Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. I may earn a small commission for my endorsement, recommendation, testimonial, and/or link to any products or services from this website.

Last Saturday my mom celebrated a big birthday, and we did it in style!

mom and blair

To start a weekend away in the mountains with her friends, the ladies came out to our house in the country for some food, wine, and fun. Unfortunately, I was too busy playing hostess and visiting with my guests…I forgot to take pictures! I have a few here, but it’s killing me that I missed photographing about 75% of our guests! I know that there were plenty of other cameras floating around, though, so I hope that our friends were better able to capture the occasion!

A few of the lovely ladies:

kristin janet carroll

linda jacquie fredda

In addition to the wine (of course!), I served water with lemons and iced tea in mason jars.

water and cheese straws

(Those are cheese straws in the foreground!)

iced tea

For lunch, I put together a buffet that included two types of miniature sandwiches: chicken salad on croissants and pimento cheese. There were potato chips on the side…it just wouldn’t be a party for my mom without potato chips!

flowers on table

Those are hydrangeas in glass jars down the center of the table. I wrapped the jars in burlap strips and tied them with ribbon. Easy and rustic!

I added color to the table with plenty of salads: a fruit salad, plus a crowd-favorite – The Barefoot Contessa’s Cape Cod Chopped Salad.


I also set up a small dessert buffet on my sidebar.


We indulged in cupcakes,


as well as Lemon Coconut Bars (recipe to come soon!) and cookies.

dessert stand

Flowers like these decorated the rest of the house. The perfect spring touch!

flowers on dessert bar

And the grandsons even managed to make a brief appearance at the party. Just long enough to say, “Happy Birthday!” and pose for a picture or two…

mom and gibbs

mom and gibbs 2

Clearly, three-year-old boys are not capable of taking a “normal” photograph!

mom and gibbs weird face

And two-year-old boys are not capable of sitting still for even a single photo. I promise Casey was there too!

Happy Birthday, Mom! I can’t think of a better person, friend, or mother to celebrate. You are a true gift to everyone who knows you.


Hey, I’m Blair!

Welcome to my farmhouse kitchen in the foothills of Virginia’s Blue Ridge Mountains. Inspired by local traditions and seasonal fare, you’ll find plenty of easy, comforting recipes that bring your family together around the table. It’s down-home, country-style cooking!

Read More

Square overhead shot of hands serving a chicken pot pie recipe with biscuits
Overhead image of a bowl of chili mac on a dinner table with cornbread
Hands serving a platter of sheet pan sausage and potatoes

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.


  1. Tamara Smith says:

    It was a perfect party hosted by the perfect daughter!