Karianne Wood of ThistlewoodFarms.com

My First Dinner Party

By on July 10, 2012, in Home and Furniture

When I was younger my mother used to host the most amazing dinner parties.

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I remember helping her set the table

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with her grandmother’s china and silver and linen monogrammed napkins. She would prepare amazing one-of-a-kind hors d’oeuvres on silver trays with tiny sword toothpicks.

Those sword toothpicks were the best.

And late at night, when I was supposed to be in bed, I would tip toe down and sit at the top of the stairs and listen to the extraordinary dinner conversation drifting back from the dining room. My eyes would gaze in awe as the chandelier lights flickered and the elegant guests quietly spoke here and there with an occasional tinkling laugh.

Those dinner parties were wonderful…..so sophisticated and worldly and all that a little girl could ever dream of. They made such an impression on me. And as I sat and listened to the grown-ups and their conversations, I dreamed of the day when I would host a dinner party of my very own.

And when we purchased our dream home, a turn-of-the-century farmhouse in the middle of the rural countryside and first saw this dining room, I knew.

I knew.

This was the place for those long-ago dinner party dreams to come true.

So we painted the room and added moldings and furniture and rugs and curtains.

After all, what would a dinner-party room be without curtains?

Especially smocked burlap curtains like these.

Curtains sewn with 108″ of incredibly textured burlap.

Burlap curtains….just waiting for a dinner party to happen.

And when the room was ready, I set the table for company.

I set the table for my very own dinner party.


*Editor’s note: Soft Surroundings is pleased to be offering a set of our Smocked Jute Drapery Panels as a giveaway item on the blog ThistlewoodFarms.com. Learn details of how to enter here.


Karianne Wood of ThistlewoodFarms.com

KariAnne Wood blogs at ThistlewoodFarms.com about her experiences renovating an old Kentucky farmhouse and making it a place to call home. The smocked jute curtains were originally featured in her “Details, Details” blog post in early 2012.

  • Heidi @ Decor & More

    KariAnne is such a gifted story-teller… I love hearing her memory of her mother’s dinner parties as inspiration for her own such gatherings.
    She’s a stellar representation of your lovely products (and a wonderful gal to boot).

  • Kelly

    Not only can Karianne spin a fabulous tale, she’s a decorating wiz as can be seen from her fabulous dining room.

    Here’s to making memories, hosting fabulous parties and laughter (with a little burlap thrown in for good measure)!

  • Vanessa

    KariAnne’s dining room is one of the first things I ever saw on her blog and I knew that she was meant to be my friend! 🙂 Not only is it absolutely beautiful, with her attention to detail and of course, those gorgeous curtains. But, it is reflective of the warm and generous spirit of it’s owner and isn’t that what makes a house truly a home?!

  • Linda

    What a lovely memory! I’m sure those amazing curtains will soon have many, many tales to tell of twinkling glasses and sparkling chandeliers and laughter. Lots and lots of laughter …



  • Beverly

    Soft Surroundings chose the perfect person and blog to sponsor. Not only does everyone adore KariAnne, we all admire her sense of style and taste of decor.

    KariAnne’s dining room is where I first saw these gorgeous curtains. They are showcased exquisitely in this room. The blogging community has been drooling over smocked jute curtains since that day.

    Thank you for featuring KariAnne and Thistlewood Farms, and giving us all an amazing opportunity to become familiar with your outstanding product inventory.

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