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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Carolyne Roehm - Candy Stripe Christmas

"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


Sooooo...Cuisine Kathleen is responsible for this tablescape.  She asked us to create a copy cat table based on a design that we admired.  I knew immediately that I would  use a Christmas Cookie Exchange Party featured in Carolyne Roehm's A PASSION FOR PARTIES as my inspiration.  The Garden Friends were coming this morning for our Christmas luncheon, and I knew that Roehm's confection of a table would be a great springboard.  I had a great time taking her delightful design and running with it.





If you don't have her books, run...don't walk...to your nearest book nook and pick them up.  They are all wonderful!  The first thing that I decided to do...of course, was....


...to make my own red felt table cloth with white felt Christmas tree appliqués.  Did your grandmother/mother have a red felt tablecloth!  Mine did, and her appliqués usually featured sequins.  I've told you before...felt is really inexpensive.  It's about $6.00 per yard, but a yard is 72" wide.  This did not require one single stitch.  It was all done with a pair of scissors and less than two hours of time to cut the scallops and the white felt trees...oh, and the white felt mats.  I don't have a large white charger, and I wanted my place setting to create a candy stripe effect.

Topping the white felt mat...my red resin/acrylic charger, the Wedgwood, "Countryware" dinner plate and the King's Crown Ruby Glass accent plate.  The chargers were a gift from a friend many years ago.  The Countryware was bought through eBay, and the King's Crown was found at an estate sale.

AJKA, "Arabella" goblets in red and green added to the Christmas theme and were paired with the Mikasa, "French Countryside."

The L'Argent, "Sohpia" flatware, from Horchow and Tuesday Morning, contributed to the candy  cane stripe motif when placed on the red felt.  An additional touch of peppermint goodness was added by using some delicious striped ribbon as a napkin ring with the Williams-Sonoma white linen hemstitched napkins.  I bought a large bolt of this lovely stuff last year at Sam's for $7.00.  I knew that I would find a good use for it at some point....today was the day.

Carolyne Roehm used a variety of candy cane stripe candles for her centerpiece with some touches of apple green.  I didn't find any striped candles, but I knew that I could wrap white pillars with my ribbon and achieve much the same look.  

The pair of Indiana Glass Ruby Flash Striped compotes continued the candy stripe theme.  But Carolyne and I kind of parted ways when I started adding touches of glorious apple green...I just couldn't contain myself.

A pair of AJKA, Green Crystal Bowls....

...were filled with pillar candles surrounded by my red glass raspberries, bought at Target, Tarjé, several years ago.

Michael's was my source for the shimmering green 'picks' spread the length of the centerpiece.  I've never thought of myself as a glittery kind of girl, but I sure have found myself drawn to all things shiny the past few holidays.  Of course, my hair, hands, and face have been covered with glitter for days.  

I'm a bit encouraged by the candlelight shots that I was able to capture this time...











 




I'm finally organized for Christmas!  
If you look closely, you'll see that the stockings are hung by the chimney with care...the garlands are festooned with ribbon and lights...

...Yummy food is ready for our feast...

The Garden Friends are waiting with eager anticipation to celebrate the most important birthday of each year.  We are blessed each week to be able to sit at the knee of our sweet Master, Jesus, lover of our ragged souls, and soak in the encouragement and peace that comes from studying His amazing Word.  We would welcome you to join us for prayer, study, and blessed fellowship any time that you happen to pass our way.  Just let me know, and I'll set a place for you at the table.  And so, this wonderful season has begun. Merry Christmas, my dear blogging friends!

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!  
...and the Garden Friends are all "fit to be tied" as we wait with anticipation for the celebration of the most important birthday of the year. I pray that your holiday season is filled with many blessings.  Merry Christmas!








21 comments:

Pondside said...

This goes to show that the traditional Christmas colours can still carry the day. I love your take on this table - so fresh and pretty. I'm sure that your guests must have felt very special from the moment they walked in and saw it.
What a lovely group of friends! Those smiles say it all!

Martha said...

I think you did very well adapting Carolyne's theme. The tablecloth is spot on! and I love your twist on the candles! It's a fun table as well and Christmas should be fun! Don't you love those WS napkins?

Tricia said...

I am adding the Roehm books to my Amazon list TODAY! I'm impressed with your attention to detail -- though I shouldn't be, after admiring your tables for so long. Love the felt tablecloth and the use of striped ribbon! You make it all look easy!

Marlis said...

I am speechless. You have certainly blown my socks off and I'm sure your sweet friends were equally amazed. Love the tablecloth idea.. clever clever clever.. I need to make one myself! Your springboard was fabulous, but your end result was so much better (IMHO). The green touches toned down all the red and just made it a wonderland.. Cherry Kay, you are an artist! I wish you and yours a very Merry Christmas, as we've both got our running shoes on it seems. Be blessed my dear friend. xo marlis

A Perfect Setting said...

This is stunning! I like yours better, because of the green down the center. I'm also in love with those green bowls and your berries from Target. I'm sure your guests were just blown away by this beauty. Your tables are always lovely, but this one blows me away. Good job on the tablecloth, adorable. Elegant, festive, and welcoming!!

Marigene said...

I love your candy cane table, it is magical, especially in candlelight! Just gorgeous...

Ceekay- Thinkin of Home said...

Gorgeous!! That tablecloth is so pretty!

High Heeled Life said...

Everything is beautiful! and I would you accomplished it brilliant to your inspiration photo! Looks a fabulous group of gals! Happy Holidays..xo HHL

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish said...

Cherry Kay I think this is my favorite table you've done so far! It's so festive and yet the photos at dusk with the candles make it so warm. The felt tablecloth is precious!

Nancy

Alycia Nichols said...

It makes 100,000,000% sense that you would recreate a Carolyn Roehm table!!! She absolutely rocks in everything she does, and you are so right...her books are fab! I have all of them except the latest home one. They are a favorite among my many decorating books. You did an excellent job! Using the striped ribbon to mimic the candles she used is genius! Beautiful table, and beautiful group of ladies all decked out with their Christmas bows!

Bonnie said...

Your table is beautiful! You get an A+!!! Candlelight shots are great. I really am impressed and nostalgic! You helped me remember a tablecloth my mother did with appliques. I wish we had it now. I must search through a 1000 photos since I am now curious because it was when I was a little girl!

Your dinner was a huge success I know. Truly special.

Linda said...

Beautiful table. I have some of Carolyn's books. Your versions is so closely matched. How special to have your Garden group over.

Meredith said...

Whimsical Christmas Elegance at its best. This is so beautiful. I love the green touches. Your crystal is just perfect for the season and I love the candy cane ideas you mimicked. What a beautiful table to celebrate the season! May your family be blessed this Christmas!!
Meredith

Dianne said...

Cherry Kay, This is amazing! I first thought you were showing the pictures from the book, but then I realized that this was your recreation and I am amazed. You really knocked it out of the park this time! Your dining room looks like a photo spread from your own entertaining book. I love it. Dianne

Texas Tea Party said...

Cherry Kay, you are a very creative person and I love how you have recreated your table with a twist. The tablecloth with the Christmas trees made from felt is dramatic and then the centerpiece using the green crystal bowl and red flashed dishes are beautiful. The candy cane idea is very pretty and I must search my books for that one seems familiar! Merry Christmas and Happy Tablescaping! Pam

Cindy said...

I adore your Candy Stripe table! Very festive and fun. Thank you for visiting my Blog, I am a "newbie" to blogging and I have so much to learn. You are so fortunate to have had Mary Carol speak at your Luncheon. What a treat! I see her in the store sometimes helping customers and just talking to people. She is Fabulous! Have a very Merry Christmas!
Cindy

Sonia said...

OH this is Christmas dining at it's finest! Love the felt tablecloth with the white trees and scalloped edges! This is my favorite combo for Christmas...red and white so happy and festive. I may be copying this one!! Merry Christmas!!
Miss Bloomers

Jordan@the2seasons said...

This is so festive and beautiful. I love the napkin rings. I am ready to come over for a meal at your place!

The Tablescaper said...

With all of the business and preparations, I didn't get a chance to visit. I LOVE this table. You truly brought it to life.

- The Tablescaper

mountainsandmagnolias said...

Your linen napkins always look so perfect. Do you get them dry cleaned? Wash & iron them?

Linda said...

Such a beautiful group of ladies, who are fortunate to be invited to your table. You are inspirational in so many ways.