Favorite Entertaining Trick: Summer Centerpiece

With the end of summer near, I can't help but start to think of putting my party hat on and get back to entertaining.  So while I get my own plans in order, I thought I'd ask some of my favorite blogger hosts to share their favorite entertaining tips/projects with us.

This entertaining trick comes from a reluctant host but a fabulous old home renovator who shares her progress with humor. Please meet Victoria Elizabeth Barnes - if you a old home admirer, I'm sure you'll love her blog.

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Victoria says:
"For me, entertaining means essentially sterilizing my house—just incase guests bring microscopes and lab equipment and perform a surprise inspection.

I will spend so much time cleaning, that by the time people actually show up, I am exhausted and wish they would leave.  Ideally, guests would stop by briefly, remove their shoes, take a quick tour to admire my now-blindingly-clean house. And then go away.

However, what I lack in the in the hospitality-department is offset by my love of Mrs. Limestone’s blog.  My husband and I have spent the last few years restoring an old Victorian house, room-by-room, and there is no other old-house blog whose end result I covet as much as Brooklyn Limestone. 

So when Mrs. L. offered me a guest-post featuring my favorite entertaining tip, I summoned my best Martha-impression and went with fresh flowers as the quickest and simplest way to dress up any space.

You need a pretty base—if you don’t have a tray, try a few vintage dishes grouped together.  And you need a collection of small glasses.  You’re not going to see the containers, so even jars or votive candleholders will work.

Personally, I think more is more, but a small bunch is nice for a guest bath or coffee table.

These are my favorite flowers  Benary Giant Zinnia and Dahlias. Both are easy to grow and are great for cutting... they have a long flowering season, huge blooms, and last days in a vase."

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Thanks to Victoria for sharing her summer centerpiece (and making me jealous of her amazing flower garden!).  

Do you have a great entertaining tip you want to share via a feature?  Email me!


  1. Love the centerpiece and thanks for the laugh. I think I can relate more than I care to admit :)

  2. Thanks so much for offering me a spot... AND for motivating me to make my dining room table look pretty on a random weekday!!

    p.s.- now that I've seen those photos on your dark background, it really makes me rethink my plain white page. The contrast is really nice!

  3. What a great idea, sometimes the flowers in my garden don't have long stems and this is the perfect solution. I'll be trying this very soon.

  4. I'm loving that centerpiece! All those colorful flowers gathered together in tiny glasses make a bold statement and one that I think I could pull off. Sometimes it's the simplest ideas that make for the best ones. Thanks for sharing. :)

  5. So what you're saying is when we travel down south I need to give you advanced warning if we drop in with the kids on the way to our vacation destination? I'm kidding. Love the flowers! I am big fan of blue orchids so the Benary Giant Zinnia's would look amazing next to the them.

  6. Mrs Brooklyn Limestone is All That, for certain sure.

    On the other hand, you have a kingdom and portals to Narnia and Downton Abbey.

    It's all good.

  7. Hahaha this was hilarious. I am the same way! Cleaning and dusting, vacuuming and mopping don't leave much time for much decoration (especially with 2 mess makers...I mean children...) :D


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