Monday, October 28, 2013

FABBY: Dinner Party for Fourteen

Hello sweet friends!

       I just got back from my very long weekend tonight from a 45 minute flight from Sofia's house, because we had to go to another fabulous First Communion, which was the granddaughter of a very good friend of mine.

I did promise I will show you what I did and worked myself away for the dinner party we hosted a week and a half ago for our twelve best friends, plus the two of us.

I did all the flowers, which I love that part. I did the cleaning and ironing of the linens, which I don't care for that part, lol..

I do like the cooking and I get very organized each day with a schedule and the menu was: A great turkey recipe that was my Mil's, who was a fabulous cook and loved to entertain..the best! I also did a London Broil which came wonderful as it's a recipe from my good friend Stephie from NJ. A really yummy Wild rice recipe, very tasty with lots of spices and butter and finally a Caesar's Salad with home made croutons and a delish dressing which I copied from our dear friend Ivonne, from Stone Gable. The entree was a 'Yucca tamale,' (cassava tuber) which is very delicate in taste. The dessert was Bread Pudding with Caramel sauce and toasted slivered almonds on top. Last but not least, all the spirits and liquor Alejandro loves to serve, besides wine for dinner...that part I don't take care, at all!  Our guests had a great time and loved dinner!

Here goes tons of pics, specially of the flowers and of course, 'I just can't stop this transfer ware' they have become my fav dolls to play with, I mean dishes!

You've seen this table before, but now all set up for a 'real dinner party!' The stems are etched by hand and are Venetian Crystal.

I just received this beautiful smoked in cobalt blue, Venetian crystal as well, flower vase from hubby Alejandro for my birthday, this past Oct. 20th; plus he gave me all the blue transfer ware dishes, and that means he paid for them and not me, as he also gave me the red ones two years ago for my b'day as well.

As you can see, I arranged my gift with orange flowers for a touch of Fall; besides, I do love orange with blue combo.

The breakfast table is set up for five guests with my Onion pattern china, to continue with the blue and white settings.

In the background buffet some pink gorgeous roses from my Bil's 'Professional Rose Farm, Altaflor.' 

I served the entree' in the red transfer ware and the main course in the blue dinner plates.
 I also left the blue salad plates for dessert, as I have them in blue as well...and hubby just gifted me with them all for my b'day.

The flower arrangement here is done in a small white Portuguese vase. The stems are Italian Bormiolli Rocco in this table.

All the pieces I used for the food serving and I also love this 'blue hour.'

We hired a girl we know, that works in a great hotel here to help me serve the trays and bowls with the food to each guest, as it was not a buffet, where you help yourself; but instead, a sit down dinner party, which I love, because of the best part...the settings of the dinner tables and it's many details.

I arranged hydrangeas in the living room.

I love this beautiful hand decorated Delft-Dutch bowl.

A close up of the hydrangeas, which is what I love to do the most for a dinner party! The flower arranging, I mean.

Beautiful roses from my Bil's prefessional rose-farm and next to it chocolate Bom-boms in a pretty Meissen bowl.

The antique French Opaline flower vase with lovely pale pink roses.

Another color of pink gorgeous roses from my Bil's professional rose-farm, Altaflor.

This cute vintage duck flower vase that belonged to my Mil is all done up for the guest 'half-bathroom.'

Alejandro just gifted me with this smoky, cobalt blue Italian-Venetian flower vase for my birthday, along with all the blue and white transfer ware for twelve...thinking it would match my blue and white English dishes, so I did fix it up for him.

I love orange with cobalt blue.

This is the entrance to our home, where I also arranged some little rose flowers in a lovely Czech small flower vase.
Turning to your right is the foyer and living room and to your left is the den, where some of the guests where.. and we all mingled with each other, because of the proximity of both areas.

I love the tiny roses.

The Antique Belgium buffet was arranged with purple and pink too. I adore purple with silver, they're both cold and elegant!

A close up of the flowers.

The Meissen two tier compote with some fresh fruit. Dutch and English transferware plates on the wall, along with some plates made back at our Ceramic Co. on the side wall...all in blue and white.

The two dinner tables. The round breakfast table was set for five guests and the formal big table for nine. Alejandro sat in the big table and me in the round, so both of us could be with our guests.

Thank you so much dear friends for your sweet and kind comments, as you always make my day!

Thanking the lovely and gracious hostesses for having me at their great parties too.


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Marty for Inspire Me Tuesday at,
Kathryn for Make it Pretty Monday at,
Sally for BLUE Monday at,
Kathe for It's a Party at,
Angie for Knick of Time Tuesday at,
Ma. Elena for TUESDAYS AT OUR HOME at,
The Scoop at,
Kristy for Inspiration Monday at,
Kathy for A Return to Loveliness at,
The Homemaking Party at,
Wordless Wednesday at,
Ricki Jill for My Happy List at,
Anyonita for Tasty Tuesdays at,
Paula for What's It Wednesday at,
Let's Dish at,
It's a Party at,
Linda for Nifty Thrifty Tuesday at,
The Style Sisters for Centerpiece Wednesday at,
Sarah for Make, Bake, Create at,
Riverton Housewives Round up at,
Kathy for Home and Garden Thursday at,
Terri for It's a Party at,
Sherry for Open House Party at,
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Jann for Share Your Cup Thursday at,
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Saturday Sparks Linky party at,
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Creative Home and Garden at,
Danielle for Silver Pennies Sundays at,

Between Naps On the Porch I will be participating in Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.

Savvy Southern Style I will be participating in Wow Us Wednesday at Savvy Southern Style.



  1. Beautiful, Fabby. A dinner party for 14 is no small occasion. Your tables look lovely. So many beautiful flowers about your home. I know your guests felt very special.

  2. Bonjour ma chère Fabby,

    Tout d'abord, avec quelques jours de retard, laisse-moi te souhaiter un joyeux anniversaire... Tout plein de bonnes choses pour toi.

    Je reste toujours admirative devant le dressage si parfait de tes tables... cette dernière ne fait pas exception. Vraiment fabuleux !
    Lorsque je songe que beaucoup malheureusement de jeunes gens ignorent et se moquent comment une table peut être embellie et comment un repas même simple peut devenir alors un repas de fête. Mettre aussi un accent sur un moment plaisir en prenant le temps de déguster, de se parler et d'apprécier tout se protocole que celui de l'art de la table...
    Chacune de tes publication est là pour nous le rappeler agréablement.
    Je te fais de gros bisous et merci pour ces bonnes notes de goût...

  3. Party Time! I love your beautiful table settings. The flowers are fabulous. Amazing and delightful. Thanks for sharing.
    Betty @ My Cozy Corner

  4. Even Nature came out to play honoring your pictures with the Blue Hour outside :).
    Too lovely!
    I love the thoughtful gesture of hiring help so you can enjoy the gathering with your friends - well done, as usual, dear Friend!
    The flower were the greatest touch of all and I'm amazed of how many there are and you managed to give different arrangements for every nook... that's indeed your playground and your its best player.

  5. This is really a gorgeous set-up...

  6. What a beautiful, beautiful party, Fabby. I bet your guests felt pampered. I love your table settings. Transferware is one of my very favorites, too. You hubby did good!!! Great birthday gift(s). I love it. Your flowers are beautiful and your menu sounds delicious.

    I like a sit-down dinner instead of a buffet when I entertain! xo Diana

  7. What wonderful birthday gifts you received from your husband!

    I, too, like the combination of blue & orange.

    I could NEVER in my wildest dreams arrange flowers so beautifully as you do, Fabby! Your guests were very fortunate to be entertained in such a gracious setting by such thoughtful hosts...

    (The menu sounds SCRUMPTIOUS!)

  8. Having dinner at your place must be magnificent. Your gorgeous flower arrangements set such a delightful atmosphere. Blessings!

  9. Oh Fabby, this is such a beautiful dinner party and your flowers are all stunning. I love how you arranged them all. The menu sounds wonderful. I am sure everyone had a fabulous time. Thanks tons for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  10. Oh Fabby, This is so lovely. I love every detail. Hubby was so sweet to gift this awesome transfer ware and exquisite vase.
    I know you had a wonderful time but I know it was a lot of work. It is always so great to dine with good friends.
    Love to you, Ginger

  11. A beautiful table, and I love your menu. Your friends are lucky! xo

  12. Your table settings are just beautiful and the dinner menu sounds delicious. We are doing a dinner party for 8 in a couple weeks so I've been inspired by your post. Would you ever consider sharing some of the recipes you used? Would love to know how you made the turkey and London Broil. First visit to your blog and really am enjoying it!

  13. What a fabulous dinner party you must have had, every thing is beautiful. Your home is lovely and so grand looking!
    I love blue and orange together too!
    Hugs, Cindy

  14. I betcha your guests were in awe, Fabby. You set 2 gorgeous tables. Your transferware sets are fabulous, so pretty together. The flowers are beautiful, it must have smelled so fragrant in your house that evening....Christine

  15. You certainly know how to make a place look fabulous FABBY! Everything looks so beautiful!

  16. Dearest Fabby,
    Well, you pulled it off fabulous and Alejandro knew what to gift his bride with for her birthday! Those two colors of orange and blue are a royal combination and you have that knack for creating perfect colors and design.
    You made me very happy by mentioning the top plate is for the Entrée. That's indeed the French way of serving dinner; for all continents outside of the USA that is. Here they think that the Entrée is the main course. They write it like Entree... so maybe that's where they lost its true meaning?!
    You present it in a very classy style and each of your guests must feel pampered. Smart that you had this girl helping you serve. That's exactly what I do when I serve a three course dinner for Pieter's Monday Night Club members. One professional as a right hand works wonders and we always divide ourselves among the two tables like you and Alejandro did. Besides, our smaller table is easier for getting up for helping serve and clearing plates off the tables.
    Hugs to you!

  17. Wow, lots of work, but a labor of love! The tablescapes are lovely and the flowers beautiful! Love the new blue vase!


  18. Well, dear Fabby, you did it again--and for a large group! It's all absolutely beautiful! What wonderful gifts Alejandro has given you--that makes them all the more meaningful/enjoyable, doesn't it? And those roses! I noticed them even before you mentioned them! Oh, how I would love to visit with you in your beautiful surroundings! Precioso todo, Fabby. Carinos, ~Zuni

  19. Now, this is a DINNER PARTY!!! Your menu sounded sumptuous Fabby and of course the dinner table, gorgeous! Alejandro is so sweet to gift you with these fabulous items to 'play' with and enjoy, that's real love. ;-) I know all your guests felt every bit special with all the little details you put in around your home. And a hired help for the night truly will do wonders in keeping everyone relaxed and you at ease. Wonderful Fabby!

  20. Hi lovely lady.
    Your Tablescapes are Gorgeous as always. You did a Beautiful job putting this all together for your guest. I also love all your dinner plates, hoping you have a wonderful week with your family.

  21. Fabby, you always have the most gorgeous tables, set with such beautiful pieces! I can see your passion for entertaining and making your guests feel special! I am sure that your family and friends love your hospitality!

  22. You need your own TV show! "Fabby's Fancy Dinners and Decor" !! :) That is what visiting your blog is like sometimes ! :)

  23. No one could give a dinner party that was any prettier than YOURS!!! It is all gorgeous and like all of your post - filled with eye candy! I always have to read through once, comment and then return for a slower view where I can linger over each picture!!

  24. What a wonderful home not just the tablescape. Love both sets of blue and red transferware. Please come by and view my table.

  25. Wow Fabby. Outstanding. Everything looks spectacular. The china, glassware and those flowers. You have a very elegant and beautiful home. Gorgeous party..

  26. So excited for you to get to use your beautiful new blue and white transfer ware....especially with your lovely red transfer ware. I know that your guests were enchanted with the whole evening and each one felt like the guest of honor. I am completely taken with the Delft bowl and the Meissen two tiered compote. Oh my! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  27. Wow, I don't know what to comment on first, Fabby. Hosting a sit-down dinner for 14 is qute a chore, but with your gifts and talents, you make it look easy (and elegant). I love your new vase with the orange flowers....

    But the little vintage duck vase made me smile a great big smile.

    I know your guests felt so welcome, and each left happy.

    Thanks for linking-up, my friend. This post has been a definite treat...eye candy for sure!

    Ricki Jill

  28. ♫♫ "Happy Birthday to Youuuuu!" ♫♫
    slightly late but no less sincere, Fabby!
    This table is gorgeous & dinner sounds divine...what a delicious combination of mouth was watering just reading about it.

    I loved seeing all the flowers around your beautiful home. Your hubby was so very sweet to give you gifts that he knows you would love. He is a very thoughtful guy ...hope you gave him a big hug!

    Thanks for letting us peek at all your pretty things. I enjoyed it immensely!

  29. Wow! only you could pull off a fabulous sit down dinner for fourteen, Fabby! Your transfer ware looks amazing, with all the gorgeous flowers. Lovely!

  30. Love your tables and flowers. Those blue and white dishes are lovely!

  31. Beautiful tables...lovely china. You always have some of the most gorgeous flowers adorning your tables, Fabby.
    The menu sounds wonderful.
    Have a great week...

  32. Stunning! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  33. Oh my, there is so much beauty in this post Fabby! everything looks gorgeous. thank you for sharing at TTF!

  34. Dear Fabby, Your home and dinner party tables are lovely. So inviting and elegant. Everything is just perfect right down to the flowers and I love the Transferware and layered plates.
    I love your smokey blue vase.
    The menu sounds delicious. I know that preparing for 14 can be hectic but you make it look easy.
    You are so talented and it truly shows.
    Your guests were blessed to be apart of your dinner party.

    Thank you for stopping by. I always love to see you.
    Have a wonderful weekend.
    Hugs, Celestina Marie

  35. What a fabulous set up for 14! I would love to be invited to one of your dinner parties. All of the fresh flowers are gorgeous and the plates are all stunning. Hope you had a fun time!

  36. Your home looks lovely with so many beautiful flower arrangements. How special of your husband to give perfect gifts for you and how energetic you were to give a large dinner party. I know each guess loved being invited and had a great time. Hope you enjoyed every minute.

  37. Wow..gorgeous flowers and Transferware and I love the blue and orange combo too. Very cool that the color orange is carried thru on the chairs.
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving your nice comment.

  38. Toutes tes mises en table sont d'une beauté incroyable , j'aime vraiment beaucoup! quel bel Art de la table!
    Magnifique travail, j'aime le style! merci de ta visite et tes commentaires sur mes pages de blogs! bon week-end!

  39. A warm, beautiful festive dinner party, Fabby, with everything backlit by the stunning autumn dusk. Enjoyed this so much!

  40. FABBY! Hello there and good evening! YOU ARE BRAVE! Dinner for 14? I've made dinner for about 10 and that was fun, but a lot of work in a galley kitchen (back in Boston) - my kitchen now is bigger! And your décor is stunning. What a great time of year to try out different table designs. Tonight, I ate by candlelight on my farmhouse table and it was lovely. Thank you for your kind words and visit! Happy holidays, Anita

  41. It is all so BEAUTIFUL! I have to look at it again and again!



  42. Everything is so beautiful Fabby. I love the pop of orange with the blue! Those roses are simply gorgeous also. The menu sounds divine but all I could think about was bread pudding with caramel sauce. lol! I love both bread pudding and caramel! Thanks for sharing with SYC. Quite a chore to cook for 14.

  43. I bet everyone felt so special to be there! :) What a great party. I love how your flowers play a leading roll in the party. :) I bet the food was de-lish as well. :) I'm so impressed! :)

    Thank you for sharing your post at Fresh-Cut Friday!

  44. Honestly Fabby ~ your throw the best parties! I bet your guests never want to leave. Everything is truly beautiful and so welcoming.

    Big Texas Hugs,
    Susan and Bentley

  45. Everything looks so beautiful and so elegant as always Fabby. You have such a talent with color and style. The blue candles look perfect with the blue transferware, I just love those little details!

  46. Everything looks so beautiful and so elegant as always Fabby. You have such a talent with color and style. The blue candles look perfect with the blue transferware, I just love those little details!


    UN BESO.


  48. Oh, Fabby! What I wouldn't give for a peek at your brother-in-law's rose farm! The roses you keep showing us are simply stunning! Equally stunning is your transferware! So beautiful! I would love to sit down to one of your dinner parties. You make your guests feel very special.

  49. Oh, Fabby! What I wouldn't give for a peek at your brother-in-law's rose farm! The roses you keep showing us are simply stunning! Equally stunning is your transferware! So beautiful! I would love to sit down to one of your dinner parties. You make your guests feel very special.

  50. Oh, Fabby, you sure do know how to dress a table! Thank you for sharing. You will be one of the features tomorrow at the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Hope to see your prettiness again at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

  51. Your tablescapes are just beautiful, Fabby, and you did such an incredible job with the flower arrangements. They are just gorgeous!

  52. Oh to be a guest at your table . . .

    Fabby, you are the hostess with the mostest! Your husband sure knows how to buy a nice birthday gift!

    BTW: your photo links turned out fine today. So, Hooray! You did it!

    Happy Blue Monday!

  53. You have a talent with the flowers and the table settings and I would guess by the lovely way you write that you also have a talent for making everyone feel special and at home. Now put your feet up, relax and enjoy because you should get some lovely return invites!
    Happy Blue Monday
    Wren x

  54. Stunning my dear friend! I love everything, the menu, the flowers, the setting, you did a wonderful job!

  55. Hello Fabby - you've set a marvelous inviting setting throughout your house - how lovely your flower arrangements are and the tablescape gorgeous - beautifully done! I appreciate you sharing your lovely post with A Return to Loveliness,

  56. Everything looks gorgeous and I love your view. I bet your guests had an amazing time. Have a great week :)

  57. Hi Fabby, The first thing I have tell you is my birthday is also October 20th. That made me smile.

    Your tables are stunning. I too am crazy for transfer ware. The crystal goblets are so lovely and the flowers are gorgeous. It is obvious you love to arrange flowers because each arrangement is truly beautiful. I believe Libra's have a thing for lovely flowers and sweets. Smile. Your menu is divine. Your guests were in for a wonderful evening with you as hostess.

    xo, Jeanne

  58. Hello Fabby, you're a wonderfully gracious hostess and talented at setting a lovely tables cape! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

  59. So gorgeous Fabby! You do know how to throw a party...everything looks so beautiful and elegant!

  60. I adore your blue and white plates. The dinner sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing at Silver Pennies Sundays. x

  61. Absolutely stunning Fabby and of course my eyes were drawn immediately to your pretty three tier cake stand! xxx

  62. So beautiful Fabby, I always am so attracted to blue and white china. Your tables are gorgeous, I bet you had such a wonderful party. It would be an honor to sit at your table.


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