Oldies but Goodies Birthday Bash

A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity.  Proverbs 17:17

Several friends and I share December birthdays and I have been thinking for quite some time that it might be fun to have a little get-together. This year I finally quit putting it of and did it. We all lead very busy lives and don’t have much chance to catch up with each other, so I wanted to keep it all very simple. I created a simple email invitation (below) and asked everyone to RSVP by text or email.

You are cordially invited to the FIRST ANNUAL


Tuesday, December 9

6:00 p.m.

Bev’s house


We’ll enjoy a simple soup supper and fellowship and celebrate the special blessings of sharing birthdays in the same month of our Lord and Savior.

I love having a December birthday (Dec. 2). It makes me feel very special, and I wanted my friends to feel special also. The best way that I know how to make people feel special is to set a pretty table! I love to use my Christmas china and, of course, I wanted to set a pretty table for us to enjoy.


I started with the Christmas tree runner that I got from the hoarded house this summer.


Since my Lenox Joys of Christmas china features Christmas trees and I was using this runner, I decided to run with the Christmas tree theme.


I looked through my Christmas glasses and chose the one with Christmas trees, of course.


I wasn’t sure if I had 4 sets of Christmas tree salt and pepper shakers, but I managed to find them. This lovely crystal set is from Lenox, and my mother gave them to me for my birthday a few years ago. Gorgeous!


This cute set was also a birthday gift from a friend. She and I taught in classrooms next door to each other for several years and share December birthdays. She used to get me a Christmas set almost every year.


This kitchen set was a gift from Russell when he was in elementary or junior high. He loves his mama!


This beautiful silverplate set is snowglobes…cute, right? I barely made the fourth place setting, but I figured that the tree in the snowglobe and the tree on top counted, so I went for it.


I wanted to not do much of a centerpiece, just keep it simple, which was the theme of the party. The Christmas tree theme continued on the candleholders.


Because I wanted a little something else for the other end of the table, I grabbed my Dollar Tree tealight holders, and luckily I found 3 red tealights.


Bed, Bath, and Beyond red napkins with the Lenox napkin rings came next. Since all we had was soup, I skipped the fancy flatware setting and used my Grosvenor soup spoon only.


We decided ahead of time against gifts, so I just got simple party favors to put at everyone’s place. The 2015 Upper Room Disciplines Devotional Book seemed like the ideal gift to me, and everyone seemed to really appreciate it. We all enjoy our Bible reading and devotional times, and the Upper Room Disciplines adds so much to the understanding of God’s word. I especially love that it follows the Revised Common Lectionary and have used it in my personal devotional time for years.


Taco soup was in the crock pot, and I stacked the bowls nearby for all of us to serve ourselves. I’ve asked Santa for a new crock pot. Hope he reads this post.


For drinks, we had lemonade, sweet tea, water, and diet soft drinks.


I kept dessert simple also. I tried a new Betty Crocker salted caramel cookie mix that I purchased while grocery shopping the other day.


Under the dome are the cookie bars that I often make for get-togethers, and everyone loved them.


We ate and talked, talked and ate.


We moved to the living room, ate and talked, talked and ate.


It was a great evening and very successful. So to Lynn (Dec. 11), Sharon (Dec. 14), and Juli (Dec. 16), I love all of you and wish us all lots more happy birthdays in the future!

My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you so that you might go and bear fruit—fruit that will last—and so that whatever you ask in my name the Father will give you. This is my command: Love each other. John 15:12-17
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About Bev

I am a retired teacher who has only recently taken up tablescaping and blogging. For more information, see my About Bev link.
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8 Responses to Oldies but Goodies Birthday Bash

  1. Vicky Hunt says:

    How special that you and your friends share birthdays so close together! That is so neat…:) Your table was lovely and the menu sounds tasty! Glad you had a great day. Hopefully Santa will bring you a new crockpot. My mom bought me a new one Christmas before last and I love it. Have a blessed rest of the week!

    Hugs, Vicky

  2. Jacqueline says:

    I just love that scripture! Friends are one of God’s gifts in this life and you are so sweet to get them together and celebrate. Some people don’t want to as the Christmas season is so busy, but I too love to open my home and bring people in. What a beautiful table you set for them and those cookies sound way too tempting!

  3. plutrell says:

    Beautiful post…thanks for sharing with the Thursday Blog hop!

  4. Julia says:

    Happy Birthday to you!! I love your table setting and the party favor is a great gift.

  5. laurie says:

    I love that runner, and you have carried out the tree theme beautifully. I can’t believe you had enough Christmas tree s/p shakers for each place setting. I’ve always thought that a December b’day was not a good thing, because your birthday might get lost in the Christmas rush. How wonderful to take time to celebrate your December birthdays in such a pretty way. Happy Birthday.

  6. Betsy Smith says:

    How lovely and festive this is! I know what a grand time everyone must have had! You were a fabulous hostess and showed how much thought you gave to making this a wonderful Christmas gathering!!! Loved it!!

  7. Christine says:

    I can imagine the fun you had. Your table is lovely. I love all the Christmas trees….Christine

  8. FABBY says:

    How fun that you two share closed birthdays. My Mother and grandma shared the same birthday, Dic. 27th. and it was so much fun for us kids. Your setting is so pretty and I love all your lovely things.
    Have a nice week ahead.

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