Southern Dinner Party with Style at the Home-on-the-Hill!

What a great setting for a fun Southern Summer Party-the home of Andrea and Brent Bell, at the Home-on-the-Hill at Darlington School in Rome, Georgia. Andrea and Brent welcomed 10 guests who purchased this party at Darlington’s  annual fundraiser , the Purple Tie Affair.  Chef James Boyce, ( Cotton Row, Commerce Kitchen, Galley and Garden and Pane E Vino), made the night extra special for all of the guests! Food, wine, flowers and great company seem to be the perfect recipe!

This was such a fun party to help with. Not only arranging the flowers, but also catching up with a special friend! I wish that I could have stayed for the party and met all of their new friends and seen Jimmy in action!

bucketsandblooms.netMy Dad attended Darlington as a PG year- post graduate. I’m assuming his parents did not think he was ready to tackle the University of Alabama quite yet, so after graduation from Anniston High School he headed over to Rome. I’ve heard lots of stories about this year, but this was the first time for me to see the campus. Beautiful! He recently told me that the tuition for his year(1953), boarding included was $500! Andrea and Brent have copies of all of the yearbooks- and look what we found! He was a baller in his belted uniform! ha. This just made it even more fun!

Andrea’s dining room is so pretty. Any color flowers would work in here. I was so excited that we could use dahlias and zinnias and other cut flowers from Brosemer Farm, in Huntsville, Alabama. Also, these containers are becoming regulars of mine- from Anthropologie and come in gold as well.


Peaches seemed like a natural fruit to add- we were in Georgia!











Candlelight added the perfect touch to the table as well as the simple place cards and beautiful linens.


All of the world’s problems should be solved in a kitchen! Good friends catching up and maybe talking about a new workout craze they are into.


Looks like the party was a success- smiles all around! Looking forward to my next visit back to Rome!



  1. Gina Stephens says:

    Great job sister!

  2. Beautiful and very special to both you and the Bells, I’m certain!

  3. I love the peaches!!!

  4. Gorgeous flowers! Gorgeous home- great post, Charlotte!

  5. Elizabeth Moore says:

    You know I love your flowers! These are just as gorgeous! The arrangments have your name written all over them! The home is lovely. I can’t believe you found the pics of your dad….hasn’t changed a bit!

    • Charlotte says:

      Thank you- it was so much fun. Finding the pictures of Dad really made it that much better!

  6. Sandy Lester says:

    I had the pleasure of attending this party and it was a wonderful night!! The flowers were gorgeous and I loved those containers! They were a beautiful touch for a beautiful night with beautiful people! Thank you!

    • Charlotte says:

      You are so sweet to comment! Andrea said that the party was so much fun- We sure do miss them in Huntsville, but looks like Rome is a great spot for their family! I hope your family has a great school year!

  7. Charlotte, the flowers are divine! Love, love, love all the vibrant mix of color! You are wonderful!

  8. Wendy and I were fortunate attend this fun event. The arrangements were absolutely beautiful and set the tone for a wonderful evening with fantastic food with great friends!

    • Charlotte says:

      Thanks for your kind words. So glad that you all had a great night! Great food and great company do make for a great evening!

  9. Charlotte says:

    Flowers are beautiful for a beautiful home and what looks like a fun party for all! I do love the containers…and the Georgia peaches! Another stunning party Charlotte!

    • Charlotte says:

      Thank you!!You are a Georgia girl now- I think you need some peaches for your next party!

  10. Your flowers are beautiful! My sister retired from teaching at Darlington. I spent a lot of time at Darlington as a teenager when it was an all boys school. It has a beautiful campus. I didn’t know that your dad spent a year there. It was pretty common back then for boys from public school to do a year of PG at Darlington.

    • Charlotte says:

      Thank you so much. I loved finding the pictures of Dad in the yearbook. My kids loved seeing it too!

  11. lisa Larsson says:

    Such gorgeous work and so beautifully put together!

  12. Mary alice says:

    You are so very talented!!! The flower arrangements are gorgeous! Love the peaches!

  13. Beautiful Charlotte!

  14. Love, love this! Once again, you enhanced–not overwhelmed–the event with beautiful arrangements and clever “extras” throughout!