End-of-December and early-January birthdays often get short shrift amidst all the holiday fanfare. For a grown-up, I think a really simple cake embellished with a few seasonal camellias would be appealing. The cake shown at the top is covered with garden roses, but you get the idea. I love how the light dusting of sugar gives it a snowy effect that doesn't feel particularly Christmas-y.
Since the silver is probably already out and polished, why not bring in more fresh blooms for a quiet-yet-romantic birthday supper? As we're always discussing here, more and more grocery stores are carrying lush garden roses and sometimes a New Year's luxury -- peonies.
[From the top, photographs one, three -- a cropped detail -- and four are by Art Streiber from Shabby Chic, Harper Collins, 1996; photo two is by Mark Starnes.]
Speaking of silver, architect William T. Baker will discuss 18th-century silver on Friday, January 22, 2010, at 6:30 p.m. as part of the learning lecture series offered during the Cathedral Antiques Show. Tickets for the talk cost $25. This year's beneficiary is Cool Girls. Related reading: Romantic Readiness and A Bowl for Camellias.