Friday, December 28, 2012

FABBY: My Mother's Birthday Party

Hello my sweet friends!

Yesterday,  December 27th. was my mother's birthday and she was just a very young 83 and she looks wonderful! I made a table for a tea party for her with most of the things she has gifted me throughout the years, since she came to Ecuador from the USA, around 20 years ago. Although she's given me so much more lovely things I cherish, like my beloved tablecloths, runners, doilies crocheted by her; specially because they came from her and will be passed on to my two daughters, as well.
I totally forgot to mention that my grandmother's birthday was also Dic. 27th...that is my mom's mother as well, and we used to celebrate the two of them! My grandmother couldn't believe it when she gave birth to her "only" beautiful girl! Mother is an only girl and so am I.. funny, right?

Anyway, I hope you like mother's birthday tea party table in her honor.

 For mother's birthday I used part of my reticulated china, like the chargers and the dinner plate to use with the cake and other goodies..but first, the salad plates; they are from her vintage Limoges, gorgeous aqua china she gifted me year ago; here I will be serving the entree which will be a quiche Lorraine.
 Here is my Kugelhopf, which I will serve as birthday cake, cause mama doesn't like to be blowing candles of any kind. The recipe is at the end of the post.
 Mother also gave me this adorable  Christmas cheese plate with lid. The cookies at your right were a recipe from Libby Murphy's Blog at, don't look pretty as hers, but they are yummy! They're called Butter Cookies Thumbprints, a recipe she shared from her mother.
Mother also gifted me a few years ago for my birthday, this adorable nutcracker.
 The charger and the dinner plate, which will be used for all the goodies like, the cake, cookies, small sandwiches, etc.... and the teacup and saucer from my complete set of reticulated dishes. I used it in her honor, cause she loves this china of mine.

Here is the Limoges salad plate for the entree, which will be a Quiche Lorraine.
Than, after she gave me the short nutcracker for my birthday in October.. a few years ago, she gave me for Christmas that same year, the tall nutcracker too.

I arranged the center piece with some faux holiday flowers on the antique French bowl from Alejandro's grandparents..which is the same color of the Limoges plates. 
 The cloche is holding real fruit that I sprayed with some powder sugar to give it a snowy look.
She also gave me, again, for another birthday.. the holiday butter dish at your right.
Ok,'s true, but mother found two porcelain "sugar bowls" in a perfect cream like color and bought them for me, because my reticulated china didn't have sugar bowls...and they were just perfect! I am her only daughter, so we like the same things and we are best friends too!
My dearest mama, now 83, looking great and feeling in pretty fine health. May God bless her every day.
So here you have it, my mother's 83rd. birthday tea table for today, although her birthday was yesterday, the 27th. of December, but I had just come from spending Christmas with our daughter Sofia and her family. I did the baking before I left to my daughter's and frizzed it.
Thank you in advance for your sweet and generous comments you always leave me..they're so appreciated.
Again, lots of thanks to the gracious hostesses for the great parties they hold every week.
1 1/2 tsp. yeast
2 Tbls. warm water
1 cup milk
6 Tblsp. butter
1/3 cup sugar
3 3/4 cups flour
1 tsp. salt
2 eggs
1 3/4 golden raisins
2 tsp. grated orange or lemon peel
In small bowl, stir together yeast and warm water; let stand 5-10 minutes, until foamy. In small saucepan,combine milk, butter and sugar. Heat over medium heat, stirring often, until butter melts and sugar dissolves. In large mixing bowl, combine flour and salt. Stir in yeast mixture. Gradually add milk mixture, blending at low speed in the K. Aid with the hook attachment..or in whatever machine you prefer. Increase speed to medium and add eggs, one at a time. Stir in raisins, and orange peel. Generously grease Kugelhopft pan, (or any other bundt pan). Spoon dough into prepared pan. (dough will be sticky). Cover with oil plastic wrap and a towel. Set in a warm place to rise until doubled, about 2 hours. Heat oven to 375F. Bake 15 minutes. Cover loosely with foil and continue baking for 15-20 min. longer. Remove from oven and cool 5 min. in pan. Invert onto cooling rack and cool completely. Dust with powder sugar before serving.
"You could even make toast from the slices and rub butter on them for breakfast, it's like a sweet bread."
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  1. Happy birthday wishes to your beautiful Mother! A most lovely table to celebrate her special day!

  2. Happy Birthday to mom and this table is exquisite! BELLISSIMO!

  3. Happy Birthday to your mom! The table is perfect! Happy New Year too Fabby.

  4. Fabby, Happy Birthday to your sweet Mother. She is beautiful! Pretty women in your family, Fabby. ;-)
    The tea table is full of special treats for a very special lady......Sarah

  5. Thanks for letting us enjoy your mother's birthday. We have a lot in common. I am also 83 and still doing most anything I want. Best wishes to her you for the New Year.

  6. Fabby, ante todo muchas Felicidades para tu bella mama ya boe que la bellesa corre en esta familia muy elegante dama al igual tu y tus hijas te deceo un hermoso dia en union de tu familia y que Dios cuide a tu mami, mi mami tiene 89 esta bien gracias Dios y su mente muy clara.
    tu mesa de celebracion como ciempre preciosa y elegante.
    muchos carinos querida amiga que Dios te bendiga.

  7. Such a pretty table in your mother's honour, Fabby. I love the cream plates and the aqua Limoges salad plates. Happy Birthday to your dear mother. Blessings, Pamela

  8. It is all just gorgeous, Fabby. You set such a beautiful table and how fun to have such wonderful things that your Mother has gifted you with. Happy Birthday to her. You are blessed to have her in your life and that she is in good health- xo Diana

  9. Oh this brought a tear to my eye, knowing you and your Mother were having such a wonderful day. The table was gorgeous and I am sure the food was delicious.
    Such wonderful memories.

  10. What a beautiful Momma and it looks like she quite a wonderful daughter. You prepared such a beautiful table for her with lovely goodies. Enjoyed this beautiful post!

  11. What an elegant table!! You are SUCH a classy lady and it's obvious you inherited much of it from your lovely mother!

  12. Your mom is beautiful, Fabby. You have a beautiful family. Love the tea party you gave. xo

  13. What a beautiful loving tribute to your mother. She obviously loves you as well and understands the things that make you happy. May your mother have many more birthdays.

  14. Happy New Year Fabby! It's always a treat to have you at Dandelion House! xo Deb . You are an amazing hostess!

  15. she must have been Christmas gift to her parents...

  16. HAPPY BIRTHDAY to your MOMMA!!!
    She is indeed Beautiful and looks so young and healthy!!!GOD BLESS HER!
    YOUR table is stunning!!!I love your white the cut outs...the limoge china is breathtaking!!!I love that Aqua color!!!Every little detail is perfect for a Christmas theme tea!!!
    The goodies all looked delicious!!!
    What a great time you had I am sure!!!
    HAPPY NEW YEAR sweet friend!!
    please forgive me for being Gone for so long....I never imagined I would take off 3 months!!
    HUGS 2 U,
    jamie---queen Mimi

  17. A beautiful table. I love the Limoge china. Happy birthday to your beautiful mother! Happy New year Fabby!

  18. Oh what a beautiful tablescape and such lovely china. Your mother is so pretty, just like you. So wonderful to be able to share such a special day. I wish you all a very Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year. Hugs, Marty

  19. So pretty Ma... 83 is pretty good age and pretty healthy. May she have more long years to come and more blessings.

    Hugs from your amiga mia.
    /CC girl

  20. Late birthday wishes to your mother. Your table was devine and such a tribute to those treasures she has given you. Lovely tea party for a lovely lady.

  21. Your lovely table looks like"Tiffany's meets Christmas".
    Your mother looks lovely,too. A good match.

  22. Happy birthday to your lovely mom, Fabby. She looks wonderful. What a great party for her and the setting is perfect while you incorporated most of the presents she gave you. I live those reticulate s plates.... Christine

  23. Hello dear Fabby, Best wishes and Happy Birthday to your dear mama! You are so lucky to have her in your life and your daughters. She has truly given you a life time of gifts to treasure. The tablescape is stunning and I'm sure will please your mama. The Kugelopf looks delicious. I've never made one but love to get one in the bakery for Christmas. All the best to you and yours in the New Year!

    The French Hutch

  24. Everything is exquisite including your wonderful mother! :)

  25. Wow! Happy Birthday to your Mom ~ My son's was the 26th of December ^_^

    Such an elegant and beautiful affair and wonderful photography ~ bless you ~and your Mom ^_^

    (A Creative Harbor aka ArtMuseDog and Carol ^_^)

  26. Belated birthday wishes to your beautiful mother...she looks so young for her age, and she must have loved the birthday party you gave for her. I can see why she likes the reticulated china. It's so delicate.
    Wishing you all a happy and healthy New Year.

  27. Dearest Fabby,
    Happy birthday to your Mama! She has the same birthday as my best friend Ellie in The Netherlands.
    Mama looks great and may God grant her many more years for enjoying all the precious china she's gifted you with and those beautiful nut crackers. You always show the real thing, very pretty in design. No Chinese replica can ever even come close to that...
    Hugs to you and enjoy the last days of this calendar year. Happy and healthy 2013 to all of you.

  28. Fabby,
    How beautiful your sweet Mom looks!! Wish her a very Happy Birthday from me!!

    And wishing you a very Happy and Healthy New Year!!



  29. I am touched by what you said about your mom.Happy birth day and more birth days to follow her.She is so beautiful.the celebration table simply stunning.Best wishes for 2013.May the New year bring lot of happiness and be a wonderful ....sujatha>:):):)

  30. Fabby,

    So many details and words to enjoy and dwell in. What a terrific homage to your lovely Mother.

    You have her grand look of eternal beauty and serenity. I enjoyed you explaining that Mother was her mother's birthday gift... it bounds you in a circle of love that you finnally decided to expand with two blessed and beautiful souls. Guess there was too much to share to stick with just one ahahahah

    You "saying" Mother brought me this, found me that reminded me of this quote:

    "A daughter is a little girl who grows up to be a friend."

    So glad that you both have so friendly and generous hearts and that you created this tablescape to show how much you cared for all these gestures of love and kindness.

    Be Blessed and (belated) Happy Birthday to the Wonderful Lady and Mamma!


  31. Fabby,
    A Happy Belated Birthday to your dear, swet Mother!
    What a lovely table you set in her honor! I love all the china and the centerpiece is gorgeous!!! Whimiscial Nutcrackers add to the festive feel of the celebration!!! Thank you for sharing this lovely memorable day with us!

  32. Flabby, Your table is beautiful and I know your mom appreciated all your efforts. Happy belated Birthday to your mother and I hope you have a very happy New Year.

  33. Everything on your table is absolutely gorgeous! I love your crystal too!

    Your mother looks wonderful.....and you are indeed blessed that she is in good health! My own mama is 89, but not in great health....

    Happy New Year to you!

  34. Fabby, thanks for leaving a comment and visiting me.

    I love the party you threw for your mom's 83rd. birthday - it was gorgeous! How sweet of you to do that.

    I miss my mom! So give yours an extra hug for me.


  35. Hi Fabby,
    Happy Birthday to your Mom. What a wonderful celebration you made for her. The reticulated dishes are to die for. Who was the maker, do they have a mark? Really wonderful. I have a very similar tea pot and milk jug like yours. But cannot find any plates to that set. I wish you and yours a wonderful New Year, full of luck, health and happiness.
    Best greetings, Johanna

  36. Such a lovely celebration for your dear Mom. Love the nutcrackers and of course your beautiful china.

    Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays!

    Happy New Year!

    - The Tablescaper

  37. Happy Belated to your mom! Your table is beautiful. Happy New Years to you and yours. xo

  38. It is wonderful that you and your mother have such a great, loving relationship!! You have some absolutely beautiful pieces, many thanks to your mother!! How nice that you share the same interests. Happy New Year to your family.

  39. Hi, I’m Anne from Life on the Funny Farm (, and I’m visiting from Make it Pretty Monday.

    What an absolutely brilliant idea to set the table using the beautiful things she has gifted you through the years!

    Anyway, thanks for posting this. If you’ve never visited yet, I hope you can pop by my blog sometime to say hi…

  40. Wonderful Fabby! Beauty everywhere!
    Happy birthday to your Mum and thanks for sharing this special family day.
    And Happy New Year, too!

  41. Fantastic! What a beautiful Tablescape to celebrate a fabulous occasion!

  42. Beautiful table as always Fabby. Gorgeous china, I envy your collections. Alot of Love went into this gorgeous table. your Mom is beautiful and I know she was so thrilled with the table. Happy Birthday to your lovely Mother. Happy New year Fabby dear. XO Linda

  43. This table is so special because of all the precious memories represented. I know that it pleases your mother when you use the things that she has given you in such a beautiful and festive way. The aqua Limoges china is spectacular! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Happy New Year and Happy Birthday to your mom! Cherry Kay

  44. Happy Birthday to Mom! And Grandmother!

  45. What a beautiful table for such a special occasion to honor your Mother. I'm thrilled that you chose to serve my Mother's cookies! I so enjoyed looking at your lovely family and holiday decorations pn your site and wish for you and your entire family a New Year full of love, blessings, good health, and much joy.

  46. Feliz Año Nuevo
    Tu Árbol de Navidad es precioso
    Un Abrazo

  47. Everything looks just wonderful Fabby! What a beautiful Christmas table. Thank you for sharing at TTF. And Happy New Year!

  48. Your mother is darling! What a lovely table, and I adore your pierced china plates. I have never seen anything like them.... so gorgeous!
    So nice you and your mother have such a cherished relationship. I love my mom but rarely get to see her as she lives three states or 500 miles away from us. She will be 80 this year.

    I wish you and your family a healthy and blessed new year, Fabby.

    Hugs to you!

  49. What a beautiful table! I'm sure your mom loved it...Happy Birthday to her :)

  50. Your beautiful outfit goes with your gorgeous tablescape! Love the metallics on the table...especially that magnificent tablecloth from your sweet mom. Did you have an opportunity to snap some pics of the grand party? Sounds like an amazing evening. Happy New Year! Cherry Kay

  51. Fabby, your mother is beautiful! Tell her Happy Birthday. My mom turns 83 in September. It's so nice to have our mothers close by. Your tablescape is just perfection. Thank you for sharing it at Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again on Monday. Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  52. Happy belated birthday to your mom! She is so pretty!!! I think your table looked elegant for the big party...

    I'm linking from THe Polo House, an I'm late to the party as usual!


  53. What a beautiful celebration! and a belated happy Birthday! Your setting was lovely and I love the idea of sprinkling the apples with sugar! What a nice touch for a winter table!


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    Have a great evening! Lenetta

  55. Oh, your mother looks very beautiful! How wonderful to get to spend time with her! Sweet hugs!

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