Monday, June 8, 2015

Dinner by the Pool with 2 Daughters and their Families

Now that we moved to Florida, we get to see my children and grandchildren more. This past weekend, my daughter Rochelle had arranged for a small birthday party for her youngest daughter, Myla, at the gym close to here. They live about 2.5 hrs. away but they wanted to be able to celebrate the weekend here.
My other daughter, Tina, who lives next door, and I take turns in cooking for dinner so we do not have to cook everyday. And last Saturday was my turn. Since both daughters and their children (7 all in all) were all here, and they all wanted to go swimming, I just set the table out on the pool deck.
 I used casual melamine plates and acrylic glasses.
I grilled salmon but I wasn't sure if all the kids eat fish so I made some chicken noodle soup also.
The yellow bowls are for the soup of the little boys.

I bought these woven basket plate chargers from World Market. They were on clearance when I bought them, $3 each, if I remember correctly. I bought greenish yellow, teal and orange but I did not use the orange ones on this table.

 I just took out some Polish pottery cups to serve the soup for the adults.
 I used bird nest rings for napkin holders.
 Do you see the coffee table near the window? I set the table for the 4 little grand girls and used step stools for their seats.
The bigger kids started swimming while the little ones were still napping.
 I love these food domes that I bought on line, also from World Market, last year.
I wish I could find more acrylic stems like this. My grandkids are getting fancy. When they ask for milk, water or juice, they want us to put them in "fancy glasses", meaning these, lol. But I only have 2 of these. I have some yellow plastic goblets but somehow they prefer these.


 We also had some mangoes. Yum! Right after we got here, I planted 2 mango trees outside but these mangoes are not from our trees. They have fruits but they are still green.

Here is the table I set for the 4 little girls.

Chairs would be too tall for the coffee table so I used 4 step stools. They were just perfect for their little 2 and 3 year old legs.

Here are all 7 grandchildren, from youngest to oldest.
 I also want to share how well Rea is doing. Look at all that hair! After a year long treatment, she is doing so well and has been in remission for months now. She is finally enjoying being a normal kid again. I want to thank everyone for all the prayers.
We had such a busy but fun weekend. Thank you so much for stopping by and a special thanks to all the hostesses of the following memes.

Sally's Blue Monday
Christine's Table it Monday
Cindy's Amaze me Monday
Mary's Masterpieces Monday
Kathryn's Make it Pretty Monday
Kathy's A Return To Loveliness
Marty's Inspire Me Tuesday
Maria Elena's Tuesdays at Our Home
Paula's What's It Wed
Sarah's Homemaking party
Kathy's Home and Garden Thursday
Share your Style Thursday
Tablescape Thursday
Home Sweet Home
Kate's Flaunt it Friday


Terra said...

Your family and friend parties are so informal and colorful, including this one with the cute second table for the littlest ones. Is your pool in an enclosed all glass room? Just curious.

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

Such a lovely spot to have dinner with your beautiful grands. fondly ~lynne~

SmilingSally said...

Hi Christine,

Oh, your Florida tableware is so perfect; I love the teal blue! I'm sure the little ones enjoyed their special table.

Thanks for playing today.

Have a Beautiful Blue Monday!

Sarah said...

Pretty table and a family dinner by the pool. That's a winning combination, Christine. ;-)

Have a Daily Cup of Mrs. Olson said...

Oh my Christine, the kids are so darn cute! I love the little table you set for the girls with the stools are perfect. The table setting is just perfect for a fun meal by the pool. I'm sure everyone had a fabulous time! Great idea that you and your daughter take turn cooking.

Christine @ Rustic-Refined said...

I am loving this tablescape, especially by the pool! Those plates are so pretty!

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Looks and sounds like a fun time for all - thanks for sharing it all with us.

Marigene said...

Such cute tables, especially the ones for the little girls. Melamine has come a long way in the past 50 years...such pretty plates. Nice photo of you will all the grands!

Creations By Cindy said...

Oh Christine, I just loved seeing sweet little Rhea. What a blessing you have in your family. Love the tablesetting for the adults and the grandgirls. I love it that they wanted to drink out of the fancy glasses! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

Luv2Shop said...

Hi Christine,
So happy to see you got moved near your family. Beautiful home and pool. Love seeing Rhea happy and playing. Look forward to seeing more of your home decorated.

eileeninmd said...

Hello Christine, you have a lovely family. I like the colors on your tablescape! I have to try some mango, is it a sweet fruit. Have a happy day!

Cindy @ Dwellings-The Heart of Your Home said...

So nice to share the making of dinner! Love your summertime table, so festive and fun!
Thanks so much for shairng at AMAZE ME MONDAY!

Unknown said...

Beautiful table! Thanks for sharing at #homemattersparty

Tea in Texas said...

What a beautiful setting for family parties! You are certainly enjoying those precious grand children. The child's table is so cute and the perfect size. I love the placemats for they are a great for pool side. I always enjoy your table settings and posts and hope you will pop over and enjoy my Birthday post!


Crystal Grandeur said...

Hi Christine....Beautiful out door setting by the pool. Love the dishes and lovely to see the kids enjoying the day. Very cool. Love and hugs Sujatha:)

Crystal Grandeur said...

Hi Christine....Beautiful out door setting by the pool. Love the dishes and lovely to see the kids enjoying the day. Very cool. Love and hugs Sujatha:)

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Christine, it's all so pretty! Thank you for sharing You are one of the fan favorites at the Sunday Showcase from the Make it Pretty Monday party at The Dedicated House. Here is the link so you can check out your feature. Hope to see you again tomorrow at the bash! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse


How fun Chris! I'm adding G'girls to have fun like you! How lucky you are to live close to them now.
I love those plates and your setting with all the pretty dishes as always. Love your attention to detail to make the table attractive to the brood. They must be learning everything from you.
Have a super and fun week too.

Parsimonious Perfection said...

What a great party! Perfect for Summer! I'll bet it is so nice to be close to your family; so glad Rea is doing so well!

Kathryn Ferguson Griffin said...

Christine, the Weekly Feature Series is live which you are one of the features. Pop on over when you have time to check it out! Have a great week ahead! Toodles, Kathryn @TheDedicatedHouse

Liz@ HomeandGardeningWithLiz said...

Somehow I missed this post. This is such a cute summery table and so perfect for Florida! That little table you set up for the grandkids is adorable. So glad to see Rea is doing so well! Love your swimming pool!

Deanna said...

SWEET sweet pic of you with Grandchildren! So glad your lil one is doing better. Jesus loves you.

Maria C said...

What a delightful pool party! Christine, it doesn't look like you wasted anytime in getting settled in and beginning to entertain with your usual panache! That table is so much fun! Love the colors, especially those yellow bowls! I adore mangoes. How fun that you've planted your own mango trees! It looks like everyone had a blast!

Vel Criste said...

Aaaaahhhh, this is the life! You look radiant and so happy! Love the colors and the cute kids table !

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