Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Entertaining...Again!!!

A couple of days ago my BFF Teresa Jane called to say that her husband J.D. was coming to our home for a visit before attending a conference in the area. Well, Miss Coco about had a hissy fit this morning! I explained to her that we needed to get her up and dressed, 'cuz more company was coming!!! She looked at me like I was crazy. Between hair appointments and exhausted from being on her best behavior with recent guests, she been prissin' around all day in a tizzy! We finally settled on one of her very casual tee shirts...the Princess!


Now to find something for me to wear! Do y'all ever have one of those days when nothing in your closet is right??? I shop everyday of my life, but today I couldn't find a thing to wear! With Labor Day fast approaching, I decided to wear my pink Ralph Lauren blouse, white Ralph Lauren capris pants, and white Lilly mules...all of which will soon be at the very back of my closet. A comfortable outfit for a very relaxed evening. (That's Puff Kitty in the photo with me today...no outfit for her!)


I wore my white Lilly mules, my pink & green Lilly-fied scrunchie, a silver monogrammed pendant choker with the matching earrings & bracelet, a Chanel charm ring, and my rollring wedding band by Cartier. My fragrance of choice for the evening was 'Wink' by Lilly.
I barely got fresh sheets back on the bed after the previous guest left, prepared tonight's dinner, and the rest of the house in order before the doorbell rang!
Here's the menu...


Summer Supper

Hors d'oeurves
Caribbean Cooler
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Grilled Chicken
Mango Salsa
Mashed Potatoes
Garden Salad
Baguettes
Mango Iced Tea
Tropical Freeze


Tonight's dinner was simple and easy! I served my Signature Beverage and hors d'oeurves from the sideboard in the den...
Caribbean Coolers...pineapple juice, white wine, and lemon juice--with a fresh pineapple wedge, served in palm-motif crystal goblets.

Antipasticks and fruit & chocolate truffel kabobs...

Tommy Bahama cocktail plates...

Palm trees and cheetah print cocktail napkins...

Tres casual setting...
Linen napkins for dinner...
Palm motif crystal tea pitcher, full of the best Mango Tea ever!!!

Crystal tea saucer with monogrammed linen coaster...

Palm motif placecard for J. D.

Bamboo flatware...

Dessert is served...Tropical Freeze--Lime sorbet, pineapple ice cream topping, whipped dessert topping, and a fresh pineapple wedge...

Chocolate chip cookies to-go for J.D. to take with him...
Miss Coco's has had a long day y'all! She's out like a light now...getting her beauty rest for tomorrow. It's her oldest sister's (Miss Pokey) 14th birthday!!!

Thank you for stopping in to visit with me today.

34 comments:

KatherineBee said...

Love the shirt and as always your table displays are amazing. You are definitely the most impressive hostess!

Laur said...

I'm super impressed how you pull this all off in such little time! What a wonderful hostess!

Suburban Princess said...

Everything looks wonderful!

I have a question if that's ok....I love having a signature cocktail but I find most of my guests refuse it...this one doesnt like vodka, that one doesnt like juice etc. I hate feeling like I need to drink all of it myself. Do you have any suggestions? Thank you!

Leesa said...

Miss Janice, you have so many different serving pieces, crystal, glassware, and such. I would be interested in a future post about how you organize all of those lovely things. Have a super day!

Southern Living: Preppy Style said...

ou always make every single guest in your home feel so, so special! Anyone would feel special in your home! Love it all!

debi said...

Please give us the mango tea recipe. thank you, debi

I Do Declare said...

Ahh - you made dinner feel like a day at the beach! Love that bamboo flatwear, too!

Julie (brown eyed belle) said...

You're such a gracious hostess, Miss Janice. Miss Coco is a little doll, I bet she loves having company. My Millie goes crazy when people come over :)

I would love a glass of that tea! YUMMY!

Tonya said...

I just LOVE pineapples and loved the different things you made with pineapples (Caribbean Coolers and the dessert)!!! Combined with the beachy tableware, you did such a wonderful job!

Town and Country Mom said...

Lovely and inspiring, Miss Janice! I second Leesa's request that at some point you show us how you keep all your entertaining supplies organized--that would be fun to see and helpful, I'm sure!

Lori said...

Fun, quick get together. You can really pull things off fast and make it look so easy.

Susan said...

What a yummy menu and the Tommy Bahama plates are adorable.
I love the fruit and truffle kabobs, I'll have to remember that.
I swear you could make cut of jeans, a tee shirt and flip flops look chic.

Polish and Pearls said...

I'd love for you to let us in on some tips for getting things together so quickly!

Kristin said...

Love the theme! The tropical cooler and the tropical freeze sound delicious. Wish there was more summer left for me to enjoy trying them :-)

KDC Events said...

Love the Tropical Freeze, and the whole tropical theme!

Teresa Jane said...

Miss Janice, JD called me right before going to sleep last night in your guest room and all he could say was that he was stuffed from all the good things you fed him. You are always such a good host. Thanks for taking care of him. :)

the pink prep said...

so terrific and tropical! i love yours and coco's casual looks. my maltese looks adorable in her little tee, too!
and that lime/pineapple dessert sounds so yummy!!!
now, about mangos.... i just learned of a new sushi roll called the "fashion" -- love the name! and it's mango, cucumber, advocado and cream cheese all rolled together. i MUST find it and try it -- sounds refreshing! glad you had yet another successful soiree!

Miss Sweet Tea said...

You are awesome! I love all of your entertaining ideas and tips! Plus, you and Miss Coco look adorable, as usual!

Have a great day!

High Heeled Life said...

Miss Janice, you are such a wonderful Hostess.. everything looked so yummy!!! Loved your RL outfit. A little Coco , she just looked adorable - I'm sure she had a great time, but of course like our little Dolce they have to play it up a little...XO ..HHL

P.S. would love to know your storage organizing tips for all the entertaining items. Thank you.

Miss Janice said...

SP,
I sent you an e-mail regarding the Signature Beverage. To everyone else: I try to remember my guests when serving a SB...nothing too frou frou for men but, frou frou is popular with the ladies! Serving a SB is a risk...but everyone usually loves them!

Miss Janice said...

To all y'all! Maybe I'll do a future post about "Where I store all my tableware!"

Miss Janice said...

Debi,
The mango tea is by Lipton...they are tea sachets and it is such a refreshing tea for the summertime...sugar/lemon is not necessary!

Shelia said...

Look at little Coco all styling! :) She's so adorable! Now look at you - just a picture of perfection again!
Oh, you're a busy gal! I would love to pop in to a meal like yours! You're amazing, Dear One!
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

BLC :o said...

Miss Coco is just being the perfect princess!!! And, I love your outfit, as always. I have brass bamboo flatware from Thailand!!! Isn't is perfect for summer entertaining. Also, I MUST find a suitable picture of Joeytella Versace so he and Miss Coco can be best-fur-friends!!! Hehe. Cheers!!! Xoxo-BLC

Valerie@travelingthrough2 said...

Hi Miss Janice,
Miss Coco is just adorable and everything looks perfect. I know you enjoyed your visit!
Valerie

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

Miss Janice -- you know we just love you for all the inspiration you share! We love to get ideas -- those drinks and appetizers look wonderful and the menu sounds delish! You and Miss Coco are just the best hostesses ever!

Southern Lilly Lover said...

You are an amazing hostess and an inspiration! Thank you for taking the time to share this wonderful set-up with all of us!!

Beeutiful by Design said...

Everything sounds so wonderful. You are such a divine hostess. I know your guests appreciate it so much. Jennifer

midnight macaroons said...

Everything looks absolutely superb. I adore Miss Coco's outfit. That Mango ice tea looks delish. Where did you find the bamboo flatware? I love it! Perfect for summer entertaining. Hopefully Miss Coco can find some much needed down time from her demanding social calendar (smile).
I'm envious of your Cartier wedding band. I love Cartier.

Semi-Slacker Mom said...

Love everything! You are so smart with the Antipasticks. Retro loves Tommy Bahama, almost as much as you love Lilly!

My goodies came yesterday & I'm posting about them today!

Candy said...

Miss Janice, your gettogethers always look superb- the food, tables, decor, and Coco's little outfits! Count yourself lucky, my babies would kill me if I tried to dress them up!! Love your Ralph Lauren ensemble as well- PS. I don't know if I've mentioned this but I love your big green bathroom! xxx

annie said...

Hi Miss Janice!
Miss Coco will soon have her very own fan club because she is just too cute.
Thanks for sharing all your lovely ideas. I learn a lot.
Hope that your weekend is relaxing and enjoyable.

Kathleen said...

Dear Miss Janice,

I just read all your comments and I would, also, love to know how to make your mango tea....and how to keep all my dishes and serving pieces organized. I am thinking of organizing by season but will await my Miss Janice tips...

Thank you, as always, Kathleen

Miss Janice said...

Kathleen,
The mango tea is from Lipton. It's a white tea...tea sachets!