Thursday, February 3, 2011

A Birthday Celebration

 Cindi      Sally      Ruth      Sandi     Gail

My friend Sally had her birthday in December but since that was such a busy time of the year, we decided to have a belated  birthday celebration in January, actually January 31st. 

Cindi hosted Sally's birthday celebration.
Since the next day was February and we love our times together, Cindi chose a 
Valentine themed setting.

The pink swirl glass dishes let you peek to the vintage rose plates and bowls.

The beautiful floral napkins were folded with detail.  Cindi said she has a book that shows different ways to fold napkins.

Here are some close-ups of the tablescape.

Our potluck Menu was Soups and Salads.
This salad was just the beginning.

Even though the family room is large we enjoyed our cozy space in front of the fireplace. 
I just had to show you the old cash register that sits close by.

Cindi purchased this beautiful table runner the day before on a shopping spree.

 More Valentine vignettes sprinkled around the room.

You can find many lovable treasures in this vignette.

 Valentine hankies and perfume bottles tucked away with a vintage Valentine postcard.

The "Cupids Book" was a purchase from my booth at the Ventura Flea Market the day before.
I have to tell you, that when my grandsons were younger I saw them one day looking at that book and snickering because the cupid was naked.

Did anyone say DESSERT!
This Valentine vignette was by the dessert bar.

We always love it when Cindi is in charge of desserts.  
She doesn't just make one dessert she makes many.

Sally's favorite is chocolate.

 Strawberry Truffle goes so well for Valentine's Day.
It not only is beautiful but yummy.

 Of course you have to sample it all and the gracious hostess that Cindi is, she sends us home with lots of goodies.

 Cindi and her husband, Chuck, sent us home with oranges, tangerines, and grapefruits
picked from their trees.

Chuck was trying to show us his creative decorating side with this display of grapefruits. 
  The "White Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge"  just kept popping in my mouth.  
They didn't last long after I took them home so I thought I would share Cindi's recipe with you and let you taste for yourself.  The great thing about this recipe is that it makes a large batch so it is great for when  you are entertaining.

White Chocolate Peanut Butter Fudge

2 pounds Guittard Brand White Chocolate Chips
2 cups  Skippy Peanut Butter (Chunky or Creamy)
2 cups Special K or Rice Krispies Cereal
2 cups Peanuts (Dry Roasted or Regular)
2 cups Miniature Marshmallows

Melt white chips and peanut butter on stove or in microwave at 70% power for 5 minutes.  Add remaining ingredients and stir until thoroughly mixed.  Turn mixture into buttered jelly roll pan.  Use piece of waxed paper to press fudge smooth.  Refrigerate for approximately 30 minutes and cut into squares. (It is easier to cut before it gets too hard in refrigerator).  Store in Refrigerator


Thank you Cindi for hosting such a fun evening and
Happy Birthday Sally!

I'm linking to the following Blog Parties:

Thursday Tablescape at Between Naps on the Porch
Foodie Friday at Designs by Gollum
Show and Tell at My Romantic Home
Junkin Finds Friday at Alacarte