A Celebration, Confirmation and Mother's Day

Sunday, May 9, 2010

     Last night we celebrated two things, Mother's Day and our oldest son was confirmed.  My parents came and brought their dogs, providing great entertainment for the co-editor.  We went to church then came home to celebrate.  I wanted most everything to be done so that we could enjoy the evening so I started early yesterday with cooking and table setting.

    The roses in our garden have never been prettier and I have really enjoyed having a steady supply to fill vases around the house.  The best time to cut flowers is in the early morning before they are dehydrated from a long day in the sun.  Mr. CV helped me cut and arrange our New Dawn roses into julep cups.

     Flowers are a dinner party must, but I also like to see everyone at the table so I try to keep the arrangements low.  Julep cups are one of my favorite things to use for flowers.

    We used the china that belonged to my grandmother.

    We enjoyed a salad that I made from greens that I grew in containers with avacado, roasted corn, and radishes.  The recipe came from Cooking Light and you can get it here.

    We also had crab cakes with spicy remoulade with roasted new potatoes, also from Cooking Light which you can get here.

    For dessert, we had ice cream, snickerdoodle cookies, and chocolate dipped strawberries.

    By the end of the night, the girls were exhausted...well at least two of them were.

    As I sit here in the quiet hours of the morning, I reflect on Mother's Day and what it means to me.  My mother has been such a wonderful inspiration in my life.  She has taught me to love unconditionally, to garden and to cook, to love birds and nature, and most of all to believe in myself even when it seemed unthinkable.

    Happy Mother's Day to all mothers past and present who have touched our lives with love and grace.

    I am linking with Between Naps on the Porch.


    1. Oh my! Those roses are pretty beyond words! I love how they are sprinkled all the way down the table so that everyone gets a close up way to enjoy them! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog and introducing yourself...I am really enjoying visiting with you via your lovely site. Have a wonderful, restful, joyful Mother's Day!

    2. cheers to Moms and all the creatures who benefit from
      a Mom's unconditional love!

    3. Renee, how wonderful!! You did such a beautiful job with your menu and your table design, love the roses!


      Art by Karena

    4. Your roses are so beautiful! Especially the way you have them so artfully arranged! Happy Mothers Day to you!

    5. Happy Mom's day and congrats to the confirmand. It was a three year program and a pretty big deal around here. Ours were spaced just far enough apart that our Wednesday nights were booked for ten years. I must admit I was glad when our last one finished. :)
      Have a fun weekend.

    6. Somehow, I've been missing the fact that you have Cavaliers. I have a tri-color, too, named Violet. Your table looks beautiful. I love the roses in mint julep cups.

    7. That is such a beautiful tablescape! It sounds like you had a lovely Sunday, and your tired pups are just precious. Thank you for visiting my blog today and welcome back any time!

    8. Beautiful table, wonderful menu...who could ask for anything more? I just love those small bouquets of roses that grace the center of your table. I can't wait for mine to bloom...hope you don't mind if I steal your idea.

    9. How beautiful -- what a wonderful joyful celebration -- your table is just lovely!

    10. What a beautiful table! Your home looks so pretty and the menu - yum! I'm sure it was a great day. And...what darling little fuzzy faces.
      Be a sweetie,
      Shelia ;)

    11. Gee, I loved the way you put vases of roses all the way down the table. That was great. Very yummy menu items, too! Sincerely, Susan

    12. Rene, what a lovely table and a lovely tribute to your mother! I understand about those feelings of gratitude which I feel toward my mother and grandmother and to some other ladies who have mentored and mothered me after my mother died. So I celebrate with you!

      Congratulations to your son on his confirmation. I love how you celebrated this special event by using your grandmother's china and those lovely julep cups with roses. I like to use those silver cups, too.

      Your dogs are absolutely adorable. One of my closest friends had a King Charles named Churchill who had to be the sweetest dog I've ever seen. He had the world's BEST disposition. She had two others before him, Barclay and Winthrop. I absolutely adore that breed. And your other dog is very handsome, too.

      Happy Tablescape Thursday!


      Sheila :-)

    13. What a lovely table! I love the Jefferson cups with the home grown roses. It means so much to use flowers and food that you have grown yourself.

    14. Simply gorgeous! Your roses are incredible, and along with your grandmother's beautiful china, really make the table. SO pretty! The menu also sounded divine. I'd never heard of Jefferson cups -- learned something new today!

    15. Oh, oh, oh, so pretty! And the food looks devine :)


    16. Stunning table! Love the roses in Julep cups -- yes, arrangements need to be see-over-able at the table!

      Beautiful china, wonderful food -- why was I not invited? OH I know why -- you knew I would not be able to resist kidnapping your two tricolor Cavaliers.

      To join my Blenheim boy.

      Gorgeous dogs!

      And someplace in the hidden recesses of my shelves, I have four silver jefferson cups. Must find them....


    17. Beautiful table...the roses are stunning!

    18. Your table is exquisite! I prefer a beautiful, but understated table, like yours. I'm going to have to borrow your mint julep idea in the near future, so simple yet so effective. The menu sounds wonderful, too! And your Dining Room is a treasure! What a lovely party.

    19. How did I miss this post? As always, love photos of your home...your colors are gorgeous, as are your roses. There is always something over here at Cottage & Vine to inspire me. Thanks so much!


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