how we would like to celebrate and we decided on a catered dinner, a gathering of family and friends.
We were originally going to go to a local restaurant with a private room.
and just before we booked the venue our friends offered to host it in their gorgeous heritage home.
This table was set up in their living room!
Thorn and Thistle is my go to for flowers and my friend artfully arranged them in her vintage vases and planters.
~ Delicious appetizers ~
crab cakes followed by lamb popsicles based on Vikram Vi'j's recipe
started the evening off as they were served while we mingled sipping flutes of Prosecco.
All the catering was done by our good friend Julie who is a superb cook and has an eye for every last detail.
She owns and runs Jules catering here in Victoria.
If you have a special event and need some help please give her a call.
We set up a bar...
Caesar Salad to start...
Home made pasta with Gorgonzola sauce with a garnish of crunchy walnuts
Lemon Chicken "Piccata" so tender that it practically melted in my mouth!
and trays of roasted vegetables.
Dessert was a chocolate quinoa cake served with whipped coconut milk and fresh raspberries.
Oh and there were cards, gifts, Euro's and tears of joy.
My children totally surprised me with a beautiful pearl pendant and bracelet from Birks.
A pretty silver star and a handy jewelry pouch for travel...
I dressed up for the party...
I wore my favourite LBD with an artisan necklace by Debra Kay...
which was swapped for the gorgeous pearl pendant as soon as I opened the box!
Banana Republic Robson handbag and Stuart Weitzman shoes complete the outfit.
I am so grateful for this special party and thank you my wonderful husband, family and friends.
It was a memorable evening and I loved having everyone around helping me usher in the next decade.
We have frequently marked my birthdays on the sandy beaches at Point No Point.
Writing messages in the soft wet sand...
only to watch the waves wash my words away.
"Time and tide wait for no man."
~ Geoffrey Chaucer ~
“The world is a looking-glass, and gives back to every man the reflection of his own face. Frown at it, and it will in turn look sourly upon you; laugh at it and with it, and it is a jolly kind companion.”
~ William Makepeace Thackeray ~
Plan to keep looking for the magic in each day...
and savouring the beautiful.
In my early 20's in the Magic Kingdom...
where does the time go?
Inside I feel very much like that young woman...
a few exterior changes...
My hair is grey, with laugh lines, my jaw is softening...
No longer 110 pounds ~ no longer able to fit into that size 6 leather jacket.
Still like to laugh and smile as often as possible.
Have fun and experience Joy.
Love spending time with our friends and family.
Grateful for our grandchildren ~ the greatest gifts.
Thank you for stopping by...