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Magnificent Magnolias

Magnificent Magnolias

While we don’t tend to think too much about our own holiday decorating until right after Thanksgiving (that’s because we’re so busy with everyone else’s floral needs!), we did get into the holiday spirit early this year with an event at Nielsen’s Florist in Darien sponsored by our great friends at Connecticut Cottages & Gardens.

The James Girls Ringing in The Holidays

The James Girls Ringing in The Holidays

Along with Simon Pearce and Home James!, we created beautiful tables in the greenhouse for every setting, from glamorous to garden, city to country…









and proceeds from a fabulous raffle benefited A Better Chance, which provides academic scholarships and housing in Darien to six highly motivated minority high school girls from inner city areas.

The Volunteers from ABC

Lovely Ladies from ABC

A great time was had by all, feasting on delicious tidbits and toasting with Nicolas Feuillate Brut Rose – and the beautifully styled Christmas trees added the perfect festive touch.  None of this would have been possible without the amazing staff at Nielsen’s and the support of wonderful friends – what a stylish way to start the holidays!

Ed and Annmarie from Simon Pearce

Ed and Annmarie from Simon Pearce

P.S. For more pictures of the event, visit our new blogging friend, the lovely Stacey, at Quintessence!

Photos from yours truly

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  • Reply quintessence November 12, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Hi Carolyn – It was wonderful to meet you and your sister (and sue from the zhush). Such a fun evening! Nielsen’s did a great job and I just loved everything that Diane James featured (we’ll be talking about those beautiful white arrangements!). And by the way – what terrific pictures you took of the place settings – those were very hard to shoot!

    • Reply carolyn November 12, 2010 at 8:47 am

      Q – It was great to meet you, too! Between the two of us, we had the event covered with respect to pictures!

  • Reply pretty pink tulips November 12, 2010 at 8:51 am

    I can see how lovely the event was! Love all those table settings highlighting the beautiful Diane James arrangements!

    It’s the time of year when I find myself humming Jingle Bells in the car! Have a wonderful weekend!!
    xoxo Elizabeth

  • Reply hip hip gin gin November 12, 2010 at 9:04 am

    It looks like such a beautiful event! The glamorous and city table setting are my favorite, so gorgeous!!! And can I just say the James Girls are all stunning and look so cute together in that photo! =)
    Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Kathysue November 12, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    What a wonderful event and a great way to start the Holiday season. The tables and arrangements are stunning. I just went over to Stacy’s blog to see more. What a fun evening. I am soooo ready to get going on the Holidays. I am starting Christmas post On Sunday. I love it allllll!!!! All of your tables are so perfect it would be hard to choose just one,Have a wonderful weekend, Kathysue

  • Reply Kate from Party Resources November 12, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    How beautiful! I wish I could see it in person and bring on Xmas! Best, Kate

  • Reply The Zhush November 12, 2010 at 3:54 pm

    It really was a lovely event…(and boy did it smell good too!) I am with HHGG’s comment, you are all so stunning, and the city and the glamorous settings were my faves as well!

  • Reply Debby November 12, 2010 at 9:07 pm

    All of these tablescapes are so lovely and what an awesome event! xo

  • Reply Hamptontoes November 13, 2010 at 9:22 am

    You ladies are so talented. I need you to come my way to get me ready for Thanksgvining and Christmas. I wish I could have made the event, but with too much on the schedule it just wasn’t in the cards this time. Love every single tabletop…and could find a reason to use them all!

    • Reply carolyn November 13, 2010 at 10:49 am

      Lisa – We missed you but can’t wait to see you next week! xxoo

  • Reply Diana November 13, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Amazing! You can come into my home over the holidays and set my table too, lol!

    Hope you have a fantastic weekend, dearest 🙂

  • Reply Kelly Dunn November 14, 2010 at 1:31 am

    WOW, so cool! I’ve always said I’m a city girl, but the country setting is making me think twice. I can only imagine the magic you create at your homestead 🙂 XOXO

  • Reply The English Organizer November 14, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Wow, these are absolutely stunning. I’m so impressed by all the tables, but if I could recreate ‘City’ at my place, I’d be thrilled!

  • Reply pve November 15, 2010 at 9:40 am

    So sorry that I could not be there. My sons and husband were at a black tie in the city and I was home chauffering one to religion. Looks like a wonderful event and I wish you all the best!

  • Reply kelly ulven November 15, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    what an inspiration for all of the gatherings I have planned this holiday season!

  • Reply StacyStyle November 16, 2010 at 12:50 am

    It looks like an amazing event with so many beautiful things! I so wish I could have been there to see it in person! Thanks for the inspiration!

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