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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Birthday Friends

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.


I celebrate my birthday in November.  I always teasingly say that any woman worth her salt can make her birthday celebration last almost a month...this year, that mantra proved to be quite true.  Last week, a small group of very close friends gathered to celebrate my special day at my friend Debbi's house.  You remember Debbi, my friend who loves to decorate for Halloween.  You can revisit her Halloween house HERE.  On this particular sunny Autumn day, the spooks and goblins have been tucked away until next year, and Debbi has designed a lovely Fall tablescape for us.

A Southern exposure is perfect for the ethereal sunlight that filters through the tall windows and gracefully touches the lovely table design that greets us as we enter Debbi's home.

The lovely goblet was part of a set that Debbi scored when a local replacements business decided to close many years ago.  They are so special; I don't know the maker.  Villeroy & Boch's white stoneware  is highlighted by Hobby Lobby's bronze acrylic charger...

...and set off beautifully by the wonderful Zina Vasi Edwardian Print tablecloth.  Zina Vasi linens are manufactured in Russia, and they are available at Dillard's.  I have been quite impressed with Zina Vasi's designs and the quality of her linens.  I think that you'll like them.

Battenburg lace napkins were a great complement to the white of the dinnerware...

...and we were all wild about the beaded acorn napkin rings.  Debbi couldn't remember where she found them.  Bummer.

This gorgeous deep tole tray became a gorgeous centerpiece featuring a trio of small pumpkins.  I had to work really hard not to covet this piece.  I love it!

The carved wooden Pilgrim and Indian couples flanked a tray of Debbi's homemade pumpkin bread.  She sent each of us home with a loaf.  I've been thoroughly enjoying mine.  Thought that I might take it for our Thanksgiving feast, but I don't think that I'll have enough by tomorrow.  So yummy!

Lunch is Debbi's homemade Chicken Chili, accompanied by salad and corn bread muffins.  Dessert was a delicious coconut cupcake plated with a raspberry puree....gained a few extra pounds this day!

I can't imagine a lovelier setting for my birthday lunch, surrounded by dear friends.  It was a perfect day, and I think that we all got home just in time for dinner!  I would love to think that you could join us the next time!

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.



     




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."




   

33 comments:

Sonia said...

Oh my!! What a lovely dining room and tablescape! Your are a very blessed lady to have a friend that was hostess to such an elegant birthday lunch! Those dishes are so wonderful...but I really LOVE that tablecloth! Wow I will have to look for those linens at Dillards. I am not familiar with Russian linen but now I am going to start looking for it!
So glad you have a wonderful birthday month!
Happy Thanksgiving!!

Miss Bloomers/Sonia

The Tablescaper said...

Happy birthday!!! What a beautiful birthday celebration. How wonderful to have great friends with which to celebrate with.

- The Tablescaper

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

Happy birthday! It looks like you had a wonderful celebration. Linda

Jacqueline said...

Debbie's table and house is lovely. I love her chandelier and her table and chairs. How elegant. That tablecloth is fabulous. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

vignette design said...

Love that tablecloth! Debbie's table is just perfect! Happy Birthday to you, and have a great Thanksgiving tomorrow too.

Dining Delight said...

I love to make my bday go on for a month too! Your friend Debbi really knew how to do it up right for yours! And yes, those beaded acorn napkin rings are fabuous - so unique! The yummy menu served on those lovely dishes would be fantastic! I'd be lingering until dinner time too!
Happy belated bday!
DD

Rettabug said...

Cherry Kay, Happy belated Birthday!!

I literally gasped when I saw the first picture of Debbie's dining room...what a spectacular space in which to welcome folks with food & fellowship!

The rich palette of the wonderful Zina Vasi Edwardian Print tablecloth warms the entire scene & her stoneware is just marvelous. I, too, am crazy over her beaded acorn napkin rings!

I had to laugh when you said you had to "struggle not to covet". I hear you on that!!!

May you have a Blessed Thanksgiving, surrounded by family & friends!

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

What a lovely table to celebrate your birthday! The tablecloth is simply gorgeous, and those acorn napkin rings are perfect!

Pondside said...

November is a lovely month for a birthday - it's my mother's month too.
Isn't it nice that your friends are celebrating you and your birthday?! I look forward to reading about the rest of the month!

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

What an elegant settings… not just what you have on your table but around.

Love every piece you have. The earthy tones is to die for. Everything really fits to each other.

Lucky Lady…

Hope you had an enjoyable Thanksgiving Day and Friday and week-end ahead.

Greetings from a very chilly town of Stockholm,
/Chie

Debbie said...

This table is lovely. I think the simplicity of it, especially that centerpiece, is my favorite part.

Mimi said...

Wow, that table cloth is gorgeous! I love the simple elegance of your table.

A Perfect Setting said...

Well, happy birthday! Hope you have many, many more. You are fortunate to have such a nice friend to host your birthday party--I'm sure you are a wonderful friend to her as well! This room is so lovely, it conveys a timeless elegance! I adore the chairs. So rich and inviting. I'm like you, I make my birthday last as long as possible! lol Happy Thanksgiving!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady, I love your Thanksgiving Tablescapes sweet lady,your Vintage room is just Beautiful!!! I also have Vintage like you~ I love your Plates sweet lady. I am a follower of your Blog. Thank so much for your lovely comments about my Tablescapes. I hope you had a Great Thanksgiving !!! Hope to see you next time you post a Tablescape.

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

A very pretty tablescape! That tablecloth is absolutely gorgeous!

I hope you had a wonderful birthday celebration!

I took a little blogger break for the holiday! I still haven't posted anything new on my blog and don't have a clue to what I'll do next! I started taking down the fall decor here and hope to get the Christmas decor boxes out this weekend!

Katherine

xinex said...

Happy birthday, Cherry Kay! Your friend did a great job on the tablescape. It's really pretty....Christine

Marlis said...

Thank you for dropping by. We are truly birds of a feather. We have the same birthday month! !!! After I quit drooling over the antiques, the table is very lovely. I too love those linens. Price is quite reasonable. You asked about the rectangles on the tablecloth I made. I think they are 8.5 by 10. I'll check out my crafty blog and if I told you wrong I will be back. I love white dishes! Especially on patterns.

Marlis said...

Cut the rectangles 8 x 10.5. I think I have 81 in the tablecloth. Fits the table without a leaf. Happy belated birthday!

Jess @ Frugal with a Flourish said...

Happy Birthday! I think the tablescape looks great!! Wonderful job!

Lynne (lynnesgiftsfromtheheart) said...

What a beautiful room. Your are truly blessed to have a friend that opens her home to us to share all of her beautiful things. I adore the tablecloth and the tray with the beautiful painting on it.. Thank you for swinging by to say hello. It is wonderful to meet you, looking forward to getting to know you.
hugs ~lynne~

Miss Char said...

How did I miss this table on Tablescape Thursday?????? This table is beautiful and I lust after those dishes what a wonderful table to celebrate your birthday at. Happy Birthday.

♥ Sonny ♥ said...

Oh My Goodness. My eye didnt know where to go first.. The beautiful window treatments- those magnificent detailed chairs- the table cloth- tole tray- those adorable chestnut napkins rings..
Its just all so pretty and so well put together.
Elegant and festive...
Thank you for visitng me and leaving such a kind comment.. It also gave me the opportunity to follow you back here and see this lovely post..
I tried to become a follower but blogger is being a meanie this evening and it wouldnt go through.. I'll try again later.

Happy Birthday and Happy Holidays
Sonny ~ 155 dream lane

My Cozy Casita said...

Hi Cherry

Thank you for the nice comment on my blog and a happy birthday!!
In regards of your question about my turkeys, they are not candles holders, they are enclosed,
I purchased them at Home Goods, last year

Happy Holidays!!!
XOX

My Cozy Casita said...

Hi Cherry

Thank you for the nice comment on my blog and a happy birthday!!
In regards of your question about my turkeys, they are not candles holders, they are enclosed,
I purchased them at Home Goods, last year

Happy Holidays!!!
XOX

Alycia Nichols said...

Hello, Miss Cherry! I hope you had a marvelous Thanksgiving! Hooray for you for being able to stretch that birthday celebration out. Debbi has a GORGEOUS dining room, and I just want to distract her and pluck that chandelier right out of the ceiling!!! She put on such a wonderful party for you! Give that woman some truth serum and make her remember where she got those beaded acorn napkin rings! They are so, so pretty!!! Thanks for stopping by my place earlier. I really enjoyed your comment about "coveting." I have 3 of those epergnes but could only find 2 which has me a little concerned. If they're at the off-premise warehouse, I've got me work cut out for me finding them! Have a wonderful week, and - since it's still November - Happy Birthday!!!

Terry @ La Bella Vie said...

Happy Birthday Cherry Kay!
Wow what lovely post and what a lovely table setting. That has to be the prettiest room and so nice and large, I love it!
Thank you for stopping by!
Terry

Kathysue said...

Simple and understated elegance, my favorite, Happy Bday!! Kathysue

Simone @ Doberman's by the Sea said...

Hello, thanks for stopping by my blog. I appreciate it. Your table looks lovely.

D.B. said...

How lovely! Hey, I celebrate in November as well.....the 15th to be exact. Mine also tends to take up the entire month!

Designing Lady Jane said...

What a gorgeous diningroom that is. You must have felt like a queen at your birthday dinner, everything is exquisite. How wonderful to have such a friend.

Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my blog. It was nice to hear from you.

Aledia said...

What a beautiful Dinning Room and grand table setting! ~Happy Birthday~ THANK YOU so kindly for visiting my blog and for leaving such a sweet comment! ~Have a blessed week~

Bonnie said...

Nice to meet you and Happy Birthday! Thank you for visiting me and leaving such a nice comment.

What a beautiful setting for your birthday luncheon. I know you felt special.

Love the pilgrims and Indians on the sideboard. Lovely table.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Cherry Kay, I am so glad Debbi had a birthday luncheon for you, since you are always entertaining all of your friends for every occasion. The table looks so pretty. What a wonderful table cloth. Love the carved pilgrims and indians. Belated happy birthday wishes to you. laurie