Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Happy Birthday, Natasha!

Last Saturday, I decided to go to Homegoods since Tina's hubby was home for the weekend from the seminar so he can help watch the kids. I was also starting to know my way around plus, I had my vehicle with me which I drove from Rochelle's house. John and I have left a vehicle here so that we would always have something to use when we are in town. I bought a few home stuff, which if you know me, I have a hard time resisting,

It's a good thing I bought some table items because Tina was preparing for a dinner party to celebrate Natasha's birthday, and everytime I asked her if she has this or that, she always answers "No", lol! I guess she did not take after her mother's obsession.

You probably have read me talk about Tina and Scott's German neighbors, Chris, Natasha and their cute son, Jan. They have gotten so close to each other even though they are only in this country for part of the year. It was so nice to witness their closeness because it gives me peace of mind knowing that they are looking after each other. Natasha is always so nice coming over almost every night, just to help hold the baby and Chris is always taking care of the boys.

Anyway, it was Natasha's birthday on Friday and Tina decided to cook dinner for them and invited another family, Jen and Scott and their 2 adorable kids, to join us.
I was itching to do a tablescape and luckily I had what I could use in my shopping bag.  
And so I created this yet another simple red and white table. 

I bought the red tablecloth with 10 matching napkins included, for $14.00. I already have a red tablecloth at home but I do not have one this long and I thought that price was pretty good considering that it included 10 napkins.

A simple table for 7 with not even a placemat or a plate charger.

I bought the vase with faux gerber daisies from Homegoods also.
And you probably remember my little orchid plant that I bought from the farmer's market a few weeks ago. It's growing very nicely.
This is a kid friendly tablescape. See the 2 boys playing in the background?

Chris is always happy, always joking around, here trying to make fun of Tina's height.
And you will see the guests of honor below.

When it was time for Natasha to blow her birthday cake candles, we had to light them up again because Nathan beat her to it, lol.

And below are the kids. While the adults were socializing in the family room, the kids were having a jam session in the boys bedroom. Isn't Brendan and Kaylin so cute visiting with Baby Reese?

They had their own table and they had a great time too.

Tina made eggplant parmigiana and baked ziti and I baked a mocha cake. I wanted to bake something else for a change but Tina insisted on having this cake. Jen brought some garlic bread but I forgot to take a picture. The food was all delicious.
Happy Birthday again, Natasha! I hope you had a wonderful birthday!
Thank you all so much for stopping by.

I am linking with
Bunny Jean for Bunny Hop Wednesday at http://bunnyjeansdecorandmore.blogspot.com/

Susan's Tablescape Thursday at http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/

Kathy's Home and Garden Thursday at http://blissfulrhythm.blogspot.com/

Honey's Potpourri Friday at http://twenty-eight-0-five.blogspot.com/

Thanks for hosting, ladies!


Jacqueline said...

The food and cake look and sound delicious. Happy birthday to Natasha! The long red tablecloth looks stunning with the bright white chairs. How fun. Family is the best isn't it?

KathyB. said...

Parties with kids are the best! The tabescape is indeed bright, cheerful, and kid friendly. Happy birthday Natasha.

Sweet Meanderings said...

I love Homegoods. I can always find something to buy! It looks like you had a wonderful time with delicious food and a beautiful family. There's nothing like kids to make a real party!


Oh Chris, what a fun party, the food as always, it looks great and yummy, Im dieting, therefore I'm always getting hungry for REAL FOOD, lol...I love the red table and tabletopper too. Everyone looks so happy and having fun, specially the bunch of little ones. Can't wait til I go and visit my daughter Sofia in her new house and see all she's done, my daughters are like me though, they also collect, change, re-apholster, buy antique furniture, ouch...poor hubby and hubby to be, lol! Sofies hubs loves everything too, he's a buyer, though, not to worry! I can't wait to see what you got my friend, I did some shopping on sale too. Hugs to all and happy b'day to Natasha.

Creations By Cindy said...

Good deal on the tablecloth and napkins! Oh I do love red! Looks like everyone was having such a good time. Loved looking at the pictures. What a blessed family you have there. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Pat said...

Looks like a delightful evening Christine.

HomeGoods is such a great place for lots of things. I've bought several table things there. The prices are great.

ℳartina @ Northern Nesting said...

Looks like you all had a wonderful evening Christine! The food and cake look yummy!

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Looks like a fun party. I love how you did the table. Sounds like you are having a wonderful time in Florida. I bet you don't want to go home!

Kathleen said...

I can't believe she isn't like you! You could give her half your stuff and wouldn't miss it! :)
Looks like you had fun, and I am sure your car automatically heads to HG!

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

I agree with you Christine. That is a fantastic price for that long cloth and napkins. Looks like a fun night, and the food looks delicious. laurie

Marlis said...

Happy Happy Birthday Natasha! The cake looks amazing. As does your simple table. Perfect for the event. Love the red tablecloth! and the napkins too. So much fun to be with your children! xo marlis

Poppy said...

Simple elegance! I love the pops of color in the Gerber daisies and table covering against the white chairs. The kids look adorable and seems me to be having lots of fun. Happy Birthday Natasha!~Poppy


The French Hutch said...

Oh what a feast with a beautiful tablescape for Natasha! You whip up such lovely tablescapes where it would take me forever! I love the flowers and candles and of course the meal looks delicious. Eggplant is one of my favorite casseroles. I love the family pics with the kids having a wonderful time. I'm sure it was a wonderful evening…………Happy Birthday to Natasha!

The French Hutch

Tricia said...

Very impressive, Christine, your ability to whip up a festive table at a moment's notice! I'd say that WAS a great buy on the cloth and napkins! Thanks for sharing your family photos with us, too!

Entertaining Women said...

Your shopping trip turned out to be a blessing for Natasha's birthday celebration. The red made such a wonderful impact for the table. It looks like it was a wonderful party. Thank you for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

A Hint of Home said...

Happy Birthday to Natasha! She's so pretty!
Looks like great food and fun with family!

Denise said...

Hi Christine,

Your meal looks delicious! What a pretty table and how nice that your daughter has found such great neighbors. I like your faux Gerber Daisies and your lovely orchid. Your cake looks so perfect it could have come from a bakery!

Thanks for sharing and have a great day!

Denise at Forest Manor

Patti said...

The table is so cheery - love anything red! And that cake looks delish! And daisies - so pretty

Alycia Nichols said...

Hi, Christine! It sounds like everything is going great there! I'm so happy for you and your family! This is a great kid-friendly table in bright, cheery colors that also please adults. Glad you've been able to take a little break once in awhile to feed your shopping urge! :-) Have a great weekend!

Atelier de Charo said...

A delicious party! Happy Birthday Natasha!

Big Hugs

Magnolia Blues said...

Wow, everything looks so wonderful. You have such a nice and sweet looking family. The tablescape really was beautiful and festive. I'm sure Natasha enjoyed it very much (as well as everyone). Perhaps next time I'm in the Natchez area we can meet for lunch or coffee. You seem like someone I would love to know.


Marigene said...

Sometimes a simply set table is the best! Did you prepare all that wonderfully delicious looking feast?

Dolores said...

Looks like a wonderful evening..... pretty table, delicious looking food and cake, and the children are adorable....
A happy birthday to pretty Natasha!

lulumusing said...

Hmmm, what I like is the way that cake looks! Everything I see looks like the scene for a most wonderful family gathering. I know you had a fun time.

Robin said...

The table came out very pretty but nothing can beat the sights and sounds of family and friends. How lucky you are to have both! I, too, am surprised your daughter doesn't have your obssession. Give her time though, she will probably come around. Little children and babies tend to take priority!

Robin Flies South

Cindy J. said...

Christine, everything looks very delicious and simply beautiful! You know sometimes simple is just best! The kiddos all look adorable! How nice your daughter's family has such sweet friends and how nice for them so new to our country to have found your sweet daughter.

Chandy said...

Christine, you did a great job! I love a simple yet very lovely tables! I am getting psyched with all the great ideas out there, so cross your fingers that I will do more tablescapes this year! Happy birthday to your Natasha!

Kathy said...

Hello Christine,
I am glad you're having a great time with family - your heart will be filled with these memories for a long time to come - love the tablesetting - your flowers and the food looks wonderful! The children's smiles and the baby - priceless! Thank you for sharing with Home and Garden Thursday! Always a pleasure,

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