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.
I'm posting a reprise of a blog entry that I published last summer. I was quite new to blogworld at that point, so I think that not too many of you will have seen this. Red, white, and blue seems to weave its way throughout my summer. My Sweet Mister and my precious son were both born on Memorial Day; Dickens, my Yorkshire Terrorist , was also born on the same day. We all celebrate with this most patriotic of color combinations for Independence Day, and it always seems a natural choice for picnics and barbecues. So for Seasonal Sundays, hosted by The Tablescaper, I want to celebrate Red, White, and Blue....so closely associated with Summer in my household. Please, click HERE to visit other wonderful blogs participating in this marvelous meme. Thank you Tablescaper for being our hostess!
RED, WHITE, & BLUE LUNCHEON
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My friend BJ and I decided to host a luncheon for a group of our sorority sisters. We hadn't seen some of them in 40 years! Yep, I'm that old. We agreed that we would work with a 4th of July theme. We wanted it to be somewhat casual, but very special. There were 16 of us at the luncheon, so I created two tablescapes for our group.
As the ladies arrived, they were given a Mimosa to start the party. The conversations picked up as if we had never been apart. It was amazing and marvelous! After the guests were seated, I served a first course of chicken noodle soup in blue and red star shaped bowls. (Yes, I really like chicken noodle soup.) The invitations had requested that each person bring a "cold salad to share with your cool sisters." Every contribution was "church lady food" delicious. For dessert, I served my daughter-in-love, Jamiann's, scrumptious cake balls. (http://blackberryvine.blogspot.com) They are so good, they are evil. More about the cake balls in a moment...
Jamiann not only created cake balls for dessert, she also made individually wrapped, ribbon tied, cake balls on lollipop sticks. I used two oasis-filled blue ceramic bowls to create cake ball centerpieces for each table. They were quick and easy to assemble, and they had a great impact as a design element in the tablescapes. These were red velvet flavor, and each guest took some home to share with her family after the party.
Once seated, each guest found an individual covered dessert cloche filled with two cake balls presented on a bed of red, white, & blue candies. These were Pina Colada and Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough. The individual covered dessert pedestals were a birthday gift from a dear friend. She found them at Tuesday Morning Mall. I saw some there as recently as June. They are also available through Pottery Barn for a higher price. I use them quite often, and my guests always comment on them.
The "Outdoor Collection," enamelware red and navy chargers and the white enamelware dinner plates were bought on clearance from Pottery Barn last year. They are dishwasher safe and really fun for casual occasions. The blue with white stars napkins are actually bandanas, available at Hobby Lobby for $1.27 each. The ribbon completed the 'stars and stripes' effect. The blue handled flatware is Argent "Sophia," purchased at Tuesday Morning Mall.
The red goblet is such a nice size for water or iced tea. It is Lenox, "Holiday Gem." It is also made in a great Christmas green. I believe that it is still available. The cobalt goblet is by Libby, and I bought it at the Dollar Tree for $1.00 per stem...a great find!
This wonderful 1920's vintage white linen tablecloth belonged to Nana. It's really too long for this table, so I fold it under, and it works quite nicely. I've thought about hemming it, but I can never bring myself to cut into it. Who knows? Someday I might decide to use it as a drape! It is unadorned, and I liked it for this crisp, clean tablescape.
My co-host, BJ, provided the charming 'frog jars.' They are aqua green Mason jars that come with two lids. One is the traditional lid, and one is a wired lid that works as a frog for flowers. There was a frog jar with Gerbera Daisies for each guest to take home as a party favor. They were a real hit with the ladies! They add a special touch to a casual table. BJ left some extras with me, and I'll use them often for future tablescapes. Yippeeee!!! Thank you, BJ!!!
I often use the game table in my living room for overflow seating, as well as for smaller luncheons and dinners. The table is actually 48", but here I've utilized one of my 'flip-top table tops.' With the flip-top, I now have a 60" table, which can seat a generous 8 to a tight 10 guests. When seating 10, there is not enough space to use service plates, and I need to place smaller chairs. Today, the table was set for 8.
I'm always intrigued that the same elements can be so distinctly unique on the two different table shapes. Everything is the same on this table with the exception of the tablecloth. Here I've chosen a white matelasse' tablecloth that I purchased on eBay. I really enjoy entertaining at a round table. The conversation flows so easily, and everyone tends to participate equally.
Are you ready to dine, yet? Grab your plate. We're serving in the kitchen.