November 5, 2010

le fete de l’imagination: Vivian Leigh


I’ve been looking forward to today’s “party of the imagination” for a looooong time. As a child, I thought Vivian Leigh was Scarlett O’Hara. In my mind, she was everything a southern belle should be, and it wasn’t until a little later in my life did I learn she was a) not southern, and b) not actually Scarlett O. The story her real life makes me sad because it was one which contained loneliness, heartache, and mental illness. But I believe she’s in a much better place now…so let’s celebrate her birthday in style! She’d be 97 years young today.


For the place, I’ve chosen the Rome Cavalieri, a Waldorf Astoria property in that lovely eternal city. Doesn’t this enclosed room make for a lovely setting…melons adorning the table for a distinctly southern feel. In addition to the yummy melons, we’ll be serving smoked salmon blinis with crème fraiche among other yummy things.

smoked salmon blinis



















To give us all an idea about party attire, I chose a couple of looks from Carolina Herrera’s Resort Collection. Both seem perfect for a luncheon in the enclosed portico. Maybe with an oversized piece of jewelry and an elegant wrap draped around the shoulders?


For Ms. Leigh’s gift, I would select a 12 place settings of English bone china in a pattern that is reminiscent of the south, but also playful and modern.


I hope you will all join us for the party. Isn’t imagining fun?



Hope you all have a fabulous weekend and take some time to sip a julep in honor of our favorite “southern belle.”


  1. I'm so glad someone else remembers Miss Leigh as fondly as I do. Now I'm off to remind my daughter, Katie Scarlett, to have a little treat in honor of the lady who had her name first. Have a great weekend!

  2. Such a stunning figure and wonderful actress. Our small town radio station mentioned her birthday this morning.

    *BTW - I am in love with that outfit on the right, with the white shirt/print skirt/red shoes. To die for

  3. Eldest and I used to curl up and watch "Gone with the Wind" every time it came on AMC. We both have different, yet fond memories of those times.

    We'd *both* love to attend the fete you're throwing in her honor.

    Happiest birthday wishes to Miss Leigh!



  4. You really know how to throw a party Kate.

    Happy Birthday Vivian Leigh.

    I have always held her in my head as the epitome of beauty and although she wasn't southern, they sure chose well for the part of Scarlett.

  5. Sounds like the perfect party! I would love to come!!!

    The dresses are very pretty and the location looks gorgeous!

    Yes, imagining is very fun!

  6. What a fun post ~ love the photos and so need that skirt :)


  7. OH, girl! Thanks for a lovely party! I sure enjoyed celebrating Miss V!

  8. What a fun post! Thank you for taking us on the imaginary journey to celebrate Miss Leigh's birthday! I really enjoyed myself. :0)

    Have a great weekend,

  9. WAIT! You mean Vivian Leigh ISN'T Scarlet? I don't think I've seen anything else she's been in; I just can't imagine her being anyone other than Scarlet!

  10. Love Live Scarlett and her tenacious grasp on life! Loved her too as I grew up, and felt her heart break when I read her biography. LOVE your idea to celebrate!

  11. I love this post and I LOVE your imagination. RSVP yes please!! Wasn't she absolutely stunning.

  12. oh MY -- what a gorgeous post!! just love this party idea!

  13. I was obsessed with Gone with the Wind and Ms. Leigh as a little girl (quiet the rarity for a born and breed yankee) and this post is an absolutely charming idea...she'd be thrilled.

  14. I remember how sad I was to learn that Mrs. Olivier was actually born in England! Oh well, she played Scarlett so well she must have been a belle at heart.

    Ironically, my husband and I went to Oakland Cemetary on Sunday and saw the gravesite for Mrs. Margaret Mitchell (Marsh).


Lay it on me y'all!