Birthdays

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Happy Birthday, Barf
Blue & White 30th Birthday

PRINCESS PINK BIRTHDAY DINNER

 

Photo by Sheri L. Grant

A pink, black & white evening of celebration in honor of “Princess” Stacy’s 32nd (Sweet 16 x 2!) birthday. (Elements used for this royal tablescape would also work very well for a pink, black & white bridal shower or wedding. With a little tweaking, it would also be perfect for a Breast Cancer Awareness Month luncheon or dinner. Click HERE to see another pink & black tablescape.)

Photo by Sheri L. Grant

A pink birthday party takes on a new air of sophistication when after-five black, rich silver tones, and lots of “bling” work alongside. A black table linen is the foundation for this tablescape, topped with white rhinestone-studded chargers. My favorite Noritake “Spectrum” china sits atop yet another beaded silver charger. Black cotton napkins from Bed, Bath & Beyond with a sheer silver underlay from Pier 1 “crown” the place setting. Of course, I had to pull out the “Royal Danish” sterling, and the silver crown place card holders and diamond cut Cristal d’Arques Longchamps crystal stemware were the perfect finish! (I added a little temporary pink “bling” to the top of each place card holder.)

I found these fabulous crown napkin rings at…you guessed it!…Z Gallerie!!!

I made the menus using heavy black paper topped with fabulous rose petal pink paper I found at Hobby Lobby. I printed the menu in color on plain white paper and then blinged it out with faux gemstones to give it that purely regal look!

I bought these sweet pink rose balls at a wholesale place and blinged them up a bit with “diamond” head stick pins. Each ball sits atop a slender silver candlestick with a bobeche dripping with crystals to give it a little extra “ooo la la.”

Photo by Sheri L. Grant

To bring color closer to the table deck, I used these pretty little multi-hued rosebud kissing balls that I made several years ago when I was feeling kind of crafty/bored. Again, I added rhinestone stick pins for this occasion.

Rhinestone candle holders are perfect on this table! The “crowns” hold a Swarovski crystal-studded pillar candle from Kaos, while each of the rectangular holders brings another level of light closer to the table. All of the centerpiece items reflect nicely in the black framed door mirror. (Also used HERE.)

Photo by Sheri L. Grant

Photo by Sheri L. Grant

Photo by Sheri L. Grant

I don’t always change the decor on top of the rustic china cabinet in the dining room, but this time was an exception. Another style of rhinestone candle holder and another larger homemade rose kissing ball shared the stage with my usual iron cross and a bevy of mercury glass votives.

A confection bar fit for a princess!

Photo by Sheri L. Grant

OK…so I’m a sucker for baby’s breath!!! I can’t help myself!!! This just looked so great in this ornately carved silver epergne. (I purchased 14 of these epergnes wholesale for my fine rentals business several years ago and just haven’t been able to part with them!) I replaced the candle lamps that came with the epergne with plain white metal case candles. The little wooden princess signs were purchased at Hobby Lobby, and I affixed lots of “bling” to the crowns on them for a sparkly 3-D look.

Pretty pink confections on the candy bar include M&Ms, Tootsie Rolls, Hershey’s kisses and heart-shaped marshmallows in clear glass apothecary jars. Engraved silver tags identify the various candies. Sheri, the birthday girl’s mother-in-law/my best friend, baked the pink-sanded sugar cookies that just somehow kept leaping up into my mouth. :-) Party favors in pink organza bags were displayed on a silver beaded-edge stand. Each guest went home with the organza bags stuffed with candies and cookies, plus a vial of exclusive perfume.

Photo by Sheri L. Grant

What proper princess doesn’t have something with her initial prominently displayed? For Princess Stacy, it was a silver cake plateau full of luscious pink cupcakes! This tasty confection was served alongside a mini martini glass (Crate & Barrel) filled with strawberry ice cream.

Photo by Sheri L. Grant

The guests checking out the dining room before dinner.

L to R: Sheri, Kelly, Chris, Angie and Princess Stacy

Photo by Sheri L. Grant

The birthday princess, Stacy. Happy Sweet Sixteen x 2!

For more pretty pink party ideas, scroll on down to “Pretty in Pinkor click HERE for “Fairy Tale Wedding Shower-The Princess & the Frog

BLACK, WHITE & RED ALL OVER

A casual birthday luncheon to celebrate my son and sister-in-law’s birthdays brought out the black & white Royal Stafford toile dinner plates. I set black chargers and linen napkins against a crisp white cotton tablecloth, and keeping with the tablescape’s natural theme, I used plain rattan napkin rings. A traditional flatware pattern, Hampton Smith’s “Patriot”, complemented the ensemble. Individual wine tags were put on each person’s glass for mingling after dinner.

A shot of color was added to the tablescape with bright red geraniums in simple terra cotta pots. By substituting the geraniums for something more spring-like such as potted tulips or hyacinth, a table like this would also work quite well for a Mother’s Day brunch or luncheon, or any Spring tablescape.

To add height, texture and interest to the tablescape, simple potted topiaries shared the center of the table with the geraniums.

The Birthday Queen and King blow out their candles!
For more ideas on black, red & white tablescapes, click HERE!
You can also find this post on BeBetsy.com!

PRETTY IN PINK
My parents are very special to me, and I snatch every opportunity I can to celebrate them. In April of 2010 I hosted a good old-fashioned ladies’ luncheon for my Mom and a few of her closest friends. The honoree and her guests appreciate a refreshment upon arrival, so on a small foyer table I set up Pink Strawberry Sangria on a silver gallery tray doused with soft pink rose petals.
 The Ladies’ Luncheon honoring my Mother’s 81st birthday had a tablescape reminiscent of childhood fantasies. A 12-ft. table placed in the living room maximizes space and takes advantage of south-facing windows that catch the afternoon sun. A set-up such as this would also work very well for a Mother’s Day brunch/luncheon, a pink & white wedding, or a Breast Cancer Awareness Month luncheon.
The menus were created on my home computer, cut and affixed to colorful cardstock, then finished with a simple silk rosebud from a craft store. The monogram watermark on the menu pays tribute to the honoree.
A “girlie” yet sophisticated place setting is made easy with a mix of traditional & contemporary pieces. Heirloom flatware completes the essentials. The luncheon plates – a contemporary square – are adorned in traditional Victorian roses. White “doily” plates from Pier 1 are just perfect for dessert! Silver pew cones (often used for weddings) are brought in to service as eye-catching and unusual napkin holders. My Grandmother used to say, “The devil is in the details.” Hence, each cup bears the graceful image of a rose just inside the lip.
 
Branches dotted with cheerful cherry blossoms (from Costco of all places!) add height to the spring tablescape without blocking the view from across the table. Decorating with cherry blossoms is a colorful nod to the spring season. Petite bouquets of pink roses and fresh eucalyptus in crystal vases complement the tablescape’s motif, add texture and subtle fragrance, and make a nice take home treat.
Keeping with the overall color scheme of the tablescape, the ladies sipped pink sparkling lemonade adorned with a fresh strawberry. A thin slice of lemon in each water glass adds color.
 
 I am no gourmet cook, but I think food should complement the setting and vice versa. The 6-inch four-layer luncheon size cake is adorned with fresh strawberries.
 
Serving coffee or tea with dessert is an age-old custom.
Here the delicate pink & white tea service is ramped up with the addition of fragrant pink rose petals arranged on an heirloom silver tray.
 
Finishing off the meal is the pink-tinted vanilla-almond cake with a crown of frothy white. Fanned strawberries and fresh lemon leaves sent by a California friend accessorize each plate. Last but not least, a choice of vanilla or strawberry ice cream.

Front Row (l to r): Wilhelmina Stewart, Delia Young (now deceased, she is the lady who encouraged me to start my blog), Sen. Yvonne S. Wilson, and Rosemary Lowe. Back Row (l to r): Alycia Nichols, Irene Watson, Thelma Crawford, Rep. Shalon “Kiki” Curls, and Liz Wilson.

The honoree, guests, and hostess!
 
Me with Mom/Woman of the Hour/Birthday Girl, Senator Yvonne S. Wilson.
 
 
GRAZIN’ IN THE GRASS
My husband and I hosted a much less formal birthday bash for my Mom in 2009 to celebrate #80. We started off with a wine and cheese bar for family & friends.
My Mom’s official birth date is March 22, so what better way to ring in the season than with a spring tablescape rich with the colors and elements we miss over the long, cold winter? Mom really got a kick out of my sudden “green thumb” with rye grass grown just for the occasion in clear glass containers. (Rye grass only takes a couple of weeks to look like this! See Tip #15 under the “Table Tips” tab.) Fresh Gerbera daisies add a playful and colorful element to the centerpiece set atop a length of moss.
The casual dining room setting included a double layer of placemats. The cabbage leaf placemats were perfect for ushering in Spring! Mikasa stoneware in various Spring colors gave the table a little kick in the pants, while plain yellow linen napkins layered with gauzy floral ones danced above.
 
Just about everybody loves a cupcake! Makes you feel like a kid again, doesn’t it? For this celebration, vanilla cupcakes frosted in spring pastels and decorated with “fluttering” butterflies were the talk of the party! You can’t go wrong when decorating with butterflies…they enchant both young and “not-as-young”!
The official octogenarian and moi! I’m not scared of aging…I’ve got good genes! :-)
 
BELLINI BIRTHDAY BRUNCH
In 2009 we celebrated my stepdaughter’s birthday with an open house brunch. As a hint of what was to come, guests were greeted by our jolly old English butler, Geoffrey, offering coffee and a donut on the front porch.
  Upon entering the foyer, guests were offered peach Bellinis served in cut crystal Mikasa flutes displayed on a beautiful silver tray.
The dining room was set for six with fun coffee motif placemats from Bed Bath & Beyond.
I like to use edible centerpieces on tablescapes whenever possible. This one includes lots of fresh fruit stacked on glass cake plateaus, accented by aromatic roasted coffee beans and simple bouquets of colorful alstroemeria.
Set up on the buffet behind the table is a scrumptious coffee bar with variety sugars and liqueurs. The silver Victorian sugar scuttle and rock candy sticks are fun details that help it all special. The faux mother-of-pearl handled flatware from Target is set end-to-end for visual impact. I created the fun coffee bar sign using an inexpensive miniature chalkboard from Hobby Lobby. Displaying it on the gold easel makes it look a little bit fancier despite the unfinished wood frame.
Fun touches like this chalkboard cow from J’Adore in Kansas City, MO, make the buffet service area a little more fun. The kitchen pigs presiding over the chafers and condiments are from Stein Mart.
A juice bar was set up near the buffet, with each serving vessel accented with corresponding fresh fruit slices. Name tags are displayed on card holders resembling miniature coffee pots.

Responses

  1. These are fabulous Ayicia!!! Luv, luv, luv the pink sangria on rose petals in the foyer, and the “green thumb” birthday is absolutely fantastic!!!

  2. What beautiful tables! They are stunning…magazine worthy really! Thank you so much for visiting me! You are so talented!! I am so glad I came over to visit!! Angie xo

  3. Oh my gosh I LOVE your site! I will definitely be using it as a resource for all of the entertaining I do! My friends thought I went all out before!….

  4. That black, white, and red table is wonderful! I’ve saved a copy to my inspiration file. I love toile, and I love that table. laurie

  5. I love all of these — especially your birthday luncheon for your beautiful Mom — both of you are gorgeous ladies — thanks for your sweet viist too — you’re always a most welcome guest at my table!

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  7. Alycia, these are all absolutely gorgeous. I need to show your princess table to my “Princess Xanti”. She will love it!

  8. Sweet 16 x 2! LOL I am a sucker for gypsophila too! I love the pink flower orbs, so pretty. What a lovely table!

    I think I’ll plan a 30th…x2 ! :)

  9. That pink is just tooooooooooooooo pretty for words! MOM

  10. What a fun way to celebrate a birthday, my mouth is watering looking at all of those sweets!! (Especially since I’ve been stuck in the house for two days without sugar!!) You continue to keep me in awe Alycia!!

  11. I love the combination of white/pink against the black tablecloth and then the crystal and silver added…wow!

  12. Oh, Alycia… this is just magnificent! I can’t get over all of the prettiness in this post. I want to be on your guest list! And that cake… oh, my! Delish! Loved the rose balls, too, and how you blinged them. And those crown napkin rings were great, too. Just a beautiful post, my friend!

    XO,

    Sheila :-)

  13. P.S. Your mom is so beautiful. I see where you get your good look. :-)

    • Thank you, Sheila! And please know that my Mom will certainly see this and grin from ear to ear! You are a sweetheart!!! Have a warm week!

  14. Alycia…

    The pink princess birthday is just beautiful…she is a lucky girl! Love all of the pink flowers and bling!!

    Tess

    • Thank you, Tess! I think she was pretty happy! Have a wonderful weekend!

  15. Your tablescapes are fantastic. I could look and devour them all day. You must
    publish a book. You are our “Black Martha Stewart” . (smile) I need some advice
    for the resale shop that I volunteer for. (Top Drawer 95th Mission) Proceeds benefit
    the KC Hospice House. I will callyou.

    Doris Youngblood

  16. Found your blog tonight via BNOTP and I’m in awe. Your talent is amazing and your taste exquisite. Where do you store Everything? Please invite e over just so I can browse thru tablescape dream Land!

    • Hi, Katheryn! Now, you are making me blush! Thank you so much!!! How sweet of you to say! I ashamed to admit where I store everything! :-) We actually built out the attic space in our home to accommodate a portion of my goodies. In my defense, though, I owned a fine rentals store for several years. When I retired, I kept some of….OK, a LOT of the inventory. Then came the dishes and stemware and flatware and linens to go with all the decorative accoutrements. Don’t worry, my house doesn’t look like a “must see TV episode” of “Hoarders”!!! :-) Everything is very neatly and conveniently stored, labeled and actually catalogued (photo, dimensions, description, #available) on a program called Flip Album. It’s a very organized process that lets me “do my thing” at will! Come on over!!! You are welcome anytime! Again, I appreciate your kind comments, and I invite you to come back to visit again soon! I tend to post once a week, and I have participated in BNOTP’s Tablescape Thursday since September when I first started the blog. Best wishes to you and yours for a safe and joyous Easter weekend!

  17. What a fabulous site and great resource. Please add me to your subscriber list.

    • Thank you so much! I’m so glad you like it, and I am thrilled that you have become a subscriber! I have been on hiatus, but hope to return with new table ideas sometime in the next few weeks. Have a wonderful weekend, and thank you again for visiting!

  18. OOOOooooooo so perfect, luscious……to die for!!!! I just cannot believe my eyes and I am looking for a follow button like we have over at blogspot and I don’t see one and now I am kinda sad :(

    ~~Wendy

    • Hi, Wendy! Thanks for stopping in! You are just too sweet!!! WordPress is a little different from Blogger. Just scroll down to the very end of any page and there should be a little line that says something like “Notify me of new posts via email” with a little box next to it. Just check that box, leave a short (or long!) comment in the big box above, and follow the directions from there! I’m so honored that you want to be a follower. Thank you so much! I really hope you have a peaceful, happy weekend, and I’ll “see” you again soon!

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  24. wow… Beautiful tablescapes…. Love the pink one…

  25. Ooo la la is right. I think the pink, black and white table is the most gorgeous table ever. I love everything about this table but I especially love the rose balls on top of the silver candle sticks, swoon :).

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  28. I just came across your blog -you do beautiful work keep it up you inspire me

  29. Oh Alycia…I am just OVERWHELMED at the beauty of all these GORGEOUS tablescapes, food, invitations, menus…EVERYTHING!! I am utterly speehless. SPEECHLESS! And here it is a year and a half after the occassion. Of course I really didn’t know about you until I started blogging and I am in utter AWE. Oh girlfriend…..you rock. You are beyond amazing. I am so glad I have found such an over the top blog and friend!! When is your next party…..because I’m on the next plane there!!!!!

    Nann

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  32. All of your birthday tables are just fabulous. Love the pink, I am so drawn to pink so should do more with it. What a wonderful birthday table for your Mom. I know you are so proud of your her as she must be of you. Note: Your Mom and I share the same birthday, March 22. Beautiful post Alycia, I was just browsing and peeked in on this one.

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