Happy Birthday, Surprise!

October is full of some very special birthdays and we have been doing a lot of celebrating! Today I am joining some fellow bloggers throwing a surprise birthday party for Michael Lee West!

Happy Birthday Michael Lee!   In honor of your birthday I made you a birthday tree!

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Now, you don’t strike me as the pink and sparkly, girly-girl type but this little tree was designed to be in the middle of an explosion of cupcakes and sweet treats so it just must be pink!


I know you appreciate a good baker and a great bakery~

birthday table 5 thepaintedapron.comand a jelly donut or three~

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And look, a mermaid has appeared, fresh out of the sea!


Oh, yes and I also made you some cakes!  I just love to paint bake!


It really wasn’t any trouble~

birthday table thepaintedapron.com

Well, maybe just a “teeny bit”

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But we go all out for birthdays around here, we just insist on it!

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A birthday girl glass awaits you to fill with your beverage of choice, but the peach bowl is empty today~


Someone seems to have “thrown” all the peaches away!


There is a stack of gifts too, all just for you!


and goodies galore


and oh so many things to taste and explore!

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Before we sit down to all these sweet treats, I’ve made you a meal that is more than just meat!

I know you’re a foodie with consuming passion, so I couldn’t resist cooking and baking to distraction…

This real Southern feast, that was really no bother,  I created for you, one Southern gal to another~

We will start with some cheesy Hissy Fit Dip

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It’s delightful with wine and some freshly made chips

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Then how about a little roll filled with Asparagus and Ham

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Oh did I mention they’re full of Alfredo and Parmesan, oh man!


And then peaches of course,  and Tennessee Whiskey


Peachy Bourbon BBQ and Cheese Grits ,  by then we’ll be tipsy!

peachy bbq chicken thepaintedapron.com

Then onto dessert, no birthday cake today

butterscotch tiramisu cheesecake thepaintedapron.com

I made a  Butterscotch Tiramisu Cheesecake, I just got carried away!

butterscotch tiramisu cheesecake thepaintedapron.com

Happy Birthday Michael Lee! I’m so glad to be celebrating with you on your special day!

butterscotch cheesecake thepaintedapron.com

Michael Lee West is an author extraordinaire as well as a passionate foodie, talented blogger and design maven! Please pop over to Rattlebridge Farm to see her beautiful home and gardens, photographs and recipes!

ladyfinger crust thepaintedapron.com

Thanks so much for joining the party!

Please continue the party with us over at:

Jain~ a quiet life
Kitty~ Kitty’s Kozy Kitchen
Sarah~ Hyacinths for the Soul
Sam~ My Carolina Kitchen
Rett~ The Gazebo House
Lynn~ Happier Than A Pig In Mud
Linda~ More Fun Less Laundry
Debbie~ Mountain Breaths
Jacqueline~ Purple Chocolat Home
Pattie~ Olla-Podrida
Pam~ Sidewalk Shoes
Susan~Between Naps on the Porch
Mary~ Home is Where the Boat Is

And be sure to join the Novel Bakers this week for Apple week!  Their photos, recipes and talents will take you away in the pages of a delightful book~

A quiet life, Home is where the boat is, Sidewalk shoes, Rattlebridge Farm


just click on the recipe names above to get the recipes from this party

Metal cupcake topiary, ribbons and ornaments/Hobby Lobby

ceramic cupcakes and plates/overstock.com [2011]

Cake painting, Birthday girl glass and peach bowl from JMdesigns

Birthday tree tutorial


I will be partying on these amazing blogs

Rattlebridge Farm

Savvy Southern Style

No Minimalist Here

The Style Sisters


Between Naps on the Porch

The Dedicated House

26 Responses to “Happy Birthday, Surprise!”
  1. Wow, you sure know how to decorate for a party. Love, love, love the birthday tree. Your cheesecake looks amazing.
    Happy birthday Michael Lee.

  2. Your birthday tree is great, I love the pretty colors! Cute painting and it looks like quite the celebratory meal too:@)

  3. Mary says:

    Jenna, You are a painter AND poet extraordinaire! Love your birthday tree complete with mermaid! Such a fun and fitting celebration and as usual I always leave here hungry! I’ve been dreaming about your Peachy Bourbon Chicken, I’m sure Teeny would love it! Thanks for joining in the fun~ Happy Birthday Michael Lee West! I’ll be back for some Tara-misu and a jelly doughnut, or three 🙂

  4. Jenna, This is a fabulous party with delicious food, festive setting and a poem too! I want to come to it too! All your little touches with references to Michael Lee’s works are so clever. I want to go back and read more of her books. I will be back to explore more. Happy birthday to Michael Lee. Linda

  5. What fun! Birthdays must be fun when they are at your home! 🙂

  6. Kitty says:

    What a fun post to celebrate our friend! I enjoyed the rhyme throughout the pictures, Jenna. What a great job you did with the birthday tree and all the food for the birthday bash. Happy Birthday, Michael Lee! xo

  7. Rettabug says:

    Oh Jenna…what a FUN tablescape & your play on words from Michael Lee’s books was brilliant!
    Very cleverly created & such sweet touches. Love the doughnut on top of the candlestick! LOL
    She is going to LOVE seeing all of this celebration…don’t you wish we could Skype her reactions to all these posts?

    Well done!

  8. Jacqueline says:

    I love all of your fun southern treats! Makes me want to be a southern girl too – guess I am – I was born in southern Wisconsin!!
    Anyone would be thrilled with this birthday table – so fun and pretty and fresh. Happy Birthday Michael Lee!

  9. A beautiful birthday surprise for Michael Lee!

  10. Oh my heavens! Books, decorations, food and a rhyme!!! Fantastic!

  11. Sarah says:

    Perfect birthday tribute to our southern girl, MLW. What festive fun with your clever poem and adorable decor. I’m seriously craving something sweet right now………..say a slice of that Tiramisu and a jelly doughnut. ‘-)
    Happy, Happy, Michael Lee!

  12. a quiet life says:

    oh you are so clever with your bday tree! what an darling ensemble of goodies, all so fitting, and surprisingly so few calories! if only my life went that way…

    i adore all your touches, the mermaid, peaches, cupcakes galore, FUN FUN FUN! i love seeing everyones creativity!

    omg, i write my comments as i scrool down so you get my full affect on impact… i just hit the real food! the faux had wet my appetite, now i am just plain ravenous!

    butterscotch tiramisu… i can see where my train of thought will be ALL DAY LONG!

    oh what a feast for the eyes and tummy, if mlw can’t have finish off this bday extravaganza, CALL ME!

    thanks so much for playing along and adding new cravings in my head, happy birthday mlw!

  13. Rattlebridge Farm says:

    Jenna, what a joy to read your witty words and to see the mouth-watering goodies. And the tree is absolutely beautiful. I’ll need several plates so I can load up on peachy bourbon BBQ, asparagus rolls, hissy fit dip, and that gorgeous butterscotch tiramisu. This is a party to savor and remember. Thank you so much for hosting it! xxoo

  14. Jenna, darling and creative post for Michael Lee. I know she loved it.

    You are not just a painter, gourmet cook and decorator but a poet. This was so clever and entertaining.

    I am gaining weight just gazing at your cheesecake!

  15. Now that’s what I call a table! I’d love to sit down at a table like this that could capture my attention so. The food looks delicious as well, and now you really have me craving some Hissy Fit Dip.

  16. Wow, you do go all out for birthdays! Love that birthday tree! Your birthday guests must feel very special at your table. It was great fun joining you girls for MLW’s birthday celebration.

  17. I can’t wait to check her out after I leave here. What a great tribute and party to her…marvelous job my friend.

  18. Simply a beautiful party! I love all the cupcakes, birthday tree and birthday cakes. This is a WOW post! Thank you for sharing!
    Blessings My Friend,

  19. Pam says:

    Wow! What a fabulous Birthday for Michael Lee! The cupcake centerpiece is so wonderful. I love your cheesecake and the delicious food. This is a great way to celebrate this lovely lady’s birthday! Have a fun week!


  20. Joyce says:

    This looks like a terrific and colorful party! Every detail is gloriously spectacular!
    Thank you too for visiting me today, I always enjoy your visits!

  21. Ann K says:

    Adorable!! What a fantastic Birthday Celebration!! Now I am craving doughnuts 🙂

  22. Liz @ Infuse With Liz says:

    Oh my goodness! How cute and fun! That tiramisu cake looks divine! The tree is adorable and all your cute accents!

  23. So much inspiration here. I’ll be referring back to this bit of confection! Thanks for inviting us for a peak. Cherry Kay

  24. Alaina says:

    That tree is so cute. I just love all the colors. Alaina

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