To celebrate, I am hosting a Luncheon with a Lilly-fied tablescape. I've also lined up a fashion show, featuring a few Lilly lovers modeling their favorite Lilly outfits. This Lilly-inspired tablescape in pink and green is great for an outdoor luncheon--on the porch or by the pool. The food will be served plated-style at my Lilly-fied tablescape set on my front porch.
When I began planning this event, I sat down and relaxed with a glass of Two Buck Chuck and got some inspiration from Lilly herself... Essentially Lilly, A Guide to Colorful Entertaining, by Lilly Pulitzer and Jay Mulvaney--a must-have for all Lilly lovers!
Everyone loves to receive a party invitation in the mail...but on Lilly Pulitzer stationery, please! These darling pink and green party invitations are from the new line of Lilly stationery and paper products...they are a must-have for your preppy event!
The back side of the invitation and the envelope...
Shall we go out on the porch? As the hostess, I took the "worst seat"--the one without a view. Since I didn't have a guest of honor today, I sat the oldest lady to my right side and the next-to- the-oldest to my left side...leaving the youngest lady to sit across from me. Of course, my Lilly-lovin' friends always practice proper etiquette and stood behind their chairs until everyone had arrived at the table. Then, entering their chairs from the right-hand side, each one sat at the table very ladylike...on the edge of the chair...not leaning back. I picked up my Lilly napkin and placed it onto my lap, signaling to my guests that they may also place their napkins onto their laps. Lunch was served plated-style, serving the food from the left side of each guest and the beverages were poured on the right side of the guest...starting with the oldest lady to my right and continuing counter clockwise, serving myself last.
Pink and green are the colors of Lilly-dom. I have tried to use only Lilly products or products I've purchased at Lilly stores in setting this table. The pink charger plates are from C. Orrico, in Palm Beach, Florida and the cute Lilly green and pink melamine plates are from The Lazy Dazy, in Vero Beach, Florida. The pink and green tumblers are also from C. Orrico, in Palm Beach. How darling are the Lilly beverage umbrellas? I almost screamed when I saw these in the store (Swoozie's--Palm Beach Gardens, Florida)! The coasters are...of course, Lilly--another must-have for Miss Janice and these were also purchased at C. Orrico, Palm Beach. The napkins are tied with pink preppy-esque grosgrain ribbon and I believe I purchased these bandanna scarves on Ebay a couple of years ago--Ford Motor Company commissioned these to support breast cancer awareness.
I just love these Lilly plates...the set of four has a cat, a monkey, a giraffe, and a turtle...waaaay too cute and waaay too Lilly-fied!
Okay, look at these photos...too darling! After this luncheon, I'm gonna turn a napkin into a precious and preppy doggy kerchief!
Most girls who wear Lilly are preppy and proper...so, of course they know that one should never move these precious Lilly placecards (Swoozie's--Palm Beach Gardens, Florida). I have had the versatile bamboo flatware for many years and have no idea where I purchase this! Of course, the centerpiece of beautiful, fresh pink and green hydrangeas is low enough that my guests and I may chat without having to look over the flowers!
Love, love, love these Lilly placecards!
I love hydrangeas and I especially love pink and green hydrangeas!
Don't forget your party favors y'all! I gave each guest a Lilly shift ornament. These are the cutest things ever...the little pockets even have the rick rack on them, just like the real thing! The little gift bags are adorned with Lilly ribbon in the "Wink" pattern.
Party favors at guests' settings...
Potato and Onion Frittata with Avocado and Salsa*
Roasted Asparagus with Lemon and Toasted Nuts*
Orange Iced Tea*
*Recipe for Potato and Onion Frittata
Source--Essentially Lilly, A Guide to Colorful Entertaining, Lilly Pulitzer and Jay Mulvaney
2 Yukon Gold potatoes, peeled, cut into 1/4 inch cubes (about 2 cups)
12 large eggs
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 medium Spanish onion, peeled, chopped
1 cup chopped green onions (from 1 bunch)
1 cup grated pepper jack cheese
1 large avocado, peeled, sliced
Bring medium pot of salted water to boil. Add potatoes and cook until tender, about 8 minutes. Drain well; rinse with cold water.
Whisk eggs, salt and pepper in large bowl to blend well.
Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in heavy large skillet over medium high heat. Add onion and saute until translucent and tender, about 6 minutes. Add green onions and saute until just wilted, about 1 minute. Stir in cooked potatoes. Pour egg mixture over potato-and-onion mixture in skillet; reduce heat to medium low, cover and cook until eggs are set around edges of pan, about 12 minutes.
Preheat boiler. Uncover skillet and sprinkle frittata with grated cheese, broil, watching carefully, until cheese melts and browns in spots and frittata is set in center, about 4 minutes. Remove from oven and let stand 2 minutes. Cut into wedges and transfer to plates. Top each wedge of frittata with 1/4 of avocado slices. Serve, passing sour cream and salsa separately.
2 pounds fresh asparagus
1/4 cup olive oil
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
1/2 cup chopped toasted macadamia nuts or toasted pine nuts
Salt and Pepper
Roast asparagus until crisp-tender, bright green and just beginning to brown in spots, about 7 minutes. Sprinkle toasted nuts over asparagus and serve.
*Recipe for Orange Iced Tea
Great foods for lunch...
The pink frosted cupcakes became a little more festive by adding little banners I made from all the Lilly fabric patterns. What's my favorite pattern--Jubilee Toile!
Now, let's bring on the Lilly Fashion Show.
In the next photo, Lorelai, the daughter of SBelle-LifeofaSouthernBelle, is shown in a beautiful Lilly dress she wore as an option photo for her high school graduation. Southern Belle's site is awesome and I feel like I know Lorelai and her brother Legare (don't y'all just love those names)? After reading about Lorelai on Southern Belle's blog, I know that she is not just a pretty face, but she is beautiful on the inside as well! Drop by for a visit with the Southern Belle, you will love her!
Next up is College Prepster. She's a classy and gorgeous college freshman and loves all things preppy! Just like Miss Janice, she has an obsession with bows and monograms! She wore this lovely Lilly dress to her prom. She said "It was a pretty bold statement considering most girls go with a cliche BCBG gown. I felt like I stood out in my pink and green frock, but definitely in a good way. One of my guy friends came up to me and said that he loved my dress because most girls wear boring red or black. I thought it was adorable that this sweet boy mentioned this to me. I sent a picture to Lilly and it was used in a promotional booklet for wholesalers. The owner of my local Signature Store called me immediately to inform me. So exciting"!
"I had an extremely hard time deciding what picture to send in! I have worn Lilly to so many important events, my NJHS induction, Gold and Black ceremony, and graduation, just to name a few. But my prom dress is unique. I loved wearing it"!!!
QueenBeeSwain is up next. I was instantly drawn to her blog--she's a Masters baby, and being from Augusta, I understand how important it is to let others know you were born on Masters Sunday! She is a lover of the British Royal family...so is Miss Janice...and she's definitely "cute as a button." Check out her darling blog and look for her "New York Times Wedding of the Week" posts....again, I thought I was the only one who read wedding announcements in other newspapers. Today she is modeling her fav' Lilly dress:) She "picked it up two summers ago, and it's ever so comfortable and flattering-loose enough that one can manage some serious damage with Bananas Foster at dinner, but fitted enough that one looks lady-like." She can't recall the name of the print, but just loves the little crabs and the poison-apple green color. The necklace is a triple-strand freshwater pearl necklace that she bought last spring for her twenty-fifth birthday at the Lilly signature store in the Twin Cities-Melly.Next up and modeling her fav' summer dress is CancerSucksEvenWithLillyPulitzerOnYourSide. Wow...I just love her blog and would love to meet her some day! She takes everyone along with her as she lives her life as a cancer survivor and raises her three children...and she does it all with Lilly on her side. She's even listed on the LillyBlog as one of their faves...how awesome is that?! She is another one of the ladies attending the festivities in New York City yesterday and today! Here she is last year at the Lilly Pulitzer warehouse sale. Look at this cute girl, wearing her darling Lilly shift...with all her new Lilly loot! When you visit her site, don't miss her "Tips to survive shopping at the Lilly warehouse sale"...you will love it!
Now, all y'all surely know the next model--Hopsy, at KappaPrep. Okay, first let me say that I'm so excited for her. She, of course, is listed on Lilly's blog as a fav', and is in New York today as a guest on the Martha Stewart Show. She was invited by Lilly Pulitzer to host the Meet & Greet event last night at the Lilly Madison Avenue Town House. CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE???!!!! Hopsy has the most amazing lifestyle and blog. But, above all the glamour and her fantastic social life, she truly seems to be the sweetest girl ever...so well mannered and just a classy young lady! Hopsy, I don't need to purchase anymore fashion magazines, you are my "official fashion guru"! Lord Have Mercy!!!!! I have just heard that Miss Hospsy was interviewed by Miss Martha--on the show!!!! I can hardly stand it!
Thank you so much to the ladies who participated in today's Lilly Fashion Show. You are all just "too cute." I promised a prize to the winner and now, I am requesting that you my readers, decide who should get the prize. Please vote (by leaving your comment) for only one girl who "Wears Lilly the Best." The deadline for your votes is Sunday, March 15, 2009, at midnight, eastern standard time. Let's take a peek at what the lucky Lilly lover will win...From left to right: A stack of Lilly Pulitzer Circle Notes--in the Mumsie pattern, A Lilly Pulitzer Notebook--in the Cabanarama pattern; and Lilly Pulitzer Shift Dress Note Cards!