Wednesday, February 28, 2018

A Shabby Birthday Dinner

Hi, my sweet and lovely friends!
How are you today?
I hope you are well and enjoying this last day in February.
Can you believe March begins tomorrow?!

Yesterday was my dear mother's birthday and in honor of her special day 
I invited her and my dad over for supper.
When I was growing up,
my mom always took the time to make my birthday special 
by having a fun birthday party, decorating the house,
{I would always wake up in the morning to find balloons and streamers}
and making a meal of my choice.
Because of her example I enjoy doing the same for my loved ones
and yesterday was HER day.
{{smiles}}

I decided to go with a simple, but shabby tablescape
so I used lace, doilies, pearls, vintage glasses, and crystal dishes.




Mom,
a title just above a Queen.




I placed vintage hankies 
in the center of the table.




And yellow tea roses filled small crystal vases.




I used a lace tablecloth and underneath each crystal plate 
I placed a colored doily.




The loveliest masterpiece
of the heart of God
is the heart of a mother.
- St. Therese of Lisieux -




Out of all the mom's in the world,
I am so glad you're mine!




A mother is like a flower,
each one is beautiful and unique.




I used my favorite vintage glasses for the special occasion.
I found these little lovelies a few years ago at an antique shop.
On one side you will find a southern belle
and on the other side is a southern mansion.




I wove a lace scarf around the light fixture above the table
and hung a few lace hearts for some extra "love."




A mother's hug lasts long
after she lets go.




Along with yellow tea roses. . . 




I filled a beautiful crystal bowl
with pearls, vintage brooches, lace, and other pretty things
for the centerpiece.




A mother's heart
is a special place
where her children
are always home.




Of courses there were gifts.
{{smiles}}
The darling paper bag was made by a sweet blogging friend
who has an Etsy shop called My Pink Paper Cottage.
She makes such beautiful and unique items.




The menu for the evening. . .

Tomato and Cucumber Salad

Cinnamon and Sugar Carrots

Wild Rice

Tomato and Rosemary Chicken

Fresh Bread. . .hot out of the oven

And for dessert I made my mother's favorite cake. . .
German Chocolate Cake.

I made it from scratch and decided to do something a little different
by making mini cakes for each guest.




Mom,
First my mother,
Always my friend.
Forever together,
Our love never ends.




I am truly thankful for my precious mother
and it's an honor to be able to celebrate her life.

Thank you for visiting, my friends.
Have a beautiful day!
{{hugs}}




Our cat family enjoyed a special meal as well.
From left to right you will find:

Buttercup
Burrito
Melly
Stripester
Duke
Hanny {mama}


55 comments:

Regina said...

What a lovely post! And what sweet cats! Thank you for sharing with us.

~Lavender Dreamer~ said...

Happy Birthday to your beautiful Mother! You made things so special for her and I know she enjoyed it all! Lots of hugs and good wishes! Enjoy your week, Diane

Susie said...

Oh so pretty. I love the sweet saying you posted between photos. Oh those cats...so funny. Blessings, xoxo, Susie

Elizabethd said...

So lovely. Your mother must have been so touched to see all that you had so beautifully prepared.

Billie Jo said...

Happiest Birthday to your mother, Stephanie!
I am certain the happiest part of her special day was spending it being blessed and celebrated by you and your sweet family.
What a beautiful dinner party.
Hugs!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Such a lovely birthday celebration! I'm sure your Mom appreciated it. Love the cat photo!!

Anna said...

Lucky Mom !!!!
A perfect decoration to celebrate "Care and Love" !
Hug
Anna

Butterfly 8)(8 Bungalow said...

Happy birthday to your mother! What a wonderful dinner and table setting. I really love how you placed doilies underneath to give the clear plates colors. She must have loved it. You are so fortunate to have each other. I have some clear plates, and I will have to try it with something, sometime. Wow! Six kitties. I have only three now. Two rescue outdoors, and one rescue indoor. But I've never had six at once! THough I do have six pets. Three cats and three dogs. Have a wonderful week. xoxo Su

Daniela said...

Your tablescape was so wonderful, Dearest One, tender and elegant, at once ... you put on your table so much love and sweetness, delicacy of heart and the loveliness typical of your temper .... I so love you!

Happy belated Birthday to you lovely Mum and many hugs to you all
(cats included, of course!)

Trusting you're having a beautiful week so far,
I'm sending blessings on your coming days, cherished Stephanie

XOXO Dany

Grace H. said...

How fun! The funny thing is that today is my little brother's birthday. Mothers are so fun and special, it's a blessing to do things for them. ;)
Just wanted to say, love your blog. I've followed for a few years now, have commented a couple times I believe, and have participated in the last two teacup/mug exchanges. I love it! My blog isn't exactly like yours, but I do get quite a bit of inspiration from you!
Love your cats! We have quite a few too! I love cats. ;)
The table setup was beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

Chas' Crazy Creations said...

Looks so lovely and Happy Birthday to your mom! I hope you had a wonderful time together. Hugs my friend :)

Debbie Harris said...

Oh Dear Stephanie...What a sweet surprise finding this post in my mail box. :-)
Your touch of elegance, grace and beauty was evident in every detail for my Birthday celebration, and again I must say, THANK YOU!
Everything, including your gifts of love were above and beyond and this mother's heart was blessed abundantly.
May God bless you as you have certainly blessed me.
I love you!

Have a most glorious day~

Devona Walter said...

Absolutely beautiful,and if anyone deserved pampering it is your mom, her heart is so big and she always puts everyone first.
She is a blessing and I am blessed to call her sister.
And you my sweetie are so talented, your kind heart shows in everything you do and make, your beauty shines in all of it..
Love you sweetie 💖

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

What a beautiful table, and menu you had for your sweet mom, Stephanie. I know that she was most appreciative of all your time, talent, and creativity that went into making her day special. Thank you for sharing the love with us! ❤

hobbyloes said...

Happy Birthday to your dear mother! She's got a lovely day and you have made her a delicious menu.

Rose L said...

It is so sweet that you take the time to make your mothers birthday so special! I am sure she appreciated it so much!

Carla from The River said...

I loved this post! What a wonderful idea, with so many special touches.

What type of mini pan did you use for the cakes? They do not look cupcake size.
Carla

Kate said...

Such a beautiful post Stephanie. :)

mamasmercantile said...

Such a beautiful tribute to your Mum. A feast in so many ways.

sarah said...

Blessings to your mother. What a beautiful table.<3

Little Birdie Blessings said...

What a delightful way to honor your mother on her birthday. I'm sure she was so pleased. Thanks for sharing. ~ Abby

Oliva Ohlson said...

A very happy birthday to your sweet Mom! I am pretty sure she had a blast! Your tablescape is beautiful!

Vee said...

Awww, Stephanie, what a lovely birthday party for your mom. It all looks and sounds wonderful. I am sure your mom felt blessed and honored.

Danielle Marie said...

What a wonderful day you and your mom had. Everything looks absolutely lovely! Shabby chic is just beautiful. And your cats are adorable! :)

Joyful said...

What a beautiful setting you've created to celebrate your mom's birthday. She is a lovely lady and I'm sure you all had a wonderful time. Happy birthday to her! I love the cat photo too.

Mrs.T said...

Happy Birthday to your lovely mom, Stephanie! What a lovely birthday dinner you put together to honor her! It was inspiring to read of how you decorated and planned everything so nicely. I love the idea of individual German chocolate cakes for each guest!

Magpie's Mumblings said...

Happy Birth Day to your wonderful Mom! You did such a special thing for her and I know she will treasure the memories of her special day forever.

Teri said...

Dear Sweet Stephanie ... Such a precious birthday celebration for your precious mother. Everything looks just perfect. I am sure that she was so thankful for a beautiful birthday spent with her family. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your mother. The love for your family shines through with all that you do. Homespun Hugs ♥ Teri

Margie said...

Happy Belated Birthday to Debbie! Your beautiful dinner is the perfect way to celebrate your wonderful mom's special day. I was intrigued by the yummy German chocolate cake!

Karen said...

Happy Birthday Debbie! What a beautiful setting to honor your Mother, Stephanie. I especially love the vintage ladies' hankies and everything is just perfect.

krishna said...

A very happy birthday to your mother... i know this is the best birthday ever.. you did an awesome jobs.. hugs, n kisses for you..

Mari said...

Awww! Everything looks so pretty and the love you have for her shines through it all. I know she just loved this!

Cozy Thyme Cottage said...

What an elegant birthday dinner you created for your Mom! I am sure she must have felt honored. I am 78 and my Mom is in heaven but I miss her. I love how you put the hankies in the middle of the table like that. Nancy

Marilyn @ MountainTopSpice said...

Oh dear sweet Stephanie! What an incredible gesture on your part to honor your mother in such a delightful way! Every single detail was just so beautiful and special in every way! From the decorated chandelier with hanging hearts, to the sweet yellow tea roses, to the gorgeous southern belle glasses to the beautiful table setting, and the precious gifts, such a delight in every way to your sweet mother's heart! Thank you for sharing the beauty of the occasion with us, oh how beyond lovely it is! And that picture of those cats, my how do you tell them apart? LOL! SOO precious! Hugs to you today sweet friend!

Madison Marie said...

Oh, how lovely! You are an AMAZING daughter and sooo talented! So nice to give back to your mom by recreating a special day for her like she always did for you. :)

Madison | Breakfast at Madison’s

Dianna said...

Stephanie, your birthday dinner for your sweet mom turned out beautifully. You used the things that you know she likes and it must have made her feel very special. The way you decorated with all of the vintage things is so elegant. And those yellow tea roses are beautiful. My mother's very favorite flower was a yellow rose. :) Thank you, my dear friend, for the way you have honored your mom!

FlowerLady Lorraine said...

I know your sweet Mom enjoyed and was blessed and refreshed by this lovingly prepared birthday dinner by you, her sweet daughter. It all looks lovely.

Love the pic of your feline family. :-)

Love & hugs ~ FlowerLady

Tamago said...

Happy birthday to your wonderful mom! She is so sweet to have made your birthdays very special, and how wonderful of you to make hers special, too :-) Your decoration is so beautiful and loving. Oh the cake looks super yummy! I love the photo of your kitties dining together :-)

Ang Specht said...

What a happy birthday! (And happy kitties! hee!) This is so funny...this is the third time now that I've read your blog and said this, but I saw those same glasses on Etsy and favorited them a while back. ha, ha. I guess our taste is the same, for sure. I don't think I'll ever buy them because I'm scared to with all these boys, lol. But they are pretty, aren't they? (Although I did just buy some really pretty dishes that I'll share on my blog when they arrive...but I've already decided that until my husband can build a hutch, they'll stay in the box away from the boys! ha!)

Magali@TheLittleWhiteHouse said...

The tablescape was lovely, I'm sure your mother appreciated it. The last pictures with all the cats eating made me smile.

Kate said...

The birthday spread for your mother is beautiful! I bet the evening was special. Your menu sounds so yummy and I love the table decorations. Thank you for sharing with us.
Kate

Sarah said...

Everything looks beautiful! What a special treat for your mom. : ) The German chocolate cake looks delicious! I especially enjoyed the picture of your six adorable kitties!

Debby Ray said...

Oh Stephanie, you've done it again...a birthday dinner set for a Queen! The table is just so beautiful and your precious Mom must have felt like royalty for sure! That last photo of your kitties is beyond adorable!

Wandering Wren said...

Oh Stephanie you really are one big happy family - how on earth did you ever get such a brilliant photo of all your cats, I just love their tails, so cute! Oh, your Mum would have been so thrilled with the pretty birthday supper. What a great idea, so many pretty touches, love the antique hankies - you are such a lovely daughter.
Happy days indeed.
Wren x

Jillian's Bella Rosa Antiques said...

What a very special birthday for your Mama! I'll be she loved it. What a sweet idea to use a different doily under each plate.

And wow, look at the cat buffet... do they all always go to the same plate each time or do they switch it up. I used to have to separate our two cats, but they always knew which bowl was theirs. :)

Beatrice Euphemie said...

What a sweet and thoughtful daughter you are, Stephanie! I'm sure your dear Mother enjoyed her lovely dinner. Such a beautiful table set for her special day. Cute photo of your little kitties, too. Sending hugs xo Karen

Lillie said...

What a beautiful deco and Happy Belated Birthday to your mum!
Oh! the kitties are so adorable. Wishing you a fabulous month of March!

Conniecrafter said...

Stephanie I am sure that your mom was just thrilled when she came in and saw all that you had done to make her birthday dinner so special, love the color doilies under the clear plates, you really made her day special and I am sure she was so thrilled with all you did.
Loved seeing the kitties eating too, they all look like their momma now :)

My thrift store addiction said...

What a beautiful table setting to honor your mother, Stephanie! I love the hankies! Blessings to you sweet, Friend!

Cheryl said...

Oh, how sweet of you to bless your dear mother in such a special way! I am so thankful you had that special time together!! All we needed was a photo of all of you together! :) God bless you and your dear family and your precious fur babies, too!

Julie's Creative Lifestyle said...

Hi Stephanie, happy belated birthday to your mom. You set such a pretty table and the menu looked really good. I hope you all had a nice time.
Hugs, Julie xo

Big Rigs 'n Lil' Cookies said...

Happy Birthday to your mother! I can only imagine what a lovely time she had at the party!

Red Rose Alley said...

What a wonderful Birthday celebration you had for your beautiful mother. And the mini German Chocolate Cake looks amazing. The yellow roses are lovely and perfect for her special day.

~Sheri

Kris said...

You are a wonderful daughter!! If I were to have a daughter, I would want her to be just like you - especially since your Mom already has YOU!! :-)

Olivia Bell said...

Aww, this was so elegant, beautiful and sweet! I know your mother must have been so thrilled! I love decorating for birthdays, and other holidays, it's one of my favorite things to make people feel special and make the place all pretty. {{smiles}} I showed my mom the photo of your kitties and we both thought it was adorable! {{smiles}}

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