Happy Memorial Day

May 21st, 2009 in blog     
suewhitney Sue Whitney, editor
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Beautiful vintage linen napkins from the Hendry household were a stunning addditon to the table. When I got off the plane I quickly head to the craft store to pick up the makings for covered buttons. We covered them with scrap vintage fabric and tied them around the nappies with twine. Fun stuff!
Our hosts for the evening, my dear friends Rick and Rebecca, owners of the Seaside Motel Motel in Cayucos, California. I lived here for four months while shooting Outdoor Editon and consider them my family and home away from home. I come back as often as I can whether they like it or not! Thanks you two... youre the bomb!
Here is the group of hungry junkers. I made them work for their food! Stephanie, Ruby, Melissa, Georgia, and Jenny K. Me? Im behind the camera smiling!
Next you have to cover the table. The old duvet cover and cloth were brought by by Stephanie. The embellishments were brought by Jenny K. No surprise here! She supplied the faucet handles to keep the tablecloth in place. JK brought out her best in show for the occassion. A little grommet and some ribbon to hold it in place and poof youre done.
How many junkers does it take to put in a grommet? Sure am glad Jenny had a manhole cover in the bed of her truck to use for pounding upon...never mind the rust on the tablecloth. Ha!
Okie dokie, table covering complete so its centerpiece time. Georgia was in charge of this duty and will explain in a separate post how this was created. Sure is purdy!
What tabletop is complete without some rust bolts as candle holders?! Isnt it amazing how beautiful rust can be when teamed with sweet linens?
OK, now here is a work of art. Stephanie and her daughter Ruby supplied the yum, yum serving tray. A vintage table base, a round silver tray, a doilie, and a silver compote. Nice stackable dont you think? Cupcakes and cookies never looked so good!
The bread basket, an old wire doo hickey lined with vintage Sea Island Sugar bags. Nice work Geo! This was a very important guest at the dinner party. I had to re-fill this baby three times. My guests all claimed not to be big bread eaters. I think I have to take issue with that!
Alright, already! Back by popular demand the better than bruschetta recipe. Apparently there was really no need to make anything else!
We must not forget the beverages and who better than me to put in charge?! Yes, I still have a stash of junk living in Cali. This was on the cover of the Junk Beautiful, Outdoor Edition as a vase, on the inside as a table, and here as a beveage container. Now thats what I call hard working junk!
Meet my new friend Sid, another guest at the Seaside Motel in Cayucos, California. I think hes coming around to the junking way of life. Not quite sure yet, but he sees the potential!
Beautiful vintage linen napkins from the Hendry household were a stunning addditon to the table. When I got off the plane I quickly head to the craft store to pick up the makings for covered buttons. We covered them with scrap vintage fabric and tied them around the nappies with twine. Fun stuff!

Beautiful vintage linen napkins from the Hendry household were a stunning addditon to the table. When I got off the plane I quickly head to the craft store to pick up the makings for covered buttons. We covered them with scrap vintage fabric and tied them around the nappies with twine. Fun stuff!


We all know what a pot luck dinner is right? Well, with the economy in its current condition, I decided to take it one step further. A dinner party needs food, but ambience is also a key ingredient for a flavorfully fun time. Before I headed out to California, I called my junk buddies there and said, let's have a party! We all took on responsibilities for food and junk decor. This keeps everyone's expenses down without giving up good eats and and an uncommonly beautiful table setting. Part of the fun was putting it all together after everyone arrived. Working with a little bit of that and a little bit of this from different homes really heightens the creative experience. After the table was set more fun followed. Food, friendship, encouragement, and laughter were shared by all around this collaborative table. Thanks all... it was a fabulous and memorable evening!


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Comments (14)

suewhitney writes: Thanks everyone for the nice comments! This party truly was thrown together at the last moment and I think poof positive that junk allows for quick and clever creativity. I think you should all try it at home with your friends and show us the results. You might get a "What do you mean you want me to bring a salad along with a junk centerpiece?" But, when they see it all put together there will be an Ah ha! moment. Have fun!

Take care,
Sue Posted: 11:32 am on May 25th
lotsofbottles writes: I L O V E those napkin rings. What a cute idea. Everything just looks so great. Posted: 10:41 am on May 25th
bridiemurphy writes: Looks delightful! Love the button turned napkin ring... Posted: 11:11 am on May 24th
writes: WE HAD A BALL! I'm not sure what hurt my tummy more: all the laughing or that bread thing I couldn't get enough of...

:-) JennyK Posted: 4:19 am on May 24th
junkermidge writes: Wow! That sounds like such a fun get-together. Good food, good friends, and good junk! What could be better than that?
Great ideas for junk table decorations. Thanks!
Midge
Posted: 10:48 am on May 23rd
fellowjunker writes: An absolutely beautiful table setting. I love how everyone brought something to contribute and yet everything looks perfect together....lots of great ideas!!!
xojanis Posted: 10:54 am on May 22nd
MimiToria writes: Love your party guys! What a fabulous time you had together, and I'm sure it is a day you'll remember for a lifetime. It must of been a riot creating all of this cool vintage flair. Thanks for sharing with us. I almost could hear Georgia and JennyK and you cackling while reading the post. I'm sure the laughter was a joy for some of the older folks to hear from a bunch of junkers. How could you not become a convert? Too fun!
Gretchen Posted: 9:44 am on May 22nd
Inspired_Designer writes: Hey Sue---I'm all about anything table decor----especially when it's vintage! Keep up the good work.

P.S. Did I say I was a vintage fabric junkie! Posted: 8:52 am on May 22nd
berton718 writes: This looked like a FUN junk party. I think you there should be an East Coast version? How about it? Posted: 11:30 pm on May 21st
alicemom writes: What a hoot! You girls are having way to much fun!!! Do you hear the green eyed monster talking? Just kidding(well maybe)I love it all & so glad to see it in film at least.
Smiles, Giggles & great friendships,
alice Posted: 11:09 pm on May 21st
JunkArchitect writes: Here’s another memorable and fun junk party that I missed…time for a plane ticket. Thanks to all you girls for sharing so many inspiring and cool par-tay ideas.
Have a GREAT weekend. Jim Posted: 10:31 pm on May 21st
CottageElements writes: Looks like you Junk Gals had a great par-tay (as Gailmarie would say)! I love the idea of everyone pitching in on the decorating! Everything looks fab and delish! My favorite is the beverage cooler. Got to keep my eye out for one of those. Just wish I could have join y'all!

Lani Posted: 8:16 pm on May 21st
georgiamoon writes: See I told you she knows how to throw a party. I had the BEST time and laughed so much that it was hard to eat...well, Ok it wasn't really HARD, especially with the fantastic food that was served, but it did TAKE a lot longer! Put all us gals in a room, or on a patio in this case, and hysteria is on the menu! One of the best parties in a long while and it was so much fun to all work together on the table setting. This is a wonderful idea that I suggest you all try this summer, talk about an ice breaker, no one can hang back with this going on! Thanks again Sue, Georgia
PS centerpiece instructions coming soon..I promise. Posted: 6:00 pm on May 21st
monakent writes: Well, THIS looked like a lot of fun!!! Great ideas shown. Can't wait for more instructions on the centerpiece. Love all the ideas - the pictures sure helped. Makes me want to clean the house and throw my own junk par-tay. :o)

(The picture of Sid cracked me up! I thought he was showing you where to kiss him!!!!!) gailmarie

Posted: 4:12 pm on May 21st
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