Monday, March 18, 2013

Memories of Guadeloupe and an Impromptu Cocktail Hour

I bought these cocktail napkins last year at Anthropologie.  I love the colors and funky prints and have used them quite often - but I only have 4:
While I was in Guadeloupe 2 weeks ago, I fell in love with the madras plaids in the colorful marketplace:
 So, the hunt began - could I possibly find cocktail napkins on an island where most of the vendors speak French Creole?  I had fun using my basic french, but the closest to "cocktail napkins" I could translate was  "le fabrique pour la table, pour le bouche"... (you should have been there when we tried to find "une toilette" - but that's a whole other post)
 ....so the hunt took me to a fabric store where I bought two different pieces of madras:
 ...and I made 8 more cocktail napkins to coordinate with the Anthro napkins:
 I used them for the first time over the weekend for an impromptu cocktail hour:
 The napkins coordinate well with my favorite little hors d'oeurvre dishes and they will always remind me of a fun day (journee de plaisir) in Guadeloupe.
They also share the colors of some of the swizzle sticks I collected back in my college days - - do you remember when bars and restaurants all used swizzle sticks rather than those silly little striped plastic straws?
I am glad I kept my collection - it's fun to walk down memory lane, especially during a fun happy hour!





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9 comments:

  1. What wonderful memories and I am glad you kept your collection, too, Patti. I love the napkins you made- xo Diana

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  2. They do match your pretty little flower dishes so well! Looks like a fun cocktail hour. Yes, I have a good sized collection of swizzle sticks too. I really like those things, and we have fun using them. laurie

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  3. Sounds like an amazing trip! My parents had a collection of swizzle sticks like yours on their bar cart but my mom must have tossed them in one of her purges!!! Wish they still had them - love yours!
    Kelly

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  4. Love the colors! I have some swizzle sticks from US Air. Maybe some day they will be worth something? LOL

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  5. Pretty colors and wonderful memories for sure! Love that huge tray.

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  6. Love the beautiful fun colors, you must have been so excited to be around all of those charming colorful prints....love them and love that wonderful tray too..

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  7. Darling! Now pull them out and mix them with some of your Courtly Check...they'll be spectacular! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

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  8. What a fun trip, Patti, and such pretty madras you purchased to coordinate with your Anthropologie ones.

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  9. So fun and full of life!

    - The Tablescaper

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