December 21, 2009

A Bush Birthday

After a week of meticulous planning and running around like a chook without a head, my fiftieth birthday party is over. Can I relax? Well considering it is four days before Christmas; ah; I don't think so. It is going to be an interesting four days.

I was fairly pleased with how the day went despite the fact that it chose to shower and then set in with rain. I would have loved for it to have been a nice, sunny day, however, sunny it was not. Most farmers would say that rain is the best present of all. And we do need rain. But why after almost four weeks without a drop, did the skies release it's tears on my long anticipated day. Fortunately there were no 'people' tears, but plenty of laughs and happy folk which really is all one could hope for.

It was our first big do on the farm and so we were very anxious as to how it would all turn out. I did just about all of the cooking, no joke, and it has been a very full on week for me. I cooked, I baked, I shopped, I searched, I sewed and I tried to create inviting, warm and welcoming country tables for our guests. I had four tables with similar decor; two tables on the ground and two tables on a raised wooden area that Hubby put together about four weeks ago.

It was a well organised team effort and my kids especially the Borb pitched in to lighten my load. Much appreciated guys. Hubby was amazing. He is the utimate problem solver, together with the nouse to be able to do things himself. As a family unit, we managed to create what we were hoping for and the day went off pretty much without a hitch.

I shall let the pictures do the talking - I am feeling really tired but very satisfied.

Thank you Joan for making my lovely hand decorated, homemade fruit cake. The mud cake was going to be my birthday cake, but after your lovely surprise it was relegated to the dessert table.

Merry Christmas to you and I wish you and your nearest and dearest a safe, peaceful and stressfree festive season. See you next year.


  1. What a wonderful day you must have had. I took the liberty of taking a visual bite out of ALL of the deserts (now I feel quite full) they looked delicious but WOW the pig on the spit really stole the show. How apt for a farm birthday bash :-) You have excelled Mariana....well done. I must mop up the "drool" and get on with making my Christmas goodies. May I take this opportunity to wish you and all your lovely family a very Happy Christmas and a bright and blogful New Year.

  2. Thank you Linda for your glowing comment. I have some tiramisu terrine and chocolate cointreau sauce leftover that I would love to share with you. Oh and some roasted pork too.
    It's been lovely to meet you in the blogging world and I wish you and your family a safe, merry and peaceful "country" christmas.
    Love from Mariana.

  3. Beautiful, beautiful table setting and the pig on the spit is also impressive. Wishing you a happy christmas from far away British Columbia

  4. Well - it looks to have been a beautiful (and delicious) party! Congratulations, and Merry Christmas from this very snowy side of the world!

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  6. Sorry..too many typos .. lol...

    That was a beautiful setting Mariana! You have such a beautiful place. how lucky you all are.

    Everything looks perfect and I love the colours. Oh the desserts!!!I cant believe you cooked everything. youre a fantastic cook! And finally YOU! :)) You look so so pretty in that emerald dress. Looks like u had a great time.I m so happy for you :)

    again happy 50th birthday and may you have many many more good and happy years. 50 is young! :))

  7. Well I am really glad you liked the table setting Diane. I was hoping to create an atmosphere that made my guests feel special. I had one guest who asked if I believed in plastic plates and plastic cutlery. We all laughed.
    I wish you a merry and peaceful Christmas.

    Yes Chelsea, people really enjoyed themselves and in a way the rain actually contributed to the fun (and the mudiness). I hope you have a happy christmas and I am soooo envious of your snowy part of the world. It is very humid, muggy and hot here in Australia.

    My zurin, your compliments bowled me over. Thank you very much. I was rather pleased with just about everything and yes, I most certainly did make all those desserts. The guests felt really treated. It was a nice feeling. My dress was lovely but I spilt heaps of stuff on myself during the day. And I didn't worry about any of it.Merry Christmas to you and see you in the new blogging year!

    Love to you all from Mariana.

  8. What can I say that the others haven't said already!! Oh I know I have tasted most of those desserts at different times and can assure you they taste as special as they look!!!!

    Yes you do look lovely in green and what a wonderful setting just so very well done as usual. xx