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Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Haviland...Boxed Lunch

"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. During this beautiful season when we celebrate harvest and Thanksgiving, 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 a while since our Haviland group has gathered to share lunch at a table that features the Haviland china, which we all admire and enjoy using.  Our luncheon was today, at my friend Marsha's gorgeous new home.  She has been out of town, so she asked if I would prepare the table while she put together the menu for our meal....i.e., a boxed lunch.  I packed a selection of my china and crystal, etc. in boxes, loaded everything in the back of my SUV, and headed for Marsha's.

Before Marsha left for the weekend, I retrieved her gorgeous old linen and lace tablecloth and took it home with me.  I wanted to have it available when I picked out the items that I would use to design the tablescape for our luncheon.

Anything would look marvelous against the padded golden yellow fabric walls and the elegant Persian carpet in her lovely dining room.  I had so much fun creating our table in this magnificent room.  Do you see the large wooden birdcage sitting on the games table in the living room?  If you look closely, you'll also see an assortment of Haviland china sitting in, on, and around it.  Stay tuned!  The Haviland group is making an encore appearance at this year's Theta Flaming Festival, during the first week of November.  Do you remember that last year we built the White House out of Haviland china as the centerpiece for the festival's tea table?  You may revisit that post HERE.  I'll share our creation for this year's centerpiece in November.

My silver beaded edge charger plate added a nice contrast under the Stouffer, Gold Encrusted Medallion charger plate.  This is but one of a number of our Nana's opulent patterns that we were blessed to receive.  Theodore Haviland manufactured the same design.  I have a small group of them, but not enough to set a table...yet.  I once again decided to use the antique carved ivory handle flatware.  The sterling teaspoon belongs to Marsha.

 The focal point for today's design is the Theodore Haviland, "Rani" luncheon plate.  I'm crazy about 'exotic birds', and of course, I adore the blue rim.

 I liked the idea of repeating the gold element with the Limoges gold encrusted dessert plate, a great get on eBay.  I topped off the quartet of plates with a beautiful crown jewel...

...the champagne/sherbet from Marsha's incredible set of family gold encrusted crystal.  It eventually held our dessert.  She doesn't know the maker.  Do any of your recognize it?  Bill, how about you?  She would love to increase the size of her service.

I picked up a dozen of these vintage linen and lace napkins at an estate sale.  I paid a mere pittance for them.  If I were a really noble person, I would give them to Marsha because they work perfectly with her lovely tablecloth.  Pretty sure that I'm not that noble...at least today.  She knows that she is free to use them any time.

I'm pretty happy with the way that my design is coming together.

I've really enjoyed using a combination of colored crystal goblets lately.  Today I selected the Waterford, "Simply Blue", and the AJKA, "Arabella".  My original set of Arabella came from Tuesday Morning.  The Simply Blue and additional stems of the Arabella were found on eBay.

For our centerpiece, I found the blue and white Hydrangeas at my local Homeland Grocery.

The gold encrusted bowl belonged to Nana, as did the stand.  When I brought in the bowl, Marsha rushed to a cabinet and magically produced...

...A gorgeous pair of gold encrusted hurricanes in the exact same pattern as my bowl!  Talk about kismet.  I placed small Nell Hill's candles in glass sleeves inside the hurricanes.  I wanted candlelight, but I didn't want to mess up the containers with melted wax and sticky black smoke residue.  Ick.

I'm ready to roll...

I anticipate that this will be a table that encourages our group to linger and enjoy precious fellowship after lunch and dessert are long gone.  We always love to have new Haviland enthusiasts join us.  How about you?  Let me know if you're coming our way!


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 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 Fall, I think of sunlit mornings and close friends gathered at my table.  How about you?  With thankfulness for her dedication and efforts, I'm joining the multi-talented Tablescaper for her fabulous meme SEASONAL SUNDAY.  Hope to see you there!



I'm joining the Blog Hop, hosted this week by Growing Old with Grace.  Sounds like fun!



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!  














46 comments:

Martha said...

A very pretty table -- love the elegance of it -- and there is nothing like gold banded china -- it's ALMOST as good as blue and white!

Poppy said...

Wow! I'm simply awed by your magnificent tablesetting... feels like I'm invited to a royal dinner! You set up this table by carrying all the elements in the back of your SUV? Amazingly beautiful job! I love "Rani".... she reminds me of the delicate work on the facade of Taj Mahal! And the gorgeous gorgeous gold encrusted charger is the perfect foundation for such a beautiful set of china! "Simply Blue" and "Arabella look so pretty together and bring so much shine and sparkle to this gorgeous table and the gold hurricanes work so well with the gold dessert cups! The elegant vintage linen ties everything up so beautifully. I enjoyed my visit here today. Thanks for the inspiration and for your loving comment on my autumn tea post. It was a pleasure having you over.Happy mid-week!Hugs~Poppy

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HHL said...

Beautiful setting!! Everything looks breath taking! I'm certain the group will feel so welcomed and conversation will be flowing into the late afternoon.. thanks for sharing such wonderful and beautiful treasures with us...xo HHL

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

What a beautifully opulent tablesetting! Everything is just stunning! The blue goblets are gorgeous; and the hurricanes are absolutely beautiful! Love the hydrangeas...my faves. Stunning table! Thanks for sharing!

Marlis said...

Cherry Kay, Your choices are a harmony of perfection! I love those gold encrusted chargers and desserts. The flatware is simply divine too. The mixing of hers and yours produces a beautiful table. I can't wait to see how the Haviland cage à oiseaux turns out.. I'm sure it will be spectacular. xo marlis

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Oh my goodness what a gorgeous table!! Who wouldn't want to eat off of those beautiful plates and that centerpiece is awesome.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Stunning, there's no other word to describe such elegant table! The Havilland is gorgeous, with beautiful tabletopper and beautiful chargers too. all the elemnts are just luxious! Thank you for your lovely visit, I did a great tablescape with the black china for Father's Day, if you ever want to check it out, I'll be so happy. Have a nice evening sweet lady. FABBY

Alycia Nichols said...

I know the rest of the table is gorgeous, but my eyes and mind are stuck on those chargers, Cherry Kay. I don't know what to say. They are one of the most beautiful things I have ever seen. Truly! They are magnificent! Yes, Nana blessed you tremendously! I wish I could help with identifying your friend's fabulous crystal, but I can't. Bill should be able to nail it, though! This is a beautiful table, and I know the ladies had to enjoy it!

xinex said...

You set a very elegant and gorgeous table, Cherry Kay. The tablecloth and napkins are exquisite. I don't bleme you for not giving the napkins away. Love your plates. I like anything with exotic birds too especially the Chelsea bird, which I think those are..Christine

Sue (Someone's Mom) said...

Wow! Speaking of the White House, this table is elegant enough to serve the President and First Lady. I just know that if I put all of that glassware in the back of my SUV, I would hit a big bump and things would crash. I love the addition of the blues with the gold. This is stunning.

carolinajewel said...

I would feel like a princess or a czarina eating off those breath-takingly beautiful plate and sipping from those champagne glasses! The whole table is stunning!

Sanghamitra Bhattacherjee(Mukherjee) said...

This is fantastic! Each and every single picture is simply gorgeous.Love those warm settings..yes, every bit of it. Thanks for sharing.
Hope to see you on my blog:)

Marigene said...

CK, what a beautiful elegant table! Those gold plates are fit for royalty...I love the cobalt paired with the gold.

Lizabeth said...

Very beautiful and elegant! The crystal stemware glistens like jewels! The china is all stunning! The flowers pick up on everything so perfectly! Those gold encrusted stemware pieces are reall elegant! Love your antique napkins...what a treasure!

Meredith said...

This is beautiful. I love how your pieces and hers came together in such harmony. The blues in the dinner plates and goblets are beautiful up against all the gold and cream accents. Really, really stunning!

A Perfect Setting said...

Hi Cherry Kay! This is such a beeauuutiful table! I'm such a crystal person, and those Arabella and Simply Blue stems are to die for! Your Nana's chargers are gorgeous, I bet she would love it that you use them! So many people keep their heirlooms boxed in an attic or basement. Beautiful tablecloth and napkins, sigh, this is just breathtaking!

Tess said...

This table is so beautiful!! The china is so lovely and those blue glasses are stunning!!

Emreen said...

Lovely tablescape... Love the table cloth , the blue glasses the floral centerpiece with hydrangeas.... Beautiful !!

Elaine said...

It shows how much you enjoyed creating a tablescape in this lovely home. The gold with shades of blue looks so rich and elegant. Hydrangeas are the perfect centerpiece to complement the lace tablecloth and napkins. Very, very pretty!!!

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

Isn't it fun combining your own beauties with a friend's treasures? What a gorgeous table with such great 'pops' of blue! Can't wait to see what your group creates this year for the Festival. I can't imagine being more creative than last year's White House!

Jacqueline said...

Such rich colors and so luxurious. I love how the two blues of the glasses are echoed in the flowers. Those gold chargers are wonderful! You always create such pretty and elegant tables.

Taunnie said...

Everything is so beautiful. You have such a great eye for design. Your tables always have just the right mix of colors and textures and they are always elegant and refined.

Chubby N Chieque said...

Outrageous gorgeous. Simply the best.

Love your dinnerplates.

Happy TS...

Greetings from chilly Stockholm,
/chie

Pondside said...

Beautiful. I love the layering of gold and blue - but then I love colour and would always choose a colour-rich setting over an all-white or taupe-on-taupe!

Bella Vista said...

Hi Cherry Kay, your table is just so elegant and beautiful. The colors just take my breath. You did a fabulous job here. Really lovely.

Barb ♥

Monica said...

It all sparkles so nicely. I love all the stems. Great job.

Sonia said...

That is such an elegant table...all the gold rims and beautiful textures look wonderful together! I love your centerpiece..hydrangeas are just my favs especially when they grace one of your tables!

Miss Bloomers

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

So elegant and lovely! I'm in love with those antique carved ivory handles! Very nice tablescape!

Katherine

Anita said...

Cherry Kay, another gorgeous table with exquisite pieces!! I love the ivory handled flatware. I have actually never seen any of that. I love the colors you put together especially with the hydrangeas and the crystal. Gorgeous!! Thanks for stopping by and for entering the contest!!

A Hint of Home said...

Beautiful table! I'm sure you WOWED the ladies!

Zuni said...

Gold and blue...wow...what a great combination! I was excited to see your post, knowing it would be beautiful--again! Thank you!

Jen said...

Wow, what a fancy table you've set! It look just lovely, I'm sure your company adored it! Jen @ www.icantstopcrafting.blogspot.com

Grace InAZ said...

Gee, I'm blown away by this setting! Lovely, absolutely lovely! I am blog hopping & following you from Katherine's Corner & my place. Pls follow back. Growing Old With Grace http://growing-old-with-grace.blogspot.com/.
Thanks for linking up on today's blog hop! Hugs, GraceinAZ

Jo's This and That said...

I love the blur stemware! Great table! Joann

Katherines Corner said...

This is just beautiful. Thank you so much for sharing with us. Thank you for linking up with the blog hop too. Big Hugs!!

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady.
Your Tablescape is Gorgeous as always and the stemware is Beautiful... You have a eye for Beauty and know just how to put it all together for your dinner party. Thanks so much for your sweet comments on my new Tablescape.
XXOO Diane

lulumusing said...

Considering how lovely your tables always are, it's no wonder your friend asked you to do hers. I'll let you do the same thing any time, and I would love for you to bring your own things! Oh happy day!!

Kathleen said...

Very elegant, Cherry Kay. Such beautiful things and you have paired them so well.
You did a wonderful job. I agree, the colored stems look wonderful together!

Mary said...

What a perfectly elegant table...the linens, the stemware, the golds & blues. I remember your Haviland China White House last year~ I thought it was genius! I'm looking forward to seeing what you come up with this year~

Glenda said...

So elegant! Everything is in perfect harmony.

Desire Empire said...

That is a beautiful blue and gold table and what a lovely elegant room it is in.

Rettabug said...

Oh my goodness, Cherry Kay...this table is just spectacular! What gorgeous pieces the two of you found to combine & share! I know the ladies will feel especially honored to be seated around this beautiful table...I know I would be.

More than anything, I love the way you focus on the PEOPLE who blessed you with such treasures & also the PEOPLE who will get to enjoy them. You are a treasure yourself, Cherry Kay & I'm SO glad you got into blogging & sharing all that you have to give.

Hugs,
Rett

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Thank you for coming Sherry Kay and I just came back to see this gorgeous table you created with such stunning elements, It is magnificent, everything is just wonderful, the flatware is fabulous too. The big birdcage is great, I saw one here, beautiful and vintage but a little too expensive so I declined. Thank you for your very appreciated visit. Have a blessed Sunday my sweet friend. FABBY

Shel said...

Truely, simply stunning...that is such a gorgeous looking home too!
Just love the floral centrepiece too.
Shel

The Quintessential Magpie said...

How gorgeous! This is just stunning.

XO,

Sheila

Karin Şen Cankan said...

Still holding my breath such an elegant table my friend.

Karin Şen Cankan
karinsfairytale.blogspot.com