I Have a Seat at My Table Reserved Just For You!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

A Celebration of 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. 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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Today we celebrated two August birthdays at Cindy's house.  We were a group of five, and Cindy laid a marvelous tablescape for us in her wonderful breakfast room and kitchen.

Cindy is a genius at using high color combinations...certainly sets the mood for a celebration!  They've recently made some changes to the breakfast room.  The custom narrow table, chairs and woven benches are perfect for casual entertaining.

I always like to sit facing this amazing hutch...so many fantastic treasures to spy inside the glassed cabinets.  Okay, you rooster devotees, did you notice the rooster tassle hanging on the right cabinet door?

Love the new pair of host and hostess chairs...great fabric!  

MacKenzie-Childs "Courtly Check" flower pots marched down the center of the table, filled with Alstromeria and Kermit Mums.  With a minimum of space available for a centerpiece, the pots were the perfect choice for maximum impact.  The lucite goblets with painted pink flowers added a festive, whimsical touch.

The loose-weave napkins were caught with tasseled napkin rings from Pier One that I gave Cindy when it was her birthday.


Cindy is a fan of placemats, and green is her favorite color.  The apple green boutis mats were charming as a foundation for each placesetting.  The Caspari rattan chargers added a nice texture beneath the Pottery Barn "PB Basic" buffet plate.  Our luncheon plate was the MacKenzie-Childs "Courtly Check".  Our first course was a homemade Avocado Cucumber chilled soup, served in the teal stoneware bowl.  The black and white toile accent plate was found at Hobby Lobby.



It's always a treat to be a guest at Cindy's table.  We sat long into the afternoon visiting and laughing with precious friends over a delicious lunch of Tortellini Pasta Salad, hot bread, homemade cherry sherbet, and chocolate cupcakes.  I can't think of a better way to spend a summer day.


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 easy going afternoons 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 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!   



36 comments:

Martha said...

A very pretty and colorful table. Your friend has a knack for putting things together that not everyone has! A pretty and festive table!

Marlis said...

Cherry Kay, I'm so glad you shared this lovely table. You are right, your dear friend has the wonderful gift of mixing colors perfectly. How great the setting. Love the hutch too and you are right, so many lovelies to look at. Those turq pot/bowls are my favs.. unexpected and so very "cool"... xo marlis

Marigene said...

The aqua against the black and white it quite dazzling and then to have it sitting on the lime placemats...love it! Cute breakfast room, too.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

What a beautiful and fun tablescape! I love the color mixes, black is so great with strong color combos! I love the chairs, the bench, the turquoise soup bowls and the flowered goblets...so whimsy! I'm sure you all had so much fun! FABBY

xinex said...

"Birds of the same feather flock together". I can already prove it true by this gorgeous tablescape. Cindy is another talented one! Love her colorful table and kitchen. It's delightful all around!...Christine

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your Tablescape is Beautiful !!! I love the black and white together with the aqua.. You know I love the lime placemats !! I also have the same color.. You did a great job sweet lady. Maybe you can come Visit my new Tablescape. Have a great week.
XXOO Diane

Pondside said...

I'm such a fan of colour - I loved this table. The narrow table is such a good idea for casual meals, and I loved the Courtly Check pots marching up the middle. What a treat for all of you!

once in a blue moon said...

very cute and love the bowls~

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Cindy set a wonderfully colorful table! What fun combinations. I'm so glad you got to enjoy it -- and that you shared it with us!

A Hint of Home said...

How colorful and festive the table is!

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How pretty -- love the bright colors. You would have to be cheerful at this fun table.

Gina said...

All that vibrant color, I love it!

Taunnie said...

Such fun colors. This table is so lively and fresh. The menu sounds delicious too. How did you ever leave?

Tess said...

What a wonderfully colorful and happy table. Very celebratory for birthdays!

Meredith said...

I love how the colors in the rug are picked up in all her linens and dishes. I absolutely love the teal stoneware! Really festive!

Jo's This and That said...

Your tablescape is very colorful and pretty .I like it all.

Jenny said...

What a terrific colour scheme!

Mary said...

What a cheery table & cozy room! I love the bright colors~ especially the flower-filled courtly check pots down the center of the table!

Jordan@the2seasons said...

I love all the colors they are so great together.

Melissa said...

What a unique and bold color scheme. Love it!

JudyBug said...

I spotted the glasses immediately and you had me! Love the colors together!

HHL said...

Beautiful colour theme ... and those chairs are brilliant!! HHL

Lana K. W. Austin said...

Oh, she did a fabulous job--I love all the JOYFUL color and I would choose to sit facing that delightful treasure-filled hutch, too!!!

Hugs/blessings,
Lana

Sweetladyelaine said...

A very happy table!
Blessings My Friend,

Barbara said...

What fun! How wonderful to be able to sit and look at the hutch and all the treasures it contains. I love the color of this table, especially those teal stoneware bowls. How wonderful to share this lovely table with good friends!

Summer for Swede said...

I want to know more about Cindy's teal bowls with the two handles - they sure are cute. I was reading recently about the lady who bought McKenzie-Childs and all their legal woes over the bankruptcy. Made me think differently about the brand's china and throw my support to the original creative owners. Seems that you ladies always have a very fun time!

Karin Şen Cankan said...

Dear Cherry Kay,

Your friend did a wonderful job,

Loved the color rainbow that she created amazing.

And flowered glasses are just perfect.

Definitaly sitting facing the hutch.

Thank you both for sharing.

Hugs

Karin Şen Cankan
karinsfairytale.blogspot.com

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

How colorful and oh so pretty! I bet everyone had a wonderful time!

Alycia Nichols said...

First of all, I LOVE her kitchen!!! It looks spacious and homey and warm...just the type of kitchen that makes one feel loved and welcome. The slimmer table and benches...sheer genius! What a great solution to a space problem (which she doesn't seem to have, but it still looks great!) in a smaller eat-in area like mine. I can see why you love to sit facing the hutch. It's great! She has quite the collection there! I love all the color! It's so energizing!!!

Bill said...

Hi Cherry Kay,

I love that you share so many special (real life) events you share with your beloved family and friends. This table, along with everything on it and in its surroundings, looks warm, comfortable, inviting, and somehow both earthy and elegant! The pops of vivid color and the subtle mixtures of patterns work together beautifully.

Such a treat!
Bill

niartist said...

Just beautiful, what time should I arrive? LOL! I love your setting, and the china is just glorious. You always do such a good job with these tablescapes - inspirational for sure!

Listen, I have a new series on my blog called: "A Picture is Worth ..." I'm trying to get back to posting pictures about my house, and I'd love it if you'd come by and see the bar in the dining room! :)

xo,
A

CNM said...

Oooh it's so pretty! I love the color and pattern combinations.

Jacqueline said...

Cherry Kay, what a riot of colors in this wonderful table! How fun and happy. I adore the Courtly Check and the Hobby Lobby plates and you mixed them in brilliantly.

Sonia said...

Wow what a fabulous room! Love the hutch and all the vibrant color...so happy and warm! The menu sounded wonderful..thanks for sharing!

Miss Bloomers

Cassy said...

Your daughter is truly talented not just a singer but in color choices of anything.

Love everything on the photos.

Cassy from Acoustic Guitar Lessons

Pattie @ Olla-Podrida said...

I love the colors here, so vibrant and bold. It just looks like a party.