Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Birthday Dinner for Sweet Ms. C.

Ms. C.!

We held a family birthday dinner for our sweet Ms. C. at our home a
few days after her official 6th birthday.

I like to make each grandchild feel special by hosting a little celebration
dinner with their favorite foods.

(She requested drumsticks from KFC)

We ate in the tiled sunroom area of the kitchen.
Clean up is very easy here so both the children & I can relax.

Pink & Green Polka-Dots were my starting point.
I found these cute placemats at the Dollar Tree
as well as the matching polka-dot plates to go with them.

The plates I used for our salads were found at
T. J. Maxx last year.
There are two plates of each design featured.

I let Ms. C. pick which one she wanted at her place setting.
This was the one she chose, with the heart on top.

I used this little lime green teapot to also denote her special spot.

She loves to have tea with her Nana Rett!

White cups & saucers are from the Home Collection at J.C. Penney.
I thought the bead like border repeated the polka-dot effect somewhat.

Little pink & green lanterns with battery operated tea lights added soft lighting.
I don't like to use open flames when the children are visiting.
Safety first!

I forgot to take a photo with them lit…
it got a little hectic around dinner time!

I bought 3 packages of bubble gum &
sorted out the colors to match the table.

(I have lots of red-white & blue
left over for July 4th)

I spray painted the bucket pink & green &
added a lace & PINK ribbon border between the two colors.

It was filled with lime green Easter grass &
giant chocolate chip cookies.

Thank you, Carol (aka Mamacjt) for this fun
cookie making pan!

The cookies didn’t last as the centerpiece very long at all.
I think DGS, Charlie, ate several before I finished taking pictures.

The festive little dessert plates are called “Cupcakes by Joy”
& were purchased at T. J. Maxx earlier this year.

Instead of a cake, which she had already enjoyed at her *Ariel* pool party, I made Pillsbury Funfetti cupcakes

in polka-dot cupcake liners

displayed them on my cupcake tree.

The rose buds were made using the large Wilton 2D tip.
You start at the center & swirl to the outside area.

It was warm in the kitchen & my frosting was a little too soft
but we ate them, just the same.
I've never met a cupcake I didn't like!

On Thursday, I'll be linking to

Tablescape Thursday

with our gracious hostess,

Susan of Between Naps on the Porch

Be sure to stop by her beautiful blog that day
to see other participants in the party!

Thank you, Susan, for hosting this fun event each week
& thank you to all of you who visit the Gazebo House!

Oh & my finger that I sliced on the mandolin
is almost completely healed.
It is still tender to type but is much better already.
Thanks for all the sympathy...it really helped!




  1. Oh, I love this! The pink and green combo is one of my favorites,and the polka dots are perfect. My girls would have LOVED this table for a birthday party. I sure hope that I have another generation of little girls and pink birthdays in my future.

  2. That is beyond adorable!!! Every detail is so thought out and cute! Love it all and I know Caroline did too! What lucky grandchildren they are to have you!

  3. Rett, this is so sweet and cute! I know Caroline felt just like a little princess at this party! You are such a dear grandmother to do this for her, and something tells me she loves you as much as I loved my own grandmother. Enjoyed seeing all of your special touches to the table.


    Sheila :-)

  4. Rett, that is the cutest table for your granddaughter's birthday celebration. That is so sweet of you to make her have such a special time with you for her special day. Love those vibrant colors!!

  5. Oh my goodness, Rett, this is just tooooo cute!!! I LOVE all of it! You are soooo creative with your table-scapes - just LOVE to look at them. The plates you got at the dollar tree and tjmaxx are adorable - why can't I find cute stuff like that?!?!?!

  6. Hi sweet lady...

    Girlfriend, I just adore Caroline's birthday table...it's so perfect and everything a little girl could want!!! Love that pretty pink and green color combo together and the polka dots...just adorable!!! Ohhh...and I love the sweet little cupcake plates too! Such a pretty table, my friend!!! I'm sure this is one birthday that your Caroline won't forget...special memories being made, Grandma!!!

    Warmest wishes,
    Chari @Happy To Design

  7. OOOOOHHHHHH MMMYYYY! Beyond precious with all the polka dots and pink and green- love how it all is so festive- bet Caroline just ooohhhhed and aaaahhhed- your a wonderful grandmother to do this for your grands.

  8. Darling, cute and adorable. I just love this...polka dots and cupcake plates...toooo cute!

  9. Oh how pretty!! You can never do wrong with pink and lime and polkadots!! Just perfect!
    Happy Birthday to the Lovely Miss Caroline!!

  10. I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this tablescape the bestest of all so far! It's so whimsical and fun, I just have to smile every time I look at it. It makes me want to be a kid again. What wonderful memories you are making for those kids, Rett! Bravo to you!!

  11. What a lucky little girl your grand-daughter is to have you for her Nana ;) Love all the polka dots and the pink and green colors are my favorite. Have a great week, fondly, Roberta

  12. Rett, Happy Birthday to your sweet Caroline! She is just darling!

    You set a dream table for a little 6 year old! All pink and green and girly and party!!!!! I love the party motif plates and that wonderful cupcake tree!

    Your placemats and dishes are as cute as can be.

    I'm sure your little birthday girl was so pleased!

  13. This turned out so beautiful! I love the pink and lime polka dot theme. You make everyone who visits your home feel very special with your attention to detail and Caroline will have such great memories of this birthday party with Nana Rett!

  14. Hi Rett,
    Can I be your granddaughter? (lol) Boy, do you ever do it up right! Just gorgeous and so perfect for little girls! I bet she will always remember this special day!

  15. Rett, Caroline's birthday celebrtion table is darling. Perfect for a sweet little girl like Caroline. Love the pink and green combo! Your Dollar Store has far better offerings than ours. I rarely find anything cute. I laughed at the gum balls. I just did the same thing and took out all the red, white, and blue to put in the biscuit barrell. Great minds!
    Glad your finger is better! ~ sarah

  16. Hey Fingers, how are you doing? :)
    Glad you are healing!
    I love this table! What a great Nana you are. Such great, cheerful colors. The plates are so cute, and the cupcakes look delicious!
    I would have loved to have been there to celebrate Caroline's bday!

  17. What a fun, festive table! Those polka dot plates and placemats are perfect, and I especially love the little lanterns. I know your granddaughter felt very special with such a lovely celebration!

  18. What an adorable table! What a lucky little girl Caroline is!


  19. I'm bummed! I knew those plates would be a great table, but my Dollar Tree only had one left when I got there! They sure are sweet, what a terrific grandma you are!

  20. How adorable! Every little detail!!! So bright and cheerful. Just great. She's so lucky to have you.

    - The Tablescaper

  21. What a pretty table - the memories you're creating are so precious.
    I'm glad to read that your finger is healing!

  22. This is just adorable! I love those beautiful bright colors!

    Happy Birthday to Sweet Caroline!


  23. How absolutely adorable! I love pink and green together, and you've really played it up with all of your polka dots. Those little dessert themed plates are just the cutest. I know any little girl (or big girl) would feel very special at this birthday table. Thanks for sharing and happy TT to you!

  24. Rett, Happy Birthsday for sweet Caroline. Such a nice table, so cute. All look so cheerful and happy. And I have never seen such a cute display for cupcakes. I really have to look out for something similar.
    Greetings, Johanna

  25. that is so adorable, i love every single dot, cupcake and plate! i do have the taste of a 6 yr old i guess, becasue i want it all for me too!

  26. What memories you must create for your grandchildren!!! Truly inspirational and magnificant! I popped in for a visit from Between Naps on the Porch... HHL

  27. What a fun table! I bet Caroline felt very special to have such a sweet table, especially for her. I love all the details. She will always have such wonderful memories of this.

  28. I love your tablescape! Even though I'm not six, I would love this for my birthday! Very girlie!
    Memories in the making.....Thank you for sharing.

  29. your tablescape is just lovely ! love the cupcakes !

  30. WOW! Now that is one happy table...I bet your little Caroline had a great birthday with her Nana. I love the lime green with the hot pink.

  31. Too much fun!!! The polka dots are so great. The party plates are wonderful as well.

  32. Such a lovely table you set for your precious granddaughter. The tablesetting is so girly and cute, I know she just loved it.

    All the Best,


  33. What a WONDERFUL table! I just think those cupcake plates are precious! Your little princess must have had a great time!


  34. Caroline's table is a pure delight to behold! I can't believe you found the placemats and plates at Dollar Tree -- I'd seen some similar ones from Paula Deen in a department store (and they were many, many times what you paid, even on sale!). The view from your sunroom area window is stunning, and so are your bright, crisp, clear photographs!

    Wonderful post, Rett!
    Hope you and yours have an enjoyable weekend.

    Warmest regards,

  35. Rett, You are beyond creative!! Everything is beautiful and I know your Sweet Caroline felt soooo special. I need to get busy and 'borrow' some of your ideas!!!!

  36. HI RETT!!!
    LOVED it all!!!told my daughter to check it out!!!She loved it too!!!!Your grand daughter is a lucky little girl!!!!So colorful and fun!!!!
    love the bubblegum idea!!!!MAy have to do that one!!!!
    tell Caroline Happy Birthday from me!!!

  37. I have two little girls- I've seen the little plates before and I love how you've used them!!!

  38. Happy Birthday Caroline! Your table setting for her special dinner was so pretty! I love the cupcake plates and all the pink and green accents.

  39. I so enjoyed your post after this one, but I just had to comment here, as your granddaughter's birhtday party was a little girl's dream! She must've had such a wonderful time with her friends at her Nana's, and everything was so preaty. Don't you just love the adorable bargains you can get at TJM?

    Many, many years ago, I had a tea party b-day for my now 27 year old daughter, and I made petit fours. We had such fun! I now look forward to parties for our 3 grands.

    You have a beautiful blog; thank you for stopping by mine for a visit!
    Blessings and joy,

  40. What a fabulous party! So colorful and such attention to detail - Caroline is very much loved; that's easy to see. I love all the pretty plates, Rett. Great tablescape!
    Blessings, Beth

  41. This is such a sweet tablescape! I don't have girls, boo, maybe grandgirls one day! I just love the polka dots and those plates on the top w/the slices of cake are just precious! As usual I just love all the details you add to make a perfect setting!


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