Snippets from a birthday party

I like to use heirloom keepsakes whenever I can in decorating a table, especially for memorable occasions. For Baby’s birthday table, I decided to keep a traditional theme, sprinkled with the keepsakes that belong to her…

I am keeping a theme – so, you can see that the set up is a lot similar to the setup here

The silver punch bowl set was decorated with Baby’s heirloom wooden blocks Baby has played with (no, Baby doesn’t own the silver punch bowl set – that’s mine!):

Baby’s “important” papers during her first year of life – birth announcement, invitation to her little birthday party, and cards she received from dear friends:

Of course, plates commemorating Baby’s birth were used! :)

Baby’s feeding spoon with the porringer as added accents. Those are the things she had used regularly :

I displayed a couple of Baby’s heirloom dresses propped on a doll bed borrowed from friends. The grey bunny was Baby’s faithful companion in the earlier days:

THE CAKE! The design on the cake was inspired by the smocking on Baby’s birthday dress. I will post about the dress tomorrow:

I thought it would be nice to use candleholders that I didn’t have to throw away after the party. These are the Bunnykins candleholders that will be keepsake for Baby as well:

I used my Royal Albert Lady Carlyle dishes to match the cake:

Goodies for Baby’s buddies (you have seen that quilt before, haven’t you?! :) ):

Zooming in – my Baby Steps Quilt will be featured in Quilter’s World’s April 2010 issue. I already have this Birth Memory Quilt, now all I need is a cross-stitched birth sampler! And yes, I have that in the works too – stay tuned!

Thank you for visiting me. I hope you have enjoyed my Tablescape post. Come back tomorrow if you want to see the birthday dress! Meanwhile, have a lovely lovely day!

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Family Tree

I received sample yardages for the newly released Fabric Collection “Family Tree” by Benartex. The finished quilt made with these fabrics will appear in “The Quilter Magazine” later this year. This is quite a major undertaking for me as it involves A LOT of piecing! I will give a sneak preview in a later post. But for now, don’t you like these old-fashioned looking fabrics that just scream HEIRLOOM to all who look? In my opinion, this collection is one of the prettiest from Benartex I have ever seen! Ahhhh… don’t you just love the scroll work, the heirloom blooms, the rich colors, the timeless beauty…..

I thought I would show off these fabrics with a reproduction of Rembrandt Peale’s 1829 portrait of well-known hero in the Family Tree of America – President and General George Washington. Shown also is a reproduction of a 1792 painting depicting the west front of Mount Vernon. General Washington preferred to not designate the sides of his house as “front and back sides”. Instead the “front” side was called the “west front”, and while the “back” side was called the “east front”:

Mrs. Washington, Martha, was the perfect wife of the Colonial Virginian plantation owner. Her style of entertaining and warmth in hospitality were virtually unmatched. She was also an avid rose gardener whose rose clippings even passed on to her great-granddaughter who later became Mrs. Robert E. Lee. As I am working on this quilt, my thoughts hearken back to General and Mrs. Washington and the history of Colonial and the founding of America, and it is to the memory of these two remarkable historical figures I will dedicate this quilt.

Have a wonderful week ahead, everyone!

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Followup posts:

1. Piecemeal Part I

2. Piecemeal Part II

3. Piecemeal Part III