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Thursday, November 20, 2014

Happy Merry Thanksmas

"First things first...We are truly blessed to have the means to set a pretty table and invite our friends to join us for good food and fellowship. I am mindful that many are not so fortunate. My daughter has a passion for the work of the Food Bank. As a singer-songwriter, she has written and recorded a song that is the anthem for the world wide Crop Hunger Walk project. Her song, "Raise Your Voice" is featured in their video. I've included a link in the side margin of my blog. I hope that during this harvest season, it will encourage you to support projects in your community that contribute to the effort to overcome hunger.
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I am almost three weeks out from my first knee replacement surgery, and I'm excited to be able to share a tablescape with you from a family Thanksmas dinner that we hosted last weekend.  Our son's family will be with his in-laws for Thanksgiving this year, and also not here for Christmas.  We wanted an opportunity for our sweet ones to be together for a holiday meal...We call it Happy Merry Thanksmas.  Because my ability to move around was still quite limited by a walker, Sweet Mister arranged for most of the menu.  Can you say, "Honey Glazed Ham and fixin's"?  I was delighted to be able to assemble the table for our evening, and I'm very grateful to Cindy, the dear lady who stayed with me for the first two weeks, which allowed Sweet Mister to actually go back to the office. Cindy and I worked together to create the table design, and we had a great time.  We set a table for 9 in the dining room...Come on in...

 We had lots of males at our table on this evening, so I wanted to keep the design somewhat masculine.

 I've been eager to use the Williams Sonoma toile tablecloth, and tonight was the perfect opportunity.

 I'm a longtime fan of a blue and brown color scheme...

 ...To create a better contrast between the dinner plate and the toile cloth, I used the Maryland China Company "Minuet" charger plate.  Your can find them on line, and they have an abundance of very reasonable white blanks, mostly marketed to china painters.  Check them out!  Tip:  As much as I love using charger plates in my designs, sometimes the dinner plate won't "sit" properly on the charger.  You could place a folded napkin underneath to give the dinner plate stability.  I prefer to place one of grandmama's old doilies on the plate as a stabilizer.  I'll bet many of you have a stack of them, stuffed somewhere in a drawer...wondering what to do with them.  Here's your answer.  I always look for them at estate sales, too.  I'm usually searching for about a 9" doily, and they can normally be found for just a few dollars.

 Now the Spode Delamere dinner plate, from Replacements, is sitting steady as a rock!  Tip:  When shopping on eBay, I always double check price and availability on Replacements.  Because they offer free shipping on any purchase over $99.00, sometimes Replacements ultimately offers you the better price.  Do your homework!


I flanked the plates with an inexpensive brown handled flatware from Horchow.  My favorite napkin, the Pottery Barn flax hemstitched linen, seemed an obvious choice.

 Continuing with my simple color scheme, I chose the Gorham Octette Brown goblet.  Neat brown goblets are hard to find, in my opinion.  If you come across some and like them...grab them!



 My centerpiece needed to be put together by shopping my closets and cabinets, and my frozen garden.  A shopping trip was not yet on my agenda...or at least on my new knee's agenda.

 You may remember the pair of wooden finials.  I'm still pretty charmed by them...

 ...The Hartley Leeds Creamware "Chestnut Bowl" was a great get on eBay.  A set of dinner plates by the same company is still on my "list"...someday.  I flanked the tureen with a quartet of Autumn berries that I've used in years past.

 The Hartley-Leeds Strawberry bowls each held a dead dried hydrangea, which dear Cindy harvested from my frozen garden.  The color was just what I needed!

 Looks like Thanksmas to me....yep, it does.

 It was a delightful evening with our beloved children and grandchildren.  I'm looking forward to sharing more holiday tables with you in the coming weeks.  I'll be in physical therapy for the next five weeks, so you may need to color me invisible at different times until after the New Year.  Just know that I miss you, and I can hardly wait to be able to resume my normal routine of entertaining frequently.

This week I'm joining:

Tablescape Thursday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch

Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hope with Katherine's Corner























  

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

A Kaleidoscope of Sisterhood Memories, 10.17.14

"First things first...We are truly blessed to have the means to set a pretty table and invite our friends to join us for good food and fellowship. I am mindful that many are not so fortunate. My daughter has a passion for the work of the Food Bank. As a singer-songwriter, she has written and recorded a song that is the anthem for the world wide Crop Hunger Walk project. Her song, "Raise Your Voice" is featured in their video. I've included a link in the side margin of my blog. I hope that during this harvest season, it will encourage you to support projects in your community that contribute to the effort to overcome hunger.
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About every two years, I host a luncheon for the sorority sisters with whom I lived during my four years in college. This past Friday, I hosted the fourth luncheon for these precious women, and it was a perfect day in almost every way.  The October weather was delightful; we didn't even have our normal prairie wind sweeping down the plain.  Sisters arrived from all across our beautiful nation...from coast to coast they came.  Today I set 8 tables for my guests.  We're dining on the back porch and under the big tree in the back yard.  Come on out...

 Do you remember the black and white stripe tablecloths from the party that we did for my high school reunion this past June?  I knew then that I wanted to use them for this day...

 I liked the graphic quality that they lent to the design.

 I also knew that I wanted to use lots and lots of color.  Early on the word "kaleidoscope" kept coming to mind.  So how did I translate my inspiration into a cohesive theme for our luncheon?

 Each table featured one color of my collection of Bormioli glass charger plates...found on clearance two summers ago at Gordman's...

 ....one color of the Vietri Optic goblets, still available at a jewelry/gift store near you.  Oh!  Vietri is on sale at my local store this week.  Maybe it's a national sale...you might want to check around.

 ...one color of colorful flatware at each table...


...and one each of 8 colors of hemstitched napkins tied with a variety of organza ribbons holding a mercury glass owl...the party favor for each guest to take home.  The dinner plate is the Wedgwood Countryware.  The centerpiece was kept simple for time management purposes...the black tole jardinieres from Hobby Lobby each held a pre-made mixed "local" bouquet from Whole Foods Market, snipped to the proper height.  Hint: If you need to secure a larger quantity of florals from Whole Foods, be sure to order them at least 3 weeks ahead of your event.  They place their own orders that far out.  They have a beautiful selection, and their florals are quite reasonable.

 It's always satisfying when an idea that looks a certain way in your mind's eye ends up looking the same way in reality.  I wouldn't have changed a thing for this party.

 The luncheon began at 11:30 a.m......

 There was constant laughter....unending smiles...and sparkling eyes...


 The last guests left sometime after 4:30.




 My summer pots of geraniums made a wonderful comeback after the heat of the summer...

 They were joined by pots of yellow mums....and that gave us our sorority colors of "Cardinal and Straw."

Memories of this special special day will last long after the onset of colder days which wait just around the corner.  I can hardly wait for October, 2016, when we shall gather again.  I'm already mulling ideas for the next tables in my mind.

I'm having my first knee replacement surgery next week, so color me invisible for the better part of the next month.  Although I may not be heard from for a spot of time, I think that exploring your delightful blogs will be a wonderful way to spend some hours while I'm recuperating.  I covet your prayers, and I look forward to blogging again as soon as possible.

This week I'm joining

Tablescaper Thursday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

When the Deep PURPLE FALLS, 10.9.14 and a Winner!

"First things first...We are truly blessed to have the means to set a pretty table and invite our friends to join us for good food and fellowship. I am mindful that many are not so fortunate. My daughter has a passion for the work of the Food Bank. As a singer-songwriter, she has written and recorded a song that is the anthem for the world wide Crop Hunger Walk project. Her song, "Raise Your Voice" is featured in their video. I've included a link in the side margin of my blog. I hope that during this harvest season, it will encourage you to support projects in your community that contribute to the effort to overcome hunger.
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Kathleen of Cuisine Kathleen has challenged us to create a Fall tablescape with no orange and with purple...lots of purple.  I'm in the midst of busily preparing for my bi-annual luncheon for my college sorority sisters, so I've set a table that may or may not be put to use.  On a happy note for me, I'm pleased to announce that the winner of the tablecloth giveaway is Liz @ Infuse with Liz.  Liz, please, contact me with your address information, and I'll send the cloth on its way to you.  I'll be excited to see how you put it to use in one of your blog posts!

Tonight's post features quite a few pics...and minimal text...well, minimal for me.  

 Table for five at the games table in the living room...

 The gold tone flatware was a Dallas estate sale find.

 The reticulated bread plates were another estate sale find...12 for $10.00.

 The acrylic chargers from Hobby Lobby are quite inexpensive.  They are actually a dusty lavender...I couldn't quite capture the exact color...but it's definitely purple!  The Coalport Athlone Brown dinner plate repeated the color in the tablecloth that I made.

 The Wedgwood majolica grape leaf plate was a nice topper.


 Another shot of purple for our Kathleen...Waterford Simply Lilac and AJKA Arabella amethyst.


 Sweet Mister brought home our Autumn decorations just this weekend.  The burlap pumpkins just fit the bill!

 The antique amethyst bowl and stand belonged to our dear Nana...such a regal old piece.

 The Williams-Sonoma Flax hemstitched linen napkins are some of my favorites.  Today I used them to add a more casual yet sophisticated touch to my design.






 I even caught a few candlelight shots.  I'm out of practice.


 I always appreciate a good challenge.  Thanks, Kathleen!  This was an enjoyable project!  

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