The last couple of days, I've been working on a new Flickr site to showcase all the pretty pictures of some of the many events I've hosted over the last several years. Going through all these wonderful pictures of decor, art projects, swaps and smiling faces has brought back so many memories. You can go HERE if you'd like to scroll through the albums, but I wanted to share my most recent event, An Affaire at Downton, held in May of this year as photographed by the wildly talented Tiffany Kirchner Dixon.
Downton was held at the beautiful Biltmore Hotel. I can't describe the gorgeous rooms and history of this hotel in enough detail. It was the perfect location for our Affaire.
Ladies embraced the theme on Welcome Night and looked amazing! They were greeted by our sweet royal staff with a lovely victorian fan.
We shopped and hugged and nibbled. . .
and took pictures in front of Karla's fabulous painted landscape (see the castle in the top right corner? sigh). . .
and some of us danced or so it would appear. . .
In the morning, ladies were met with my vision of a garden party fit for a lovely Downton lady. Beautiful vintage spoons altered with lace and pearls as table cards, topiaries dripping with silk florals, tea cup creations, mercury glass bottles filled with florals hanging from each chair and beautiful name tag necklaces all made by hand. . .
and then for two lovely days, we stitched, made jewelry, and played with fabrics, laces and trims during four devine classes with Charlotte Lyons, Andrea Singarella, Pamela Huntington and Karen Valentine.
and made the perfect journal to keep our momento's in with Hope Wallace Karney. . .
and gave each other the most darling of gifts. . .
and smiled A LOT!
Of course, there were the art exchanges too which deserve a post of their own. Hold on to your headbands, they are beyond swoon worthy. . .