On the whole, we aren't thematic types... Each year our tree is decorated with an eclectic assortment of favorite ornaments that were gifted, made or purchased with specific people, events or interests in mind. Except for the Palm Tree...which was always dressed appropriately in flamingos,
sparkly palm trees and then adorned with photo ornaments of family and friends and what ever theme we decided. But, this year the Palm Tree is dressed
in bee hives, seed packages, small flower pots and Rose doesn't the bird house look great on the tree!
the cutest straw bird nest. ~~It's all dressed up for The Girl Friend's Get Together (GFGT). The get together is always themed and I get to choose the theme.
The GFGT started a few years ago.... as a way to simplify holiday scheduling with half a dozen people. It has grown into a very fun evening. I prepare the entree and everyone else brings the side dishes. It always works out just right. No matter what the entree, the sides are perfect! Of course, there is dessert. Chocolate~~ and this year there is plenty of it.
Last year's theme was comfort. (go here to read about it). This year's theme is one that is near and dear to many a gardeners' heart~~Pollinators.
Fall 2009Those glorious creatures without which gardening and agriculture would cease to exist!
So party favors, Christmas gifts, decorations are pollinator oriented! What do you think of everyone's gift this year~~Leaf Cutter Bee houses for all~~Leaf Cutter Bees are important pollinators for veggies and flowers~~The table is set with the funny little critter lapel pins and the cutest little scrolls from India. The scrolls were a really great find! Rolled up in each one is an envelope that's supposed to be filled with dollar bills. No money, instead they are filled with Rudbeckia hirta seeds! Susans for everyone!
A perfect Clay and Limestone Merry Christmas to the dearest friends ever.
I so wish you could be here, too!
Warmest thoughts of you all,
"To know someone here or there
with whom you can feel
there is understanding
in spite of distances or
That can make life a garden."