Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Cayetana's First Communion & Early Thanksgiving


Hello sweet friends!

After an almost week and a half of intense social life, guests at home; we are now left quietly at our house again.

Let me start by saying Cayetana's First Communion was fabulous, my daughter Sofia did a magnificent job doing the flowers, some of the food and all the garden décor. We went to Sofia's house the Wednesday before Saturday Oct. 28 to help in all we could.

I also baked a couple of two walnut-leyer cakes, a great recipe that was Alejandro's granny and a family heirloom.

I also hosted a "sort of an early Thanksgiving" because we had our daughter, baby Max and her hubby Sergio here from Madrid and our daughter Sofia who lives three hours away from our home, in another town. The grandgirls, all our siblings, my mother, cousins, etc. Therefore, we were 22 guests, besides the older grandgirls. 

So, not happy celebrating an early November 1st.Thanksgiving at our home, our SIL Sergio's mother had a 'very early,' Sunday Nov. 5th. Christmas as well with all their family, us, daughter Sofia and her family, etc. Holliday turkey and Virginia ham and everything else... in her beautiful house fully decorated for the Hollidays in red and green. It was amazing! There are no pics of this celeb because it would be a no end situation for you...and me ! heheheee

So yes, you are ready to sit down and look at a ton of pics as it is.  But you don't have to if you get bore, mind you, lol...

I guess you know I am pooped !

Cayetana flanked by her dear parents, Sofia & Giancarlo; after the ceremony of the FC.

Cayetana next to the sweets and dessert table.

Right outside the chapel, yours truly, Cayetana and Evelyn, her other grandma.

Baby Maxima, who is almost to be the "terrible twos"... with her mom; she yanked her shoes and pigtail bows off, lol.. She's gotten so tall !

DD Alexandra, her husband Sergio, who is Cayetana's Godfather with Betty the Godmother Sofia's best friend in blue.

Another pretty picture at home with her parents.

Like I explained at the beginning of this post, we celebrated a very early Thanksgiving 2017, November 1st. because my two daughters and families could be here; along with our siblings, friends, our cousins, and the girls.
 
I fixed three tables for 22 sitting down guests.

I started with dear Mil's antique silk brocade gold tablecloth, gold glass Turkish chargers, and my white rimmed in gold Noritake china.


The gourds and little pumpkins are dried real ones I spray-painted in gold last year so to keep my gold setting for ten guests.






When I have more guests then I just go along and set the foyer tale, my formal table and breakfast round table. The 'foyer' table which is more like a receiver, but all three tables are so close by that guest are kind of together.

Here I chose my black and white 'Multiple Choice' china for six guests.

 

 

This table came out in silver, so all three are different.

I love 'Cyclamen' flower pots for centerpieces lately, as they last more then six months in my kitchen window sill and they are so cheerful that they make me happy to look at them when I'm cooking.

I started this spread with my German crystal chargers and the black, white and gray two chinas I mixed and matched.

In this picture you can see the antique French marble top 'Foyer' table I use for dinner parties when we are too many.

I just place six chairs, as there is plenty of space and I'm ready to go.

Last but not least the breakfast round table was set for six as well and I used my Onion china.
The girls, Victoria and Cayetana were having some food before the luncheon... I guess they were hungry already, lol..

Then later they joined us for the rest of the Thanksgiving luncheon.





Poor Cayetana fell from a chair at school and hurt her chin and had three stitches, my goodness!


Sorry there were to many photos, but still, these were just a few.
We even celebrated an early Christmas at our Sil Sergio's mom's house because her only son and his family were here from Madrid and she wanted to take advantage too.

I never had such great and happy time in life... as of lately !
Three celebrations, FC, Tksgiving and C'mas !

Thank you dear friends for your kind comments, as you always make my day !

Thanking the lovely hostesses for having me at your great parties.

LOVE,
FABBY

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34 comments:

Deanna said...

You have outdone yourself!!! Beautifully done. Lovely event with lovely family.
God bless,
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martinealison said...

Bonjour Chère Fabby,

Je suis heureuse aujourd'hui de dérouler une à une chacune de tes sublimes photos...
Une merveille fête, des visages radieux, et une superbe décoration de table... Que du bonheur !

Je te souhaite une très agréable journée.
Plein de bisous

Bernideen said...

Fabby: Your family is so wonderful! You truly have a gift of hospitality! I loved the photos!

krishna said...

fabulous!! you did an incredible,..

Miss Kitty said...

Your whole family (including you!) is just beautiful! What a compilation of holidays/occasions together! Your home looks lovely and the dining tables are divine. Happy holidays!

Jeanette Ann O'Donnell said...


So beautifully elegant.

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Crystal Grandeur said...

Amazing and a happy post. Lovely to see the family along with beautiful decor and table settings. So very pretty. Thank you to share this with us. Love and hugs to you. Sujatha:)

Alycia Nichols said...

Wow, Fabby! Great celebrations!!! Not too many pictures at all! I enjoy pictures!!! Blessings to Cayetana on her First Holy Communion. I am a Catholic, so I fully understand and appreciate the deep religious significance of this important event. It’s always so nice to look back and reflect on the start of one’s religious journey. She will appreciate all the photos you took when she’s older! Your family is beautiful, and wow...you really went all out to create a magnificent early Thanksgiving for everyone!!! I LOVE that Multiple Choice china!!! Everything just looked amazing, and I’m so glad you had a chance to gather so many family members together to celebrate. By the way, you’re looking snazzy as ever!!!

My Cozy Casita said...

Hola Fabby Bella toda tu familia Dios bendiga
A todos muy linda la decoración cuanto momento maravilloso
Felicidades
Bendiciones
Isora
XOX

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh my, what a beautiful event and beautiful family. Everything looks so perfect. Such wonderful pictures and memories.

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Querida Fabby,

Que bella es tu familia! Tus hijas y nietas son hermosas.

Y que elegancia! Todo te quedo espectacular. Eres una experta...

Abrazos,

Janet
rosemary-thyme.blogspot.com

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh my mercy Fabby! What a beautiful family you have my friend. I loved all of the pictures. Congratulations on the that sweet girls communion. The tables look so lovely. You are so gifted and talented. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

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Lady of the Manor said...

What wonderful celebrations, Fabby! Your Thanksgiving party looked so pretty. I know everyone had a fun time being together and celebrating, even if it was a bit early. Congratulations on your GD’s First Communion. You have a gorgeous family! You are a blessed lady!! Zenda

Louca por porcelana said...

What a special and precious moment!Unique...Your tablescapes were perfect,so classic and beautiful!God bless all of you.Hugs,Maristella.

Pondside said...

Such a lot of lovely celebrations!! You granddaughter is beautiful with her candle in hand and the pretty First Communion dress. It must have been wonderful to have everyone at your table!

Bonnie said...

Sweet Fabby, Thank you so much for your visit. How sweet to tell me you pinned my table.
Your pictures are fabulous! What wonderful occasions and pretty people, tables and food! What a beautiful family you have! Your daughter and granddaughter are beautiful and the family portrait is special. You look beautiful, too!
You went all out and your tables are gorgeous! I know you are pretty tired.You would have to be but it is a happy tired!
I 'll have ten at my table and will sleep ten during Thanksgiving but I am so happy they are coming.

Michele said...

Oh Fabby! First - you have a beautiful family. Your grand is getting too big too fast! I will be praying for her at this very important time of her religious life.

And oh my goodness, that cake - flowers- and all your tablescapes - WOW! So gorgeous!

Yes, ma'am, you HAVE been busy. Enjoy your solitude and rest a bit before we go straight into the busy crazy holidays.

Hugs and prayers. ♥

Mariette VandenMunckhof-Vedder said...

Dearest Fabby,
What a lovely post and so many happy celebrations condensed into a very brief period.
That happens when you bring together two continents and having to utilize your time and chance for being together!
Poor Cayetana's chin; did that happen before her First Communion? Hope not...
Your Table Settings were so very lovely.
Sending you hugs,
Mariette

Lori said...

First what a gorgeous family! The dessert table was extreme and I am sure delicious. First Communions are so fun and family oriented. I still call then First Communions, even though First Eucharist is the new term. Love every table setting too. I know you were exhausted, but very, very happy!

Rita C. said...

Oh, Fabby, how wonderful!! I haven't visited for awhile, I apologize for that, but my, oh my, you set such gorgeous tables. I bet your family was highly complimentary of how beautiful it all looked for your Thanksgiving feast. Your family is even more gorgeous! What a special occasion for your granddaughter, Cayetana, so sweet and innocent. I'm sure you were exhausted after all the preparation, visiting and cleanup, but those are the memories our family members remember the most. Kudos to you!
Rita C at Panoply

xinex said...

Nice to see your lovely granddaughters, Fabby. Even Maxima is growing fast! What a fun family get together you had. You set all 3 tables beautifully! Just lovely, my friend.... Christine

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Lynn @The Vintage Nest said...

absolutely beautiful....what caught my eye? the simple arrangement of gold pumpkins in the glass dish....so elegant

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

You do live a charmed life Fabby! I enjoy seeing your family and special events. Your family are all so beautiful. The First Coummunion party was beautifully done. You had a lot of celebrations in a short time- I can imagine you are exhausted!

Our Hopeful Home said...

Oh my gosh, three tables? And all so gorgeous! Your family is gorgeous as well:) Thanks for sharing at Vintage Charm -- pinned!
xo Kathleen|Our Hopeful Home

Stone Cottage Adventures said...

Gorgeous tables! I'm sure your guests loved all the attention to the tiniest details. You have a beautiful family! -Marci @ Stone Cottage adventures

Katie Clooney said...

Everything looks positively stunning!!! What a gorgeous family you have!!

Pam Richardson said...

Fabby, what beautiful celebrations of first communion and early Thanksgiving! You have a gorgeous family! Your three tables are all stunning and you handled that many guests in splendid fashion!

Jann Olson said...

Fabby, you have such a gorgeous family! Congratulations on your celebrations. I can certainly see why you are pooped! :) Thanks for sharing with SYC.
hugs,
Jann

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Hello pretty Fabby. Your family is lovely. You always manage to create gorgeous tables. Thanks for sharing this very special celebration. xo

The Charm of Home said...

The cake and tables are gorgeous. Thanks for sharing at Home Sweet Home.

Miss Kitty said...

Hi Fabby! I just saw where your blog post about the first communion was one of the most looked at last week at the Home and Garden blog party at "Delightsome Life". Congratulations!