Monday, April 29, 2013

No Stress Table But Lots of Food and Fun

April 29th was John and my birthday but it falls on a Monday. An orthopedic surgeon and his wife already invited us out to dinner so we did not really plan to do anything else to celebrate but my friends wanted to get together and have a picnic, perhaps in the park. Then, I never heard of it until the day before when one of them asked me what time they are all coming to the house on Sunday. So, I guess they all decided to just come here instead, which I didn't mind at all. But I wasn't expecting it so I made it easy for me.
I thought I would use Polish pottery plates since they are easily accessible from the kitchen hutch, no need to dig through the garage dish room.
In order for me to put the plates on the table ahead of time, I used screened domes to keep bugs away.

I covered the flatware with a napkin but I just uncovered it for the photos.

I did not even use any tablecloth.
 There is Brenda just relaxing, and posing.
 They all brought food and all I prepared were the spare ribs, fruit salad, rice and drinks.
 And there it is, the table is all set!

 Oh, I also bought a Mississippi mud pie from the store. I never feel a need to bake one myself because the store bought one is really good and moist.

My centerpiece was what was already on the table before I even staerted setting it. Easy as pie!
 There was plenty of food for us all, more than enough.
 I wonder how many couples have the same exact birthdays like us, well not exactly cause John was born 3 years sooner!

Our handsome guys! Doesn't John resemble the new pope? You should see him with his glasses on!

 We all had fun swimming! We turned the pool heat on to 81 degrees and it was really comfortable.

 Don't mind the towel in my head. I took a shower before opening presents and I was trying to dry it, lol. I love my fleur de lis candle holders that Brenda gave me. John loves his bird tabletop windchimes too! Thanks, Bren!
Thanks to all our friends for celebrating our birthday with us!

I am joining
Marty at Inspire Me Tuesday
Tuesday's Treasures
Kathleen's Let's Dish at
What's It Wed
Centerpiece Wed
Outdoor Wed.
Watery Wed
Festive Friday Fiesta
Tablescape Thursday
Kathy's Home and Garden Thursday
Katherine's Favorite Things Thursday
Sarah's Homemaking Weekend Link Up party Sunday


Sarah said...

Happy Birthday, you two! You always know how to host a party. It's refreshing to see how much you enjoy you enjoy entertaining, Christine. said...

Happy Birthday to you two! You have no excuse for forgetting each others birthday do you? LOL.

Diane said...

Happy belated birthday to you two!! Wow - how much fun to have the same birthday! I can understand why everyone wanted to be at your house. You are such a welcoming and talented hostess, Christine.

Marty@A Stroll Thru Life said...

Oh Happy Birthday, how fun. You always have the best parties, love that pool. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

Unknown said...

Aaaww! It looks like you guys had so much fun! The parties where everyone brings a dish are the best aren't they? Hopped over from Tweak It Tuesday

Indrani said...

Fun captures!

Unknown said...

What a festive time you all had! The table and food looks so delicious. You are such a great hostess... it must be really nice to attend one of your affairs!

Loretta XO

Anonymous said...

Belated birthday wishes to the two of you Christine. Your table is so much fun. Perfect setting and delicious food.

Barbara F. said...

Happy Birthday to you and John, such a beautiful couple and a beautiful family you have. Your picnic looks wonderful. Love the Polish pottery. xo


Happy belated birthday to both of you, wonderful couple!! Wow Christine, it's almost lunch time and how I wish to go inside your post and have those ribs...and yeah, everything else too! I love the great setting you did too. Big hugs,

Vel Criste said...

You did have an aweseom birthday!!!! Love it and well-deserved! I love it when pinoys get together, madami laging handa! LOL! My American friends always think I go over-the-top on food, and I say, Nah, that's typical Filipino! You look great dear and yes, John does resemble the Pope!!!

carol l mckenna said...

Lovely family and home photos ~ want to adopt me? Wonderful ^_^

Thanks for visiting and commenting ^_^

The Quintessential Magpie said...

What a fun birthday, Christine!

Loved every picture, and may I wish you and John a very Happy Belated Birthday!



Rhonda Halushka said...

Happy Birthday! Looks like you had a WONDERFUL time! Great food table! Yum!

Dolores said...

No matter what you do.... your table decorations, food and the excitement of the occasion are always beautiful!!

Susan said...

Lovely photos of a lovely "double" occasion. Happy Birthday to both of you!

And thank you so much for your visit and comment, too, on my blog! Susan

The French Hutch said...

How sweet to share the same birthday with your husband Christine! Sending a double Birthday Wish your way. You sure do up a party at the drop of a hat. My table would take me a week to plan. What a wonderful party and great photos.

The French Hutch

Sarah ~ Magnolias Attic said...

Looks like everyone had a good time! I noticed that you used some of those pretty salad plates from your earlier post! Your table looks so pretty -- love the bird, watering can and butterfly napkin rings! Neat that you have the same b'days -- my daughter and her boyfriend share the same day too, although different years!

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

Looks like fun! The food all looks delicious!!!

Linda @ Life and Linda said...

Happy belated birthdays... What a great feast and to spend it the way you did is wonderful. The food looks amazing and I love the smiling faces,

Babs said...

Belated Happy Birthday to you both! It looks like y'all had a wonderful party. The table by the pool is so pretty and the food looks delicious. It looks like y'all had a wonderful time.

Marlis said...

Happy Birthday to you both!! How wonderful that you share your special days. A match meant to be. Love how quickly you pulled this off. You know why they came to your beautiful home? Because you are the ultimate when it comes to hostessing. Beautiful. Have a blessed week, xo marlis

The Tablescaper said...

Sometimes parties thrown together at the last minute are the best. It looks like you all had a fabulous time. Happy birthday to both of you!

- The Tablescaper

kitty@ Kitty's Kozy Kitchen said...

Happy Birthday to both of you and what a fun party! You all have the BEST time!!

Alycia Nichols said...

That's so neat that you guys share a birthday!!! Ramon and I are 4 days apart - June 7 and 11 - but you guys hit it right on the nose. (Ramon, of course, is 6 years older than me!!! I just HAD to say that!) :-)

You did a fantastic job of pulling things together in a hurry! I am proud of you! The food all looks fantastic, and your Polish dishes are always a hit!

I can't believe that it's already warm enough there to go into the pool!!!!! It has been nice here for a few days, but winter is headed back here tonight and expected to hang around through the weekend. Ugh! Hardly any Spring this year!!!

Congratulations on pulling off a great party, and happy birthday to both you and John!

Dianne said...

What a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday and how wonderful that both of you celebrate together. Your table is warm and inviting and I love those dishes! Dianne

Stan and Jody Gabara said...

Happy Birthday to both of you! What a fun party! Everything looks fantastic!


Marigene said...

Happy Birthday Christine and Dr. John! It amazes me how fast you can pull a gathering together with a huge feast!

Jocelyn said...

Happy Birthday Christine. What a wonderful way to celebrate your double birthdays. Looks like everyone was enjoying the celebration.

Jocelyn @

Beth said...

What a beautiful table by the pool. The food looks great and everyone looks like they are having a great time. Happy birthday!

Ivy and Elephants said...

Happy birthday to the both of you!
Your party looks like so much fun. And the food! I'd love to party at the next one :)
Big hugs,

Helen's Decor said...

Happy Belated birthday! Looks like a good time was had by all. What's better than friends, food, and swimming! ;)

Traci said...

Happy Belated Birthday! It looks like it was a great one!

Kathy said...

Happy Birthday to you! Love the sweet smile and the marvelous family gathering! The food looks quite delicious! I am sure you had a terrific time! I do appreciate you sharing with Home and Garden Thursday,

Kathleen said...

You are a riot! HB to both of you! What I spread, and I love that wicker cloche. No, John does not look like the new Pope, lol. He looks like John, a very patient and generous man!

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