We started Saturday morning with the table setting.
I found the tablecloth at Tuesday Morning this past week--I loved the roses and the BLUE. It's a nice start to my table linens for this new, LARGER table.
The dishes are my wedding china--Wedgwood "Watercolour". Stemware is Mikasa "French Countryside"--also from our wedding.
Flatware is Community Plate by Oneida--a vintage set I found at Goodwill for a BARGAIN several years ago.
Tiny bird salt-and-peppers came from Cracker Barrel, just last week. Adorable, and they worked PERFECTLY with the colors in the tablecloth.
My daughter helped me put the table decorations together...the sweet brown pots and the fun moss balls from Dollar Tree worked really well with my huge hurricane vase that was a gift from my husband's mom several years ago.
A few candles, some forced forsythia stems in blue bottles, and we've GOT it!
On the menu:
Jambalaya, cooked in his grandmother's cast-iron pot. Nothing makes it better!
Shrimp & corn chowder. Yum!
Cucumber and tomato salad.
Asparagus in a balsamic/soy vinaigrette.
Yummy homemade rolls from the freezer that C made several weeks ago.(They didn't last long enough for a photo op! :)
And, the grand Finale--Chocolate Lover's Cheesecake--
oh. my. GOODNESS.
Made by the best-ever bestest best friend in the whole world, Alli.
It was SO good. How good? My father-in-law NEVER-ever-ever-NEVER-EVER touches sweets when we have the dozens of "special" occasions each year. He actually ATE a slice of this cheesecake.
I am so glad Alli doesn't SELL them because then I couldn't afford it, I'm sure, but it was SO GOOD.
After dinner, three of the kids presented their interps for upcoming speech class. I think the grandparents liked that!
It was a lovely, quiet, conversation-filled evening. I hope it's the start of another really good year.
I love you, B! Happy Birthday!
Linking this post to Tabletop Tuesday at A Stroll Thru Life, Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch, and Vintage Thingie Thursday at ColoradoLady! ;)