Last weekend, The Angler celebrated a milestone birthday. These are the moments where he and I couldn’t be more opposite. To celebrate big decades, I want a crowd of friends. He wants quiet and just family. Both of us agree we want a delicious cake.
This celebration was a perfect opportunity for us to invite his parents, brothers and their families to visit our new home and it gave me a good excuse to dust off and hone my hospitality skills. ( They’ve gotten rusty)
The menu was made up of his favorite things – BBQ and all the trimmings from a top pit in town with a good old fashioned caramel cake for dessert. Hip hip hooray for not cooking!
The Angler and I are both smitten for caramel cake and it’s not a recipe to attempt to make from scratch for the faint of heart. I like to leave it to the pros. I ordered our first Caroline’s Cakes which is touted to be the World’s Best Caramel Cake. It was seven layers of heaven. Not only did I enjoy this southern treat, I also loved with my busy schedule the cake arrived to my door a few days before his birthday. Check that off the to-do list.
To make the cake a little more special, I was inspired by Erika Powell from Urban Grace Interiors who posted on her instagram, pictures of fun sprinkled numbers. The base of these numbers are wooden numbers I picked up at Michael’s Craft store. I then melted some candy maker’s chocolate ( you could use chocolate chips just as easily) and painted the melted chocolate onto the numbers using a (new, clean!) foam paint brush.
Next, I sprinkled the candy cake sprinkles over the melted chocolate. VOILA! Festive numbers. Technically the numbers aren’t edible, but I guess they could be lick-able if you were really desperate for chocolate. I love the way they turned out and gave the simple cake such a fun POP of color.
Since we don’t have our dining room completed, I opted for an indoor picnic feel for our table setting. I skirted a banquet table with simple white linens and raffia table runner to pull in the natural elements. I mixed the seating using multiple styles of wood, aluminum, and upholstered seating.
For the table top, I’ve been wanting (coveting) vintage bamboo/rattan cutlery for awhile. I adore the relaxed feel they bring to a table setting. I finally ordered these reproductions from Howchow.com a few weeks ago.
For flowers, I was thrilled to find these great GREEN glass Ball jars in the canning aisle at the grocery store into which I tossed some happy daisies. The dishes are just my everyday white dishes I’ve been using for years. While unpacking I rediscovered these precious topiary accent plates I bought eons ago. These all set atop a collection of gingham napkins.
After setting the table on Saturday morning, I admit I got a little choked up and sappy. My heart leaps setting a pretty table, dishing up yummy food and serving family and friends. Hospitality is where I find my joy. Our new space is allowing me to breathe, nurture and celebrate these little happy’s in life. I’m thankful we are settling into a place that will allow us to invite more family, friends, and friends we’ve yet to meet to gather at our table.
I definitely think our 40s at Forest Hill are going to be fabulous.
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