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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Christmas With The Elves

"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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A few weeks ago, I shared the centerpiece that our Haviland group created for the Tea Table at the  2011, Theta Flaming Festival.  In addition, my friend Barb and I had a marvelous time designing an additional tablescape for the festival.  We called it "Christmas with the Elves."


I'm finishing up a table tonight for a birthday luncheon for the Garden Friends Bible Study tomorrow.  Still have quite a bit to acccomplish, so I'll keep the comments brief.

The black felt tablecloth that I made was a great undercloth for our tablescape.

Barb and I always enjoy combining our things when we create a table design.

 During the holidays, the tall Christmas tree can usually be found on Barb's breakfast room table with her precious collection of elves.  The striped trees were also pulled from her holiday stash.

You've seen my dessert dome pedestals used often when I entertain.  Today we filled them with ornaments for party favors.  Barb bought the black and white checked accent plates at Target.  The under plate is Hutschenreuther, "Racine", a Haviland, "Ranson" look-alike.  The black charger is from Hobby Lobby.  I thought that you might enjoy a closer look at Barb's wonderful collection of elves...








The sterling is my Reed & Barton, "Francis I."  My AJKA, "Arabella" green wine goblet and my Lenox, "Holiday Gem" red stem added some Christmas color and sparkle.  

The white ric rack napkins are from Pier One, caught up in Christmas berry napkin rings.  I bought several of the red and black plaid tablecloths at a local shop, The Market at Quail Springs.  I've layered two of the cloths, and gathered one of them up around the base of the tree.  Lifts are hidden under the cloth to elevate some of the elves.

I have more tables from the Flaming Festival to share with you another time.  Better get back to finishing the details for my luncheon tomorrow.  Hope that you are having fun turning your home into a Christmas Wonderland.  I've been off to a slow start, but I'm started to get excited!

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.

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!  

















24 comments:

Martha said...

A very pretty table -- and despite the black and white very Christmasy! Love the elves -- they are so cute!

Carrie said...

Very sophisticated and elegant, your table is festive and appealing!
Happy Holidays,
Carrie

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Beautfl tablescape, love it! The elves are so cute, a lovely collection. Very elegant and yet Christmasy, even with the black! Thanks for sharing. FABBY

mississippi artist said...

I love that tree and the little elves are so cute. I like how you elevated the tree too.The cupcake stands with the ornaments is a great idea.

Marlis said...

I love this table. It's whimsical and so cute. The black is a perfect anchor for all the glorious color in those precious elves. I love the tall tree in the center too. Your dishes and stemware are the perfect pieces for this setting! Thanks for sharing.. xo marlis

Marigene said...

Cute table! Love the elves, they have the sweetest faces of any I have seen.

Tricia said...

Cherry Kay, what a fun, yet elegant table this is! I love the black backdrop for all the festivity on top. I know you and your friend had a ball combining your pretties to create this tablescape. Thanks for including sources -- love those black and white salad plates!

Southerncook said...

Your table is absolutely adorable and I have gotten some really cute ideas from it. There is a place here where I live that carries that collection of little elves. I collect some of them for Thanksgiving and Fall but haven't gotten any for Christmas???? Wellllllllll, I am heading there tomorrow to get me a few, they would also be adorable on my breakfast room table and my table needs a little added something. Those would be the perfect addition.

Carolyn/A Southerners Notebook

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I think this table is so whimsical! The black and white with the fun tree and adorable figurines! What a very fun, festive table!!!!!
Yvonne

carolinajewel said...

So cute! I love the black table linens - they really set off the elves!

Jacqueline said...

What a fun table. I just adore the little elves, especially their skinny little legs and cute faces. The blond haired girl that comes out into point on each side is just adorable. You are always doing such fun events. This table turned out just wonderfully.

Tess said...

Absolutely charming!!! Those elves are adorable, but the green glasses are to die for!!!

Liz said...

Love the table! Those trees of hers are so cute and make a striking accent! Her elves are all adorable. Your mini cloche's are so cute and her black and white plates are adorable. Love your Lenox Holiday Gem stemware! So pretty! Beautiful job!

Alycia Nichols said...

I love the little elves, Cherry Kay. They remind me of the Burl Ives-narrated stop-action "Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer" cartoon from my childhood. This almost makes me want to cry. It just has such a great deal of nostalgia attached for me! Terrific display! Hope you guys enjoyed setting it up as much I did looking at it!!!

A Perfect Setting said...

Soo cute! The little elves are precious! Those checked plates from Target are great. I love it all with the black and the plaid. Great collection of adorable items, such a fun table!!

Meredith said...

How pretty! I love your centerpiece and your red stemware is beautiful. What a great way to display a gift with your dessert pedestals. just lovely! Happy Holidays!

Shel said...

Everything is just beautiful. Gorgeous tree and I just love the little elves.
You are so talented.
Shel

The Tablescaper said...

So much fun! Great way to start the season.

- The Tablescaper

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

This is just charming! I love the mixtures of colors and patterns. I really have my eye on that centerpiece tree too. This is all just so fun.

Texas Tea Party said...

I don't know what I like best but I like it all! The elves are so cute and the tree just sets the whole tablescape. I like the idea of the black and white dinnerware and linens. Dramatic is the word! Happy Tablescaping, Pam

Elaine said...

Cherry Kay, this table is adorable! Love the mix of plaid and checks, the three tree centerpiece, and the red and green stemware! The black cloth makes all those precious figurines really stand out! Thanks for sharing this great table!

Elaine
Creating Wonderful Spaces

Lana K. W. Austin said...

You know I love everything you do...and this is no exception! I love this merry elf table! I love the whimsy converging with elegance! Those goblets are timeless works of art and the elves are so adorable....what a wonderful contrast!!! And I love the plaid tablecloth in the center!
Hey...I don't know if you had a chance to stop by and see this, but I wrote about you/gave you a blog award a couple of posts ago as you are AWESOME!
http://lanaaustinmotif.blogspot.com/2011/11/ooooohhhh.html
Hugs/blessings,
Lana

Kathleen said...

That is adorable! Just so much fun! I have the perfect napkin rings for it, elves from WSonoma, that I have yet to use. Got some for Alma too, don't think she used hers yet either.
I am late coming around, didn't do a table last week, barely got my Seasonal Sunday done! Very hectic here. I will never have the painters in Dec again!
See you tomorrow night I hope. I am gathering now, got some new dark green dishes I want to take out for a spin!

Pondside said...

Those elves - they steal the show! I'd never think of a black tablecloth, but it is perfect here!