Big Al is a real "outdoor" kid and loves playing sport!
And he loves going to the beach.
He also loves to party so we had a little party at home to celebrate. Both sets of grandparents came and so did his great Aunt.
His favourite food is pasta so we had spaghetti bolognese for dinner. I used the recipe that I posted the other day as a starting point and then added a few extra ingredients.
First I fried up some pancetta, onion, garlic, chopped celery and capsicum (red pepper) with some olive oil.
I then added some mushrooms and some fresh basil and oregano.
I cooked everything over a low heat (adding water when it looked a bit dry) for about 3 hours.
That gave me time to set a beach-themed table for Tablescape Thursday!
We had to fit quite a few people around the table so there wasn't much room to set an ornately decorated table. I placed a Maxwell and Williams square bowl on a seashell serviette and a Maxwell and Williams side plate.
I used our Strachan silverware.....
and I used lots of seashells for a beachy birthday tablescape!
Now for a bit of "Show and Tell'....Do you like my little seashell/candle tray?
I was inspired by the beautiful tray that Cindy has on her divine blog My Romantic Home so I made one too!
I served the pasta "family style" with a green salad and some cheese bread.
The birthday cake was a white chocolate mudcake (recipe from the great foodie blog Exclusively Food found here) and to continue the beach theme it was decorated with Guylian seashell chocolates.
All-in-all it was a lovely evening and I am pretty sure that Big Al had a good day.
Happy double-digit birthday my handsome son!
Before I go I just want to thank the always gracious Susan from Between Naps on the Porch for kindly hosting the famous "Tablecsape Thursday" linky party. Thank you also to Cindy who hosts a weekly "Show and Tell" party-your blog is truly beautiful and inspirational Cindy! Finally, thank you so much to Michael from Designs by Gollum for having me this Foodie Friday! Thank you ladies for having me.
Finally, thank you for visiting today and for helping me celebrate my son's birthday-I am so glad that I can share these special moments with my very special friends!
Best wishes always,
Natasha In Oz
A boy is Truth with dirt on it's face,
Beauty with a cut on its finger,
Wisdom with bubble gum in its hair,
and the Hope of the future with a frog in its pocket.