Sunday, August 30, 2020

Celebrating My Chef

We celebrated my Chef's birthday recently.

76 Years!

With birthday celebrations limited during COVID,
the trend is to celebrate with a driveby parade.
I arranged one with 76 trombones.
Click the video to join in!

Within the house, the table was set for two.
We celebrated with a special birthday brunch.

In the Chef's honor, I thought it appropriate
to set the table with a foodie theme.

Fresh veggies on skewers were added
into the flowers for a centerpiece.

The table was set with dinner plates from our 
Rainbow Gate Fruit Series.
Cherries for me and figs for my guy.

We bought our plates in the 1990s, but they are still available.
Rainbow Gate in Santa Fe, NM.
Linens are new from my favorite linen source,
Crown Linen Designs.

 We've enjoyed our beautiful Arte Italica
petwer stemware for over 20 years.

This cute MacKenzie-Childs radish and bunny
are actually a salt and pepper.

Recently added MacKenzie-Childs 
napkin rings debuted for this special occasion.

I didn't hesitate to add these vintage handmade ceramic rings,
even though there was only one of each style available.
I'm all about a mix, so I placed the Argentina 
napkin ring at the chef's placesetting, and .   .   .

The Torquay patern in the Palm and Devon 
colorway was at my placesettinng.

We dined on a Chef original ~ a simple veal and veggie dish 
served in hashbrown potato nests.

I toasted the birthday guy with a mimosa.


German Chocolate Cake from Central Market Bakery. 

The cake was small, but more than enough for two
with extra to share with the neighbors.

Happy Birthday to my favorite guy!


The summer we married, my husband was in graduate school, and I was employed as a teacher. We took a portion of our savings that summer and purchased a sailboat. We christened our Catalina 22, “Hyacinths For The Soul” after Saadi’s poem. Our "Hyacinths" provided years of pleasure.


  1. Sarah, the details are impeccable, the video and theme delightful and, overall, fete fit for your Chef. Well done! Love all the details, esp your pewter stemware, napkin rings and centerpiece! I hope Monnie has a fantastic year ahead

  2. Happy Birthday to your Chef Sarah and wishing him many more! Love your gorgeous flower arrangement with the addition of veggies! The MacKenzie-Childs radish and bunny salt & pepper shaker set is adorable and perfectly paired with your table details. I'm a fan of mix and match too. The birthday cake looks delicious. ♥

  3. Sarah, Happy birthday to your Chef! What a lovely celebration for the two of you, with each detail so perfectly presented. Your flower arrangement is stunning with the addition of veggies on skewers. The brunch sounds heavenly and the cake is the grand finale!

  4. Sarah, a delightful brunch setting and video to celebrate your chef's birthday. I always love your attention to detail, the linens of course, pewter stems, MC napkin rings and the adorable salt and pepper and the plates. Perfect theme too for a chef. I always enjoy seeing peeks of your lovely home. Happy Birthday Monnie! Hope you both have a wonderful week............

  5. How lovely and perfectly designed! Happy Birthday Monnie!

  6. Belated Happy Birthday to your special Monnie - and may he enjoy many, many more. With such a marvelous and beautiful celebration as you show here Sarah, I don't know how you can make it any better though! Gorgeous place settings, and I was really surprised that MC has a pattern which gives a nod to my hometown - TORQUAY
    in the Palm and Devon pattern. I've not heard of that one before.

    Stay well dear friend - always so nice to see you here sharing the beautiful colors from your home.

    Hugs always - Mary

  7. What a lucky man and vice versa..How sweet and thoughtful of you:)
    Here ..we what would you like for dinner?:) LOL No flowers no fanfare no cards..I do bake him a cake..but he is used to always having something.In his defense I don't want a cake;)With my's different:)

  8. Happy Birthday to your Chef Sarah! What a wonderful tribute you created for him with 76 trombones and a beautiful foodie tablescape! The flowers are gorgeous and the napkin rings with the acorn flowers are so pretty! Of course, black and white Courtly Check goes with everything and that cake!! Swoon!!

  9. Dearest Sarah,
    Happy belated Birthday to you Chef!
    That was a perfect setting for the special occasion.
    No doubt he appreciated and enjoyed it and so did your lucky neighbors.

  10. Belated Happy Birthday wishes to the Chef, his birthday dinner looks delicious and yout table setting more that matched that astounding Chocolate cake.
    3 Cheers for M!

  11. Happy Belated Birthday wishes are sent to your Chef, and your favorite guy! The meal looks wonderful, and your table is always charming, Sarah! I’ll bet he loved the 76 trombone parade!

  12. Sarah, happy birthday to your hubby! Your tablescape is gorgeous. The centerpiece you created is beautiful! That German chocolate cake looks most scrumptious. I hope you have a most beautiful week ahead!

  13. Sending Birthday wishes to your dear man! I've always enjoyed seeing his beautiful meal presentations. I miss the days of beautiful 'tablescaping', and yours have never missed the mark--this is stunning. The pewter stemmed wine glasses are gorgeous, and I really like the MC napkin ring in black and gold. I'll be checking out your linen source, I'm always adding! The cake looks scrumptious! My mother was German and my grandfather always made his German Chocolate cake when he came to stay for a bit. Yum!!

    Stay happy and healthy!

    Jane x

  14. What a wonderful table, cake and celebration for your favorite guy! Fabulous!

  15. You clever party girl, you! What a wonderful way to celebrate the Chef's birthday -- and please extend my wishes, too. The table is beautiful (no surprise there!) and the cake looks divine. Most of all, it looks like a day filled with love. (Speaking of which, I loved the video!)

  16. Happy Belated Birthday to your favorite guy Sarah! The meal looks wonderful, and your table is always impeccable. Was he surprised and smiling at the 76 trombone parade? How special for both of you. Love your gorgeous flower arrangement with the addition of veggies! The radish and bunny salt & pepper shaker set is adorable. The birthday cake looks delicious. What a lovely celebration for your special hubby!

  17. Sarah,
    Your table looks so lovely for hubby's birthday. What a special occasion. Congratulations, you are being featured at Over The moon Linky party. I hope you stop by.

  18. A belated Happy Birthday to your Chef, Sarah. I'm sure Monnie enjoyed all the special attention, the table is beautifully set. BTW, I'm been trying to figure a way of leaving comments on my Blogger friends sights and hopefully this will go through.


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