For over 40 years, I have been celebrating birthdays with the same group of friends who have honestly, become “family” after all this time. This all started when we had young children and would get together in each others homes to celebrate birthdays during the day, which also served as a play date for the kids. This tradition continued through the grade school years, high school and college years of our children, and now we are exchanging pictures and stories about our grandchildren and having dinner – yummy dinners. It’s a great time away from….well frankly, everything. Each year I host Pat’s birthday, which technically is October 6, but as tradition has it, we set aside the third Thursday of the month for birthday dinners. And for the most part, we generally all make an effort to keep that date open. We have found it more challenging to stay in touch as we get older and no longer have school and sports activities of our children to pull us together. The husbands have golf…we have dinners.
I love hosting in October when I can pull out recipes that fill the house with the traditional aromas and flavors of fall. This year I’m serving a White Bean, Ham and Butternut Squash Soup, Chicken Cassoulet with Parmesan Risotto and a Rustic Apple Tart. It’s fun to set the table for this dinner. I used a whole cloth runner that covers the entire length of the table and a large center piece of white baby pumpkins. Recently, I had lunch with Connie and Mary from Country Threads, and Mary always shares some of her pumpkins when we see each other in the fall. The Pumpkin Patchwork napkins were made years ago from small bits of fall fabrics from my Thimbleberries fabric collections. I pull them out every fall and they always help make the table look pretty special. They are featured in Cottage Comforts distributed by Landauer. The FREE napkin pattern will get you started on your set that can be used all fall and would be a nice addition to your Thanksgiving table. A set of these napkins would also make a great gift if you have already started to think about Christmas.
Easy Parmesan Risotto
Rustic Apple-Cinnamon Tart
FREE Pumpkin Patchwork Napkin Pattern
Go to Reminiscing for more free patterns from Lynette’s collection.