Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Paisley, II.

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. As the harvest season approaches 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 it will encourage you to support projects in your community that contribute to the effort to overcome hunger.

When my Russian Paisley Scarf arrived from the Australian eBay seller (see Paisley, I HERE), I immediately knew that I wanted the ability to create multiple tablescapes with the scarf.  Therefore, I needed more than one!  I contacted the seller in Australia, and sure enough, she had an additional scarf.  This particular day, I used both pieces on my dining table to create a casual autumn tablescape, and I invited the Garden Friends to stay after our Bible study for lunch.  

Today there were ten of us who shared lunch.  Poppy Seed Chicken, a green salad, and hot bread were easily prepared ahead of time.  I didn't want to spend time or money for floral arrangements, so for centerpieces on the table, I pulled from my pumpkin collection.  The pair of Della robbia topiaries on the buffet make an appearance every year from Fall through Christmas.  I put them in assorted containers depending on my design for the table.  Today, I chose a pair of Chinese red tole jardinieres.  

       The Val St. Lambert crystal candlesticks fit right into the seasonal template with the addition of beaded candle rings in the colors of Autumn.  Trios of ceramic pumpkins were purchased years ago on clearance at Hobby Lobby.  I've used them in many locations throughout our home.  I like the curve in the paisley design against the shapes of the pumpkins.

The pumpkin tureen with the lettuce leaf underplate is an early Fitz & Floyd piece.  I am still as thrilled to use it today as when we bought it, oh so many years ago.  Every once in a while, I actually put soup in it.  The chunky green  goblets were originally purchased to use with the Spode Christmas Tree dinnerware. They were made by Viking or Colony.  I just can't remember for certain...brain freeze.

  The Bordallo Pinheiro "Cabbage Leaf" charger plates were a great get at an estate sale for $3.00 each.  I'm quite fond of the honey colored Luneville "Louis XV" faience dinner plates.  They were a bargain that I scored on eBay.  I think that the Country French napkins worked because of the touches of black and the red that tied them to the various hues and shades in the paisley scarf.  The classic shape of my everyday stainless, Wallace, "Antique Bead," again captured the curve in the paisley design.

The timer on the oven just signaled that the Poppy Seed Chicken is ready.  Grab your dinner plate; we're serving ourselves in the kitchen.  We've had a wonderful Bible study; now I'm looking forward to good food and precious fellowship.

Poppy Seed Chicken
3 Cups cooked, diced chicken               8 ounces Ritz crackers
8 ounces sour cream 2 cans -Cream of Chicken Soup
2 T., poppy seeds 1 stick melted butter
Crush crackers with melted butter and poppy seed. Cover bottom of lightly greased 3 quart casserole with crumb mixture, saving some to put on the top of the casserole.
Mix soup, chicken, sour cream and spread over the crumb mixture.  Sprinkle with the remaining mixture. Bake one hour at 350Âș.  Freezes well.  Serves 12.

You can check out KC's music at, on iTunes, and on YouTube.  I hope that you'll take a few minutes and give her a listen.  You'll also enjoy reading back through her blog on this site.  The girl can really write!  Her latest CD is called "Orchid."


Thank you, yet again, to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting her magical meme, "Tablescape Thursday.  I'll be linking my post to "Tablescape Thursday.  Click on the button below to hop on over and check out the myriad of marvelous tablescape designs, after 9:00 pm on Wednesdays.  You'll be glad that you made the's a wonderful adventure.     


Teri said...

Your table is absolutely stunning! I love your paisley fabric and all of that beautiful color!!!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

Sitting under your crystal chandelier with your elegant treasures is a dream.

Hope you have a great day & week-end ahead.


Sweet Bee Cottage said...

This is so beautiful and perfect for a nice luncheon or dinner. I love the paisley too. Now I'm going to have to go poke around your blog a bit. Thanks for buzzin' by my blog. What a delight to see you!

Purnima@a creative project said...

absolutely gorgeous!! The scarf looks a perfect backdrop to the lovely decor!! love the are the country French napkins..everything is so pretty!! Yummy recipe ...lucky people who got to enjoy this all!!

Denise said...

Your paisley scarf is stunning and just wonderful on your table. I just love how all your elements blend together so beautifully. Thanks for always showcasing all of your treasures with us. Great table.

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

I LOVE paisley!! You've created such a lovely autumnal table with such rich colors. So very welcoming!


Kathleen said...

What a wonderful collection of pieces you have! It looks just beautiful!

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

Cherry Kay, your dining room looks beautiful and so perfect for fall! I love the green elements you've added to the table, especially. It all looks warm and inviting, and the menu sounds delicious!

A Perfect Settng said...

So beautiful! Just a gorgeous room with a gorgeous table!! Love it!!

Mary said...

What a lovely lunch setting...I admired your paisley scarf on your earlier tablescape, having two is twice as nice! Love your trio of pumpkins & tureen!

Anonymous said...

Cherry Kay,this looks so grand,I shared to facebook,love the paisley,how fall this does look!

Anonymous said...

And I forgot to mention,I copy/paste the recipe for poppy seed chicken,sounds so delish,I've got to try,so easy too.

Jan @ BellaCasa said...

What a beautiful scarf and colorful table. Thanks for visiting my tablescape and leaving a comment. Have a wonderful day and come join us at the Baby Boomer Buzz community!

Jan @ BellaCasa

Sweetladyelaine said...

This tablescape is very pretty! I love your scarfs...what a unique way to use them. I bet your ladies loved this table and your delicious lunch. Thank you for sharing.

Johanna said...

Hi Cherry Kay,
this scarf is gorgeous and I love your table. The ceramic pumpkins are wonderful.
Greetings, Johanna

Barbara said...

Oooooh, that paisley is just lovely! I had forgotten how much I liked paisley. It looks wonderful with your pretty dishes - such great colors. I especially like the cabbage leaf ones.

Jami said...

Another slam dunk! You always get the table exactly matter what you use. As always I'm still in love with the F/F pumpkin tureen. It looks gorgeous on the paisley scarves!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This is stunning -- I love your mixture here. I love your pumpkin tureen too.

Sherry said...

I love the paisley throw. I have been looking for one for a table. I love the Tureen too. It is all so very pretty and festive.

Sue said...

You have created a truly beautiful and elegant table for something you are calling, "casual." The paisley scarves are lovely and everything you used to set the table is magnificent. Love the large cabbage plates. The recipe sounds so easy and so good, too. Thank you for coming by for a visit, Cherry Kay. :-)
~ Sue

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Beautiful fall tablescape! The pumpkins make a grand centerpiece! I really like the tablecloth and the pattern and color mix with all of it!

I copied the recipe, sounds good. Is that 2 cans soup? Eight ounces Ritz crackers?


Marlis said...

Once again, a most beautiful table. I love the scarves and luckily you were able to get two. Your pumpkin collection is great.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

You have such beautiful things and you put them together so well. I love tables that mix unexpected elements. I don't know why I never thought to use napkin rings on candlesticks...great tip! I had to laugh at the brain freeze...I can't remember where I got the things I've purchased in just the last year for tablescaping. I started keeping a list, but I forget to add to it!

I have this chicken recipe, but mine doesn't have poppy seeds. That would really dress it up. It is so good!

D said...

Hi, Cherry Kay,
What a beautiful, unique name you have. Thanks for sharing this colorful table, and recipe with us.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for your sweet comments on my blog! I do love those chargers. The paisley scarf you used here is beautiful! I hope you'll get a chance to wear it too!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Absolutely stunning! I am crazy about all the color, pattern and texture going on! So perfect for the Austrian paisley scarf.
You are VERY blessed to have so many beautiful things! It is so nice to hear someone be so thankful for what they have and considerate towards others!
YOur centerpiece pumpkins are true treasures. I think Fitz and Floyd are the prettiest around!
And I love how you mixed the soft orange of the pumpkin with the hot pink designs of the napkins. Brilliantly put together!

Anonymous said...

If there's anything I like, it's color so I am wild about the way you have done your table. With that tablecloth you can do all kinds of wonderful things. May I borrow?

Anonymous said...

Oh my, this is gorgeous. Absolutely delightful. You have also made a very good point in that we are very blessed and fortunate to even have the means to set a pretty table. I too think of that as I share some of the photos on my page. Some may not be able to do so.

Love the scarf and I wish I could join your Garden Friends Bible study group. What a beautiful name.

I'm off to listen to your daughter's music. I have a 21 y/o son who is so beautifully gifted with music. Have been praying that he will use it for the Lord since he was a baby.

Thank you for sharing and for stopping by my little corner yesterday. Much love!

Splurgie said...

I love your F&F soup tureen! I smiled when you said you sometimes use it for soup. It makes a stunning centerpiece. No one does it like Fitz & Floyd.

Requi@Tablescaping Escapades said...

The scarves are beautiful and the pumpkins look lovely parading the center of your gorgeous tablescape. I really like the presence of your crystal candlesticks.

All the Best,


pozypeacock said...

I don't know where to start because my eye is drawn to this and that. The lettuce leaf plates, the pumpkins and candlesticks are really charming. I know I wish I were sitting there eating with you once again! I have found myself thinking about you and your tablescapes often times as I pass by my own table or while at a store. It makes me wish I could do something like that. This is an area that I seriously lack.

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Love it!! I love paisley too! And your dark green goblets look fantastic!

Tess said...

I guess paisley is a theme this week...I love your cloths and all of your pumpkins are adorable! Gotta keep the paisley going!


Pondside said...

I love rich and vibrant colour and your table certainly qualifies! There something almost Gypsy about it, even though I know that it's an American fall table. The chicken sounds yummy - I may have to try it for a bridge luncheon.

Rettabug said...

Cherry Kay, "Vibrant" & "Alive" & "Joyous"...are all words that come to mind as I view this beautiful tablescape!

What a bargain you found in the BP cabbage leaf chargers...I know we're not supposed to be jealous...but I AM the same shade of green with envy!!! ;-)

I bought the very same red tole jardiniere but only one. I get it to my DD, as she features Williamsburg items & lots of pineapples around her home.

How lucky your friends must feel, to be invited to sit down at such a lovely table!

xinex said...

Your table is truly gorgeous, Mary Kay. You have so many accessories that work so well together and of course you are an expert in combining everything. It is such a delightful table!...Christine

Jessa Irene (Holiday-Haven) said...

The colors so compliment the pumpkins. Love how much detail the scarves add to this table.

More Than A Mom said...

You have a delightful Thanksgiving table. I love the pumpkin serving dishes and bowls!

Shel said...

This is truely beautiful. I just love your pumpkin treasures. As always, it is wonderful to escape to your blog...sheer delight!
Blessings from South Africa.

Anita said...

Oh Cherry Kay, this is just gorgeous too! I am in love with that paisley! The combination of colors is just so creative and perfect. I am loving those candlesticks too. I'm going to borrow some ideas from you!!

Anita said...

Cherry Kay everything you do looks "rich" you know...excellent taste, well traveled-- old money but fresh, modern and young. That takes talent and creativity. I hope that makes sense!

Betty said...

Thank you for visiting My Cozy Corner.

Nancy said...

Oh Cherry Kay, this is one of my favorites. I can see why you'd wanted that second Paisley scarf. Absolutely gorgeous!!! Love the scarf, all the pumpkins, the napkins...all of it! Breathtakingly beautiful! And to top it off, you've got me VERY hungry for the Poppyseed chicken, and it's almost 1 a.m. here! I will definitely try it.

Thank you again for a wonderful table, and recipe!


very merry vintage style said...

Oh this table is stunning.. the color combination is so amazing! Nice job