Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Happy Birthday!

I'm probably a little old for getting excited about birthdays but I just had a wonderful "50-something" birthday on June 23rd.   Our family celebrates our birthdays with dinner out and then usually cake and ice cream at our house.   So I picked the restaurant and away we went.  Dinner was delicious, as always, at a wonderful restaurant...then back for cake.

"Old Country Roses" is my favorite pattern of all of the dishes I have.  So I set up dessert with these.  We didn't need much in the way of silverware.  No one wanted anything hot to drink so there were just cold beverage glasses.  The flowers were given to me by my co-workers.  My boss got flowers too.  Her birthday is just two days before mine!
Here is a little closer view.  The napkins are pale pink damask but it doesn't show very well.
The buffet held the wonderful coconut birthday cake, which was delicious!!!  I put "Old Country Roses" plates on the silver tea tray but didn't really have any reason to use, it's just so pretty!  
 Here's a closer look.  The cream and sugar is there in case anyone wanted coffee or tea. but alas, no takers!

I received just great birthday gifts...a "squirrel proof" birdfeeder from my sister P and her roomie S.  I've been watching the birds eating and a little chipmunk trying to get in on the action.   A great radio with an MP3 docking station for my desk from my sweet husband. It's wonderful while I am working.  Lots of pink (my favorite) desk accessories from my sister N. already setting there and being used. And my sister L. really surprised me with a cake plate and four dessert plates.  She and I are so very different in our tastes, but she picked perfectly! (She was concerned that I wouldn't like it-can you believe it???)  She found the set at an antique mall.  It's Noritake.  Look for it on a future blog!
The edge is the prettiest green.  I don't have anything green so this opens up a whole realm of possibilities
The cake plate is beautiful and in perfect shape
The matching dessert plates are a nice large size and also in beautiful condition
It was such a wonderful birthday and I thank my entire family for making it so!!!

Now for the dish on the dishes:
  • The china is "Old Country Roses"
  • The silver is Reed and Barton "Rathmore" silverplate
  • The vase is "Old Country Roses"
  • The undercloth is from Linen's & Things ages ago
  • I don't even know where I got the Quaker lace tablecloth but have had it for years
  • The glasses are crystal from ebay
  • Napkins are damask also from ebay
  • The cake is on a pink pedestal from ebay
  • The silver tea tray is an ebay purchase too...I have been looking for one for ages. (LOVE ebay!)
Thank you for coming by to share my birthday!!  Love to hear your comments.  Oh, and be sure to visit Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch" (her button is up on the right)



  1. So gorgeous! Lovely space you got here! Great shots. Thanks for sharing:)
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  2. Belated Birthday wishes to you! It feels so wonderful to spend birthdays with loved ones... I love Royal Doulton, "Old Country Roses" is my favorite pattern as well. I have cake-plate stand of the same pattern. Yours are just perfect for your lovely dessert table and I love damask napkins.. it's a lovely accompaniment to your beautiful china... such a lovely way to spend a birthday. Loved your birthday gift... such sweet sisters you have. The cake plate and dessert plates looking so delicate with those pretty flower pattern. Thanks for sharing your dessert table with us and for your sweet comment on my tea table. Happy 4th to you!~Poppy

  3. Happy Birthday, Tess! Your dessert table is absolutely elegant. I've just recently started trying to add green to my 'tablescaping repetoire', too. Your new Noritake dessert set is gorgeous. I bet you could even figure a way to mix and match them with your Country Roses. I'm not going to be surprised if your sister become a dishaholic with the rest of us. Thank you for sharing your special celebration. Cherrry Kay

  4. Belated happy happy birthday. I am glad the day was filled with many blessings. Your new plates are fabulous. I love your dessert set up too. The rose plates are so wonderful. happy fourth, many blessings, marlis

  5. What a lovely, lovely birthday Tess!! I love the restaurant idea and dessert afterwards too. And those new dessert plates and beautiful!! THey remind me of the Noritake Condoro my mom gave me. Thanks for stopping by!! I'm so glad you enjoyed the pink!!

  6. Who wouldn't love your beautiful new dishes! You're all ready for your next birthday!

  7. Happy Birthday wishes! The cake looks so good! It's nice to pay attention to birthdays and allows ourselves to enjoy! The dishes your sister gave you are a treat and I know you will always treasure them! Old Country Rose is such a classic and for a good reason- it's very beautiful! Thank-you for your kind comments on my blog too! Liz

  8. Thanks for stopping by my post tonight. I enjoyed your dessert table again tonight. Cherry Kay

  9. Hi Tess, your table is lovely. I love the china.

    I had a birthday on June 22nd. Happy birthday to YOU!


  10. Sounds like you had a nice birthday! Belated wishes to you!

    I also have OCR dishes and I never tire of that beautiful pattern!


  11. Happy Belated Birthday!
    What a wonderful one you had. I love the 3-tier treat plate and the plates from your sister are beautiful. Much happiness...

  12. Hi lovely lady.
    Happy Birthday so sorry Iam not on time !!!
    I hope you had a great day sweet lady. I love comeing over to Visit with you and see all your Beautiful dishes you have!!! I hope you can come visit with me some time. Have a great day..XXOO Diane

  13. Thanks for stopping by my post, Tess. I've been notincing some Royal Albert here and there at Tuesday Morning. thought about you Hope that all is well with you. Cherry Kay

  14. Beautiful Noritake plate. I love your Old Country Rose wet too. Belated Happy Birthday! That coconut cake looks so good!...Christine

  15. What a lovely celebration. Belated happy birthday. Great idea to go out for dinner and have cake at home. Such a beautiful table.

    - The Tablescaper

  16. What a lovely celebration. Belated happy birthday. Great idea to go out for dinner and have cake at home. Such a beautiful table.

    - The Tablescaper

  17. Happy belated birthday to you and what a lovely gathering of china you have. Thank you for visiting my kitchen redo.

  18. Hi, thanks for stopping by Redo and commenting on my Big Thanksgiving plans - y'all are welcome to come!!! I'm jealous you live in the Adirondacks, it's the most beautiful area I've ever been (through) in my life. Now here's what I want you to do - post some more, I want to read more of your awesome life in the Adirondacks with your Brit hubs, your sisters, your cats, your dishes!!!

    Mary @ Redo 101

  19. Happy 50 something! Your cake has me wishing there were some leftover pieces for me. What pretty serving ware to have it on. Enjoy your "birth month"!

  20. Hi lovely lady.
    Thanks so much for your new comments on my fall Tablescape so sweet of you. I hope you are having a wonderful day.
    XXOO Diane

  21. Happy Birthday! A nice ending to a great evening--especially with your beautiful china. What a nice gift from your sister! The dishes are so beautiful, can't wait to see them in a 'scape!! Thanks for visiting with me and your kind comments.

  22. Hey Tess!!

    Thanks for popping over to my blogg!! Oooooh what a lovely little Birthday "party". My favorite is pink too!

    Hope to see you at my blog again soon!!!!!

    Hugs Wendy~

  23. Tess, thanks for stopping by my post today. I pray that all is well with you. It's been so long since you've posted a tablescape. I think that those green plates would be magnificent with some fall colors...hint, hint. Cherry Kay

  24. Thank you all for stopping by...I have been really busy with work and haven't been posting. I love fall and hopefully will be back at it soon. But I do love stopping by seeing all of your lovely posts on your blogs! Hope to have something more updated soon!!!

    Thank you again!!

  25. What a gorgeous coconut cake on such beautiful dishes. Your birthday cake looks so delicious and BIG! I know a great time was had by all.
    You sound like an experienced ebay shopper! Belated Happy Birthday.

  26. Tess -- Thanks for your sweet visit -- always good to hear from you -- hope all is well in your corner of blogland.

  27. Love your cake plate and matching dessert plates, they would look perfect in my cottage. I have a weakness for all plates this roses. Thanks for stopping by Laura Cottage and Broome

  28. What a lovely birthday celebration...a belated happy birthday to you!
    Your celebration reminds me of the one we had Sept 18 for my mom's 93rd birthday. We went to her favorite restaurant for dinner, then to my home for dessert. I used my Royal Albert "Lady Carlyle" dessert plates and a Princess House cake stand.

  29. Thank you for stopping in! I love your blog. What a cute cat! Thanks for sharing, hope you had a great birthday! Have a good week end,JOAnn