Now this is a table for a queen, or at least
I was treated like one!
You may remember that over a year ago, I was invited
to join a crafting group after we did a Christmas
Home Tour. Since then we have also added in
celebrating everyone's birthdays, and since I always
choose to run away someplace warm for my birthday,
and the other ladies have busy, busy schedules too,
this week we finally got together to celebrate
my birthday. I love extending it, now it has to become
my birthday, birthweek, birthmonth and BEYOND!
The birthday girl always gets this huge crown on her plate.
I am happy to accept celebrations long past the day!!
As I get older, there is so much more to celebrate and
each year is a blessing.
Since it is winter and we can't enjoy Joanne's back yard,
she and Laura put together this royal table at Laura's house
where Laura said she had to get a new dining table and
chairs. In over 25 years, she said she never had a real
dining table. Glad I could be her excuse!!! Haha!!
Joanne is magical at festooning everything, even the
window is draped.
The chairs were also decked out for royalty.
What a beautiful setting.
They wouldn't let me go into
the dining room until it was all ready.
The table was done in golds with pink and vintage
This time, each plate had a crown atop it.
The stack started with Joanne's aunt's scalloped
gold rimmed plate. They are so beautiful. She found
the other plates in the stack at thrift shops. They said they
were glad that I was fancy (think Fancy Nancy), so that
they could do this elegant table in gold.
I don't know why they would say that - haha!!
Each place setting had vintage Valentine's cards too.
A vintage Valentine cookie tops this clear plate, under
which was another vintage Valentine, dated from 1906.
The cookies were made by the beautiful and talented
Amy at _thebakeaholic on Instagram.
Her cookies literally melt in your mouth.
Each of us had a different one. Some said they were
too pretty to eat, but you know me, I didn't have any problem
eating them! They were fantastic.
The beautiful pink for Valentine's Day was
carried out in the glasses and the raspberry lemonade.
I loved Laura's fun gold flatware, where every
item was a different pattern.
This cherub is eyeing a delicious Shirley's roll -
a local bakery here.
We each received a Valentine's Day bottle brush tree to
take home with us.
Laura had a virtual forest of the beautiful bottle brush trees,
on her tall buffet,
that she had made. Aren't the colors just beautiful?
Click here for a tutorial on how to make those.
I wouldn't have even though to make them for
Valentine's Day and they are stunning!
I want a forest of them too.
What a lucky birthday girl to be treated like royalty
with friends who all brought dishes for the dinner.
We had Brie en Croute, Pickled Asparagus wrapped
in Ham and Cream Cheese, Strawberry Vinaigrette Salad,
Herb Crusted Chicken Breast, with Broccolini, and
But the piece de resistance was this gorgeous
gold encrusted birthday cake. Also made
by Amy Perkins.
It was a Raspberry Cheesecake Cake. It featured
a layer of cheesecake flavored cake, a layer of crunchy
graham cracker, a layer of cheesecake filling, a layer
of raspberry frosting, repeat and repeat!!
Wow - what a flavor explosion.
I have never been so amazed by a cake as I
was by this. And lucky me, I got to take
With friends like this, getting older is easy!
I will be sharing this royal table with