Saturday, January 22, 2011

Birthday Celebration #3

Sometimes my dear friends and January birthday celebrants express the wish that we had been born in the warmth of a summer month.  We always have a concern that we might have to postpone winter celebrations because of the weather.  In the 20-plus years that we've gathered for our party, I can't remember not making it to the party for any of us.  We've managed, through rain, sleet, snow and frigid temperatures to meet and enjoy saluting one another.

We used to meet at a restaurant but found that we wanted to linger much longer than that venue comfortably allowed.  I don't recall exactly when we started alternating being the hostess but it has worked very well.  This year we converged on Diamond Farm and the warmth of our friend's hospitality.  The thermometer registered the outside temperature at 7 degrees.  It was toasty inside, warmed by friends and a crackling fire.

Our lunch was so delicious that I completely focused on savoring it and forgot to photograph the dishes. My friend's husband had made a delicious turkey meatloaf that contained sweet potatoes.  I think I'm going to suggest he start his own blog!!  The farm produces corn and soybeans so it was appropriate that the side dish be corn pudding.  Not just any corn pudding--a spectacular corn pudding.  A leafy green salad dressed with pomegranate nicely rounded out the plate.


The cake was prepared for us at a patisserie.  It was coconut with a lemon curd filling.  Delicious!


Flowers, with a backdrop of snow outside the window, were delicate and lovely.


And then we turned our attention to the party craft.  Our good friend (and non-January birthday girl) is a gifted artist who lives on Chicago's north side.  She is our birthday guest and always arrives with a project for us after lunch.  We've done stamping, collages, books and now these charming paper dolls.  If you click on the photo to enlarge it, you'll find old lace, buttons plucked from a collection of hundreds, ribbons and doilies festooning these paper dolls whose torsos are seed packets.  Very clever!

As I drove home, the sun was setting on a truly warm and wonderful day.

31 comments:

  1. What a fun way to spend your birthdays surrounded by friends and good food.

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  2. What a lovely birthday celebration! The paper dolls were darling! And that cake...oh MY!!! You described the meal deliciously!
    Continued birthday wishes!!!

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  3. How nice for all of you to get together -- we have a birthday group as well -- but we're a restaurant group -- we're not lingerers.

    And as you age, it should be birthweeks, then months -- not just days!!!

    One celebration is never enough!!!

    That cake looks yummy!

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  4. Sharing time with friends is music to the soul but then to add flavorful culinary delights to the mix...well... that is icing on the cake. How crafter you all are! the paper dolls are so whimsy and will keep your birthday memories alive each time you gaze upon them. What a very special day you had in spite of the frigid temps outside, I do hope your toes thaw out soon!

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  5. I love those paper dolls!!!

    And you birthday party was a very nice idea!!! Have a nice splendid weekend, hugs, Flavia

    the cake must be fantastic!!

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  6. It sounds like Act III was as enjoyable as the other two. Do you have an encore prepared for us :-). The cake looks wonderful and the video was really helpful. I hope you have a great day. Stay warm. Blessings...Mary

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  7. wowzers! look at that cake... food and friends is the best combo for these chilly winter days!

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  8. Bonnie,

    Perfect day and the paper dolls are perfect.

    Carol

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  9. OH YUM!!! that cakes looks delicious :) I just want to take my finger across all of that frosting and lick it :)

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  10. What a delightful way to celebrate multiple same month birthdays. I'm the only October among my friends, so something like that wouldn't ever happen for me.
    The whole menu sounds very yummy and oh those cute little dollies!!!

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  11. Dear Bonnie, thank you for finding and following (I think)and your kind comments on my blog. I'm now following you! It sounds like you had a lovely birthday celebration with your friends. There's nothing like a get together at a friends home! The cake looks delicious! Have a wonderful weekend!

    Mary

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  12. Oh, I love the paper dolls!! Did she think that up herself or find some sort of kit? If it's a kit, I'd like to know where she bought it. Paper dolls were my favorite growing up! I had so many, even the I Love Lucy ones, and some had the cardboard folder that you could stand up and use as a house or backdrop. But I digress...what a wonderful party!! You described the food so well that pictures were hardly needed, though they would have been nice. But after all, the cake is the most important part, isn't it?

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  13. So nice to share birthdays with good friends; makes it all so much nicer.Happy Birthday!

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  14. Hmm, don't know why my little pic isn't showing up under your Followers, but I am Following. Sometimes technology is strange!

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  15. Sounds like a great birthday celebration! I like the idea of the whole winter birthday club

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  16. Happy, Happy Birthday, Bonnie! It is so wonderful to have such good friends to celebrate with... and the longevity of that joint celebration is commendable!! Happy Birthday to your co-January friends, also! The whole meal sounds so good!! Glad you enjoyed such a fun day!

    PS I'm watching for the beginnings of a shawl. ;) Come on! It'll be fun.

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  17. that cake is gorgeous to look at and looks like something i would like to taste. the little dolls are really cute, i did enlarge. when i was a child I loved paper dolls, i had an old suitcase that i kept them in. it was full most of the time. i liked cutting out the clothes and creating my own clothes for them. sometimes i would cut the dolls out of sears catalog and make clothes to fit over what they had on. memories.

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  18. What a fun day and a great way to beat the cold weather here in frigid Chicagoland! The best part is being with good friends on your birthday and good food also!

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  19. What a festive party, Bonnie. I would love to have a big slice of that yummy birthday cake and share in your craft session. Those paper dolls are adorable!

    I think January is a wonderful month to have a birthday.

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  20. Happy Birthday, Bonnie! You are surrounded by wonderful friends as we are here. My sister's birthday is in January as well.

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  21. What fun! I think you can never have too many celebrations, especially those involving friends, food and fun!

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  22. Fun for all it sounds like!

    It is always fun to celebrate with friends.

    Melinda

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  23. What a lovely birthday celebration. And number 3? What a lucky lady you are!

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  24. This sounds like such a fun celebration! Good food, good friends, good time.

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  25. Such a lovely party!!! I'm smiling thinking about what a wonderful time you all must have had!
    :)
    Zuzu

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  26. I am a January Birthday girl as well but it sounds like so much fun to have a day dedicated to celebrating with friends. The cake looks divine and I am loving the paper dolls as well.

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  27. Oh gosh, this looked like a wonderful get together for the birthday girls. You're right, alternating to other homes is so much more sociable and you can laugh as loudly as you want.

    Sending Sunday love across the miles,

    Sharon Lovejoy Writes from Sunflower House and a Little Green Island

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  28. This was such a wonderful way to celebrate mutual January birthdays! Good friends and good food = good times!

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  29. What a great way to celebrate these cold birthdays! I love those precious paper dolls...it makes me want to make some of my own tomorrow! And that coconut cake is making me drool (coconut is my favorite). Thank you for sharing your day with me.

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  30. Hi Bonnie, Sounds like a wonderful birthday celebration --even in the horribly cold and snowy January weather. That cake looks yummmmmmmmy.

    Love the little paper dolls also. I used to play with paper dolls when I was little.. I remember dressing them in all kinds of wonderful clothes....

    Stay WARM up there.
    Hugs,
    Betsy

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  31. I can't think of anything more special than to spend a cold, wintry day in the company of dear friends, eating, socializing, having fun and celebrating another year together! What a wonderful tradition and you are so blessed to have such a lovely group of dear friends!!

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