Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage: A Winter Dinner Party

This weekend my garden was full of the most lovely Hellebores, rather early, but looking so beautiful.  I am totally captivated by the intricate details and colors of these charmers! In fact, I thought they were so lovely in my garden that I decided to host an intimate dinner party to share their beauty with a couple of my clients.

I brought in a bunch of the Hellebores and added a few sprigs of Daphne to create a simple arrangement. Daphne greets our back door guests here at Chestnut Cottage and smells heavenly!

We served this intimate little dinner party in our gathering room at a table adorned with several arrangements of the lovely Hellebores. 

I used my Wedgewood Napolean’s Ivy pattern to accentuate the greens in the Hellebores. For the glassware, I mixed two crystal patterns — Pearl by William Yeoward and my antique Thistle pattern.

A fresh ivy leaf from the back entrance arch made a quick and easy place card for an informal meal.

It was the perfect winter evening meal of Beef Bourguignon, crusty French bread, and English toffee ice cream parfaits. My husband provided two bottles of Chateau Lynch Bages 1978 Grand Cru Classic. A toasty fire and this delightful wine was a perfect way to catch up with clients and friends.            

I also made a little Hellebore garden in a moss container that reminds me that spring is just around the corner. I’m sure I will be enjoying this all week!     

 I hope you’re enjoying these early signs of spring as much as I am.

Have a wonderful week!

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One Response to Entertaining Tales from Chestnut Cottage: A Winter Dinner Party

  1. Franki Parde says:

    Oh, my…this is SO lovely!! Slim Paley just did a blog on hellebore’s, too. Spring “springs eternal.” franki

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