Porkchops (done on our BBQ, purchased at wholesale rate at Costco *yes I bought the membership)
Sauteed mushrooms in butter (also bought wholesale at Costco, butter purchased at Christmas on sale)
Oven roasted spicy potatoes (bought 20 lbs for $6,)
Caesar Salad (bought 6 romaine hearts for $3.69 at Costco, will only be using one)
Desert: apple and blackberry crisp using up some apples that have seen better days purchased mid-December and home picked blackberries = free
Served with Chapman's Vanilla Ice cream (Best Canadian ice cream brand, would pay even more for this product it is that good, 2 liters for $2.99 on sale)
Most of the above ingredients were on hand in the fridge or cupboards. No need to buy expensive ingredients for special dinners. Presentation is key.
I made two yummy crisps, the larger for the three of us to share and the smaller for her to take home and enjoy. None of this is her actual birthday gift, that is a bedding set which we have yet to find (we went shopping this weekend and couldn't find "the one").
Candles on the table: gold taper candles purchased in a thrift store, brand new for 10 cents a piece
Candle holders: purchased at thrift store for 10 cents a piece
Fine bone china, was given to my parents when they got married in 1962. Basic white with a silver ring. Timeless, and recently gifted to me from Mom
Silver napkins - Excess Christmas stock purchased 3 years ago on sale. Basic silver and gold go with any celebration
Flowers for her to take home because she loves them - 2 bunches of Daffodils for $1.99 per bunch
Most expensive purchase for the evening? Liquor as we Canadians still like our cider and beer although we pay through the teeth in taxes for it.
Well, I best go, the blackberry-apple crisp is done and making the house smell absolutely fabulous = free air freshener. Cheers!