WELCOME to CAROLINA PANACHE! I believe our homes should be a haven, a place of beauty and peace that reflect who we are and what's important to us. I'm on a journey to add personality and panache to every corner of my house. For me, good design evolves, grows and changes with the needs of one's lifestyle. I want my home to be creative, to be stylish, to be entertaining, to be real. I hope you will join me on my journey. It's always more fun to travel together.
This blog is all about bringing style and elegance to the home. The art of dressing your home goes beyond hanging a few items on the wall and arranging furniture. Much like a fabulous set of earrings or a new stylish handbag may take your little black dress from fine to fabulous, home accesories and key furnishings can take your rooms from ho-hum to singing the Halleluiah Chorus! Join with me as we discover new ways to add panache to every room of the house.

Jewelry, Chocolate and Good Friends!

The "CHOCTAILS and Jewelry" party was a lot of fun! I had 12 guests plus my personal jeweler, Jerrie. Since we were encouraging gift shopping for Valentine's Day, I used a red, pink and white color scheme and of course we had PLENTY of chocolate. My Cherry Cheesecake Brownie Bites turned out delicious. They are so easy to make and tasted oh so yummy! I will definitely keep this recipe handy for the future.
Fresh strawberries with whipped chocolate dip were a big hit.

My heart-shaped cake turned out nicely. I decided to frost it with chocolate fudge icing instead of the marshmallow creme frosting listed on my recipe.

It was 6:25pm and everything was set and ready!

My "personal jeweler", Jerrie arrived to set up the jewelry display. I met Jerrie such a few months ago. She moved to my area from the coastal part of NC. She is a sweet, sweet lady, so funny and so good at accessorizing fashion.

She set up two tables of jewelry - everything was so pretty. Sterling silver, gold, rhodium, hand made glass beads, oh my!

This is my friend Christina. She works with me in the home interior business. She came out to support me and order some silver jewelry.

Meet Marsha and Michelle. Yes, they are sisters and from my home state of WV!
These ladies are always up for a "get together". Both of them have such wonderful personalities and are so funny.
I even had a couple of husbands in attendance. Here's John with his lovely wife, Teddie. I think a Valentine present was on his agenda for the evening.

The tulips I purchased Wednesday morning opened up just in time for the party.

This is another good friend, Shelly. We go to church together. Shelly loves bling! Before the night was over she was decked out!

Veronica (another sistah from WV) and Jerrie posing for the "blogcam".

The party was so fun. The food turned out so good. But the friendship and the conversation was priceless. You know with the current state of our nation, the trouble and concern that fills so many of the faces I see everyday, it is good to extend hospitality to each other, support one another in enterprise, love and encourage each other on a DAILY basis.
The Message puts it like this:
"Trust steadily in God, hope unswervingly, love extravagantly.
And the best of the three is love." - 1 Corinthians 13:13b
Find someone today and tell them you love them. Call someone you haven't spoken to in a little while and let them know how important they are to you. As the old commercial jingle used to say, "Reach out and touch someone".
I hope you all have a FABULOUS Saturday. I don't have any big plans - organize my closet, finish up some laundry and make a quick trip to a furniture consignment shop up-town. I'm looking for a couple of accent chairs for a "makeover" project. Next week I hope to share another "Junk to Gems" feature and my Grannie Isaacs' "Chicken and Dumplings" recipe on "The Cook's Corner". The powder room makeover is FINISHED! I was going to post the reveal yesterday but I volunteer at my son's high school and so I was tied up with that most of the day. Once I came home is was time to get ready for the party....
Since we are close to Monday, I will post the reveal for Metamorphosis Monday hosted by Susan at http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com so be sure to check it out. Until then,
Happy Decorating!


Kathleen Ellis said...

Hi Alisa! Looks like y'all had a fabulous time! FUN! All your goodies look yummie!
Thanks for stopping by and always leaving such a sweet comment!
Happy Saturday!

Terri Steffes said...

Your party was amazing. Nothing better than good food, good friends and good bling. I am impressed that you had some husbands, but that seems like the perfect thing to do!

Melanie said...

I'm glad you had a good time. Looks like your guests did, too! I saw some full plates!
Those desserts look delicious...must try the bars.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Looks like you as well as your guests had a great time.. the food looks delicious.. have fun at the consignment shop. Hope you find just what you're looking for..
hugs ~lynne~

Melissa Miller said...

Hi Alisa, :)
Wow! The party looked wonderful! You did a fabulous job as hostess. The jewelry is all really pretty too.

I sent you an email in regards to the comment you left me this morning on my blog. Can you let me know if it went through to you.
I never have recieved anything in the mail from you. Do you think it got lost in the mail? I didn't want to seem like I was bugging you. :)
I did pick out some beautiful things based on the online catalog you told me about.

Hope to hear from you soon.
Have a great weekend.
~Thanks, Melissa :)

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

What a fabulous get-together. It looks like everyone had a wonderful time and really enjoyed all the goodies that you provided. Great jewelry also. Hugs, Marty

Rhoda @ Southern Hospitality said...

What a fun girl's night out! Your table looked scrumptious, what fun you must have had. Those girl parties are the best...jewelry & chocolate, the icing on the cake!

Lisa Smith said...

Beautiful party!! I feel inspired already! I'll be back for more.

Jewel Sauls said...

What a fun party! Your post was almost as good as getting to attend! Thanks for sharing! :D Jewel

Unknown said...

Looks like the party was a great succees and that's so cool that even some men joined you ladies.

What's NOT to love about Jewelry, Chocolate and Good Company!!!

Tardevil said...

I love all the v-day decor & tablescape.

Michelle said...

I just found your blog and love it! The party sounds like a fantastic time!!! Everything was so festive and inviting (not to mention, yummy!).

mgster said...

I'm new to your blog, but it's becoming one of my very favorites! I'm going to try that chicken dish this weekend! Thanks.


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