Thursday, June 5, 2014

~Special Birthday Dinner and Simple & Sweet Fridays #118~

We had beautiful weather this last weekend in San Diego.
We turned on all the lights outside.
Our daughter, Katie's boyfriend, Harry,
 from Northamptonshire, England had just arrived.
It was his birthday and we wanted to have a special dinner.
We made a watermelon salad with feta and mint.
Katie marinated broccoli and grilled it.

Grilled chicken with butter lettuce and black wild rice.
I made an Asparagus Cheese Tart.
It was a delicious dinner.
Katie made a surprise Oreo Cake.
It was a fun night!
The next day we made fresh fruit popsicles.
They were so good and refreshing while sitting in the sun.
Maggie loved them too!!
It was a wonderful birthday weekend!

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  1. Jody, your patio and garden are magical! So pretty! I want to try that salad. I'm growing mint and one of the watermelons is getting big. Thank you, for featuring my pin-board. xoxo Su

  2. Your party looks beautiful and relaxing with so much great food!

    Gigi @ Old World Patina

  3. Thank you for hosting. Can I have your backyard? It's so beautiful! Have a great weekend.


  4. What a beautiful spot to spend a warm summer evening!

  5. Your dinner looks wonderfully elegant! Your yard is fantastic all lit up. I adore eveinings like this in summer. I'm sharing something simple and sweet this week. Thanks for hosting!

  6. That asparagus tart looks and sounds wonderful.

  7. Oh everything looks wonderful. What a lovely night with all the lights on outside and that delicious food. Yummmmmm
    I am sure Harry loved his Birthday dinner. Your garden is stunning. Thanks so much for sharing Jody.

  8. What a beautiful looking dinner!

  9. Oh wow! What an amazing time! Perfect food! Darling couple! Gorgeous home! xoxo Jen

  10. Hi Jody,

    Such summer splendour in your pretty garden, with sizzling and scrumptious fare and cool and colourful treats! Everything looks absolutely lovely and very inviting! What a wonderful surprise it must have been for Harry - happy birthday to him!

    Thanks so much for featuring my spring garden; it was a very nice welcome home, after an extended stay in Canada!

    Have a fun and fabulous weekend!


  11. Well all of this food from the party has made me hungry / just lugged in groceries and in them are shortbread cookies because of your last post, lol!

  12. The setting for your wonderful dinner looks stunning!! I love all the lights.
    Thank you for hosting the party each week.
    Mary Alice

  13. Hi Jody, thank you for Sweet and Simple this week. What a wonderful venue for a special birthday. Food looked so good!.

  14. Hi Jody, thanks so much for featuring my outdoor decorations here today....your patio rocks!!!! In luv with all the stringlights! Christine from Little Brags

  15. Thank you so much for hosting.


  16. Suzanne of Simply Suzannes at Home

    Dear Jody and Stan, I loved seeing the photos from your birthday weekend. Beautiful . . . and magical!
    Thanks so much for sharing with us. And another big thank you for hosting another wonderful party.
    Have a great weekend,

  17. What a sumptuous birthday dinner - the venue looks divine and the food looks solo delicious! He's one lucky guy! thanks for hosting!

  18. Wow! So honored to be featured on your blog today! Thank you so much!!! Just linked up another garden post for this week along w/our chicken coop! xoxo, tracie

  19. Wonderful pictures from the Birthday party....happy belated Birthdaywishes! :O)
    Such a wonderful place, so delicious things, love the asparagus tarte ....hmmmm...yummi :O)
    and I love your way of shoe parking :O)))
    Happy weekend to you,

  20. I love everything about your outdoor dining area, and the food looks fabulous! Thanks for the inspiration. Thanks as well for hosting the party again this week.

  21. That is ah so gorgeous place, I closed my eyes & imagined myself sitting in the first table gazing out.. It felt wonderful!
    Decorating Dining Rooms

  22. Hi Jody,

    Thanks so much for coming by and following The Marmelade Gypsy! (I'm returning the favor and will look forward to each new post!) Your blog is so beautiful -- I confess -- if I lived closer to San Diego, I might just have to invite myself to dinner on your lovely porch! You're safe -- I'm in Michigan -- but oh! It looks divine -- both the setting and the food.

  23. Jody your outdoor dining area is breathtaking, and the food looks so YUMMY! Thank you for hosting the party. Have a great weekend!

  24. Thanks so much for the feature, Jody! I'm glad you enjoyed Wilbur and Fern.
    I love your outdoor area and my mouth is watering just looking at the photos of the birthday dinner.
    Have a great weekend!

  25. What a wonderful birthday celebration dinner! Have a nice weekend too.

  26. Fabulous party. Thanks for hosting. Please come and party with us . We would love to have you.
    Happy Friday! Lou Lou Girls

  27. The special meal looked absolutely wonderful!
    And the gardens all lite up, just beautiful!

  28. Jody & Stan,
    I adore your elegantly festive Birthday Celebration!!!
    The out~of~doors dining is so~o~o romantic!!!
    The menu was decadently prepared to perfection!!!
    I love asparagus. . .your Asparagus Cheese Tart looks divinely delicious!!!
    What a handsome couple. . .all smiles!
    Thank you for hosting Simple & Sweet Fridays each week. . .truly inspiring!!!

  29. Happy Belated Birthday Harry :) So glad I got to meet you. You and Katy make a perfect pair. Love the lighted garden and the table setting Jody, you did a fantastic job as always :) PS your dahlias look like peonies - beautiful
    Linda xx


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