Wednesday, January 11, 2012

My Birthday Table - Purple Elegance

For my birthday my kids all made the
meal and my husband provided the dessert.

I decided the least I could do was to 
set the table.

I wasn't thinking of blogging about it but as
I got it put together, my husband told me that
it was so pretty that I should take pictures 
for my blog.

I chose my beautiful white embossed square
plates with lavender chargers and my fancy
silver plated flatware.

I just love the shape and design of these
plates but wanted a little touch of color.

A little dark punch of purple was added
with napkins

and goblets.

 The goblets are dark amethyst with a clear
twisted stem.

I had the centerpiece put together with some
pink flowers (not the best) when my friend
Monique stopped by with a purple flowering
plant for my birthday.

The pink flowers were quickly moved off the table
and replaced with a much prettier flower that
fit in perfectly.  Talk about timing!

I just gathered some purple accessories from
around the house to accent the center of the table.

A purple organza table topper anchors
the centerpiece.

My son made a deboned whole chicken (which
he deboned himself) that was stuffed with
ham and peppers and onions with mustard
and herbs which he learned on his mission for
our church in Argentina, his wife made an artichoke dip,
my other daughter in law and my son made a 
savory monkey bread style
appetizer with homemade roll dough which she stuffed
with a piece of pepperoni and a piece of mozzarella,
then rolled in butter and parmesan and parsley.  My 
oldest daughter made incredible, rich creamed corn
and my younger
daughter made a baked Havarti cheese ring
with biscuits.

It was so much fun to eat all of their wonderful
creations and realize that they had done this for me!

That afternoon my good friends Annette and
Wally and their daughters Hannah, Grace and Esther
stopped by and gave me some fun gifts they found in 
an all purple store in San Antonio Texas.

This was on a little card they gave me from the store:

Purple Profile

You are a purple person if:

You are imaginative, sensitive, artistic and sophisticated.  You have noble
ideals and a keen appreciation of the cultural

You are alert, demanding, foresighted, confident, resourceful, spontaneous,
and highly independent.  You take delight in the beautiful, the gracious,
the sensitive, but maintain an attitude of critical appraisal.

In love you seek to attain a magical quality and refuse to settle for anything
else.  You refuse to be "swept off your feet" unless genuineness and 
integrity can be absolutely ascertained.

You are active in the support of things you believe in, and are concerned
with the pursuit of truth and other human values.

You take chances and believe that you must do so to make the most
of what life has to offer.

Purple is an exclusive color, mystical in quality, blending the two extremes
of the spectrum, red and blue.  Traditionally, purple represents splendor, dignity,
royalty, rank and wealth.
Purple is a unique color, and it is a truly unique individual who holds it dear.

I think a lot of it fits!!

It was such a great birthday!  Thanks to all of my
family and friends who made it so great.

I will be partying this week with
Tablescapes Thursday
Feathered Nest Friday

Plates - Tai Pan
Goblets - Spiegel catalog (years ago)
Tablecloth and topper - homemade
Chargers - Z Gallerie
Silver plated flatware - Horchow
Napkin rings - Bloomingdales Home
Purple mercury glass and candlestick - Home Goods
Candle - Home Goods


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. Looks like you had a great B-Day Jacqueline! Love the pretty table and those great napkin rings! The chicken sounds amazing too-enjoy:@)

  2. Happy Birthday and wonderful family and friends. The silverware is my fav.

  3. Happy birthday!
    You are so blessed to have such a thoughtful family ~ and with such talents!
    Your table is a beautiful celebration with all the pretty touches.


  4. Beautiful pieces for your table!!!! Love the purple! Happy Birthday!

  5. Have a happy day and a wonderful year dear one!

    Love that silverware!

  6. Beautiful table and aren't you blessed to have such a wonderful family and loving friends. Glad you had a wonderful birthday, wishing you many more.

  7. I love it when our husbands say you should take pics for your blog:)

    Lovely table.. You do have a sweet family..and I like your friend's name:) It sounds familiar to me..She has great taste in tiny blooms.

  8. Beautiful, elegant, stunning! So glad you did take pictures to share on your blog! :)

    And Happy Belated Birthday! Looks like it was a wonderful one!

  9. Your table is stunning, Jacqueline. I love your square white plates and your beautiful silver. It looks so festive and just right for your birthday. The dinner your children prepared for you has my mouth watering. What a lovely birthday present.

  10. A beautiful table, as always, and a very happy birthday to you. Menu sounds delicious. xo

  11. Your table is beautiful and the menu sounded wonderful. Hope you had a wonderful birthday with your family surrounding you with love. Best wishes for many more.

  12. Your hubby was so right to ask you to take pic's of your gorgeous birthday table!! It's just stunning ;)

    Wishing you a very fabulous and happy birthday!


  13. This is absolutely gorgeous, every detail!! The menu sounds wonderful as well!

    Love the Purple Profile, and it fits you perfectly!

    Looks like you had a great birthday, with the Disney trip too!

    Happy Belated Birthday!


  14. Happy Birthday! You did a wonderful job on the table scape, just georgeous!

  15. Happy late birthday, Jacqueline. Your table is beautiful and I am so glad your family treated you so royally. glad your husband encouraged pictures so we could share. The food sounds wonderful. The havarti cheese ring is intriguing. Would she share the recipe?

    Disneyland looks fabulous too. You deserved a fun time. Great pics.

  16. Jacqueline, this table is very YOU! (Or at least how I imagine you!) I really love the purple goblets, and the centerpiece is fabulous. How perfect that your friend knows you well enough to bring you purple flowers! Sounds like a great birthday!

  17. There's an all purple store in San Antonio??? I will have to tell my niece! She is a purple addict!!! I have a feeling I know where her next vacation will be! :-) Your husband was right...glad you took photos of this pretty purple table! That candlestick with the rhinestones is really slick! I love the place settings...they're absolutely beautiful! I think I remember seeing those lavender rhinestone-studded chargers at Z Gallerie and fawning over them. They are so pretty! Happy Birthday, Jacqueline, and kudos to your family for helping to make it so special for you!

  18. Beautiful table! I love the purple candle holder.

  19. your table is fabulous...hope your birthday dinner was just as amazing. you should have stuck it out and tried to hang on for February to join the birthstone ever (can you guess what month my dbay is? lol)

  20. What a beautiful table and how amazing your children were to provide such a delicious meal! I love the chargers! I don't have much of anything in purple...but, I'm starting to wish that I did!

  21. Belated Happy Happy Birthday. It sounds like the day was perfect and filled with many blessings. How wonderful to have your family treat you in this manner. A true labor of love. And you deserve it!
    You had me at the tablecloth.. Wow, that is a fabulous piece. Jacquard? or a quilted boutis? Love your purple and white. The chargers are so fun and your new flatware is the perfect set to use with a table this elegant. Your husband was right, we would have missed a gorgeous table! xo marlis

  22. Happy Birthday! The table is gorgeous and I LOVE those plates...I see they are from Tai Pan....I love that store...wish they had one in AZ!!

  23. Happy Birthday! They told us in Design School that if you slept with a Purple pillow under your head that you would be Smarter and do well on Exams! Hmmmm Love the Chargers!
    XO Cindy

  24. I'm so pleased you took photos - I wouldn't have wanted to miss your gorgeous table - absolutely beautiful and I love those napkin rings. What a lovely way to spend your special day! Happy Birthday!

  25. What a beautiful table! Your flatware is a sight to behold! Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

  26. What a beautiful table! Your flatware is a sight to behold! Hope you had a wonderful birthday!

  27. Jacqueline, your birthday table is fantastic, all my favourite things.
    I think I fit the purple profile too, thanks for sharing your special dinner.
    Happy Birthday.

  28. Oooooo, how PRETTY! Happy Birthday again, Jacqueline! I always think of royalty & kings robes, trimmed with ermine when I think of purple. You got the "Royal" treatment for your birthday, that is for sure.

    Just gorgeous pieces...I have NONE of that color. :*-( Boo-Hoo!


  29. What a wonderful birthday!! Much love shared! Just found you and now one of your new friends! Stop by for a visit sometime!

  30. what a beautiful table and sounds like you had a beautiful meal as well, my favorite color is purple too and my birthday is next week so we have something in common! anne

  31. Oh Jacqueline,

    I will forever be reminded of how we "met" was for the Paris Link Party I had in May and I just remember being intrigued with your mix of this fascinating color and CHOCOLATE!!!! Your table scapes are STUNNING and I thank you for this lovely peruse through a delightful evening of color. MANY THANKS to you for your visit last night; a late morning today prevented me from visiting my dear friends like you!


  32. I love all your shades of purple, light and dark! Your use of things arounf the house is so wonderfully arranged! Beautiful! Susie

  33. I adore those chargers!! So unique--love the subtle bling! Your table is stunning!

    Laura @

  34. Happy Birthday!!!!! What a gorgeous table for such a fabulous celebration with your family/friends! Every detail is perfect...and the food sounds amazing, too!!!!!


  35. Belated Birthday Wishes! what a beautiful table! You managed to get a wonderful arrangement of purples together and I love those dishes! Your flatware is gorgeous too! Your friend's flowers made everything perfect!

  36. Jacqueline...HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! Your husband is a smart man, making sure that you posted this table. It is stunning!! I love the charges and your white dishes are gorgeous. EVERYTHING on the table is beautiful! And your dinner sounds delicious! You have a talented family!

  37. Happy birthday, J!
    I love those plates, so elegant!
    The table is beautiful, and the deboned chicken sounds like a labor of love!
    Many healthy returns!

  38. Your table is stunning! Love it so elegant too! Happy Birthday! Mine was the 2nd...another year older for both of us! So sweet of your family to have a celebration for you!

  39. I don't think that it is possible to overdose on amethyst. Beautiful table. Happy Birthday! Thank you for inviting us for a peak at your birthday celebration. Cherry Kay

  40. The table is beautiful, as always, and the food sounds amazing. I hope you will be posting some of the recipes! Happy Birthday!

  41. Happy Birthday, Jacqueline! What a spectacular menu that your family put together. I know that made you feel special as Queen for the day!!

  42. Très jolie table d'anniversaire, tes assiettes sont magnifiques. Bises

  43. You have some pretty sweet kids and husband!
    Your dishes are so beautiful and the meal sounds scrumptious!

  44. Happy Birthday, Jacqueline! What a lovely, elegant table for your party. The boned chicken your son made sounds wonderful. Maybe he would share the recipe with us one day.

  45. Your tablescape is gorgeous! Looks like you had a fab birthday and the food sounds amazing. I have to try the deboned chicken.

  46. Happy Be-Lated Birthday!!! I LOVE this tablescape. I havnt seen purple mercury glass before but I adore it. But lets just say how in love i am with the 3 plates! I cant get enough of them what a find! Sounds like a wonderful Birthday surrounded by family and friends!

  47. Your table is really gorgeous! Your husband was correct in having you document and blog it! The colors are stunning and I love your silverware, Jacqueline. Hope your birthday was great!
    Hugs, Beth

  48. I love when hubbys say: "take pics for your blog"...once in a blue moon! Mine just goes crazy with my picture taking! Happy belated birthday, your table is gorgeous! I love your white dishes, lovely. Thanks for coming and signing up for my giveaway. Good luck! Hugs,

  49. I also love all your purple! Happy birthday again! Lots of hugs,

  50. Happy belated PURPLE BIRTHDAY, dear one.
    I can tell you this.....I've never, in my entire life, seen such beautiful dishes. They are is the flatware. So pretty.
    Your menu sounds luscious.
    xo bj

  51. Happy Birthday! I love, love, love the purple mercury glass!

  52. What a beautiful table and it's my favorite color too! It is truly lovely. I hope your got your birthday wish. Happy Belated birthday and hugs and wishes for a lovely weekend too. P.S. I wish we had a purple store :-)

  53. Happy Birthday! Such a glorious and elegant table. A perfect celebration.

    - The Tablescaper

  54. Oh dear, I'm late! Happy belated birthday!

  55. Happy, happy birthday! I absolutely LOVE this tablescape and the idea of your family cooking for you! My birthday is tomorrow and my favorite color is purple!

  56. Definitely a beautiful table, fit for a purple-lovin' birthday girl!

  57. What a wonderful birthday celebration! Your friends know you well too! Your table is gorgeous, as always, and the FOOD sounds fantastic! Can you tell me the name of the flatware? It is gorgeous and I am hoping Horchow still carries it??? XO, Pinky


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