital and then dinner party in the garden--IF we are lucky to have the party and weather both working cooperatively !