Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Birthday, Birthweek, Birthmonth - Birthday Table

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 
Valentine's accents.

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
Gruyere Potatoes.

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
some home.

With friends like this, getting older is easy!

I will be sharing this royal table with


Chocolat - French for Chocolate. I adored chocolate from a young age when I had to sneak in the cupboard to find where my mother had hidden the Nestle's Chocolate Chips. Having read about the famous chocolat shoppes in Paris, when I finally got there I was determined to try a chocolate from every Paris shoppe. I invite you to share my adventures in creating, in travel, and in life.


  1. Happy belated birthday..
    idyllic little/grand party:)
    You girls have fun..Jody..has a group like that too..good for you..keep it up!

  2. First let me wish you a Happy Belated Birthday :-)
    Wow what a beautiful surprise your dear friends gave you, you must have felt special indeed, love your hat by the look great ;-)
    Your friends set a gorgeous table, I'm a gold loving girl so this setting is up my alley....
    The food sound delicious, oh but that cake makes my mouth water....


  3. Now that's truly a birthday celebration! Your friends are all so talented. Really lovely table!

  4. What a celebration! Everything looked so beautiful and the cake sounds amazing! The Valentine cookies are exceptional. What nice and talented friends you have!

  5. Wow, what a party! and so many talented ladies and friends, a birthday for a princess for sure, amazing Jacqueline!

  6. What a fun birthday celebration! And what a way for your friend to break her in new dining room set!

  7. How blessed you are to have such an amazing group of friends. Everything is gorgeous and I really love that cake. Happy Valentine's Day and keep celebrating!

  8. What a wonderful birthday celebration! I adore the vintage Valentine cookies and the cake is indeed a work of art! I love the pink bottle brush tree party favors too! Happy belated Birthday to you :)

  9. More than easy it's a pleasure and an honor to grow old and having such dear hearts and lovely faces providing amazing gatherings like this one.

    When I first saw the thumbnail at my blog I thought it was another Winner creation by you. So I guess that speaks volumes of how well your friends nailed it ahahaah.

    Belated Happy Birthday and May Love - all the Love - continue to be Paramount in your Life!


  10. This table is so pretty! Ok, I'm going to follow you on bloglovin'!!

  11. Oh my goodnessI love love love the cake!!!
    Recipe, perhaps??😋

  12. I have friends with whom I celebrate birthdays but none quite so lovely as this! This must be a very fun group.

  13. I'm glad you were the queen for the day for your birthday! What a gorgeous cake. Looks delicious. Beautiful and elegant valentine cookies.
    Nice to see your friends in a picture. Compliments to them for a great party.
    Belated birthday wishes well deserved.

  14. Hi Jackie, I did my post about the party today and I vowed to not read yours until I did. lol! Funny thing is that we both mentioned, Fancy Nancy. :) It truly was a magical evening. The table was absolutely breathtaking!!

  15. Being queen for the day is always a great fun! They pulled out the stops for you. I love the tablescape, accessories and darling cake. What a great group of women. Happy birthday to you many times over...


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