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Tuesday, March 8, 2011

True Grace

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

It should be blatantly obvious by now that I have zero objectivity when it comes to my son and daughter and son-in-love and daughter-in-love.  I think that they are the greatest!  Both of my girls share my passion for gracious entertaining and tablescaping.  This week my post covers a lovely dinner that my precious daughter hosted for our family.  At the time they lived in a 1920's American Storybook Home that oozed charm and character.  The dining room was one of my favorite spots.

KC was excited to bring out her very best china, silver, and crystal for our special dinner party.  She made a trip to my house to dig Nana's wonderful vintage tablecloth out of one of my linen closets.  She snagged Nana's antique linen napkins while she was there, too.  I'm always thrilled to share our stash of linens with our kids for special occasions.  

David and KC were in agreement when they registered for their Vera Wang, "Duchesse" crystal goblets.  They lend such a genteel sophistication to the table.  KC chose her grandmother's pattern, Reed & Barton, "Francis I," for her sterling flatware.  Did you know that Francis I is the most popular of all silver patterns?  KC had originally registered for a lovely cobalt china pattern by Pickard.  Then one day she was in a local china and jewelry shop when she happened to notice a sales clerk pulling plates out from a normally closed cabinet.  The clerk all of sudden removed this plate...and everything changed.  KC said, "Mama, she pulled out this one plate, and it took my breath away.  I knew that it had to be my china."...

...And that's how she found her china pattern...Bernardaud Limoges, "Grace."  I told her that she shouldn't expect to receive very many pieces because it is so darned expensive.  She didn't care; she was ready to collect it slowly for many years.  By their wedding day she had received almost a complete service for 12, minus a couple of salads and desserts...incredibly generous friends...and family...I gave her a few pieces, of course.  I think that if I were to register again, I'd pick this gorgeous porcelain, too.  It's one of the most beautiful designs that I've ever seen!

Apple never falls very far from the tree...my sweet girl enjoys mixing and matching just like her mom.  Today she used her Haviland, "Ranson" bread and butters.  I collected a service of "Ranson" for her at the same time that I was building my own set.  For the centerpiece, individual posies were placed in small glass vases fitted with place card holders...just the right touch.

The entrée was in the oven; she baked her yummy lasagana recipe.  KC and David were ready for all of us to come to the table for salad.  What a delight...I'm one lucky mom!

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 HERE 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."  It is available on iTunes or through her website.  I hope that you'll give her music a chance.  I know that I have zero objectivity where she is concerned, but I think that you'll fall in love with her music and her! 



43 comments:

classic • casual • home said...

That lace table cloth is gorgeous.
Mary Ann

Martha said...

Your daughter sets a beautiful table. The apple doesn't fall far from the tree! Beautiful china -- a breathtaking china pattern!

shannon i olson said...

Beautiful,I also love that table cloth! Great room color too.

Marlis said...

Great tablecloth! Wow. And I too love those plates. They are truly exquisite. Your daughter does have your touch. Elegance galore. Sounds like a lovely family dinner. What a blessing your family is to you.

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

KC is definitely following in her Mama's footsteps, I see! She sets a beautiful table ... and she knows what she likes in china! "Grace" is gorgeous. Of course, Nana's linens always make me smile!

swedecollection said...

Wow! The table is just stunning. I had never seen that Bernardaud pattern before and it takes my breath away too. Wow. I have a tablecloth very similar to yours. You inspired me to get it out and use it. Just fabulous table this week.

ellen b said...

What a lovely table and how fun to enjoy it with the family!

A Perfect Setting said...

Yes, you are fortunate to have such a wonderful daughter! And I have to say, she's fortunate to have you as well. She has a great eye, that china is sooo gorgeous, and the tablecloth is just beautiful. Daughters are such a gift! I'm hoping mine will be interested in all this one day, but right now, she's too busy enjoying her last year of college. It took me a while, too, so I guess she has time. Thank you for sharing, it is just lovely!

Alycia Nichols said...

That china took MY breath away, too!!!! Heavens to Betsy...what a beautiful pattern! It looks like china one would see at Queen Elizabeth's (or Princess "Grace's" if she were alive today) own table! The base color is magnificent! I am also very much in love with the Reed & Barton flatware! Exquisite! I love flatware with Baroque design. It feels so substantial in the hand and looks so beautiful with just about every china pattern! How wonderful to have a daughter AND "daughter-in-love" who share your eye and love for fine things! Me? I got a boy! I'm sure I'll have visions of that china dancing in my head tonight. Wow! Have a wonderful week!

dlmsliceofpie said...

Just beautiful ... thanks so much for sharing ... love the tablecloth and the dinner plates!

Beth said...

KC's china is just gorgeous! She set a lovely table. I think you taught her well.
Blessings, Beth

Debbie said...

Not only does your daughter set a beautiful table, I can tell she puts her heart into it. Beautiful china, lovely pattern!

Dianne said...

Beautiful china. I will have to go find so I can see it in person. You must share the details about that tablecloth! Dianne

Marigene said...

Breathtakingly exquisite china...the whole table is stunning.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

That is particulalry gorgeous china! How nice to share the tablecloth for her special dinner.

Meredith said...

That is a beautiful pattern of china. The whole table is really pretty. And how thoughtful of you to collect a service of "Ranson" for her too! Makes it that much more special to her I'm sure.

Tess said...

Oh this is such a sweet post!!

It so nice that you have raised such a generous, lovely duaghter who is a tablescaper already!!! Everything is so lovely and I'm sure that she is a perfect hostess, having such a great roll model!

Pondside said...

You are indeed a lucky mum!
I've never seen anything quite like that china pattern before. It is beautiful!

Shel said...

One can see after whom your daughter takes! This is so elegant...you have taught her well!
Shel.

Carol at Serendipity said...

What a beautiful table! That china is absolutely exquisite. I am so happy that she received almost all of it. Thanks for sharing.

Carol

Pat said...

Gorgeous table. I love the china pattern.

xinex said...

KC sure took after you and acquired your wonderful traits, Cherry Kay. So lucky and I can fell your pride. The table is gorgeous! The china is exquisite and there isn't anything on the table I do not like. It's just perfect and fabulous....Christine

Meredith said...

Hi Cherry Kay, I tried to find where I could email you an answer, but couldn't.
The plate I painted was fired after I painted it...I went to a local paint your own plate shop. You pick out a piece of unfired, unglazed pottery, paint it to your liking and then the shop owner fires it / glazes it (I know nothing of this process!!) I just picked it up a week later and it looked like the picture:)

Kathleen said...

Beautiful! I love the tablecloth, it is fabulous. I had Francis I as my silver, but it was stolen when we away for the summer one year.
I think most of us feel the same way about our children, son or daughter! :)

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Cherry Kay,
What a lovely post about your daughter KC, and what a lovely and elegant table she set. That is so neat how she came on her china pattern and love that the name of it was "Grace". It is very beautiful, as she is!! So glad she got almost her whole set by her Wedding. God is so good,
in his provision, I am sure he knew she would be gracious and hospitable like her Mom, and make good use of that china.

Loved the song she wrote and sang. So glad you included that!!
How Wonderful......She is surely a lovely and grace filled young lady. I will have to check out her music when I get a chance, cause I was sure
impressed with her song and music. Don't blame you for being such a proud Mom.

Thanks so much for sharing this with us.
Blessings for a Wonderful Day and Blessings on KC, her music and life!
Nellie

Mindy @ The Howell Blessings said...

Thank you for sharing your daughters table and her story. The built in hutch in the corner, the layout of the room (the kitchen is through that doorway, right?) This is the same as my grandparents house and the memories evoked seeing this blog made it doubly special. Thanks again.
Miss Mindy @ The Howell Blessings

Laura said...

This is a beautiful tablescape. I absolutely love the Limoges porcelain - stopped there last year on the way to Toulouse - that lace tablecloth is so delicate, I would love one just like it. Your daughter is very talented.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Your daughter KC is just as amazing as her mother to come up with a table as stunning as this one! I love it that she likes it too, some girls don't follow our love for tablescaping and nesting, I'm also blessed with my two gils as they love it too!
The dishes are gorgeous and your moms tbcloth is a treasure of love embodies in the generations of all you lovely girls. Thank you nice lady for sharing this very special table and God bless you all.
XOXO
FABBY

lulumusing said...

I can see that KC has both your gift of good taste and for lovely design.

Phyllis said...

Where to begin.......this table is just so elegantly appointed. The vintage cutwork cloth is beyond lovely and the china has my heart skipping beats......it is the prettiest pattern I have ever seen! She chose wisely and is purely "her mother's daughter" !!

Anita said...

Well, I'm not surprised that this is a gorgeous table!! LOVE the tablecloth. You are right, the china is just incredible! What a great choice. Beautiful!!

SOUTHERN TOUCH CATERING, INC. said...

First time poster here. I must confess, I do love your tablescape, but what really caught my attention was the little peep we got of your painted chairs! I want to see more! I also love the table cloth.

Mary said...

Beautiful table! How wonderful she shares your taste for entertaining & beautiful dishes & linens!

Sherrie said...

KC has beautiful style! This is such a beautiful table you shared!

Diann said...

The table is just lovely! What a beautiful place to have dinner with your family! I can completely relate to your daughter's passion about working with the food bank. My husband and I (and our 3 year old) work at our local food bank once a week and occasionally a couple times a month at the free luncheons the local food banks coordinate.

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

The table is beautiful and I love that china pattern. My daughter has been watching me do things since she could walk...it is amazing how much they learn when we don't even know we are teaching!

Sunny Simple Life said...

The table is just lovely but the china is breathtaking.

Jacqueline said...

Out of town and trying to catch up. I agree, that Limoges just took my breath away too. What a lovely color and pattern too. I am sooo glad I didn't get anything I wanted as I picked something I would hate now! She has fabulous taste and will always love these beautiful, beautiful pieces. Thanks for sharing.

Rachel said...

First of all, thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a nice compliment! Secondly, thank you for telling me that my Grandma's cake plate was a Fenton milk glass. I Googled it and called my hubby into look at it (since I just baked M&M cookies and put them on it he knows the stand WELL!). I was shocked that as a lover of milk glass I never payed any attention to the plate! It was an AH-Ha moment! Really, I don't know how oblivious I can be sometimes! SO thank you!!!
And I love your formal tablescap (I would be stealing everyone's butter!)

Donna said...

Cherry Kay, I love this post! It's just perfect. :o) I wanted to tell you that I featured your daughter's song and today's post on my Tuesday Tea party today at Comin' Home.

Thanks for visiting last week. :o)

xo
Donna @ Comin' HOme

Amy said...

Those plates are stunning. The whole setting--the room, the built-in, the table details--is beautiful. I enjoyed each photo and detail revealed.

Jaybird said...

I just found your blog, and have read backwards to the beginning...I'm strange like that :^)
What an education you have given to me!! Everything in gorgeous, and you really have extraordinary taste in putting it all together!
I too am the caretaker of generations of lovely things and I have decided that I will use them allllll!
Thank you for a wonderful blog with so much useful information.
Blessings to you,
J

Janet said...

this tablescape is so elegant and your tablecloth is just gorgeous!!!