Monday, January 30, 2012

Anne of Green Gables Brunch

As many of you are likely aware, every January I host the Lucy Maud Montgomery Reading Challenge over at Reading to Know. Every year various other ladies join in and we relax into the new reading year with old favorites. I've explained before why I like reading Montgomery and I won't elaborate further in this post for that is not the point, here and now.

This year I thought it would be fun to have an Anne of Green Gables brunch/party with a set of friends that I do not get to see very often and so I set about planning it with enthusiasm and gusto. As it all turned out, the weekend I hosted completely fell apart in every way imaginable. Let's just say that I was "well in body, but considerably rumpled in spirit." ;)

My grandiose plans didn't really come to fruition, but that's just the way life works sometimes! (I keep telling myself this. One day, no doubt, I will firmly believe it and it won't be as surprising!) I also keep telling myself that this year's Anne of Green Gables Brunch is a test run. I can always improve the event and/or adjust things as necessary to really enjoy more of Montgomery in the company of others in the future. (Maybe I should invite all of my bloggy book buddies to fly in and we can revel in our favorite books over the course of a whole WEEK or something! Now there's a thought!)

At any rate, we brunched. We crafted. But more importantly, we enjoyed a time of fellowship with one another. We encouraged one another and built each other up. (At the very least, I felt encouraged and built up.) Getting together for times of fellowship can be fun opportunities to create beautiful things for people to enjoy. When you have people over it's like giving yourself special permission to create beautiful atmospheres to delight imaginations and palates. I love trying to put together creative decorations that make you want to look at a table for awhile and take all of the details in. Details are fun! But the joy, for me, in offering hospitality is ultimately the sweet fellowship with kindred spirits.

My faith was strengthened (in part due to the patience of my guests as I scurried about like a madwoman trying to get the table set!) I picked up some additional homemaking and gardening tips. I caught up on the lives of the other ladies' families. I managed to get all of two pages of scrapbooking done. (Better than if they had not come at all.) And in all of this, I was blessed. Therefore the ultimately purpose of the event was accomplished. It just didn't look like what I originally expected that it might.

We must have ideals and try to live up to them, even if we never quite succeed. Life would be a sorry business without them. With them it's grand and great. ~ Lucy Maud Montgomery


For ambiance, I had the Anne Of Green Gables soundtrack playing in the background:

(This music is completely relaxing to me. When I want to create a peaceful atmosphere for myself, it usually involves this music. Although quite a bit of the time it can also mean playing Aaron Keyes or Steven Curtis Chapman very loudly, truth be told!)

Of course, you can't have an Anne of Green Gables party of ANY sort without making a particular beverage being served.

Surely you can guess which one!

I used this recipe for raspberry cordial and, if I do say so myself (having tried it on Prince Edward Island), it matched up decently with my memories. (Not perfectly, but decently.) Apparently I didn't take a picture of it though!

Other details:

Interesting Fact:

I made a chicken pecan quiche using a recipe that was given to me by my friend Caniad at Dwell in Possibility. (Some of you will know her from the book blogging world!) She made this quiche at a book club gathering which she hosted back when we were fifteen or sixteen. (Something like that!) I make this quiche only on special occasions and every time I do, I think of her. Of course, it's hard not to think of her since the recipe is written down in her handwriting! I thought it fitting to serve it at a book gathering, of sorts. (Thanks, Caniad, for the recipe!)

All in all, I had a very pleasant day and I'm grateful for the friends and the fellowship. I'll look forward to another gathering of this nature next year . . . Lord willing! :)


  1. What fun! I couldn't help think, though, that having everything fall apart "in every way imaginable" was very appropriate for an Anne party--she did have quite a way for getting into scrapes.

    I'm totally in for a party next year, if you happen to count me among your "bloggy book buddies" :-)

  2. I say, too---What fun! You obviously have the gift of hospitality and I long to be blessed with that. I would love to fly in next year so just let me know when ;-) !

  3. A ticket from the Deep South to the Pacific NW? I'm there! ;-). It sounds like a lovely time, though I have to admit that as much as I enjoy being hospitable, this is NOT the season of life for me to throw complicated get-togethers.

  4. HA! I guess you're right. Being that it's an Anne brunch, it makes amusing sense that it didn't go as planned. (I wish that had occurred to me in the moment. Ah well!)

  5. But you didn't manage to dye your nose, ruin your dress, get a friend drunk, or drown a mouse in your sauce? It sounds like a success to me! Your food looks fabulous. It makes me long for the days when we used to have an Anne of Green Gables tea room in town. ~Amanda

  6. I was just thinking how fun this would be to do with the other LMM challenge participants when I then read that in the above! Everything looks lovely and I am sure everyone had a nice time.

  7. How lovely! And, Anneish of you! :)

  8. We played for a wedding wherein the bride wished to come down the aisle to the music from the movie. Specifically, the scene in which Anne is dancing with an imaginary partner, when Gilbert tries to cut in. (It's a waltz - I'm sure you know the spot I'm talking about.) We still use the music from that from time to time.

  9. AWE!! Love this idea...Can you imagine a week of book talk? :)

    It sounds very, very are so creative!

  10. HA! I guess you're right. Being that it's an Anne brunch, it makes amusing sense that it didn't go as planned. (I wish that had occurred to me in the moment. Ah well!)

  11. I'm all for a week of blogging buddies discussing books, blogging, and life! :)

    Your Anne tea went better than mine. I wanted to do a tea with my kids but never got past the wanting stage. This month just whizzed by!

  12. Oh how fun! Wished we lived closer so I could have attended!! ;)

  13. Ok, so I did I miss that you and Caniad know each other like in real life? Am I just dense?

    And your brunch looks like fun! Such beautiful food! I am so impressed--making your own cordial? Well done!

  14. =D We've been friends since we were in diapers. (Rather, our parents were friends when we were in diapers.) Or, she was in diapers but I had already been potty trained. (I'd like to think I'm more mature.) *HA!*

  15. It doesn't look too bad to me, but I completely understand the last minute rush of scurrying around trying to finish up last minute details. I think I'm going to borrow this idea for the final brunch for our Mom's group in May, and it will certainly be a birthday party theme for my daughter when she's a bit older. Thanks so much for sharing!

  16. i'm looking for some anne of green gables crafts - can i ask what you did?

    1. Crafts: everyone brought their own projects to work out. We didn't have a group craft.

  17. Wow I absolutely adore this idea! It looks so beautiful!