Thursday, June 10, 2010

Garden Party Birthday

For my tablescape this week, I would like to share pictures from a special garden party I attended over the weekend.  In the late 1980's, I was employed as a library assistant at our local library.  I love to read and had spent many, many hours at the library while growing up in my hometown.  I was so fortunate to work with a lovely group of women, most who had worked together for many years. They welcomed me to the library as a friend, and even though I left the library after only five years, we have remained friends to this day.
Almost all of the group are now retired (except me!) and we now are meeting once a month at a local restaurant for lunch.  This month we all received an invitation from the daughter of one of the ladies, inviting us to a birthday lunch for her mom!
Here is the lovely buffet table her daughter set for us in her wonderful garden.

A working mom with two young boys, her daughter put so much  time,  planning  and love into this event to honor her mother.  Her wonderful husband and two sons escorted the ladies to their seats, carried plates and beverages for the ladies who have difficulty moving around and were so sweet and attentive!
Here is my plate showing the delightful meal that I was so honored to share with my table mates and the birthday girl.
The potted annuals used as  Centerpieces were perfect for the outdoor tables.
Here is a picture of the some of the group around her patio. There are remnants of what was once a large shade tree in the middle of the patio and she has added a wonderful fountain as a focal point.
Guests included old neighbors, new neighbors, old friends and former library co-workers.  A person's 80th birthday is a great reason for a celebration and reminiscing!  We lingered to share stories and smiles.
 As we left, rain drops began to splatter on our windshields. We were so glad they held off until the end of the party!

I will be linking to Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch.  Be sure to visit and see all the marvelous tablescapes she hosts each week!


  1. It looks like you had a wonderful time!


  2. This really was a lovely birthday party. Everything was planned and done with love, care, and respect.

    I, too, love to read. I love libraries, but I have never before worked in a library.

    I just posted my thanks on your post "My First Award."

  3. What a delightful occasion! The buffet table looked wonderful, and I love using potted annuals for centerpieces. I know the honoree felt very loved by her daughter and her guests. Thank you for visiting my table this week and your kind comment!

  4. Lifetime friendships - a beautiful thing,as well as the love between a mother and daughter. This occasion was such a wonderful way to honor your friend.

  5. Looks sooo wonderful! I've never been to your blog before, but it looks so very sweet and I'll come back by. I love that you helped in the library, too!


  6. WOW look at that food. Now that's what I call a porch party. Love the red, white and blue on the rocking chairs. A lovely party for your friend's mom. A wonderful big porch too.

    Hugs, Jeanne


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