Tuesday, June 29, 2010


Kit's Birthday Party on Saturday was moved indoors, because of an all-night/all day rain. Despite the change in plans, the mood was happy, the celebration noisy and fun, and everyone seemed to have a really good time. The Birthday Girl had requested a Hannah Montana/Princess party---quite a combination---and had chosen a cake pattern from a bakery in GA. Her Mom got all the parts and pretties for construction of the “castle” and also the plates, the napkins, and a big festive cloth befitting Princessly revels.

She also included a HM “You’re a Rock Star” drinking glass for the Honoree, and Aunt Caro provided party favors of bubblegum and jewelry, all in the HM vein as well. All that splendor seemed to gladden the heart of everybody, and we settled in at three tables downstairs.

And, of course, before we sat down to lunch, we had our usual rousing dance to Joe Cocker’s “Feelin’ All Right”---lotsa napkin-waving, quick-stepping, booty-shaking goin’ on. All the kids and almost every one of the adults got into the swing of things, bumping into each other, furniture, pets, and each other again, as we sashayed and wiggled all around the party area.
Everybody always remembers this, and asks to do it again.

We had a nice Spring/Summery lunch, meant for a leisurely, gracious time outdoors, and it served as well for a nice indoor gathering, listening to the soft rainfall.

In the background are Butter-and-Jam Fingers---the beginning of most Tea Parties, and Honey Ham and Cheese on Rolls:

Chicken Salad in Croissants, which, by chance, were stacked in the fridge atop the plate of crudite and beneath the heavy old hobnail glass dish of devilled eggs. What started as the baker’s pride, poufy and golden, ended as smushed, wrinkly old fellows---kind of a Life Lesson, if you care for one.

Those HEAVY eggs---must be all that mustard:

Crudite, served with ranch dip:

Celery sticks with Peanut Butter/honey for dipping:

Peanut Butter and Peach Jam Hearts

Baby Red Potato Salad:

Shrimp Remoulade:

Somewhere on the table was an immense casserole dish of Mac and Three Cheeses, made with Rotini (Princess Ribbons) and Rotelle (Fairy Coach Wheels).

And for Dessert: Berries with Powdered Sugar in the big berry.

Tiny cupcake brownies:

Lemon Petits Fours:

And that fabulous Birthday Cake---made by Aunt Caro:

With Breyer's Vanilla Bean Ice Cream and a dish of Toasted Pecans.
The time was much too short, as usual, and just re-living it through pictures and memories these past few days has been a lovely little project. They'll be back before Summer's close, and we'll have more to do, more to see, and we'll hope to catch up on all the fun things we didn't have time for this visit.


Southern Lady said...

It was truly a party fit for a princess, Rachel ... and what a cake! Caro is so multi-talented.

It sounds like your visit was filled with happy times and sweet, sweet memories in the making, even if the weather didn't accommodate your outdoor plans.

I know you're already planning for their next visit, and hope it is even better than the first.

Kouign Aman said...

Oh my! That cake!

Marlene said...

Rachel, in my next life I'm coming back as
your grandchild!!! Thanks for sharing all
your happy times..your blog is always first on my list and starts my day with a smile.

racheld said...

I'm so glad to hear from Y'all!!

Marlene---I try to visit you every time you comment---wish you had a click-back so I could return your kind words. Thank you for the lovely compliment!

Beverly said...

Ah, such a wonderful party. It would have been loved by any princess. I know you all had a wonderful time.

I kind of miss the days of being a princess.

Tonja said...

My! Way to throw a party! It all looks divine! And, the cake, OH MY...every little girl's fancy! And, every grownup's wish that they could make one like it! Surely you had someone videoing the dancing! So, post it and let us join in the fun!!!

racheld said...

I want to chime in for a moment, and say that I've got some sorta glitch in my sign-in or something, for I've written comments on I don't know how many blogs today, and then will get a pesky "Error Message" after I've written something heartfelt and hoping to let the blogger know how much I'd enjoyed the piece/pictures/recipes/tour/craft, etc.

I'm so sorry that I'm sorta incognito and out of touch---perhaps it's this new server not gee-hawing with other stuff we've got installed.

I'd better just hope THIS goes through---it failed to recognize me TWICE today already.

Sorry, everybody---I'm trying to keep up, and REALLY tried to comment!!


Keetha said...

Look at you go! That's a party fit for a princess.

Peanut butter and peach jam heart-shaped sandwiches. Swoon!

Now I want to hear "Feelin' All Right" and dance around.

Kim Shook said...

I want someone to bring me a huge plate with all of that on it instead of having to get my butt off the chair and COOK! What a great party, Rachel.

Lady Katherine said...

Oh, this was wonderful! You need to link it one day on Tea Time Tuesday! My husband loves to eat celery with peanut butter, I think the honey would be great in it! Wish I had some of these wonderful recipes! Just love it!