“Oh What A Night”!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage

OH WHAT A NIGHT! Such a great “Downton Abbey” party and what great fun! We had rain all morning on Saturday here at Chestnut Cottage, which was disappointing, but I went ahead and made the “executive decision” early that we would need to serve dinner inside. And everything turned out perfectly! It was a very intimate setting with eight in my kitchen, eight in the living area, and eight in the master bedroom! I always have these three tables at Thanksgiving and Easter, so it was not so bad seeing all of the cooking and serving going on in the kitchen. It is often the prize tables in a restaurant that are in the kitchen, so I didn’t feel too badly.

I did all of my flowers on Friday, so that I could be enjoying them as I cooked and did the tables.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage

Peonies and thistle!

  north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage

My silver trumpet vases are so tall, I had to get my little one step stool to get the flowers arranged.

Chestnut Cottage was full of flowers!

 north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage

It was fun to set all three of the tables Saturday morning, but I was very disappointed that we wouldn’t be eating in the garden!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage

The table in our living area.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage

The table in our master bedroom …which opens to the living area.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage

And the table in the kitchen…which opens to the living area.

So the tables were ready and “Lord Greeley” takes a look to see if everything is perfect.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage

After my table inspection, I felt it was time for a glass of champagne!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage

Around 5:00 the sun came out and we were able to have cocktails in the garden. The evening turned out to be glorious for cocktails in the garden, so we welcomed our special guest to cocktails served in the wine cellar, right off my little garage!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage

It is interesting what a lovely, oriental rug can do to make my garage a perfect place to set up a bar. Sadly I was very busy with my guests and did not make lots of photos, so I had to depend on others and no one seemed to photograph the “bar area”.

Around 6:00, we welcomed our Lords and Ladies to Chestnut Cottage…particularly our special guests… North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory and First Lady, Ann McCrory! What a treat to have The Governor and Lady McCrory to Chestnut Cottage for a Downton Abbey dinner.

While The Governor chatted with guests, Lady McCrory and I had a stroll around Chestnut Cottage. I was pleased to learn from Ann that she and I share a mutual passion…dogs!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage

We had an incredible group of people helping with serving and bartending!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage

And the tables were ready for all of our special guests.

It was such a fun group and Governor McCrory seemed to enjoy visiting all of the tables. He mentioned to me several times how much he liked the openness of Chestnut Cottage, particularly for entertaining.

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage

I loved that Lord Findalay wore his authentic Scottish kilt attire!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage

Wells dined with my beautiful young friend, Elliott Coward. Doesn’t she look stunning in her 20”s fashions!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage

I was most relieved that my food turned out well and seemed to be enjoyed by everyone!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage

Sadly, we didn’t get a photo of the yummy Wild Mushroom Soup. My chef friend , Dennis Barber , chef/owner of The Copper Door generously donated this incredible soup…and we all appreciated his talent!

north carolina interior designer kathryn greeley presents entertaining tales from chestnut cottage

BE INSPIRED TO HAVE YOUR OWN DOWNTON ABBEY STYLE DINNER PARTY!

ENJOY!

xo Kathryn

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14 Responses to “Oh What A Night”!

  1. Rowena Smith says:

    Thank you Kathryn for sharing your wonderful evening, I have been following the preparations leading up to ” Downton Evening” and just love viewing all the lovely settings. Wishing for another event at the The Swag- you always give inspiration!

  2. Kathryn,

    Wow, what a wonderful evening you must all have. It is important to a have a Plan B for all occasion you are planning.
    Regards,
    Kathleen

  3. Janie says:

    Congratulations!! Beautiful party!
    I love all your “stuff.” We have similar taste.
    I’m so jealous that you have the Thistle crystal. It is gorgeous.
    Congrats, again!
    Janie Horn

  4. Mary G. Smith says:

    Your party was lovely. I truly enjoyed looking at the pictures.

  5. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Glad you enjoyed Mary!

  6. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Thanks Janie, we had such fun.

  7. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Oh yes Kathleen, one must always have Plan B!!

  8. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Thanks Rowena…would love to do another event at The Swag!

  9. Luke says:

    What a lovely evening! If you have have a sunny spot that needs a plant, you should look into growing your own sea holly, also called eryngium. Once it is established, it’s very drought tolerant. It matches your thistle crystal perfectly, and you can even use it in dried arrangements for winter tables.

  10. cindy weis says:

    Hi Kathryn, such a lovely party, and as always just perfection, now I have 1 question for you? Where was our little furry 4 legged friend during this party?

  11. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Duncan was allowed to meet the Governor and First Lady and then went for a visit to a friend’s home! One must not temp fate!!

  12. Kathryn Greeley says:

    I will definitely put that on my “add to the garden list” Luke! I just love the shade and texture of thistle! Hope you are having a great summer Luke.

  13. franki says:

    What a beautiful SUCCESS!! Weather…just wait a minute…certainly keeps us on our toes and coming up with brilliant alternatives!! Here’s to you (and all your wonderful help!!) franki

  14. Kathryn Greeley says:

    Thanks so much Franki!

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