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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Tea Party Birthday Celebration

Tablescape 1
Sunday, I had the pleasure of hosting a birthday celebration for my Mother In Law.  No, she is not "one of THOSE" Mothers in Law.  She is so kind, loving, thoughtful, giving and wonderful!!  She knows just how to use her unique gifts in the lives of those around her.  She has always taken joy in having tea parties with her three grand-daughters, so I thought it was only fitting that the celebration have a Tea Party theme.

The favors consisted of 2 individual tea bags wrapped in scrapbook paper envelopes, tied off with chocolate satin ribbon, plus a little chocolate lamb.  Place cards were made with coordinating scrapbook paper.

In the upper left hand corner of each place setting, I used my antique punch glasses to house my tea bag shaped cookies dipped in chocolate and set off with string and tag, reading "Happy Birthday Liz".  I got this brilliant idea from the lovely Kim at Frost Me Blog.


As for the food, I have my wonderful husband to thank for that.  He started the meal with a cheese tray consisting of Hoop Cheese (the guest of honor's favorite), Gruyere, and Parrano, with fig paste, candied walnuts, and balsamic syrup.  Then he prepared an amazing and colorful meal that we served buffet style.

We started with a Spinach Salad filled with delicious Strawberries, Candied Pecans, Feta, Bacon, and a Balsamic Vinegar Dressing.
 
Chicken Fingers and a Veggie Tray of Carrots, Celery and Ranch was especially designed for the younger guests, but the adults were allowed to partake too.
The main course was his very own creation, a Curried Stir Fry with Yellow Peppers, Pineapple, and Butter-Cilantro Basmati Rice.  It is a perfect Gastrique!!


The Birthday Cake was Specially Ordered with a unique surprise for the Birthday girl.  When she was growing up, her mom used to make a Caramel Cake with Coconut mixed into the icing.  So to remind her of her decadent days gone by, I had them sprinkle coconut over a portion of the cake.  It was Tasty and Beautiful!!
So the Sweet Tea, Water, and Salt & Pepper would be readily available, I set up a Beverage Station on top of the Microwave beside my place at the table.

I had seen so many of my blogger friends making the adorable Martha Stewart Pom-Poms.  I couldn't believe how easy they were...and they made such a great accent hanging over the table!!

To welcome the Guest of Honor, I made a sign with Scrapbook Paper, Ribbon, and a Photo Mat.





Overall, it seemed everyone had a great time.  We all enjoyed the time with family, celebrating the joy that Liz brings to all of our lives, and that is what matters the most!

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24 comments:

Kim @ Frost Me! said...

table setup is beautiful! Your poms came out great! and you teabag cookies look so fantastic!!! Glad I inspired you! Thanks for the shout out!

hugs
Kim @ http://frostmeblog.blogspot.com
party inspiration

Niki said...

Thanks, Kim! You always have such great ideas, I was happy to...thanks for checking it out!

Lorna ~ Lace and Ivy Cottage said...

Niki,
You and your MIL are so blessed to have each other! What a wonderful celebration. She must have been so delighted!

Mimi said...

Beautiful table, Niki. A happy birthday to your mother-in-law, she sounds like a wonderful lady.

Tricia said...

What a beautiful, festive table! I love the colors you used in china and linens, and I love those teabag cookies in little punch cups! Darling favor idea, too. I know your MIL was delighted with all the special touches you provided.

Johanna said...

Very creative tablescape and gorgeous looking buffet. Looks as if you had a great party.
Greetings, Johanna

Liz said...

A beautiful tea party. That cake looks wonderful!

~Liz

Mary said...

What a lovely table. This is my first visit to your blog, but I'll be back more often for more inspiration. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings...Mary

Miss Merry said...

What a wonderful party! Your table is lovely and your food looks scrumptious!

Stephanie Lynn said...

What an amazing tablescape. The colors are simply fabulous! Your attention to details is incredible! Simply beautiful! Thanks so much for stopping by and joining the Sunday Showcase Party! I greatly appreciate it! Hope you have a wonderful week! Hope to see you again Sunday! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Stephanie Lynn said...

Hi Niki, Just wanted to let you know I'll be featuring your party today! Stop by and grab a featured Button if you like. Thanks so much for linking to The Sunday Showcase! ~ Stephanie Lynn

Megan (FriedOkra) said...

Oh, I just want to sit down and nibble an adorable tea bag cookie and listen to you and your mother in law chat and enjoy one another. You are such a great hostess - just as you are an amazing friend and I'm certain the best daughter-in-law an MIL could ever ask for. Hugs and kisses to all of you!

Safe Home Happy Mom said...

The table set up is beautiful, I just might try these for my next party.

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Cannot wait to read up more on your archives

ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com said...

What a pretty party! Found you from over at Sunday Showcase (Stephanie's site). Love the tea bag cookies!! Your colors are really nice and tablescape is great!
Here are a few parties I've done.
http://ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com/2010/03/sweet-16-party.html
and
http://ourlifeinaclick.blogspot.com/2010/03/sweet-16-party.html


I look forward to looking through your blog!
-heather

marty (A Stroll Thru Life) said...

Oh Kim, this is such a wonderful and thoughtful thing to do for your Morther-in-law. You are such a special Daughter-in-law too to go to so much care. Everything looks absolutely fabulous and the food sounds just wonderful. I know she was just thrilled with all of your special touches and thoughtfulness. Love it. Thanks so much for joining the party. Hugs, Marty

nannykim/spindlecottage said...

oh, the food itself is quite beautiful!! I love how the cake turned out!! I also love the tray that you served the veggies in....If you have time could you tell me where you purchased that??/ We eat a lot of veggies here and it would be nice to have some nicer things to serve them in!!!

Niki said...

I got the veggie tray at Pier 1 in December for under $20.

Thanks, everyone, for the wonderful comments!

Always Nesting said...

What a wonderful birthday party! Woo Hoo! I love each and every detail. You certainly are talented and have wonderful creativity.

Thanks so much for linking to Woo Hoo! Wednesday and sharing this awesome post.

Denise said...

What a lovely table setting, and a great birthday party. I have a wonderful mil too and always do her a special meal on her birthday.

Teresa @ Red Velvet Confections said...

What a beautiful party! I love the tea bag cookie in the punch bowl glass...so creative. The color scheme and menu are really nice. I love Caramel Cake but I've never seen it with coconut. Very unique.

Thanks for sharing and for visiting my blog.

Tammy@ A Doctor in the House said...

How sweet is that! You and your mil are blessed to have such a wonderful relationship. And your doubly blessed with a hubby who can cook like that! Everything was perfect!

A Blissful Nest said...

Niki- Thanks for stopping by my blog. Love yours as well. Just became a follower!! Talk soon.

Tamara said...

I love the tea party idea! The place settings look fabulous! And that caramel cake from Truelove's looks devine!

Jenny said...

This is gorgeous! What a fun party :)