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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Supper on the Bungalow Porch + A Winner!



"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.
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It's been wonderful reading all of your ideas about how you would use the set of 12 Theodore Haviland floral pink luncheon plates.  I used the True Random Number Generator to select a winner.  I'll be excited to see how they are used by the winner:


Susan (My Place to Yours)


Susan, send me an email with your mailing information, please, and I'll send them on their merry way.

My sweet KC recently invited a group of her girl friends to join her for "Supper on the Porch". I stopped by shortly before everyone arrived to assist with a few last minute details and to snap some photos to share with you.  KC and David live in a Craftsman bungalow in an historic preservation neighborhood in our city.  She has completed so many wonderful projects in their home.  Check my archives HEREHEREHEREHERE, and HERE to take a more extensive tour of the bungalow and see the results of her labor.



KC loves to build furniture...blows me away!  She built her outdoor dining table all by herself.  Can you believe it?!  It is beautiful, and it provided the perfect setting for her supper with friends.

KC recently decided that she wanted to learn to sew.  The morning of her party, she whipped up the runner on her sewing machine.

The Vietri creamware pitcher became her centerpiece filled with grocery store roses.  She used a variety of elements down the center of the table to provide further visual interest.

The antique oriental green covered ramekins belonged to our precious Nana.  KC is such a good steward of family treasures.  It pleases me that she regularly uses her great-grandmother's and grandmothers' things.  

Green glass decanters, found at Tuesday Morning, were filled with iced water and placed at the four corners.

I made a swing through Tuesday Morning just this week.  They are still currently available for only $4.99!  Hurry!  The hot pink napkin is one of our gifts to KC while we were all in Sorrento, Italy earlier this summer.  I think that I'll need to pilfer them at some point for one of my own tablescapes.  They are so pretty!

The assortment of pastel tumblers are by Waterford Marquis.  They effectively provide a jewel-like touch for the tablescape.  I love the way the crystal dances in the light.

Because she used her antique French Haviland, "Ranson" for the dinner plate...

...she was able to employ her Copeland Spode, "Tower Pink" dinner plate as a charger.  Tip:  While building your collection, think about selecting patterns from an assortment of countries.  French china manufacturers, especially in vintage patterns, typically designed a 9 5/8" dinner plate.  Compare that to English companies who produced larger plates, some up to 11" in diameter.  Additionally, think about patterns produced during the Victorian era. Because it was common to serve many courses throughout the meal, the plates were often much smaller than those produced today.  This amazing variety opens a plethora of design options for us!

After dinner, KC served dessert...

...to her guests while they were seated on her custom made sectional bench...  

Custom made...because she made this, too!  She built the benches from scratch...She bought the foam and pillow forms...and... She made the pillow covers and upholstered the cushions.  Yep, that's my girl!  When I was a child, families regularly whiled away a summer evening on the front porch...such a great way to get to know the neighbors and build community.  I love that she has embraced this marvelous style of living. 

I'm certain that a wonderful time was had by all.  KC also thoroughly enjoyed herself.  She said that she looks forward to entertaining her friends frequently.  Can you tell that I'm a proud mama?




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 trip...it's a wonderful adventure.


When I think of summer, I think of blissful time spent whiling away the day on the front porch.  How about you? With thankfulness for her dedication and efforts, I'm joining the multi-talented Tablescaper for her meme Seasonal Sundays HERE.  Don't miss out on this marvelous blog party.  See you there!  



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!   



40 comments:

Martha said...

Like mother - like daughter. A very pretty outdoor table -- love all the fresh colors!!!! And a talented daughter as well -- a seamstress and a furniture maker and an entertainer!!!

HHL said...

Congratulations to Susan.. and what a lovely setting you have created on the porch for us..xo HHL

Poppy said...

Oh my goodness, KC is incredibly talented! I'm drooling over her tablescape...perfect for summer evenings. That table and the bench is so gorgeous! This entire post looks like off the pages of an interior decor magazine. I love the roses in those crystal tumblers... so classic,so beautiful.... there is something about crystal and roses... so timeless! And the table runner and the pretty nakins make wonderful accents for this table. Loved this post! Thanks for sharing with us. I love that bench, she did a wonderful job... Have a nice day!~Poppy

http://withadashofcolor.blogspot.com/

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Hi Cherry Kay,

You certainly have reason to be a proud mama! Your daughter is so talented -- singing and writing songs, building beautiful things with wood, and sewing. I'd like to be able to do just one of those things :-) She sounds like a nice person, and I understand how it feels to be a proud mama.

This table setting on the porch looks so peaceful and inviting. Everything really is lovely. The napkins from Italy are gorgeous, and the roses and table runner are so pretty, too. It would be a pleasure to join in a meal and fellowship at this table. I'm sure your daughter and her guests had a wonderful time. Thanks for the tips on plates from different countries; I really hadn't thought about that before. Have a great week!

Denise

Marlis said...

Dear Cherry Kay, talent just runs in leaps and bounds in your family! Your daughter's table and her seating area are so wonderful. What a great way to use the porch. I love all her accents on the table. She has certainly learned much from you! It's all very beautiful and thoughtfully pulled together.
Congratulations to Susan on those lovely plates!
xo Marlis

The Decorative Dreamer said...

I remember seeing her wonderful bungalow before. I love this setting on the porch. The apple really doesn't fall very far from the tree. She is quite talented in this as well. I love that she also called you and allowed photos for you to share this setting with us! What a great daughter! Congrats to Susan as well! She is so sweet and kind and I know she is going to be thrilled, that is great!

Marigene said...

Beautiful table...the apple didn't fall far from the tree when it comes to setting beautiful tables! The Pink Tower plates are gorgeous.

Tricia said...

KC's table looks very fresh and modern! I know her friends were impressed with her efforts. She is incredibly talented to be able to build furniture!

Tulika M. said...

Oh wow.. your daughter has certainly inherited your talent and good taste (along with precious family heirlooms). It's amazing how she is able to create art in everyday life, thus making her own life beautiful and inspiring others around her. Great job!

Meredith said...

what a lovely setting! I love all the different patterns and textures...so very inviting!

Red Couch Recipes said...

KC is one creative daughter -- great table and seating area. Thanks for the tips about the plate sizes. Such a refreshing table she set. Joni

xinex said...

What a beautiful porch and KC's perfect table makes it even more welcoming. She really took after you, Cherry Kay. Her table looks fabulous...Christine

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

Beautiful outdoor table. I love the colors.

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

What a delightfully beautiful table. It's simple yet elegant.

Jocelyn @
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

Pondside said...

I think that one of the most rewarding things for a mother is to watch her daughter use her gift of hospitality. I'm sure that everyone has a lovely time - not least you, watching the preparations.

Janice said...

I love your daughter's outdoor table! The colors are so beautiful. I hope the party went well.

Rettabug said...

Boy, that apple didn't fall far from your tree, did she? What a talented & creative child! I'm soooo impressed that she can build things like that. Love her sewing projects too.

I have 4 of those same decanters but I got mine at Big Lots awhile back.
I did go to Tues. Morn. per your suggestion, Cherry Kay & I found the napkins with the dots but no tablecloths to go with them, so I passed on that purchase. :*(
HOWEVER, I did pick up a beautiful cream Waterford tablecloth for which I have napkins that will work AND I found 4 sets of darling polka-dot placemats. Red & Black & some Yellow & black. CUTE!! Thanks for the heads-up!

Hugs,
Rett

Alycia Nichols said...

Oh, my gosh...does KC hire out?!??!!! She does a wonderful job! What a joy to see a young lady doing that kind of work with her hands! Look out fellas...there's a NEW breed of sheriff in town! :-) Beautiful setting!

once in a blue moon said...

looks very refreshing~

Shel said...

This is all so pretty...those roses are exquisite.
Have a happy weekend.
Shel

A Perfect Setting said...

I am so impressed by KC's talents!! The table and bench are amazing, and I guess she gets her creative gene from you, her table is beautiful!! So serene... and I love the runner! Send her to my house, please!! Also, congrats to Susan, even though I'm jealous I didn't win :) lol

Karin Şen Cankan said...

In Turkey we have a saying its means, look at the mom and then get the girl!!! Such true with you like mother like duaghter.

Wonderful table setting and the runner is so pretty especailly pretty since she made it herself.

And I still cant believe how she made the table, wonderful job!! Loved the table and the banch.

And yes you should be a proud mom please give my love to your talented duaghter.

Thank you and her for sharing.

Lots of love to you both,
Karin Şen Cankan
karinsfairytale.blogspot.com

CalypsoInTheCountry said...

Gorgeous table! Hot pink is my favorite color so I am loving those roses! I really need a porch like that...
Shelley

tammylovesdishes said...

Beautifully crafted table and set beautifully as well. I'm sure her friends had the best time.

I also love the benches KC created. She is quite talented! You have every reason to be a proud momma!

Taunnie said...

I love your style, so casual, so fresh, and so elegant.

lulumusing said...

It looks like KC is carrying on your talent for and love of beautiful tables which I'm sure make guests feel very special.

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

What a talented daughter you have! Beautifully set table and I love her porch -- I miss my grandmother big Victorian front porch!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your daughter did a Beautiful job on the Tablescape. KC has your talent sweet lady.
I hope you have a great weekend.
XXOO Diane

Nancy said...

Hi Cherry Kay,

Well, KC has set a charming table! I love the mix of dishes, the mis-matched chairs (one of my favorite things in most settings) and the subtle additon of other colors like the aqua and lavender glasses. It's so pretty! What a great table too! Yes, she is certainly a talented woman, like her Mother!

Hope you all have a wonderful weekend,

Nancy

bj said...

This is just beautiful. What a pretty table.
She builds her own furniture!! AMAZING...
these daughters are always surprising us, aren't they!!
Love her whole, entire porch...
xo bj

Kathleen said...

You should be proud! It all looks amazing! What talent she has, truly blessed. We love our porch too, like to sit out there with our coffee and enjoy the Bay breeze. The past few days it has been too hot though. Can't imagine what it is like in the city!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

What a multi-talented young lady you raised! Her tablescape is so relaxed and inviting -- just perfect for a meal on the porch! It's wonderful seeing someone of her generation using and enjoying treasures from her family's past.

Many thanks for your bids at my Vintage Linen & Dish Auction. Looks like you have a little competition. Good luck!

The Tablescaper said...

Clearly the apple doesn't fall far from the tree! she is amazingly talented. You should be so proud. I haven't sewn since I was a girl, but she makes me want to whip out my sewing machine!

Love the table. So inviting.

Thanks for bringing your daughter's talets to Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

Snap said...

Mother and daughter are very talented. Thank you both for sharing this beautiful setting with us. Party on!!!

Jan@southernjunkin' said...

What a talented daughter you have! I love the table but especially love the sectional! Thanks for sharing! Visiting from The Tablescaper!!

Katie@LeBeauPaonVictorien said...

Beautiful table! I'm sure your daughter learned much from your example...just like me and my mom!
I love the colors of this table and the lovely table runner! So pretty!!

Jo said...

Oh my goodness, the colours on the table are so gorgeous. What a lovely setting. Front porches are not something that I grew up with in the UK, but here in New Zealand they have them but don't use them for entertaining. What a shame!

I'm glad that a good day was had by all.

Jo

Lana K. W. Austin said...

I'm back at your wonderful KC's table piece to share a little note!!!

Have a blessed week!!!

Please, if you get a chance, stop by my blog to leave a comment on my first giveaway. Thank you!!!

Hugs,
Lana

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh your table is simply beautiful!! I love the colors and the that sectional is great!!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Like mother, like daughter. You ladies are so elegant and talented! What a beautiful table, runner and china...everything makes this table, perfect! I love it, so thanks for sharing it. Hugs to you both and a great week. FABBY