Our latest artist challenge involved cigar boxes and, once again, I hosted a reception so that all the challengees could unveil their masterpieces simultaneously.
When I host an event, I like to create vignettes on the front porch that give a hint as to what is taking place within my home.
My hope is that it helps create a sense of anticipation for my guests.
But, even if it doesn't accomplish that goal, I enjoy digging through my stash of stuff ...
and pushing myself to create something interesting and beautiful.
Of course, as I am digging through my stash of stuff I am also looking for items that could create a centerpiece for the reception table.
As my hubby is a cigar smoker it was not difficult to come up with the elements of this centerpiece.
And, yes, I must admit that the main items in this centerpiece come from hubby's stash of stuff, not mine. He approved of the centerpiece and I think that it pleased him that his treasures were taking center stage.
For the reception, I served wine and sparkling cider and hot and iced teas.
I, of course, also served an assortment of munchies:
grapes, and lots of chocolate -
cookies dipped in chocolate, pretzels dipped in chocolate,
and sea salt and chocolate covered caramels (delish!).
(Especially those caramels, do you see them above in the cigar box? Roxie and I had a difficult time pulling ourselves away from them. Yum!)