A Special Birthday Tablescape

I love Mondays (when there is no school)!  There’s something so relaxing and comforting about not having to jump into the swing of things until Tuesday.  And I especially love Mondays off when I entertain the night before.

Last night I had a special birthday dinner for my mom and my aunt.  They are sisters, both born on October 5th, and they are five years apart.  Try trying to explain that to a bunch of 4th graders.  It was blowing their minds!  So in honor of them, I made a nice dinner and created a fall tablescape perfect for the occasion.

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I went with my gold placements again.  I love these!  They are perfect when you don’t want to use a charger, and the detail and size is right for our large, square table.  I had a menu full of new recipes I wanted to try.  I highly recommend the Creamy Apple Cider Vinaigrette and the Philly Cheese Steak Casserole.  When making a dinner for thirteen people, I choose recipes that can be made before and just heated in the oven.  I also like to have a clean kitchen when my guests arrive.  Plus, I went with pretty paper napkins to eliminate the need to wash and iron thirteen cloth ones.

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For a favor/place card, I made candy with saltines, chocolate and brown sugar to create a heavenly sweet and salty treat.  Each person got few pieces with their name attached.  The kids were chomping at the bit all weekend to eat them!

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The centerpieces were actually candle holders from Michaels.  I found them in fall clearance section and they came to about $2 a piece!  Score!  The tops come off and I used them as vases.  My mom, aunt and Joe’s mom each got to take one home, along with the candle insert that they can use at another time.

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As one of the appetizers, I tried this baked ricotta cheese dip.  It was good, but I can’t say it was excellent.

Overall, it was a special night filled with fun conversations, the same stories told again and again, and two special ladies being able to blow their candles out together.

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Enjoy your Monday! xo

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