Botanica Garden club donned their hats and fascinators and other Downton Abbey-inspired finery for the club’s annual spring brunch. The gorgeous Rane home, nestled in a lush woodland neighborhood, was our version of Highclere Castle. The magnificent grounds and garden areas took us back to the English countryside in the Edwardian era. Inspired by the extravagance and of luxuries of this period drama classic, we enjoyed the throwback to a quieter and gentler time.
A weathered antique garden gate was the focal point of one of the sitting areas.
A vintage iron planter filled with seasonal greenery is so welcoming..
More garden planters and sculptures are featured below…
Botanica Garden Club ladies enjoying the day…
The buffet table centerpiece featured Japanese Snowball blooms long with roses, magnolia, Mahonia, Ligustrum,Solomon’s Seal, and Kimberly Queen fern.
Four pieces of silver were tiered to create this arrangement: two graduated bowls on the bottom with two pedestals on the top.
Ladies enjoyed assorted salads, cucumber tea sandwiches along with turkey and chutney sandwiches, Quiche Lorraine scones and feta and sun-dried tomato tarts.
Victorian inspired tablescapes were created by Debbie Hundley.
A Victorian wicker tea cart was the focal point of the dessert display. Miniature key lime pies, lemon curd raspberry tarts, chocolate fudge bites, sand tarts, and orange/cranberry scones were displayed on silver tiered servers.
The beverage station featured a whimsical fern display along with a turn of the century collection of wooden yard balls.
Pam Padgett, a gifted cook, caterer, food stylist, and decorator artistically garnished the food trays with lavender, rosemary, mint, and pansies. Mrs. Patmore would be pleased!
Below Kathleen created a spectacular arrangement of yellow mums, citrus fruit and vegetables for the kitchen island.
Unfortunately, Carson was unavailable, but we did have our own version of a butler!
Thanks to Kathleen and her husband for all of their efforts in making our Downton Abbey-inspired brunch so enjoyable!