Tuesday, July 26, 2011

Breakfast for Supper

"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 always look forward to Sunday supper for several reasons.  First, we usually have breakfast for dinner, fried eggs, crisp bacon, toast, and a large glass of ice cold of my favorite meals.  Second, Sweet Mister always cooks on Sunday evenings.  He makes me feel like a princess!  This past Sunday night, I prepared the table for several friends who were joining us.

I am comfortable with my breakfast room.  I enjoy seeing my collection of tureens and the variety of tiered hostess trays.  The space is chocked full of things that I like, and our meals taken here are always relaxing and enjoyable. I occasionally consider editing the room, but I'm more likely to add 'just one more thing.'  Dusk was still waiting to fall, and the Western sky was bright and sunny outside the breakfast room window.

I found the vintage tablecloth at an estate sale this last Spring; this is the first time that I've used it.  I love the red ribbon looping through the fruit motif.

The table was set about thirty minutes before Sweet Mister started the bacon.  I didn't have time to create a floral centerpiece, so I put my yellow and blue scalloped bowl into service and filled it with shiny red apples.  I bought the bowl through eBay.  When it arrived, one of the lobes was broken.  The seller refunded my money and told me that she didn't want to pay postage for me to return it.  Sooooo....I took the bowl to an amazing man who does spectacular restoration work on all kinds of things.  Once he completed his  work, I can't even tell where it was broken!  

And it's in my, yellow and white!  Woohoo!  Tip:  eBay can be so much fun, if you use a few helpful strategies.  Early on, I was told that in general, a buyer never wants to do business with a seller who has a feedback rating lower than normal body temperature, 98.6º.  I rarely buy from anyone who has less than a 99% feedback rating.  If I'm tempted to buy an item offered by someone with a low feedback percentage, I take the time to scroll through the comments left by former buyers.  If I can pick up on a pattern of certain problems, I'm probably going to look for the item elsewhere.  That's a second thing that I've learned shopping on eBay...Take your time!  Most items will show up numerous times.  Don't panic and buy something that is really overpriced.

We've had these Fenton goblets for many years....around thirty-plus years, I think. 

Fenton, "Empress" was made in a number of colors.  This one is a true cobalt blue.  We also have a set in red.  "Empress" appears on eBay every once in a while, but not often.  It also comes in a lovely Williamsburg Blue.  This design works quite nicely with many English transferware patterns.  

 I use the blue and white gingham checked napkins almost every day.  They launder beautifully, and I rarely need to iron them.  They began as 'lake house napkins', and we have a large stack of them.  We bought them at the same time that we acquired the goblets...more than thirty years ago.  Our easy-goin' meal called for our everyday Towle, "Antique Bead" stainless steel flatware, ordered from Barron's Catalog, years ago.  Tip:  Have you ever shopped in Barron's Catalog?  They have some of the best deals on sterling flatware that I've ever found.  The larger the quantity that you purchase, the better the price!  Check it out HERE!

I've become quite fond of the Wedgwood, "Countryware" , and I've used it often this summer.  It works with so many different tablescape designs.  Today, I placed it on the Pottery Barn, "Outdoor Collection" enamelware plate.  This was actually marketed as a dinner plate, but it's 12 inches in diameter, so I always put it to work as a charger. Tip:  Charger plates are not just for looks!  I rarely find any spillage on my tablecloths or placemats when I utilize chargers.  Many times I'm able to just put the cloth on a hanger and pop it back into the linen closet.  Makes me a happy camper!

Surrounded by family treasures (the Copeland Spode, "Pink Tower" belonged to my mother-in-love, and the sterling tea service belonged to my maternal grandmother) and warmed by sunlight filtering through the trees in the backyard, the breakfast room is always a welcoming, comfortable spot to share food and fellowship.  

About now, Sweet Mister was finishing cooking the bacon on the griddle.  It smelled so danged good.  I'm in charge of pushing the buttons on the toaster...I think that I can handle that.  If you're ever passing my way on a Sunday evening, just give me a call.  We're always glad to add another place at our table for a friend.  How do you like your eggs?  

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."   Hop on over HERE 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.

When I think of summer, I think easy going suppers shared with friends over a no fuss table.  How about you? With thankfulness for her dedication and efforts, I'm joining the multi-talented Tablescaper for her meme Seasonal Sundays.  Don't miss out on this marvelous blog party.  See you there!  

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."  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!   


xinex said...

Such a pretty, relaxing and casual setting, Cherry Kay. Your kitchen reminds me of ours, so many cabinets and dishes, lol. I love everything I see too, love your tureen collection.....Christine

Pondside said...

I like my eggs poached, but over 'medium' will do fine. Who wouldn't wish to have breakfast for supper in such a pretty room. Your Sweet Mister is really a sweetie for doing Sunday Supper duty!
PS The Pink Tower is gorgeous!

Martha said...

Very pretty table and what a lovely tradition for Sunday night! Love your table and how your colors on the table pick up the colors in the tablecloth!

HHL said...

Poached or scrambled will be fine...merci... Lovely setting and I'm certain your guests were delighted to join you. Your tablecloth find is gorgeous... love the goblets! Happy Wednesday..xo HHL

Babs said...

What a perfect place for supper/breakfast. Love your hutch with Spode transerware and collections of tureens and serving pieces. Your room is very warm and inviting and I'm on my way over. Is there any bacon left? :)

Tricia said...

We haven't had breakfast for supper in a long time -- must remedy that soon! Your breakfast room is charming, and the vintage tablecloth is a wonderful backdrop for those stunning blue glasses. As always, I enjoyed reading the story behind your pretty things!

Alicia@ eco friendly said...

Your table looks so pretty and I so admire the work your daughter is doing with the food bank! It just goes to show that we all can help in some way and make a difference in peoples lives!

Marlis said...

Cherry Kay, over medium if you please.. How delightful. I would love to dine in that room. I love your table, warm, welcoming. The blue on the table certainly makes the blue in the vintage tablecoth (ooh so lovely) pop. Your vaisselier filled with the transferware is breathtaking.. I love it. The filtered light just makes that the most welcoming spot. Enjoy! xo marlis

Lana K. W. Austin said...

Ooohhh....I love your centerpiece bowl!!! I can't tell it was ever broken!!! And those Fenton glasses in blue are FAB!!!

And breakfast for supper? We do that, too, and Tom cooks, too!!!! We LOVE IT!!!!!


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Karin Şen Cankan said...

Since I was a kid almost every Friday we had breafast instead of dinner during supper time, my mom had the same habbit as she was a kid and so did my dad but theres were Sunday nights.

When I got married I asked Oğuz (my husband) they had the habbit to but not on a sepceific day but almost every two weeks, so I do breafast for supper on Thursday nights not every Thursday but mostly two weeks in a row.

Talya loves it and so do we its so fun reading it from you too, I told Oğuz and I will tell my mom and dad too I'm sure they will enjoy reading too.

Your dinning room is jsut wonderful I would really enjoy having dinner/breafast and a great cup of coffee there with you.

And the dishes are just perfect.

Thank you for sharing.

Lots of Love,

Karin Şen Cankan

Alycia Nichols said...

What a beautiful breakfast room! So spacious and wonderfully adorned with all things cozy! That is an incredible tureen collection. Wow!!! I miss having breakfast for dinner. I used to do that all the time when I was single. My husband won't hear of it, though, so I guess one evening I'll just have to do breakfast on my own! I'll probably just end up going to IHop! :-) I'm glad you mentioned eBay. I have never bought or sold anything on there, partly because I am afraid of the outcome. When I resume my shopping habit, I may have to go back for another try with your tips in tow. Have a wonderful week, and enjoy breakfast!

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I would take all my meals in your gorgeous breakfast room! It is so my style! Filled with lovely pieces and warmth!
Aren't vintage tablecloths just so fun! What a sweet table. Your guests must have felt so welcomed!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a cheerful table to welcome family and guests. I agree about the chargers....they do seem to save the tablecloths. I've enjoyed some good finds on ebay as well...but you have to know what the items are worth. I set a limit and never look back.

Jane said...

First of all, your breakfast room is gorgeous! I love that hutch with all the beautiful tranferware. It's the perfect backdrop for your beautiful tablescape.

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A Perfect Setting said...

gosh, those Fenton glasses are beautiful! The vintage cloth adds so much, it's darling! Your breakfast room is so comfy and cozy, I'd never want to leave!

Tess said...

This is the best concept!! I love breakfast for dinner and what could be better than having hubby cook and you do such a lovely table! And then to share it with good friends.

Beautiful table setting!

Taunnie said...

What a great idea to have breakfast for dinner! And it's so sweet your hubby does all the work. I am loving your table especially your goblets, so pretty.

Mary said...

What a cozy breakfast room~ so wonderful filled with all your collections & treasures! I have to say I'm much better at adding than editing~ years of retail! Breakfast for supper has always been a treat for me, a carry-over from my mom which usually took place on Sunday nights growing up :-)

Anonymous said...

Now we know you are just as good at a casual table as with your elegant settings. I'm with you when it comes to having breakfast for supper, especially so since I rarely have breakfast for breakfast!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
I also love your idea to have breakfast for dinner ~~~ your blue glass's go great with the white dishes sweey.. I also love your Vintage tablecloth just lovely. I would like to thank you so much for your lovely comments on my new tablescape. I hope you have a great week with your family..
XXOO Diane

Monica said...

I love the glasses and the tablecloth and your collections. Thank you for visiting my blog and telling me about Vintage soak. Thanks for sharing.

Lizabeth said...

Yum! That sound so good! On occassion my mother would make breakfast for dinner....sausage, pancakes and eggs! We thought it was really cool!
Your breakfast room is cozy and your table was setting was too! The blue Fenton goblets are so attractive, that blue stands out so nice! Thx for coming by my blog too! Hugs...Liz

Dining Delight said...

I think it is great that you would invite friends over for breakfast-for-supper! That seems to me, the true measure of hospitality - to extend an invitation for a simple meal at a beautifully set table! I know how fun it is to be able to "play" while hubby cooks and can totally relate to getting to do the easy push-the-toaster-button-down jobs while setting the table!


Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow! Your breakfast room is gorgeous! And what an enticing and beautiful table. I would love to share a meal there. Thanks for sharing all the details about your china and glassware.

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Renee @ where the grass is greener said...

This is so colorful and cheery! Great job!

Barb~Bella Vista Cottage said...

Hi Cherry Kay, your table is colorful and full of cheer. Joyful. Who wouldn't want to dine here?!


Sweetladyelaine said...

I love your breakfast room! It is so pretty. I love the idea of your Mister cooking too...what a sweetheart! My husband cooks with me alot and I do appreciate the thought. It is so nice to get together with friends and have a simple dinner. It is so relaxing and restful for you.
I hope you enjoyed the time together.
Blessings My Friend,

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

So pretty and cheerful! That tablecloth is wonderful!

The Tablescaper said...

I love your Sunday night dinner idea. After a long full weekend, it sounds perfect. Your breakfast nook is so warm and inviting. I love all of your collections. But I can't get my eye off of your amazing Welsh dresser.

- The Tablescaper


Beautiful dinner area, I just love it, so cozy and with the beautiful display of lovelies, each one is gorgeous. Love your tablescape as well. Great tablecloth and your own chef, how can you go wrong?! Have a great weekend, lovely lady. Hugs, FABBY

bj said...

A good breakfast is my favorite evening meal. :)
Your table is so pretty and welcoming. I love your cloth.
I also love your breakfast room. I, too, like having things I love around me. NO MINIMALIST HERE!! :))
XO bj

Meredith said...

What a beautiful setting to have a fabulous meal! I love breakfast for dinner! Waffles with eggs and bacon is a regular find for my boys! Your collection of Spode is such a pretty backdrop.

Anonymous said...

What a charming breakfast room! Who wouldn't want to share a meal with you there? I know I would love to. I could gaze upon those tureens, the tiered cake stands, the Pink Tower Spode, and I could go on. Such a lovely and cozy room.

Your tablesetting is so beautiful. The cobalt blue Fenton glasses are stunning. I love them and so would my friend who collects cobalt blue glassware.

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Eggs over-easy or scrambled, please. I love breakfast for supper, and it's an extra special treat at this relaxing and welcoming table. Thanks for inviting me!

Designs on 47th Street said...

I love this casual and comfortable table. Sometimes I tend to go overboard. I can see where less is more can be a very good thing too. Hmmm, after seeing your pictures it makes me think a baker's rack or something similar would be good for displaying so many of my dishes! (I had my sister look on her smart phone while we were vacationing to see if I might be the winner of your giveaway!)

Nancy said...

Pretty table, Cherry Kay. We love brinner, as we call breakfast for dinner, to! It's one of my favorite meals!


podso said...

I do like your cheery breakfast room. And what a perfect place for Sunday supper that is breakfast. Love your gingham napkins and I have a similar vintage tablecloth (I just wish they made them larger in those days!). Love the story about your bowl being repaired! Amazing! Have a wonderful Monday!

Shannon@Cozy Home Scenes said...

I enjoyed seeing your colorful table and especially liked the blue goblets. I'm sure your guests felt special dining with friends at such a welcoming table.