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Wednesday, April 13, 2011


Michael Lee West and her husband came to our little town last night.  They were both so nice and so much fun!  I wish all of you could have come to meet them.  I also wish I had not run out of time to take some photos of the table.  Even though there wasn’t much to the table, if I had taken pictures of my pitiful table, I would have posted them for Tablescape Thursday. 
“Howevah”, I DID get a photo of the best part of the party.
I was going to tell you that the dark-headed beauty on the left was me, but I was afraid Michael Lee might look at my blog and be very offended that I had told people that the old lady on the right was her.  If you want to know why there are faux peaches hanging from a metal tree on the table in front of us, you’ll have to read Michael’s newest book, “Gone With A Handsomer Man”.  It is such a great read.  I couldn’t put it down until I finished it.
Okay, this is supposed to be a Tablescape Thursday post, so I’ll get back on track now.  During the month of April, I’m never at a loss for tablescapes to post.  This is the month when my checkbook feels like it’s Christmas again.  Our family celebrates five birthdays and a wedding anniversary this month.  We celebrated our grandson’s birthday earlier this month.  Yesterday was my son and his wife’s wedding anniversary, and next week, we’ll celebrate our son’s and daughter’s birthdays, which are five days apart.
Today I’m sharing the tables from our most recent celebration-our son-in-law’s and our daughter-in-law’s birthdays, which we celebrated last weekend. It is kind of nice that my children’s spouses have birthdays within a few days of each other, because I can get away with having one birthday dinner for the two of them.  
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His and her birthday cupcakes.
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Disposable plastic birthday cups from a previous birthday party (which, of course, I had not disposed of) fit perfectly in my little hurricane candle holders.
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Grandchildren’s table.
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The last time I posted, I told you that I was behind on my blog visiting.  Well now, I’m even further behind!  I just get “behinder and behinder”.  Hopefully I’ll catch up soon. 
I’m joining Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
You know, every time I post to my blog, I think “this will be the time nobody comes to visit or leaves a comment on my blog”.  I’m always amazed that you sweet, generous folks stop by my little blog for a visit and leave me lovely comments.  Thank you so much!  I hope you’ll come back to link up for Favorite Things on Friday afternoon.  laurie


Pam @ Our Adventures in Home Improvement said...

Beautiful tables Laurie!

I'm sure you had a great time yesterday and you look great in the picture! I was impressed that even People magazine loved Michael Lee West's book! Very nice!

Have a great day.

Kathleen said...

I have been dying to hear how it went. I got my book in the morning, and finished it last night!!

You have a busy month! And I know you always celebrate with style!

The tables are lovely, and I am sure the celebrations were wonderful!

Unknown said...

Dear Laurie, A friend once told me if you are so far behind just start at the begining and forget the 'behind' there you go..I must write down this book name so I can read it..sounds very interesting..
Your Birthday celebration and table decorating is very nice. It is what memories are made keep on making them..

Diann said...

Hi Laurie!
Oh, I have been so excited to hear how everything went for the book signing! You and Michael are both such lovely ladies! Your birthdy party looks like it was a hit. Everything looks so pretty and just right for a birthday get together!

Anonymous said...

Pretty transferware! I love the cupcakes under glass..they look so elegant.

Anonymous said...

I really thought about driving down. It is only about three hours away. Would have been wonderful.

I got my copy this morning. I intend to read all day tomorrow!:-)

Gloria said...

What a wonderful table you have set for your family! Love the kids table also, so pretty! It's nice that you make everyone feel so special for their special days. And that's a great photo of two lovely ladies shown at the top!

Gloria said...

P.S. I forgot to say that your "Easter" header is so pretty.

Marlis said...

Wishing everyone many blessings for all the happy events. Lucky you.. what a lovely event that must have been. I love your tables.. big people and small alike. great idea about the cups inside the votives!

Sue said...

Laurie, You always celebrate with such gusto! I can only imagine that your dinner and visit w/Michael Lee was such fun. Your tablescapes are so pretty. And don't call yourself an old lady... The both of you look so pretty.
hugs, Sue

Anonymous said...

What fun to get to spend time with Michael! I remember her from the Rate My Space days of Gollum-

Your table is wonderful of course! How special you make your family feel with all the details!

Debbie said...

I'm "behinder and behinder" too! The harder I try to catch up, the more I either have computer woes or get sidetracked on some blog adventure.

I'm so glad that you posted about your MLW adventure. I had been thinking about you and the book signing this week.

I love your birthday tables, as always. I'm so definitely stealing the idea of the cups in the candle holders. That is so cute! My mind is racing...

xinex said...

Oh Laurie, I wish you have taken pictures of the tablescape cause I was curious what you did. But you took the best picture, you and Michael, both looking so lovely. I didn't know you had so mnay April birthdays too. John and I and my daughter Tina are all born in April. My sister's 3 children are all born in April and my sis in law is also born in April. It must have been cold 9 months before that, lol Love your tablescapes, always looking so cheerful....Christine

Lynn said...

Fun tables Laurie, lovin' the cutout chargers! Super pic of you and Michael, I'm sure you all had a great time:@)

Rettabug said...

I was thinking about you & ML all day yesterday, wondering how things were going! You both look MARVELOUS & that had to be a wonderful dinner!! (I can never remember to take photos once folks arrive).
Perhaps others captured the event?
I was hoping someone recorded her book signing & would put it up on youtube. I'll have to go look.

I'm off to cook my vanilla peach coffee cake now!

Sonny G said...

Looks like ya'll had a grand time.. I am so happy for you. and- you look ADORABLE~! your eyes are absolutely twinkling with Joy..


Scribbler said...

What great picture of you and MLW! Such a nice thing for you to do, the book launch party.

This dinner party you gave for your in-laws was lovely. I just love your dining table -- gorgeous! I have always thought that a draw leaf table would fit the space I have now much better than my round one.

Thanks for ordering my book, too. I appreciate each and every single order. You must let me know how you like it. I will get it out to you today.


Alicia@ eco friendly homemakking said...

Looks like everybody had a wonderful time! Your pictures are great! I have heard of her book and now since you gave it such a wonderful review lets me know it must be good.

Glenda/MidSouth said...

Great picture! You are not an old lady. I bet your family love to celebrate at your house.
I stay behind.

Sarah said...

Laurie, you two look great! I know it was a very special evening. My copy of GHM arrived, I'm well into it, and loving it! ~ Sarah

Jacqueline~Cabin and Cottage said...

Two Lovely ladies! Lovely table too. Love your plates! I would have wanted to be at the grandchildren's table!

~ ~ Ahrisha ~ ~ said...

What fun that you got to meet Gollum! I would love to ask her why she choose that name for her blog. Hoping to win one of her books, if not I'll have to buy one as I am hearing such wonderful things. Happy reading.

I adore your lovely French table.
~ ~Ahrisha~ ~

Tricia said...

So glad you took time from your BUSY schedule to post the birthday tables. You're a wonder, Laurie, with all you get done and all you do for others!

Olive said...

You both look gorgeous. I know you had a lovely party! Do not worry about catching up. Just carry on♥

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Laurie, do you realize what a sweetheart you are? This was so great of you to help host this for Michael Lee, and she is so wonderful that I can understand exactly why you did it. You both are beautiful, inside and out! :-)

I can't wait to read her book!

And I really just want to be a fly on the wall at one of your gatherings. You and your family have the most fun, and I love your tables. You really know how to throw a party!

And I love coming to visit you at your blog. You know how to roll out the red carpet, girlfriend!


Sheila :-)

CHERI said...

The birthday table looks great! Your DIL & SIL must feel very special having you decorate everything all up for them:) I've never heard of Michael Lee West but will definitely check out her books...I love to read when I have time.

Handy Man, Crafty Woman said...

Pretty tablescape! Love that you had a children's table, too. Pretty blog! (My name is Laurie, too).


So nice you hosted this for Michael, you're wonderful. You had a table for kids too, so adorable! You're both ladies are beautiful! Beautiful tablescape, lovelie plates.
Thank you for hosting this nice party, I'm so glad I found it and thank you very much too.
Have a nice weekend.

Marigene said...

Pretty red transferware!

The Tablescaper said...

Love those off white metal chargers. They look wonderful in your tablescape and I have feeling they could look great in many others. So glad you had fun with Michael.

- The Tablescaper

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Beautiful table! I just realized that I didn't take my Easter decorations out. I am really lazy these days!!!

Entertaining Women said...

Two wonderful tables. The white lace chargers on the dining table are really special. I can imagine them used in so many different settings. I would have been equally as happy sitting at the children's table...wonderful dinner plates, and the pansy napkins make me smile. Thank you for sharing your lovely designs. Cherry Kay

lvroftiques said...

Laurie you silly! You both look BEAUTIFUL!! And so does your tablescape.....Neither which is any surprise at all *winks* Vanna

Chari at Happy To Design said...

Hi Laurie...

Well...I just had to find out how your party for Michael went! Hehe! I really do feel like I have missed out on sooo much being gone for two weeks. Laurie, I just adore that photo of you and Michael together! You both are such beautiful women...inside and out!!! Ohhh boy...that sure is one party that I would have loved to gone to...I just know that ya'll had the grandest time!!! Did you have a large turnout? sound like me when it comes to celebrating in the month of April! Our family is loaded with all kinds of birthdays. In fact, my daughter Jenni who was here visiting had a birthday on the 20th and I was able to celebrate it WITH her! That was pretty special! Your birthday table looks absolutely gorgeous, of course, you know how I love red transferware! Hehe! Thanks for sharing your beautiful table with us and the very special photo of you and Michael! Such a treat!!!

Love ya,

PS...I just have to say that I loved each and every post between my two notes as well!

Miss Janice said...

No, I am the one who is the most 'behinder and behinder'! Trying to catch up and visit my fave bloggers:) BTW, y'all are both beautiful!!