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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Soup & Haviland


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.


As my little blog rolls along, you will become more and more aware that I love chicken noodle soup.  I enjoy making it, I enjoy eating it, and I enjoy sharing it with my friends.  I also have a great fondness for Haviland china.  We inherited some pieces of Haviland Ranson from our precious Nana, and I collected it for several years until I had a full service.  Once my set of Ranson was complete, I discovered that I really enjoyed mixing it with other Haviland patterns...and there are thousands of Haviland patterns just waiting to be discovered by you and by me!  This day I invited a small group of friends to join me for a lunch of....what else....chicken noodle soup.

I discovered 9 of these Haviland rimmed soup bowls at a Haviland dealer's shop one day.  I was enchanted by them, and they were priced well.  They came home with me that day!  I invited my friends for lunch mainly because I wanted a reason to use these bowls.  The tablecloth is actually a king-size duvet.  It's a marvelous stripe on the reverse side, and you'll see it again on my table.  Tip:  Think outside the box!  Use what you have sitting in your closets, in your linen cabinet, or on your bed.  I bought this one at an estate sale for $10.00.  Someday I may even use it in a bedroom.

The charger is the Bordallo Pinheiro Cabbage Leaf pattern.  Sandwiched between the charger and the soup is a Haviland Ranson dinner plate.  The crystal is Mikasa Stephanie Gold; it belonged to my sweet mama.

I was attracted to what I refer to as almost a piecrust edge on the soup bowls.  I like that the design element is repeated in the optical design of the Stephanie Gold goblets, as well as in the two crystal decanters.  The decanters were to be filled with ice water and wine for the guests to refresh their drinks.  I used Haviland Ranson crescent dishes as bread and butter plates.

Again, we are so blessed by our precious Nana's amazing acumen for entertaining and collecting lovely tabletop items.  The Madiera napkins, the green cloisonne centerpiece bowl filled with very inexpensive Sweetheart Roses from Sam's , and the Lalique 'Game Cocks' once graced her home and her table.  I think that she would have liked that I mixed her beautiful things with my bamboo flatware from Big Lots.

Are you hungry?  That soup smells really good!  Let's take our bowls into the kitchen...we'll serve from the stove.  Grab a hot roll from the oven.  Yummo...I'm famished!  Let's eat.

You can check out KC's music at www.kcclifford.com, 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 trip...it's a wonderful adventure.    


  

29 comments:

Nancy said...

This is so lovely! Your centerpiece is so pretty...I love the color of the flowers and I'm crazy about your flatware. Now I'm off to see that Paisley post.

Thank you for sharing your lovely table with us,

Nancy

Jacqueline said...

Oh, the pink and green together is just gorgeous. I love those green plates, saw some but didn't get them and of course I regret it, but how much can a girl store! My husband complains about my bags along the side of the garage - I call it my staging area for Home Goods!

Carol at Serendipity said...

I love the china mixture. Very pretty. I love chicken soup and I love to make it. Makes the house smell wonderful!

Carol

Sailing Simply said...

Very pretty! I love that you have set this table for chicken noodle soup. I would have never thought of dining so elegantly while eating soup. However, if you are entertaining friends with soup, why not? Chicken noodle soup itself always sends such a caring message but served in china would send a message of love that would be hard to miss. Your china is very pretty but I also really love those Lalique "Game-cocks"!

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

Cherry Kay, you always include great ideas along with your beautiful tablescapes! I also love that you invited friends over as an excuse to use the pretty Haviland bowls! I've done that, too! We ARE blessed to have treasures from family to enjoy.

Marlis said...

I love the way you have mixed the old with the new. It's very inviting and fun to look at. Haviland china is amazing. As is the duvet cover!!

Alycia Nichols said...

What a great idea to use the duvet as a table cover!!! Perfect!!!

Life with L said...

Your table is beautiful. I like the color pink and green together. You have created a very elegant setting. Who says you can't dine on soup with a beautifully displayed table. Linda

Johanna said...

Hi CherryKay,
sorry for beiing so late with my comment. But I enjoyed your table also today, even when nothing left from the homemade noodle soup. This Haviland plates are wonerful. I love the choosen napkins with the little flowers and I love the green plates to the green centerpiece. That is all so nice combined. You have pretty stemware and crystal also.
Greetings, Johanna

Martha said...

A pretty table -- I also love soup bowls and those are wonderful. It is fun to mix and match!

bunny, The Paris House said...

Cherry Kay,
As always your table stuns all with its elegant beauty and class! The green plates really anchor everything. I love the centerpiece and your Haviland plates are lovely.
xx

Anita said...

Cherry Kay, this is just as gorgeous as always. You never fail to impress with your combinations of old and new. Gorgeous!

xinex said...

Your table is very pretty as usual. I love Haviland china too, I think they look very graceful....Christine

Dreamgoddess said...

Your table is beautiful. I love the combination of pink and green.

Pondside said...

What a pretty and feminine table you set for your lunch with friends. You really are blessed with your Nana's collections!

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Such beautiful china! How neat to have a soup luncheon! I love to make soups, chili and stews in the wintertime, but never thought to invite friends! I can only eat chicken soup when I'm sick! Strange! ;-)

I made your Poppy Seed Chicken casserole this past week and we love it! I will definitely make it again!

Katherine

Carrie said...

Your tablescape is exquisite...all the elements you've placed here together make a very welcoming meal setting.

lulumusing said...

What I really like about your table is the formal and the not so formal mixed together. Your friends are very lucky that you do so much for them.

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Oh my, what a lovely post. The entire theme of pink and green has always been one of my favorites, plus I have(only one) green Bordallo Pinheiro Cabbage plate that I use mainly for a platter and now I wish I had picked up more, they are so pretty as an under plate.
Thank you for putting this together, wish I was sitting at that table and thank you for you nice comment about my seaside tablescape, it was so fun to do:)
Terry

La said...

Your table is gorgeous! I love the sweetheart roses and the way you couple the pink china with the green chargers. Perfect! La

The Tablescaper said...

So beautiful. It's soup season! I just had a soup party too. Mine wasn't quite as elegant as yours!

- The Tablescaper

Pam @ diy Design Fanatic said...

Beautiful table! I love the green cabbage chargers. The texture and color are wonderful!

Table Escapes said...

Thank you for reminding us to think of those less fortunate..your daughter is beautiful inside & out.
Bordallo Pinheiro cabbage plate are beautiful with Haviland (sp?) soup bowls. Sweet tiny roses are just precious.
Have a wonderful week & thanks for stopping by. Sharon

Jane said...

This is a lovely table...The cabbage plates are especially beautiful.

Thank you for stopping by Artfully Graced. I appreciate your sweet comments. (BTW, I did not start painting until 52! It's never too late to discover what's inside of you...)
Jane (artfully graced)

bj said...

Beautiful table...I love your colors..

Tyla said...

I absolutely LOVE the "cabbage" chargers! I have enjoyed looking at your pretty tables. Thanks for visiting with me today, too. Come back anytime.

hip-chick said...

I love that tablecloth/duvet! So pretty. I love the crystal as well.

Carolyn said...

I love how you mixed and matched and I love soup and rolls too!
You must be so proud of your daughter she wrote such a beautiful song and has a beautiful voice-such a good message.
Thank you for the tip on Carolyn Rheome's book-I am going to look for it.

Take care,

Carolyn

Paige Thomas King said...

i am such a sucker for cabbage plates! my first everyday pattern was Wedgwood Countryware. i'm drawn to anything with the cabbage leaf!
paige