Monday, June 14, 2010

Time for Cake


I've mentioned in a past post (here) that at the office where I work, we celebrate all the birthdays for the month on a day when all those people happen to be working.  We all take turns making the cake however, it has become "yours truly" who decorates the table.  A job any tablescaper would love!

These are some pictures of what I came up with for the June birthdays last year.  I did a practice session at home and transported it all to set it up in our Staff Room.

Lime green, lemon yellow and white were the colours of the day.

My mom let me borrow this lemon/lime pitcher and glasses.  I used them to serve lemonade to the birthday gals.
This lemon/lime tray was a thrifty find at a goodwill shop.  Once it was on the Staff Room table, I used it to serve the lemonade.

I love using repetition for centerpieces as it allows all those seated to have the same view.
  Here, I went with three matching vases with a handpainted floral design on them. 
Inside, I placed faux yellow tulips and other stems wrapped in a white cloth napkin (to hide the stems).  These were placed on lime green napkins turned on the diagonal topped with a small white doily.  Two little ducklings survey the table.

Each birthday place setting consisted of a white placemat, gold charger, white luncheon plate, lime green napkin topped with a yellow dessert plate.  Since cake was the only item being served, a single gold fork was centered on top. A votive candle and name card personalize the setting.

Here is how it looked all set up at my house. Made me want to invite the birthday gals over instead of transporting it down to work! 
We would have had more time to linger too rather than fitting the celebration into our coffee break time.

Of course, we mustn't forget the most important part...the cake!  It was actually my turn to do the cake and I made this Pineapple Angel Lush Cake. It is so easy and tastes so summery!  (Recipe below)

 I will be linking up with Susan's Tablescape Thursday at BNOTP.  Be sure to stop by and see the marvelous displays of talent there!

Pineapple Angel Lush Cake


1 (3 1/2 ounce) package instant vanilla pudding

1 (20 ounce) can crushed pineapple in juice, undrained

1 cup thawed whipped topping (or you can use actual whipped cream like I did!)

1 (10 ounce) package prepared round angel food cake (or you can buy a pre-made one if you have them in your local stores)

10 small strawberries for garnish (optional)


Mix dry pudding mix and pineapple with juice in medium bowl.

Gently stir in whipped topping.

Cut cake horizontally into 3 layers.

Place bottom cake layer, cut side up, on serving plate.

Spread 1 1/3 cups of pudding mixture onto cake layer.

Cover with middle cake layer.

Spread 1 cup of the pudding mixture onto middle cake layer.

Top with remaining cake layer.

Spread with remaining pudding mixture.

Refrigerate at least 1 hour or until ready to serve.

Garnish with strawberries (optional).

Store in refrigerator.


  1. You are so good to do that! Lugging it all is a real chore!
    It looks like summer pretty!

  2. I love this setting, & I loved it last year when you posted it, it's in my eye candy folder LOL LOL

  3. Oh, I just love this table! I think it would even be perfect for a baby shower, don't you? I too used ducks in my tablescape this week. Yours looks great with all of your green and yellow. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

  4. I just love your quacky lemoney table!
    Perfect and fun, the centerpieces are wonderful!

  5. Your table is SO pretty and elegant! I know your co-workers with June birthdays felt VERY special as they enjoyed that delicious cake in such a gorgeous setting! I'm impressed, too, that you packed everything up and took it to work to set up for the party!

  6. You must be the most popular girl in the office! What a beautiful table. So summery. Lime green, yellow and white. I think repeating the centerpiece is a brilliant idea! One you just might see in an upcoming table. It looks so pretty... as does all!

    Thanks for this wonderful recipe too. I'm not much of a baker, and this recipe is one I would be pleased to serve.

  7. Beautiful table, love the centerpiece you create and those cute ducks.


  8. It stunning. I love your attention to detail.

  9. Such a delightful table... your attention to detail is incredible.. Thanks for sharing the recipe to your delicious looking cake... yummmmmmyyyyy hugs ~lynne~

  10. It's all so beautiful! The cake looks delicious. Yummy!

    Have a blessed day. ~Melissa :)

  11. Beautiful table. I will have to make the cake. Your picture made my mouth just water.

  12. HOw nice that your office celebrates with style! You must have made everyone with a June birthday feel very special.

  13. Darling tablescape...I love the glasses. One time when I was working I made a picnic in the office for some of the girls. It was cute...and they still talk about it!

  14. This table is just fantastic. So refreshing and inviting. What a wonderful job you did.

  15. I love your lemon/lime table...very airy and summery colors. That cake looks to die for!

  16. I want to come work there! just kidding! Love the ducks and the cake looks delicious. Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

  17. Love your table, the cake looks great, but I just saw your storage for dishes, etc., below!!! Girl, I am jealous! It just keeps on going:-) Love that!

  18. I have a June birthday too and I would just love to celebrate at this pretty table -- love your citrus colors.

  19. What a luck to have you as a co-worker. You made a phantastic table, the co-workers must have enjoyed it so much. I am sure that is beside your yummy cake an extra attraction to their birthday.
    Greetings, Johanna

  20. I am not going to this post with my staff! We too do the birthday cakes which I typically make, but we do not have a table setting! We meet in the staff lunchroom and the cake gets served on paper plates with plastic forks! If I set the table like that, I would never get them back to their desks! That being said, I love the idea of it. Your table setting is lovely. Love the ducks.

    ~ Tracy

  21. So wonder you have been chosen as the official office tablescaper. I am going to send this link to my email, so I can try that delicious looking cake!!

  22. Beautiful table. I will have to make the cake. Your picture made my mouth just water.


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