Well, my birthday is long gone, but the memories will linger much longer!Before I get into my birthday tablescape, planned by my sister-in-law, Charlene (as promised long ago), I have to show you the “blogger” birthday card my mom gave me. It is SO true…and I know all of my blogger readers will relate.Now, back to my “In Law” birthday celebration…We always celebrate our birthdays, with a FABULOUS meal prepared by my Mother-In-Law. However, this year’s celebration was even more special for me. Charlene, knowing how I love the special touches that turn a “get together” into an event, created a gorgeous beach getaway to set off the evening.The foundation of the centerpiece was a stone placemat she purchased at Coldwater Creek. Starting on the left, she used a blue and white wooden lighthouse that she already had on hand. For an additional splash of color, blue tinted jars were filled with sand and pink votive candles. The clear cylinder in the center had brown sand and seashells. To set it all off, she placed a gorgeous vase of blue hydrangeas (my favorite…my wedding bouquet was made of white hydrangeas). The stain glass in the background is always decor in this room, but it really makes a beautiful backdrop for this work of art. My daughter’s favorite was the Dora sunglasses placed right in front, which also doubled as a take home goodie for her.Each place setting was created with a piece of blue scrapbook paper, placed on an angle, a silver charger, and a white plate. The blue, green, white and yellow striped napkins were placed in the center of the plate. The place cards were small bottles, filled with sand and a message (our name). Each one had a special surprise, a shark’s tooth and some small shells. We were all excited to get to take them home. It was a fun event filled with beauty, delicious food, and good times!!I would like to thank all of my family and friends who made my birthday special by celebrating with me in so many ways! I am truely blessed to have each of you in my life.