Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Lunch in the Country

Well, here I am celebrating with my friends again.  Three of us have birthdays within a month of each other so we have much celebrating going on at this time of the year.  It is time to say "Happy Birthday" to Ruth.   We took a little ride out in the country to our friend, Cindi's house.

After passing by oil fields full of oil derricks,
the green pastures at "Addis Acres" are a pleasant sight.

You travel along the drive and see horses grazing in the pastures.

The front walkway  is a refreshing respite from the heat with plants, ponds, waterfalls and creeks running through the area.

This would have been a beautiful spot to have lunch 
if the temperature wasn't around 100 degrees.
So, we had Ruth's birthday luncheon inside.

 The lovely parlor is the perfect setting for conversation while
Cindi and Ruth wait for guests to arrive.

We swooned over Cindi's lush tablescape of pink flowers  
with black accents and a touch of leopard print.

The pink candles are battery operated which is perfect for a hot day. Cindi said she purchased them at Tuesday Morning store. I hope you can see the beautiful etching on the vintage stemware.

This vintage pink and black set was going to go to a garage sale but lucky for us we got to enjoy them.  Cindi has the best garage sales so one of us would have purchased them I'm sure...lol

The black gloves have vintage rhinestone brooches to add some bling to this dazzling tablescape.  Most were given to Cindi  from her relatives.

The large dining room accommodates many guests.  
Cindi usually hosts our Christmas get-together with spouses.
  If you would like to see the past Holiday tablescape at her house click here. You will be in for a treat.  It may get you thinking of Christmas in July.

A black dinner plate with an embossed pink plate.
The pink cutwork design on the placemat is dainty and delicate.
The pink rose napkins with the pink wrapped chocolate tied with a cute ribbon is a yummy touch to this place setting.  Notice the black and white dot ribbon on the stemware.

There is "eye candy" every where you turn

Even though my picture didn't turn out so great,
I wanted to share this vignette with the Victorian boots and vintage stacked suitcases.

While on our way to the salad buffet we passed through the vibrant nook area.

We had a salad potluck lunch.  Many yummy salads to choose from.

You have to taste a sample of everything.
We all love to take a doggie bag  home (I should say husband bag).
We are all too full to make dinner so this works great.

I just ate this dessert last week and it was so good,
I had to make it for our birthday girl, Ruth.
After I  tasted it, I should have known it was a Paula Deen recipe.
It is called "Not Yo' Mama's Banana Pudding".
I hope to be sharing the recipe for Foodie Friday.

Happy Birthday Ruth

Friendship isn't a big thing - it's a million little things.  ~Author Unknown

Ruth does a million things for each one of us with a kind, gentle spirit.
We are blessed to call her friend.

Thank you Cindi for hosting our Birthday celebration.

Take a ride out in the country with a friend, you never know what you might discover.

 I'm joining Tablescape Thursday with Susan at Between Naps on the Porch.   If you would like to see more creative tablescapes, click on the TT button on my sidebar or click here.