Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Tablescape Tuesday

Today is Tablescape Tuesday hosted by our Most Marvelous Diva Susan at http://betweennapsontheporch.blogspot.com/. Make sure you stop by her blog to visit all the other lovely tablescapers today!This is Mr. Precious' birthday tablescape! We celebrated his day of birth on Saturday!!
I tried very hard to set a manly looking table...very manly green colored tablecloth.
Manly candlesticks and a manly centerpiece...

Manly vintage books with manly vintage glasses...
Very appropriate manly vintage book about the Texas Gulf Coast...
Manly looking faux pears and faux flowers. You know how I love my faux flowers and my faux flowers love me and Mr. Precious...
A little bit of manly looking bling sprinkled on the table...I can also use these for my Thanksgiving table.
Aren't these the most precious, uh, I mean the most manly looking little glass acorns?
Here is the table setting. It's somewhat manly looking. The napkin is a little frilly, but Mr. Precious loves what I love! ;) Notice the little butter knive at the top of the plate. I'm not sure that's where it's supposed to be, but since I didn't use any bread plates I thought it was cute, er, manly sitting at the top!

I used a somewhat coordinating salad plate with the dinner plate. Still look manly?
Now I really do believe this dinner plate looks manly. I purchased these plates at Pier One a few months back and just love them. They were on sale! I never did figure out why they had been summer dishes ~ they looked like fall!! and were on sale? My heart jumped up and down a few times and I had to have them! The place mat is just a bit frilly but I think it works

Well, a manly birthday celebration must have some manly food. Thus, manicotti! I have a little story about the manicotti. I went to the grocery store to shop for my dinner things. I searched and searched for manicotti noodles...couldn't find any. I looked for about 15 minutes, thinking, they have to be here! These noodles are always here! You know what? They were completely out of manicotti noodles so I purchased the giant shells. I was determined to stick to my menu.
Well, the shells worked just fine, the manicotti tasted just fine. And all was well with Mr. Precious' birthday manly food!
This manly dish just doesn't look as good as it tasted. But darlings, it was delicious and so manly!

So Manly...
When birthdays are celebrated, you must have a birthday cake. I must tell you, Dear Ones, the older I get, the more lazy I get! I know I should have baked a layer cake, but I didn't want to! So...I baked a manly sheet cake instead!
So, I fooled my sweet Mr. Precious and just cut two squares and stacked one on top of the other and poked his little special manly candles in the icing. It worked! See the tiny little cake stand to make Mr. Precious feel so special and manly?

Now I must tell you, this is the only thing Mr. Precious didn't seem to like - those candles!! I told him I could have put 64 candles on his cake but I might have burned down the house!
Hope you've enjoyed my manly tablescape today!
Be a bunch of sweeties,

I'll leave you with a little Note Song ~
When I'm 64
When I get older losing my hair,
Many years from now,
Will you still be sending me a valentine
Birthday greetings bottle of wine?
If I'd been out till quarter to three
Would you lock the door,
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty-four?
oo oo oo oo oo oo oo oooo
You'll be older too, (ah ah ah ah ah)
And if you say the word,
I could stay with you.
I could be handy mending a fuse
When your lights have gone.
You can knit a sweater by the fireside
Sunday mornings go for a ride.
Doing the garden, digging the weeds,
Who could ask for more?
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty-four?
Every summer we can rent a cottage
In the Isle of Wight, if it's not too dear
We shall scrimp and save
Grandchildren on your knee
Vera, Chuck, and Dave
Send me a postcard, drop me a line,
Stating point of view.
Indicate precisely what you mean to say
Yours sincerely,
Wasting Away.
Give me your answer, fill in a form
Mine for evermore
Will you still need me, will you still feed me,
When I'm sixty-four?Whoo
~sung by The Beatles


  1. Well...HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. PRECIOUS!!! It looks like Miss Shelia went the extra mile to make your birthday extra special. Tom says not to worry about the 64...cuz he just turned 65 a couple of weeks ago!

    Great tablescape again, Shelia.


  2. Sweet Sheila, you have done it, once again! A fabulous tablescape...and a sweet birthday dinner. The food looks delicious and the way you stacked the cake layers...pure genius!! Looks wonderful !! And, MY Mr. Precious would dearly LOVE to have those candles on HIS cake...he will be 75 in April !! :O(
    love, bj

  3. I love the Manly Table!!! The little acorns, the dishes, the food, it's all perfect. Happy Birthday Mr. Precious!

    I am definitely going to cheat and stack my 13x9 slices next time. My hubby likes layered cakes better also. I'm a 13x9 girl.

  4. Beautiful and oh, so manly! I'm sure Mr. Precious loved every detail of his birthday dinner. Late birthday wishes to him for a wonderful year.

  5. Hi Shelia, What a fun tablescape post! Thanks for sharing Mr. Precious' birthday with us! A perfect birthday meal too!

  6. Good Morning my sweet little Shelia... and HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MR. PRECIOUS!!! I know he must of felt very special because it looked so special and MANLY... I love manicotti and it looked yummy to me... and the cake... YUMMO!!! Great idea stacking them to look like layers... 64... you tell Mr. Precious that he is still a young one...Have a fun filled day!!!


  7. Well Girl, I don't know where to start with you today. The table was beautiful, er manly. So many pretties on there, and the books as a centerpiece, who would think of that. And the food? girl, you can make my birthday dinner any time you want to.One great thing about 64, next year he gets SS :)

    Love Ya,

  8. Miss Shelia~ Your tablescape is gorgeous and OH SO MANLY! :) Please tell Mr. Precious Happy Birthday from the 3 of us! Love all your glass acorns and the book centerpiece is devine. I would have never thought of that! FABULOUS!

    A meeting would be loverly :)

    Hugs~ J

  9. Good Morning Shelia
    Happy Birthday Happy Birthday Happy Belated Birthday to Mr. Precious!!
    What a special celebration.
    Shelia when I was looking at the beautiful table setup and the dishes I thought…”oh how manly this table is set up”..then I continued reading and that’s just what you called it, manly. How many sets of dishes do you own my fine lady friend? This is another beautiful table. The acorns do add that little touch don’t they? So nice.

    Your dinner looks superb. Will you be posting us the recipe? Yummy…and special cake with a little number on it too! Love it.
    I hope it was a nice birthday for him and I’m sure you made it so.
    Have a lovely day today too.

  10. A very manly table indeed!

    And a very happy b'day to Mr Precious!

  11. Hi Shelia...well, I learned a couple of things from you today...How to make an easy does it layer cake AND how to set a manly table...loved your centerpiece ideas! Happy Belated Birthday to Mr. Precious! Hugs, Bo

  12. Vintage books for the centerpiece of a vintage birthday celebration; how clever! It is all so manly, except perhaps for the flowers and bling, but what's a girl to do?

    (Tell Mr. Precious that I'll trade his numbers for my numbers.)

  13. VERY lovely table setting especially for a man. Love the glass acorns, and the whole theme. And your menu isn't too shabby, either....yummm....

  14. Of course, sweetie, one look and you can tell he robbed the cradle.

    Love Ya,

  15. Well it has become clear to me that Mr. Precious is the "man of the hour". Many Happy returns.
    I have a 13X9 cake pan with a cover, making it much easier to refrigerate any remaining cake, should there happen to be any. Much easier to make, ice, and serve also.
    I really like the casual, "manly" look of the whole tablescape.

  16. Shelia,
    Your tablescape was gorgeous today! I loved it!

  17. Sheila, happy birthday to Mr. Precious. he is a lucky man to have such a 'manly' table set for him. It is so delightfully 'manly'. I love the books and the baubles especially the 'manly' acorns. Perfect for the 'manly' look. The dishes and the food are awesome. The cake perfectly 'manly' and I want to be his age!!! Oh, and the song so 'manly' and cute. I do love your songs.

    Love your post Sheila and you too.


  18. Wow Shelia! I really love your manly table! So creative. Love the idea of the centerpiece with the old books etc. Your manicotti looks delicious and what a genius way to make a layered cake :0)
    Have a wonderul day...

  19. Good morning Shelia... as usual, beautiful table and photographs... very artistic the way you've decorated it... and please would you give Mr. Precious a hug for me and tell him "happy birthday"....

    Have a great day you two!


  20. Happy Birthday, Mr. Precious!! Of course, I'm sure he knows how fortunate he is to be married to Mrs. Precious. Loved the centerpiece - those glass acorns are wonderful. Sally

  21. Happy Birthday Mr. Precious. November birthday hubbies are just the bestest aren't they?
    The table looks terrific and the acorns, very manly! Next year just switch the six and the five on his cake and he'll feel so much better. hehehe We have the big 6-0 next year so I don't know how to fool my hubby on that one.
    I'm so glad to hear you say you get lazier and lazier because I so do too. Why do a layer cake when a sheet cake tastes the same!
    Hugs, Bridget

  22. Happy Birthday to Mr. Precious!!!! I LOVED your (cute) I mean manly table!!! I have those glass acorns and gems too and I LOVE them!!!

  23. I love the way you incorporated those books and other objects like the acorns into your tablescape. It's so inviting. I wish your husband a very Happy Birthday and love that song by the Beatles!

    Sheila :-)

    P.S. I could dive headfirst into that manicotti. Looks divine!

  24. What a great manly tablescape. That was a wonderful thing to do for hubby. Me I took my hubby out to eat for his 64th B-day last month. Hey, our hubbies are the same age. What do you know? Wish your Mr. Precious happy birthday from us.

  25. Beautiful setting! Love the various plates and colors. The menu sounds awesome!

  26. Love your old books and glasses. I decorate my mantle, etc. with old college books from my folks. It makes it special to know that at one time in their life they were reading those exact books.

    Love the little glass acorns AND the idea about stacking two pieces of cake to make it a layer cake. YOU ROCK!

  27. Happy belated birthday to Mr. Precious! Mine was on the 12th and our new grandbaby was born on the 11th. Lots of Nov. b-days. Nine months after Valentine's Day.
    Your table is very pretty and I love the dishes.
    I'm sure your dinner was as great as it looks.
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  28. I love this! I would have never thought to use books and I just love the glass acorns. You also have a great idea for layer cake! Happy Birthday to the Mister! Deb

  29. Thank you so much for your approval, Glenda!! I love to bake layer cake like this!!
    Be a sweetie,
    shelia ;)

  30. Love the Manly table! *said w/ as deep a voice as I can muster* ;o)

  31. Happy Birthday (late) Mr. Precious. What a wonderful table you put together for him Shelia.. Love the little acorns..:-)
    hugs ~lynne~

  32. I love it!!! Books as the center piece is my kind of table scape! (But then you know how much I love to read, especially the vintage ones.)
    I hope that Mr. Precious had a wonderful birthday!! Give him an extra hug from the blog world.

  33. I would be afraid to eat at that table! It's too pretty! :) Happy Birthday Mr. Precious!

  34. What a find those dinner plates were! Little acorns are SO cute! I bake manly sheet cakes all the time, it's so much easier! And the pasta shells DO look tasty! What a lucky guy your Mr. Precious is!

  35. I just love your birthday tablescape. What wonderful ideas! I hope the day was special. Thank you for your kind comments on my blog. Have a blessed day!

  36. Oh WOW! I am blown away by your tablescape! It is BEAUTIFUL! The pics looked to be out of a magazine! WOW! You did well lady for Mr. Precious' birthday! Food and all!

  37. Lovely tablescape (especially those manly acorns!) Looks like a great time for Mr. Precious.

  38. Mr. Precious is one lucky man to have such a "manly" table set just for him. Love those precious...ahh, manly acorns!

  39. Everything looks oh so manly.

    Hope Mr. P had a wonderful day•:*¨ ♪♫♪♫ ¨¨*:•.* •:*¨ ♪♫♪♫ ¨¨*:•.•:*¨ ♪♫♪♫ ¨¨*:•.*•:*¨ ♪♫♪♫ ¨¨*:•.* Happy Birthday to you !!!

    All the best,
    Kathy :)

  40. Happy B-day to Mr. Sheila! :) That tablescape is fabulous, again!

  41. Thank you so much, Kathy!
    Be a sweetie,
    Shelia :)

  42. Happy Birthday to you Mr. Precious and girl you out did your self with this manly table...and the food looks so yummy..and don't forget the cake..WOW! Mr. Precious is a pup compared to me girl!! thanks for sharin Pickle...hugs and smiles Gloria

  43. What a lovely...I mean MAN-ly idea! You set a beautiful table with just the right amount of MAN-liness! And the MAN-icotti...boy does that look yummie! what a way to turn 64! Happy Birthday Mr. Precious!

    Thanks for stopping by and for your nice comments!

  44. Ohhh Sheila..What a gorgeous..er...I mean manly tablescape! Happy Birthday to Mr. Precious!...Debbie

  45. Sheila! You always crack me up! Your post is so funny! And oh my! Your table scape is so manly! : )

    Thanks for stopping by and leaving your kind comments about my little tea table. Much Appreciated! : )


    P.S. I just noticed all the table scapes on the side bar! GORGEOUS!

  46. Well that is the prettiest, uh...cutest, nope....greatest...MANLIEST table I ever saw!

  47. Hi Sheila, Happy Birthday to Mr. Precious! It looks like you had a wonderful meal! And that tablescape...oh my goodness! So manly, yet rich and beautiful! You did an outstanding job! ...very creative, which you are! :) ~Rhonda

  48. What a beautiful (oops! I mean manly) tablescape. I loved it! Those Pier One plates are gorgeous, and I agree, they look like Fall to me (and oh, so manly). Loved the presentation of his birthday cake! So cute (excuse me, manly). laurie

  49. Happy Birthday to your sweetie~
    your table looks wonderful as always Miss Sheila. I love those little glass acorns...too cute~

  50. Hi Shelia :)

    Happy Birthday to Mr. Precious!!

    You set a very many and handsome table .... and it was really beautiful, but don't tell him I said that ;)

    Would you believe we are eating shells tonight?! How funny :)


  51. How very manly of you, LOL! The table scatters are just precious! I have never seen acorn ones before-where did you find those?

    Happy Birthday to your hubby!

  52. That is a most lovely...manly...tablescape! I love those glass acorns! Sounds like he was very happy with his man(ly)cotti dinner! It sure looks delish to me!


  53. Yes ma'am! I enjoyed your manly tablescape! How could I not? I love how you say that he loves what you love--that's so sweet. Well, you are so funny, but I really love the tablescape with the manly (gorgeous) dishes and the manly books, etc. I cracked up laughing when I saw what you did with the sheet cake on the cake plate. I just loved everything!

  54. What a darling I mean MANLY table you set Shelia! Please wish Mr. Precious a Happy Birthday from me! His birthday dinner looked delish! Wherever did you find those cute glass acorns? ~ Robyn

  55. Great post Sheila and your dinner and table looked divine . Tell Mr.Precious ...HAPPY BIRTHDAY !!!

  56. HAPPY BIRTHDAY MR. PRECIOUS! The table was MANLY and gorgeous...but in a manly gorgeous way. I love love LOVE the use of books as a centerpiece...you are a very clever lady!!!!

  57. What a great tablescape, Shelia. I have those same dishes from Pier 1 and wondered the same thing...they looked fall to me! I bet Mr. Precious loved his B'day dinner! The glass acorns were wonderful! Susan

  58. Happy Birthday Mr. Precious!!! Your table sure looks great and, err um, manly :0).
    I hope Mr. Precious had a fabulous day. Here's to a wonderful year ahead!

  59. Happy Birthday Mr. Precious...what a manly meal that is...it sure looks wonderful to me! Num! :)

  60. Happy, happy birthday to your handsome, precious husband! may this yuear be one filled with only the sweetest of surprises!
    That tabloe is gorgeous...much like Mr. Precious himself! : )
    (And you too my dear!) You have the most glorious dishes and table wares...who hoo. And the way you arranged everything..wow.

    That manicoti looks sooooo good. I will be right over...save a big ol plate for me okay?

    Love to you,


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