Share a Moment. The Home for Dinner Campaign.
What does it look like when you gather around a table with someone? Is it filled with laughter? Intense conversations covering all aspects of life? Good food, but even better wine? It might be a mix of these, but I guarantee you it’s more than just gathering over a meal with someone. You are sharing a moment- a piece of someone’s life intimately coinciding with yours.
But for some families, this treasured moment, so often taken for grated, is swiftly wrenched away by disease or sickness. And sharing a moment over a meal becomes like an endangered species- fleeting it’s extinction and grasping for one more chance.
So on September 29th, I gathered will a small group of ladies to share a moment, and raise awareness/funds for Ronald McDonald House BC‘s campaign “Home for Dinner“. A project close to my heart, and after reading this, I think it will be for you too.
The Fall Inspired Garden Luncheon
My “Home for Dinner” campaign all started with a vision for an intimate affair. Small enough to encourage engaging discussion among the group, while remaining impactful through beautiful food and design. In the end, both resolved to be an easy endeavor through the supportive community we have in the Fraser Valley.
The fall inspired Garden Luncheon was hosted at one of my favorite places in Abbotsford. Known for it’s incredibly delicious food, nursery, and gardens- Tanglebank is a retreat in its own right. I remember one of the guests mentioning the effects of walking amongst the wisteria covered arbors and lavender patches… They described it as a portal to a distant destination- a place removed from the everyday worries and hustle and bustle. Sounds pretty magical.
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Garden Luncheon Tablescape
So you can imagine how a place like this made for quite an effortless backdrop. In fact, the only decorating I ended up doing was on the incredibly and already stunning Woodpecker Table.
Your first look at this fall inspired Garden Luncheon Tablescape, and you might think I spent the entire day on it. But in fact, I pulled this together in under an hour. And for this, I have to give huge compliments to the florals and candle arrangement. A stunning fall inspired floral arrangement created by Aster and Calyx situated itself in the center. The centerpiece was filled with every tone of fall- a heavily romantic essence, while the milk glass vase added a crispness and lightness to the whole ensemble.
A lively runner of cut flowers from my dear friend’s garden continued the fall inspired effects of the centerpiece down the center of the table. Furthermore, Beeswax candles effortlessly floated in between the sunflowers and purple foliage, a sight the royals would have easily and “un-poshly” gasped at.
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Garden Luncheon: A Place for You
If it wasn’t the eden-esque location or voluptuous fall inspired florals spilling across the table that made this a memorable Garden Luncheon, then it would have been the place-setting.
Coming together from a selection of carefully curated items, each piece was chosen to continue the romantic crispness that typically only fall can bring. Milk glass was contrastingly paired with short gold leafed tumblers, grounded only with the inclusion of a straw place mat next to it.
And the next detail… well, there might be wars started over what was more beautiful. The aged flowers gently resting on the napkins, or the fine gold cutlery that seemed to pull the entire fall inspired look together so effortlessly.
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I myself must side with the golden cutlery. A coveted ensemble that I recently invested in from Yes Chef in downtown Abbotsford. It’s taken me years to take the plunge into this dramatic, yet satisfying piece of kitchenware. And now that it resides safely tucked away in my kitchen, I wonder why it ever took me so long to answer this desire of my heart. In my opinion, it’s not only beautiful, but a bit of a conversation starter.
Garden Luncheon: Food
If it wasn’t the florals or the place-settings that set your heart ablaze, it would have been the food. From the custom “Share a Moment” placecard cookies to the comforting plates of food carefully chosen off of Tanglebank’s Bamble’s Bistro menu, we all left completely satisfied, and dare I say hungry for our next visit.
Fall inspired Brunch Tajines, Loaded Potatoes, Fall Flatbreads… need I say more? My mouth is just watering as I think back to this, and my mind searching for the next opening where I can return for a romantic getaway- to again, share a moment.
If it wasn’t obvious that this fall inspired Garden Luncheon wasn’t ment for just eating and conversing, but rather to share a moment… Then the beautiful and delicious placecard cookies sure got the message across. I even brought mine literally, “home for dinner”.
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Share a Moment, a Meaningful Time Spent
If it wasn’t the florals or the place-settings or even the food that left guest feeling grateful, then it would have been for the share a moment, moment. The time where a person’s heart is incandescently gratified in knowing that the time they just spent with a person over a meal was more than eating and merrymaking, it was meaningful.
Meaningful in a sense that the other party took time out of their busy schedule to make time for you. Meaningful in a way that the moments just shared were both equally satisfying- lighting up the soul in gratitude and thankfulness. Moments that are now permanently etched into one’s memories.
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I think I can speak for all guests at this Garden Luncheon that we shared a moment. A moment of gratitude for the kindness of community, and a flood of thankfulness that we could come and commune together just as we are.
Share a Moment for Home for Dinner
As I mentioned before, not all families have equal accessibility to share a moment. Families staying at Ronald McDonald House BC (RMHBC) have gone through some of the most unimaginable circumstances. With ailing family members seeking medical treatment sometimes far from home for lengthy periods of time, RMHBC graciously gives these families the opportunity to stay close.
But even with the help of RMHBC, the emotional and financial strain for some families is still far greater for comfort. And this is where our intimate Garden Luncheon seeks to do good. By raising awareness and funds through the “Home for Dinner” campaign.
As I asked each guest to donate towards this cause, I now ask you. Help RMHBC raise necessary funds to continue to house 73 families each night or 2,000 families over the course of a year. And supply family meals when these families need a share a moment moment the most.
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Please consider donating for the Home for Dinner Campaign today and help a family in need. Or perhaps you have the gift of hosting and would like to Share a Moment to Give a Moment by hosting your own “Home for Dinner” event. You can find helpful material to get started here.
However you help, it’s greatly appreciated. And I truly thank you for reading through my Garden Luncheon: Share a Moment experience.
All donations above $20 receive a tax receipt too!
The Fall Inspired Garden Luncheon Collaborators
Host: Chalie Howes, GOLDNgrasses
Venue: Tanglebank Gardens
Table + Chairs: Woodpecker Tables
Floral Arrangment + Dried Florals: Aster and Calyx
Candles: Noble & Co. Candles
Placecard Cookies: Que-T Sweet Treats
Milk Glass Glassware: Vintage Home Colleen
Gold Leaf Tumblers: Vanilla Vintage Home
Gold Cutlery + Straw Placemats: Yes Chef
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