Turning 58 CANNOT Be THAT BAD!
Especially when Green HEAD WRAPS APPEAR at YOUR DOOR and you have NO QUALMS ABOUT BUYING ENDLESS FLOWERS!
WELCOME TO MY BIRTHDAY SOIREE!
MY VERSION of a MESSY BUN!
The GREY STRANDS ARE TAKING OVER and I think it looks OKAY!
LA TAVOLA is taking SHAPE!
This is my FAVORITE part about giving a PARTY………….
SETTING THE TABLE.
I wish I could start THREE DAYS in ADVANCE.
THE DRINK DEPARTMENT!
MY THEME WAS CAFTANS & COCKTAILS!
THIS OLD RED CHAIR I FOUND AT THE Salvation Army YEARS AGO……….IN LIVERMORE.
I HAD TO HAVE IT!
THE CHAIR LIVED IN MY SHOP FOR AWHILE UNTIL A DASHING DUCHESS CAME ONE DAY AND BOUGHT IT OUT FROM UNDER ME!
I USED IT AT MY DESK……………, YEARS LATER SHE SOLD IT BACK TO ME AND HAD THE CUSHION ADJUSTED!
IT WAS A WIN WIN SITUATION!
I WAS HAPPY TO GET IT BACK………
WERE THESE ITALIAN URNS WITH TAFFY.
I LOVE THE COLORS OF THE SALTWATER TAFFY……..REMINDS ME OF MY CHILDHOOD ON CATALINA ISLAND!
TADAH…………I THINK I MIGHT BE READY!
THE EARRINGS WERE A GIFT AS WELL FROM MY FRIENDS DOWN SOUTH WHO OWN A FEW BOUTIQUES!
THE CAFTAN HAILS FROM AUSTRALIA.
YES, it’s a CAMILLA!
PINK AND YELLOW ARE MY FAVORITE!
TWO OF MY FAVORITE COLORS AS WELL!!
THE CAKE I MADE FROM A COOKBOOK CALLED A TABLE IN VENICE!
I MIGHT ADD IT GETS BETTER WITH AGE!!!!!!!!!!
JUST LIKE ALL OF US!
I ADORE TO DECORATE WITH FLOWERS FROM MY GARDEN.
I was able to NAB THE ITALIAN before the festivities began………..NOT AN EASY TASK!
LOOK HOW WELL WE COMPLIMENTED EACH OTHER!!!
This is another REAL ITALIAN!!!!!!!!!
WHAT A JOY TO SEE THESE TWO!!!
MY PHONE RINGS IN SAFEWAY THE DAY BEFORE MY PARTY AND I SEE WHO IS CALLING BUT BEFORE I EVEN SAY HELLO I ASK HER TO HOLD!!!!
I WAS IN MID CONVERSATION WITH THE MANGER OF THE STORE AS SHE WAS TRYING TO FIND ME CANDLES WHICH THEY HAD NOT SOLD IN TWO YEARS!I COULD NOT BELIEVE THAT AS I COULD STILL SEE THEM IN MY MIND AT THE END OF THAT AISLE!
SO, ON THE PHONE WAS NEVER MIND DONNA!!!!!!!!
MOST OF MY FRIENDS HAVE OTHER GIVEN NAMES BUT I CANNOT TAKE THE CREDIT FOR THIS ONE!THAT BELONGS TO JULIE……..A COUSIN OF SORTS!
YOU SEE I KNEW DONNA AND TRACY WHEN I WAS ABOUT 18 YEARS OLD!
WE ALL WORKED IN FASHION EITHER IN RETAIL OR WHOLESALE……..
SINCE WE WORKED SO HARD WE WOULD HEAD TO Palm Springs TO RELAX!!!!
THESE TRIPS WERE CALLED THE EXHAUSTION CLUB.
AGAIN I THINK JULIE CAME UP WITH THIS NAME!!!!CORRECT ME IF I AM WRONG DONNA!!!
SO, DONNA IS UP VISITING TRACY WHO LIVES ABOUT 20 MINUTES AWAY…………..
THEY WANT TO TAKE ME TO LUNCH ON SATURDAY!I CANNOT GO AS I AM HOSTING A GARDEN SOIREE CALLED CAFTANS and COCKTAILS AND CENA………….
I SAY CAN YOU COME TO DINNER AS I HAD JUST LOST ONE GUEST!
THEY SAY YES!!!!!!!!
SO, THEY ARRIVE IN CAFTANS ON A DAYS NOTICE!!!!!!!!!!!!!
THE STORY GETS BETTER………BUT FIRST A FEW MORE PHOTOS!!!
I did a FULL TWIRL so you can see all sides!
SO, IF YOU ALL READ ME YOU KNOW I DO AN AGELESS STYLE POST WITH CINDY ONCE A MONTH!
HERE SHE IS………….SO LUCKY TO HAVE THESE PHOTOS AS SHE IS CAMERA SHY!
CINDY IS A DECORATOR FROM THE CARMEL VALLEY AREA……..
SHE AND HER HUSBAND HAIL FROM INDIANA ORIGINALLY AND COULDN’T BE NICER PEOPLE!
SO, WHEN I TELL YOU TO CLICK HERE ON MY AGELESS STYLE POSTS I AM SENDING YOU TO CINDY’S BLOG!
IF YOU WANT TO PEEK TODAY CLICK HERE!!!!!!!
Todays post is on a KITCHEN REMODEL!
I TOLD THE WIVES TO HAVE THE HUSBANDS WEAR COLORED SHIRTS……….IT WORKED!
This HUSBAND gets an A~PLUS!
FIRST COURSE is ARRIVING………..PESTO PASTA.
BANKSY & WINSTON getting ready for their second dinner!
This is what 4 pounds of pasta looks like…………..
We were 15 people, so about one pound box to 4 people.
Remember we start with this than have a normal dinner…….or CENA!
NEVER eat bread with your pasta…….you are just filling up your tummy with the bread.
You are allowed to wipe the bowl with a little piece however!
To get that last bit of sauce!
BREAD IS A FILLER.It is used if you did not have enough food.
SO, WHEN IN ITALY AND THEY DONOT BRING THE BREAD WITH THE PASTA DON’T ASK!
Let’s finish the STORY I started at the beginning……
SO, TRACY who is featuring a CAFTAN from POSITANO as she just had gotten back from ITALY THREE DAYS PRIOR to this SOIREE has a BIRTHDAY IN JULY ALSO!
Guess who recalled THAT?
I was SO PROUD OF MYSELF than I ask her “What DATE ARE YOU?”
She says TODAY!!!!!!!!
YOU see I had the party on the 21st as it fell on a SATURDAY, but my DAY is JULY 22.
SO WE BOTH BLEW OUT THE CANDLES ON OUR CHOCOLATE CAKE!
HERE IT COMES!
WE MUST MAKE A WISH!
DOUBLE CHIN IN FULL GLORY!
LOVE THIS PHOTO!
The Table tells a STORY………..
It was LIMONCELLO TIME…see the small green glasses?
Home ~ Made by the ITALIAN.
The GUEST BOOK.
Which was a book given to me by my friends in Florence when we left…..
They all wrote a Good-Bye passage to me.
I should read those again as its been 25 YEARS this past JUNE we arrived back in CALIFORNIA!
Did I ever tell YOU I being THE AMERICAN didNOT want to LEAVE ITALY?
GIFTS ADORN ME…………HAT, Green Vest, necklaces and EARRINGS!
LOVE THIS PHOTO TOO!
TO ANOTHER GOOD YEAR………..
I ADORE BIRTHDAYS and think they should be CELEBRATED!
It’s a REALLY GOOD REASON to get People together and Eat a meal INSIEME (Together).
Use the GOOD STUFF make the FOOD and SMILE through the whole process………….
It comes but ONCE A YEAR!
The CLEAN UP WARMS MY SOUL!