Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Birthday BBQ

Time for more weekly fun hosted by Susan at Between Naps on the Porch! So many beautiful and unique tablescapes to check out every Thursday. I am very happy Susan continues to keep having this wonderful meme and that I can participate. Be sure to visit her blog and see for yourself the multitude of possibilities that make dining a delight!

This past weekend, Mr. Delight and I hosted a 40th birthday party for my dear sister-in-law. The weather was perfect so we decided to have a backyard BBQ for family and friends. In keeping with these fleeting days of summer, I made sure the tablescape reflected a bright colourful setting.

I used Gerbera daisies in yellow, orange and cream along with some green grasses (shhhh....all faux!) in vases I got at a local florists on clearance for $5. Alongside, I used some jars (minus the lids) as candleholders which I scored for$1 each. I put acrylic ice and a glass votive holder inside.My favourite Partylite sunflower tealight holders added some more colour.

I edited this pic to "protect the innocent" but inside two different frames, I placed small pictures of the birthday girl around the "Happy 40th!" These were placed at opposite sides of the table. Beside the frame, I placed a tall glass vase/candle holder with an orange taper dinner candle and sand to anchor it inside.

There were 13 of us in total and I didn't have quite enough of the items in the colours I wanted to use so had to mix/match everything from dishes to placemats to chargers to chairs but since it was a casual affair, I think it was okay. I see in these pics, I had 3 yellow plates together at this end of the table but I did mix those up a bit more before guests arrived!

Mr. Delight put up the extra canopy over the table but the "cabana" in the background is always there. We had pre-dinner drinks in the cabana and then moved over to the table once the hamburgers and salads were ready.

The food was set up on our small sundeck. We had BBQ'ed hamburgers with fixings as well as some BBQ'ed salmon filets and bratwurst sausages.

Salads were brought "potluck" and were potato, pasta, bean salsa, toasted pecan/balsamic vin., and carrot. There was also some yummy Pesto Pear/Chicken Pizza that a friend brought...must get that recipe!
Having a BBQ is such a "summer-y" thing to do and I'm so glad we were able to celebrate our SIL's birthday with one shared by friends and family. Thanks for stopping by...wish you could have been at the party!


xinex said...

Oh how pretty! I love all the warm fall colors you used. Bet your sister in law really appreciated it. The food looks delish too!...Christine

Martha said...

Looks like a great party -- love your table -- I love big tables especially outside!

Joyce said...

I love how you mixed and matched all the plates and the placemats. Now the food looked delicious. I bet everyone likes to come to your house for a party!

Myrna said...

What a wonderful tablescape! I love how you pulled all the colors together and made it a fun and festive party..food looked great,too!

Sarah said...

Fun, colorful table. Looks like a festive party! Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you at Hyacinth For The Soul for some rooster fun and a toast to Julia Child.

DeniseMarie said...

great inspiraton

black eyed susans kitchen said...

Lovely autumnal, Tuscan colors on the table and the center piece is really pretty! What a wonderful sister in law you must be.

nannykim said...

I love the splash of all of the colors--so cheerful.

(I posted my tablescape on my spindle cottage blog--but I do have other blogs...that blog is going to be mostly for house type pics)

Eileen said...

Your sister-in-law must have been so happy! What a wonderful setting to celebrate a birthday and you did a great job! Everything looks beautiful! How special you must have made her feel! I love it all!
All the best,

Brenda said...

This is so fun, colorful and festive! The long table and all the touches resembles something from Pottery Barn catalog.

Michelle said...

WOW...what a spread of delicious looking food! Love the vases of flowers, just the perfect size for your table!

KBeau said...

I love all of the mixing and matching you did. I'll be doing some of the same this weekend. We are hosting a dinner for about 35 on Saturday night. I'll have tables everywhere.

Theresa @ Take A Sentimental Journey said...

Wowzer , love your tables ! Thanks for stopping by.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This just looks perfect for a BBQ Birthday! I'm sure everyone had a blast!

Sharlotte said...

What a super way to celebrate! You were very creative in your mixing and matching all your dishes and things ~ everything looks perfect! Thanks for sharing.

Lori E said...

The more you mix it up the more it looks like you planned it that way. I love the colors. I never thought to stand a taper up in sand before, so simple yet brilliant.
I am in the lower mainland B.C. Where about in Canada are you?

Denise said...

Hi there, thanks for your comment at my blog, your table settings are just gorgeous. Love your latest bbq one, the colors are so pretty.

Pinky said...

I am sitting here drooloing all over the place at the food.....AND the table! It all looks SO wonderful! I love the rusty colored tablecloth and the green "placemats". That is a great color combo! Pinky

Kathleen said...

Hi Dd,
I came to look at your table the first night, and thought I left a comment!
What a lovely party!
Love all the mixing and matching and the place mats on an angle. You look ready for fall!
I bet everyone had a wonderful time!

Yes, lots of roosters..now way I get through all of them!

Maggie B said...

What a lovely party table you created, mix & match is definately the way to go for such an event, it looked great.
Love the sound of Pesto, Pear & chicken pizza.
Thanks for finding time to visit Normandy, come back anytime, I love making new friends.
a bientot
Maggie @ Normandy Life

Renae said...

What a fun party! Looks like a grand time was had by many!

Sandy said...

Now that's my kind of table - beautiful and elegant!

It made my day! :)

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