Friday, August 19, 2016

Dinner with Friends We've Known Since Waukegan Days

We used to live in Waukegan, IL. While there for my mom's 98th birthday celebration, I found out that a friend from there, Vicky,  is visiting our hometown in FL. Her daughter and family moved here 12 years ago but only found out about it last year when Vicky visited.
 Luckily, she had an extended stay so we were still able to see each other after we returned home. We invited them to join us for dinner. My daughter Tina and her daughter Rosanna have met when they were practically babies so it was so nice to see them see each other again and try to reminisce what they remember.
 
I set the dining table using French Limoges  dinnerware by Wm Guerin & Co.
 
The place card holders are Bavarian Tirschenreuth.
I only had 6 of the Tirschenreuth place card holders so I used Southern Living at Home Pavilion holders for the ends of the table. I also used a tureen of the same pattern to serve rice.





 
Bavarian Tea set in "Briar Rose" pattern by Schumann Arzberg.
 
 
 I bought these silk flowers while vacationing in Park City, UT, in an Indian Museum store. Don't they look so real? I kept my centerpiece small and simple because I knew I would need room for the food.
 I just placed a taper candle on a putti holder, a vase adorned with flowers where I placed the silk flowers and a bird on a pedestal.

 This is where I served my chicken tinola soup.


We had herbed salmon, Thai shrimp toast, chicken tinola and Filipino beef steak we call "Bistek", macaroni salad and rice.
 We had papaya loaf and cherry cheese cake for dessert which I forgot to take pictures of.
 And here are pictures of my lovely guests while we were chatting after dinner. Our German friend, Stephanie and daughter Isabel, who live here transiently also joined us. Shown here clockwise is Vicky, my daughter Tina, John, Stephanie, Rosanna(Vicky's daughter) and her hubby, Mike.
 Tina's hubby Scott is not in any of the pictures because he was nice enough to watch all the kids who were swimming. John took over his place after a while.
Thank you so much for joining us and for the wonderful evening!
 
And thanks to all for your visit and to the hostesses for the following memes I am linking with.
 

 Share it One More Time
Anything Goes" Pink Saturday
Jeanne's Blue Monday
Christine's Dishing It and Digging It
Cindy's Amaze me Monday
Kathryn's Make it Pretty Monday
Chloe's Celebrate it Monday
Bernideen's Tea Time, Cottage and Garden Blog Party!
Tweak it Tuesday
Julie's Talk of the Town Tuesday
Tuesday's The Scoop
Marty's Inspire Me Tuesday
Show and Share
Sarah's Classical Homemaking party
Home Matters
Thoughts of Home Thursday
Kathy's Home and Garden Thursday
Tablescape Thursday
Share your Style Thursday
Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Kathryn's Anything Blue Friday
Kate's Flaunt it Friday
Courtney's Feathered Nest Friday
Foodie Fri and Everything Else

 

Saturday, August 13, 2016

My Mom's 98th Birthday and Painting and Staining My Sister's Back Porch Deck

 We just arrived back from Illinois to celebrate my mother's 98th birthday. My sister Fe, who she is living with, wanted the party to have a nautical theme. And so I created a nautical centerpiece using stuff I brought from home. She already had nautical serving pieces that I arranged around the table.
 
And so the day came with so much food. All 5 of us children from various cities in Florida and St. Louis arrived so it turned out to be some kind of a reunion too and it was so much fun.
My sister Tessie from St. Louis and sister in law , Che, from the Tampa Bay area.
A beautiful birthday cake given by my dear friend, Ludy, with it's wonderful coconut and ube (purple yam) flavor.  Simply delicious! We used to live in Waukegan too so we have a lot of friends there and it was wonderful to see them again.
Another extraordinarily gorgeous cake was given by another family friend, Norma. It was a mango chiffon cake and so yummy!
Thank you so much to all who came and helped us celebrate that special day.
 
Mama is very special. She had 3 birthday cakes. I baked one for her too but did not get to take it out until later because there was no room on the table. It went so fast that by the time I wanted to take a picture, it was all gone. It was a mocha chiffon cake.
 
Here is my mom with her big smile who is about to blow her birthday candle. Even her pillow is nautical, lol! I wonder what she wished for!!
My mom and her 5 children. She was so tired by the end of the day that we had a hard time getting her to open her eyes for the family picture, but she finally obliged.
My sister Fe, has a big back porch that she never used. She decided to get it cleaned so it can be used for the party because she was afraid the guests (around 50) would not fit inside the house. She paid $600 to get it cleaned so just imagine how messy it used to be.
 
I got her helper to trim the trees all around that were really overgrown.
 
and then we got it ready for the party. My other sister Tessie, helped me plant some fresh flowering plants on the window planters.
 
After the party, I thought it would be a good opportunity to stain the floor and paint the rails while the deck is still clean. I suggested that to my sister. And who could resist a free service? So off we went to buy the supplies at Menards and got started right away since we were only going to stay there for 2 weeks.


All done! It was so funny because her guests were all surprised to find out that she had a deck, lol. They never knew it existed prior to the occasion.
Now, my mom is even able to use it because it is adjacent to her room. Only a French door separates them. Her care taker assists her to take her daily walking exercise there and even feeds her there, taking advantage of the weather while it is still nice and warm. The overhanging trees are keeping the place cool.
We are happy with how it turned out considering the limited time I had in finishing it, though I would have wanted the floor stain to be somewhat darker.
It became my favorite place to drink my coffee every morning during my stay there.

Shown below is a very short video of my mom saying her birthday. I hope you will get to watch it.

 
video
Thank you so much for stopping by. And thanks to all the hostesses of the memes I am linking with.
 
 Share it One More Time
Anything Goes" Pink Saturday
Metamorphosis Monday
Jeanne's Blue Monday
Sandi's No Place Like Home
Christine's Dishing It and Digging It
Cindy's Amaze me Monday
Kathryn's Make it Pretty Monday
Chloe's Celebrate it Monday
Bernideen's Tea Time, Cottage and Garden Blog Party!
Tweak it Tuesday
Julie's Talk of the Town Tuesday
Tuesday's The Scoop
Marty's Inspire Me Tuesday
Show and Share
Sarah's Classical Homemaking party
Home Matters
Thoughts of Home Thursday
Kathy's Home and Garden Thursday
Tablescape Thursday
Share your Style Thursday
Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop
Kathryn's Anything Blue Friday
Kate's Flaunt it Friday
Courtney's Feathered Nest Friday
Foodie Fri and Everything Else
 

Friday, August 5, 2016

My Very First Tablescape in the Gazebo

I have been out of town for 2 weeks but I want to join Chloe's al fresco tablescape blog hop at http://celebrateanddecorate.com/ so I hope you don't mind me reposting a tablescape I did way back in 2010. Geez! Have I been really posting for that long? So, here goes.....

I have been wanting to create a tablescape in the gazebo but never had a chance until today. Since my mom is staying with me right now, I thought we could have lunch there. First, I took the folding game table from the garage and moved it to the gazebo. The iron chairs and settee in there will already be the perfect size so I didn't have to move any folding chairs.

I knew it was going to be hot so I put my swim suit on with a pair of shorts while creating the tablescape. I figured I will go for a swim right after because I was sure I would get sweaty.

I fed my mom breakfast on the deck so that she could keep me company while I worked.

And there it is, all done!


I took out a Thompson pottery bird house tea pot and cups, planning to have green tea.

A view of the secret garden in the background.

The herb plates are made in England by Johnson Bros. for Tiffany & Co. I only used 2 though I have 4 of them, 4 different herbs. The charger plates are lace tin and the dinner plates have lace edges.
The green placemats have an emboridered bird on them but I forgot to take a picture.



I snipped some rosemary and another kind of over matured herb with purple flowers from the garden and put them in 3 little Southern Living at Home vases. The rosemary have little purple flowers too.
Green goblets and white flowered wine glasses. I bought the latter from the dollar store a few months ago. Maybe those are not white flowers but snow flakes, lol! Oh well, I will use them again in the wintertime. The herbs on the vases smelled so good!



I bought the dragon fly place card holders from the Longwood antebellum mansion gift shop about 3 years ago. I think they are iron cause they are heavy.



Tin bird napkin holders are from Z Gallerie in Tampa, FL. The asparagus S & P shakers are from a flea market in Vidalia, LA. And because this is outdoor, I thought my bee flatware would be most appropriate to use.


A view of the driveway and garage.



I bought the pair of magnolia candle holders from an antique shop downtown some years ago.
I think I paid about $8 for the pair. I bought them because I have plates that match them.





The star jasmine is starting to climb up too.






According to Pat's (Back Porch Musings) hubby, the climbing vine is a morning glory. It has little bell shaped purple flowers. Again, I forgot to take a close up picture.


Can you spot the arbor in the background on the left side? I just grabbed a green tablecloth with fringes to use. It's really old. I've had it since we lived in Florida. I think it is supposed to be a throw but I've only used it for a tablecloth.

We bought the iron chair set from Jimmy Pippen's estate. They are very heavy.




I was so happy to see the buds on my orchid plant. I have 3 of them in here and I think the second one is also starting to bud although the stem is not this long yet. They seem to thrive better here and I just pretty much leave them alone. I think they like the humidity.

Unfotunately, my mom and I weren't able to eat here because it started to rain after I swam so I took everything inside the house. I enjoyed creating it. I left the table there and I think I will use it more often. I hope you enjoyed it too. Thanks for coming by and thanks to our hostesses. I hope you get to visit them and their participants at the links below.

Tea in the Garden
http://blog.bernideens.com
Sandi's No Place Like Home
http://sandimyyellowdoor.blogspot.com
Christine's Dishing It and Digging It
Bernideen's Tea Time, Cottage and Garden Blog Party!

 

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