You can't have a Cork Poppers gathering without an abundance of corks!
Meet this month's Cork Poppers "hostess with the mostest!" (Check out the wines we tasted HERE)
Some people make it look easy. Barb is one of them. Even the onions on the counter look like art!
Our wine group meets every couple of months, and we've seen beautiful tables and settings at every venue. But when we go to Barb's, the women get very excited!
We know we'll walk away with one of her centerpieces!
A floral designer in a previous life, Barb knows how to mine her own garden in season (and out, for that matter) and make the most of a bunch of roses.
Corks get flower picks and are included in the arrangement along with twigs from the yard.
And of course she has quite the collection of corks!
Barb knows how to do things simply, yet they look so perfect! I loved these vases and smaller crystal bowls and goblets filled with cork. She also made a garland, knotting corks together on rope. Wish I'd photographed that. She said it was easy, but I fear I'd have made a knotted mess!
You can count on the table looking just lovely!
Everyone gets their place card -- there was a distinct Leonardo feel to these!
Even the food matches the plates!
Of course we hover before seating, everyone making sure their dish is out and ready.
We line up at the counter, load our plates with an embarrassment of riches.
And then just laugh as we work our way through dinner and then dessert!
Our dinners are always great fun, filled with lots of laughter. This time, Barb provided the meatloaf, I came with cheesy potatoes, Anne had the traditional green bean casserole with fresh green beans, Dick had made bread and Meredith brought homemade peppermint stick ice cream and brownies.
Of course, all good evenings come to an end. As we looked out Barb's back door, the moon was a balloon, high above an inky sky -- nearly dark, except for a glorious brightness. We headed home (a centerpiece on my lap), and our memories were of wonderful wines, delicious food, and the beauty Barb brought to every detail.
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