Tuesday, September 20, 2011

YaYa Dinner Party

A year ago twelve very good friends organized this dinner party group for just the girls. On occasion we include our husbands but I think we have come to cherish these once a month evenings. You see, when we get together for lunch we are there for a very brief time and then we run off for the next appointment. For dinner we are not likely to do that and we really have the opportunity to chat it up. We call ourselves the YaYa's being the Southerners that we are, well most of us anyway. It just seemed to fit.

My friend whose home it was in most recently has a dining room certainly able to accommodate all of us as you can see. What a lovely dining room it is as well.
This particular evening it was decided to have two hostesses. The gorgeous blonde was the friend whose home we were in and the other gorgeous lady is our New Yorker friend. She is always loads of fun.

They chose to mix up the dinner place settings using two different fine china patterns.  I think they did a fabulous job.

It was an elegant garden themed dinner party with touches of whimsy in this extraordinarily formal dining room. What I like to call casual elegance.
 Now I ask you, how cute is that? Simple but yet elegant with the moss covered wheel barrow and bird to the side with just a few blooms for added color. I also thought our hostesses tablecloth was exquisite so I asked her where she had gotten it. It came from one of her trips to Venice and was simply the most beautiful tablecloth I had ever seen.
We began our dinner with a Black Bean Soup topped with Shrimp as a garnish. It was so very good and I had hoped to include the recipe but it has not been sent to me yet. This was a recipe I am anxious to make myself since the flavor combination was outstanding. I will post the recipe when I make it myself for the first time.

Dinner was excellent but more importantly the bonds formed with our dinner group is just amazing. We always laugh and laugh lingering after dinner with our dessert and coffee and I didn't get home until 11:00. Our YaYa dinner group, it's a Good Thing. Our hostesses just outdid themselves. Thank you again from me for the time, care, and love that you so obviously put into making sure that your guests thoroughly enjoyed themselves.

Today I am joining Marty at A Stroll Thru Life for Tabletop Tuesday. Have a wonderful day.

I am also linking this post to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.


  1. What a fun group you ladies are! Your friend sets a beautiful table and I can imagine all of the table talk and laughter. I hope you get the soup recipe - it sounds delicious!

  2. Your YAYa dinner was gorgeous. Of course, I adore beautiful china and the two patterns are exquisite. Wheelbarrows...always kind of a romantic nod to times long ago....through today. I am blessed for you to use any of my tables as a resource. It pleases me to think that they might be a springboard for your designs. Copy at will! Thanks for stopping by my post. Cherry Kay

  3. What a lovely idea - and I love your dinner group's name!

  4. The tablescape for your YaYa Supper Club is beautiful. Very elegant.

    Enjoying a wonderful meal together with a few fabulous ladies is a great way to spend the evening.

    As always, thanks for sharing.

  5. Oh Ya ya...that is the sweetest little wheelbarrow..and you KNOW I am into wheelbarrows. HOW I would love to find a childs wheelbarrow... Everything looks gorgeous.

  6. What a beautiful table!!! And I absolutely adore the floral dishes -- what were they?

  7. The dining room is beautiful and the tablescape is exquisite. So pretty. The floral dishes are stunning and the wheelbarrow is such a fun accessory. Thanks so much for joining TTT. Hugs, Marty

  8. What is better than good friends and good food in a beautiful setting? I do hope you are able to share that delicious looking soup recipe.


  9. What a wonderful ritual! I hope this is something you and your friends are able to continue for years and years to come. Bonding over a delicious meal and a gorgeous table is part of what being a woman is all about! Have a wonderfule weekend!