Thursday, May 3, 2012

Repeat Post of Birthday Luncheon

I know its been way too long since I've been blogging! My posts may be pretty sporadic for awhile with all the busy-ness of wedding planning going on around here - my daughter's wedding is 136 days away and already it seems the "crunch" has started!  Just so you don't think I've fallen off the ends of the earth, I'm going to do a re-post of one of my tablescapes from a couple years ago. It is from a birthday luncheon and since I recently celebrated a milestone birthday, I thought it was fitting to repost it.


 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!
Be sure to check out Between Naps on the Porch for the terrific Tablescape Thursday entries!


Entertaining Women said...

MOB, exciting but high stress job. You're so right about all the many details. I love the addition of the yellow tablecloth to the pink and green color scheme. Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

Cindy (Applestone Cottage) said...

What an absolutely gorgeous table! And what lucky guests you have!
I love the color mix, your delightful centerpiece, the delicate china, it all adds up to a gorgeous table!
Happy Weekend,

Debby S. said...

What beautiful colors! They just pulled me right in. The food was very hard to ignore too. This would be a wonderful Mother's day table too. Everyone with a seat at this table was very lucky!

Chubby Chieque said...

What a gorgeous settings for your day. I adore your color combo and it looks and feel so me.

Happy Belated Bday. ENjoy.

Victoria Mische said...

Another inspiring table you have shared to us once again! Love the pretty details you have created on your table. Pretty as always!

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Alycia Nichols said...

I totally remember this table! I think you posted this right around the time I first started blogging and understanding exactly what a blog was, etc. I was thrilled to see such a pretty table, and it's just as thrilling the second time around!!! Counting down to the wedding must be fun...and maybe just a little bit nerve-wracking. I hope you guys are all able to enjoy the process. It's a long and arduous one, but it pays off in the end. So glad to know you haven't actually fallen off the end of the earth, and I wish you a very Happy Mothers Day in advance. Take care of yourself, and happy planning!!!

Judy Bigg said...

Beautiful table and the colors are just striking. So very well planned, guess I missed it the fist time, I haven't been blogging a year yet. You will have so many memories from the wedding. It will be a wonderful day. Happy Mother's Day.

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