Hello sweet friends!
The days before Memorial Day weekend, as some of you know, I was cooking for twelve of us siblings, Bils and Sils..for a birthday party we were hosting for three of them. We have a little tradition in our family, which we celebrate different birthdays that fall close to each other in our different houses, so it was our turn and we usually have so much fun. I'm posting the tables from last Thursday's dinner party, without the food, as I was so busy in the kitchen to remember even to take a photo of the entree, which was a Asparagus and leeks quiche, than as main course I served, chicken paprika, (some don't eat red meat) with fresh mushrooms and shrimp, basil green rice with toasted slivered almonds and hot red cabbage salad, as the evenings are cold, or chilly around here. The Banana Caramel topping birthday cake and sugar cookies, to go with herbs tea, or coffee at the end.
Here are at least, the two tables and desserts.
|I used the white with gold Noritake dishes, as we were twelve..eight in the formal dinner table and four in the breakfast table, by the window.|
|I used for this setting the Turkish glass chargers, amber flatware and amber beaded napkin rings, to go along with my Italian amber wine glasses.|
|I took my pretty cyclamen plant from my kitchen window, as it had so many new blooms and it looked prettier than any flower arrangements. The white and gold porcelain pot was made by us, back at our Ceramic Co.|
|I decided to flank the cyclamen pot with two small antique hand made crystal candle holders, from Switzerland. I love the cute crystal Italian salt cellers with also glass tiny lil'spoons in a lil' tray!|
|Hand made bread baked by Alejandro was served in the pretty silver-weaved bread basket, that was a gift from my parents, very many years ago.|
|The round small alabaster table was set with white lace place mats and everything else, as is in the formal dinner table.|
|The tablecloth I chose for the formal dinner table was a present from hubs from several years ago and it's hand embroidered in Spain, made from Egyptian linen, (I hate to iron it, though, it's pure torture!).|
|The tea, or coffee station for after dinner and cake. I placed some sugar cookies in my new Lady Carlyle, Royal Albert server...which they left none, hehehe...|
|In the other corner of my formal buffet I placed the birthday cake.. "Delicious Banana Cake with Caramel Topping," (the link for the recipe is at the end of this post). Wine and fruit in the two tier Meissen server.|
|Took a shot from the foyer, where my antique French table is, only to show you how I always have it decorated..but my Bil, who owns a professional rose farm brought me a bunch of gorgeous ones the other night and now it looks like this...|
|The fabulous roses my Bil exports.|
|Aren't they just too gorgeous!|
|Whisky in a couple of antique Italian and Czech liquor bottles from my Mil, the Chinese figurines I love and the new French Opaline, antique flower vase I just received in February as one of the Anniversary gifts from hubby.|
|On top of my Mil's antique American made nesting tables is a pretty Meissen bowl with Bom-boms and a Czech crystal water pitcher.|
Thank you so much for coming for a visit, sweet friends, as you always make my day.
Thanking the lovely and gracious hostesses for having me at their great parties!
PS: The cake recipe,
Click below for the recipe of the cake: