My birthday is in April and for the last couple of years, I've done things a bit differently. Instead of friends and family taking me out for lunch, I like to invite them to my place. I have lots of fun setting the table (of course!) and preparing a luncheon for them. Thus, it is a "gift" to me when they say they'll accept my invitation.
This year, I went with a yellow, pink and green colour scheme. (The tablecloth was a birthday gift from my daughter)
I used my Gibson "Grandiflora" dishes and my gold-en flatware tucked together in a green napkin.
I didn't have quite enough settings though so used my Royal Albert Dimity Rose china with pink napkins for the places at the ends of the table.
The wrapped gift (in coordinating colours!) at each setting served as a placecard...they were boxes of tealights.
Each guest received a different scent.
I created a spring-themed centerpiece using a mama duck and her two babies. I placed them in a large shallow bowl with sand, pebbles and blue glass beads to represent a little pond.
I put some fresh and faux greenery around the bottom of the bowl.
The view from the otherside of the table.
I placed a vase of Gerbera daisies and yellow tulips on a felt butterfly placemat on each side of the centerpiece.
A vase with coloured beads and a floating candle fill the space in between.
Guests relaxed with a refreshing vanilla vodka punch while we waited for everyone to arrive.
I borrowed these lemon/lime glasses from my Mom.
You know how you always have the little teacups/saucers that go with dish sets but they seldom get used?
I saw this idea in a magazine and went with it.
Our first course, was Cream of Potato Dill Soup.
Next course was Asian Sesame Salad.
I wish I could photograph food better (or rather, I wish I could cook better-looking food!) I made Mushroom Frittata with stir-fried veggies on the side as our entree. It tasted better than it looks!
For dessert, Raspberry Trifle.
I did put candles on this and my Mom carried it in so the others could sing "Happy Birthday" to me!
Trifle never looks good once served but I wanted to show you that I used my purple compote dishes.
It was a fun luncheon and even though I was the one serving, my guests made me feel special and I had a wonderful birthday!
Thanks for bearing with me through all my pics and notations!
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