This beautiful card inspired a quiet summer birthday dinner for my mother-in-law, Jeri.
When I saw it for the first time, I smiled . . . and thought of her.
I love its bright, cheery colors . . . and feminine, fun design.
I am blessed to have such a wonderful mother-in-law.
She has always shown such unconditional love, caring, and giving to her family . . . a beautiful example to us all.
So it was my privilege to help make her special day, extra special.
~ fun mini bunting ~
and white garden roses
With the birthday card I found as my inspiration, I began planning the details of her evening dinner.
I found this tablecloth in my collection, and thought it was perfect. Isn't it pretty?
~ buttercream yellow, pastel green, periwinkle ~
and shades of pink
Since we've been enjoying gorgeous weather here, I set up our dining outside . . . and I'm so glad that I did, because it was a beautiful evening!
In true Summer fashion, I kept our table setting simple . . .
and place settings of white chargers and crisp, white plates.
Playful green bunting stood tall in the center bud vase.
Sweet wishes on our chalkboard!
And for dinner . . .
I wanted to serve a simple (yet special) Summer menu . . .
fresh kiwis and strawberries
candied walnut & cranberry spinach salad
with Cranberry, Walnut & Gorgonzola dressing
fancy poppyseed chicken
with toasted almonds and sauteed Shitake mushrooms
Our kids and I made Jeri ~ aka Grandma ~ a 10-layer lemon cake.
We lovingly named it . . . the Lemon Penthouse Cake!
((Our kids named it after "Fix It Felix's Penthouse" in the movie "Wreck It Ralph."))
((As for me, I named it The Leaning Tower, as Swiss Meringue Buttercream doesn't
hold up well in heat!))
The Lemon Penthouse Cake was Barefoot Contessa's Classic Yellow Cake recipe with the zest of 1 lemon . . . . and then layered with fresh Lemon Curd and Miette's Lemon Swiss Meringue Buttercream. I garnished the TOP and sides of the cake with fresh raspberries . . . they were a wonderful compliment! And pretty too!!
It was a pleasant dinner that ended well after the sun set that evening.
There's something magical about good company, good food, an evening breeze, and a sunset.