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Wednesday, May 4, 2011


That’s better than “Bats in the Belfry”, right?

This past weekend, we celebrated the last of our April family birthdays. Our daughter and our son requested a Mexican dinner for their combined birthday celebrations.


I served Taco Soup in the individual casseroles I bought at Trees, Trends and More last year.

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Following the soup, we ate tacos, tostados, refried beans and Mexican rice. (dinner plates: Susan Williams-Ellis Botanic Garden; flatware: William Rogers “Eternally Yours”)

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The centerpiece butterfly is an outdoor solar decoration. I brought him inside and stuck a votive candle between his wings. (He didn’t seem to mind).

The eyelet edge on these napkins reminded me of butterfly wings. (When I was putting them in the washer, I realized that the look of butterfly wings would have been enhanced if I had put a pastel napkin under this one).
Butterfly demitasse cups served as salt cellars at each place setting.


I put paper nut cups inside these trinket boxes to use them for individual shredded cheese servers.


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I don’t know how all of you take such good photos of candlelit tables. It doesn’t work with my camera.


A couple of people have asked how to make your photo look like a box (as in my header and my button for Favorite Things Saturday). I use Photoscape for everything I do to my photos. I previously posted about making mosaics on Photoscape here. Photoscape is a free program that you can download on your computer (unless you have a MAC).

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While in the “Edit” mode of Photoscape, there is a section entitled “Filters”. When you click on that, there is a whole list of effects you can use for your photos. One is entitled “Make A Box”. If you click on it, the photo you’ve chosen magically becomes a box.

I am linking this post to these fun parties (click on the button to go to the host blog):
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There will be a linkup for Favorite Things here on Friday. Hope you’ll come join us. Thank you so much for your visit to my little blog. laurie


Diann said...

Og, your table looks so pretty. I love the little tureens. And the dishes are so lovely. What a cute and clever idea to use the trinket boxes with paper liners for shredded cheese! I am gonna steal that idea!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

What a sweet table. I love the butterfly theme and how you carried it out in unique and very clever ways. hugs, Linda

Kathleen said...

I love the little covered tureens! The napkins are so pretty, and they do look like butterflies, probably Monarchs if you have a few Margaritas!
Great table, Laurie, and I am sure another wonderful fun time at your house!

Salmagundi said...

I love those little individual casseroles - I must look for some (as if I need more dishes!!) Enjoy the week. Sally

ellen b said...

Love it all Laurie! We are eating Mexican tonight and I think it's one of my all time favorites! The butterflies are great. What fun to have those individual casseroles!

Debbie said...

This one's a favorite. I love butterflies and you have them flitting all over this table! I could not possibly pick a favorite element, but those napkin rings would be strong contenders.

middle child said...

I hate posts like this! In the very beginning, there is something soooo cool that I must comment on but as I read on,......Oooo there's another thing and by the time I get to the end of the post, I am dizzy with delight at all wonderful things I've just seen. No way could I mention them all in one comment. Thanks for sharing.

Anonymous said...

This is a beautiful table Laurie.

Thanks so much for stopping by. We are far away from the rivers. The nearest is the Cuivre, about 4 miles. We are 14 miles from the Mississippi. How are you doing?

Marlis said...

Lovely table.. Cute place to put your cheese!! Nice menu too. Love the runners too. Thanks so much for sharing.

Sarah said...

Another pretty table for the family celebrations. The butterfly theme is a perfect choice for spring birthdays. Cute individual tureens, Laurie, and a clever idea to use the demitasse cups as individual salts. Your idea of pairing colorful napkin with the white linen napkins would definitely add dimension with those delicate lace designs.
The new header looks great! Thanks for sharing the directions for creating a box. I use Picasa. I'm going to see if they offer this tool.
See you tomorrow for Favorite Things. ~ Sarah

aimee said...

love it! happy birthday to all!

Unknown said...

Dear Laurie,
Wonderful pictures and I hope everyone had a great time for their birthdays..Sure would be nice if there was a man friend like Tom or a friend like GPS for photo editing...then one could never get lost! have too many dishes to wash...

Unknown said...

woops..I meant 'SO' many not 'TOO' many..we can never have 'too' many dishes..

xinex said...

What a clever idea to come up with your butterfly centerpiece. Your plates, cups and flatware are all so pretty....Christine

Lynn said...

A very pretty table Laurie, lovin' the butterflies! I'm always up for Mexican Food, Happy Cinco de Mayo:@)

Rettabug said...

You're going to be seeing blocks all over the place now, Laurie! Thanks for explaining how to do it. I just did one for my May header...come see!

Your butterfly table is fluttery fun! Love the centerpiece & that china is GORGEOUS!!!

Hugs & thanks again,

Olive said...

Now you have me wanting to go to another editing program...I cannot...not enough time. I will enjoy your gorgeous table in boxes instead! hugs♥olive

Glenda/MidSouth said...

A very pretty and festive table, and the menu sounds so good.
Thanks for sharing the info about photoscape. I made notes to check into it long ago, but just never got around to getting it done.
Have a great day.

Jewel Sauls said...

Pretty butterflies everywhere! I love using the teacups as salt cellares and I even have those exact teacups! I also have troubles taking candlelit pictures! Thanks for sharing all your pretty ideas and tables!

squawmama said...

Very nice Laurie...

The Tablescaper said...

Such a a wonderous celebration of your butterfly collection. I too love those little lidded tureens. So glad that you will be linkng this to Seasonal Sundays.

I appreciate your comment on my Royal Wedding Breakfast Part I and thought you might like to know that Part II is up now.

- The Tablescaper

Sue said...

Laurie, those colorful tureens are just wonderful and versatile! What a fun table with the butterflies as your inspiration. I love that metal butterfly as the centerpiece. :-)
I am preparing an authentic New Mexico meal for guests next week. Quite a bit different from Tex-Mex - I use dried red chile pods from Hatch, NM and steak or roast beef for the chile gravy to make enchiladas. Oh yum, I am drooling already! I use every pot and pan in the kitchen for this dinner menu! LOL

Debby@Just Breathe said...

Your the perfect hostess. Your family is so blessed to have you.

we three dogs and me said...

Thanks for information about your header. Your family are lucky to have such a great dinner, Wish I was there lol

Anonymous said...

Laurie, put me on the list to inherit the tureens. I love finding neat things that look as good as they are practical. A second napkin might have been nice, but, hey, you can only use one at a time!

Celestina Marie said...

Hi Laurie,
Just wanted to stop by and wish you a Happy Mother's Day when I read your post from childhood.
What a touching and beautiful story. It just brought tears to my eyes but happy thoughts too for a blessing you and your sweet sister received that day.
Count not leave a comment, so I had to come to another post, which I am glad since this is amazing too.
I love all your tablescapes. You are talented beyond words my friend.
I love photoscape too and use it everyday for my shoppe, blog and personel pics. Love it.
Hope you have a wonderful Mother's Day weekend and blessings for many beautiful memories to be made.
Hugs from Texas,
Celestina Marie

Sara's Sweet Surprise said...

Hello Laurie ~it was such a pleasure catching up with you.
I always enjoy seeing what you've got to share. Your repost was the perfect Mothers Day story. Thanks for sharing it again. It's so touching. i would imagine you brought great joy to your moms heart.

I got such a tickle from your Easter egg hunt recap. I anticipate the day when we have wee ones for the holiday festivities.

I hope your weekend is filled with a splendid surprise.
Sweet wishes,

The Tablescaper said...

Hope that you had a wonderful Mother's Day. Thank you for being a part of Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a pretty table -- There always seems to be a wonderful gathering around the table at your home.

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