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Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Short and Sweet, 5.15.12

"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. As you consider your own philanthropic opportunities, 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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I'm in the midst of preparing for a wedding shower/luncheon this Saturday, so I'm keeping it short and sweet this week.  When I'm planning a party, I like to invite the other hostesses for lunch while we plan.  I invited one group to join me for lunch on the back porch.  It was a lovely day.


I was in a "ladies who lunch" frame of mine, and I wanted to create a feminine design for my guests.

The cutwork tablecloth used to cover the bedside table in my daughter's room.  It provided a nice backdrop for the Stouffer blue rim dinner plates.  The Waterford, "Simply Blue" goblets continued my soft blue color scheme.  I arranged my Sam's flowers in the Haviland, "Ranson" tureen.  Additionally, individual floral centerpieces at each place settings were placed in the "Ranson" demitasse cups which originally belonged to our sweet Nana.  I used the matching crescent plates for bread and butter.  We had a grand time.  I'd love to plan a party with you some day.  If the weather permits, we'll gather right here on the back porch.

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 10:00 AM on Thursdays.  You'll be glad that you made the trip...it's a wonderful adventure.

When I think of MAY, I think of my mama and precious memories celebrated on Mothers' Day.  How about you?  With thankfulness for her dedication and efforts, I'm joining the multi-talented Tablescaper for her fabulous meme SEASONAL SUNDAYS.  Hope to see you there!



Tonight is the ninth edition of Cuisine Kathleen's meme, "LET'S DISH".  So excited to be a charter member.  Pop over (pun intended for the Chef Supreme Kathleen) and join the 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!  KC has just released her 5th studio CD project.  The CD release concert is this weekend.  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:

Sarah said...

This is lovely! The blue is so pretty for the outdoor setting. Thanks for sharing this beautiful table setting.

Pondside said...

Any time I see a table set with blue and white I know that I'd be happy to be a guest! Wouldn't it be fun to dine together? Today's table is lovely - but then, I am such a 'blue' person that I am biased!

Martha said...

Lovely table and the blue is such a breath of spring! And i like the "real" chairs outside!

Tricia said...

So beautiful and completely feminine! I adore the flowers in demitasse cups -- darling!

Marlis said...

I would love to dine with you... I love this blue! Especially on the beautiful tablecloth you chose. Love the crescent dishes used as bread and butters.. and they take up less space on a round table too! Wonderful idea. Your blue glasses are stunning. Great table.. I know you had a fun time.. xo marlis

Alycia Nichols said...

Oh, wow, Cherry Kay....this is beautiful! I am headed to Nashville, TN for my husband's med school reunion in a couple of days. The president's wife always hosts a ladies' luncheon for the spouses, and she could take a cue from you on just what to do! The color combination is lovely, and the feminine quality is really felt. Just beautiful!!! Those plates....fabulous! The color is unparalleled!!! The teacups with the flowers are a terrific touch, too!!! I'm sure your friends won't mind you being in a Ladies Who Lunch frame of mind at all!!!!! Enjoy!

Pat@BPM said...

This is delightful Cherry Kay! Gorgeous table.

Aledia said...

Such a beautiful tablescape! My tablescape for next week is also going to be blue and white.... Thank You for sharing and have a wonderful evening!

Aledia @ Plum Perfect

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow what a beautiful tablescape. I LOVE the blue dishes. They are so perfect for the outdoor setting.

Jocelyn @
http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

Michele @ The Nest at Finch Rest said...

WOW, that tablescape is absolutely stunning!

And your backdrop is lush and green, what a beautiful place to lunch with the gal pals!

Robin said...

Such a pretty combination of blue with the deep pink flowers. Those glasses really make a statement with their height. Perfect for a ladies lunch.

Robin
Robin Flies South

kitty said...

What an utterly feminine table!! I love the floweres in the demitasse cups...so pretty. The color combo is just perfect, as is your outdoor setting.

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

The blue is perfect for your outdoor table, and I bet it almost matched the sky! Thanks for sharing this beautiful table setting.

A Cottage in the Clouds said...

What a gorgeous table! The lush green background sets it off perfectly. Love your stemware.
I think this luncheon calls for a pretty hat and white gloves!

The Tablescaper said...

Cherry Kaye:

I think this may be my favorite. It is AMAZING. Love the soft blue. The little clusters of roses, just gorgeous.

- The Tablescaper

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

I LOVE that you used such a pretty bright pink with those gorgeous blue plates! Everything just sparkles.

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

I would love to be a guest at your pretty soft blue/yellow table. So feminine and sweet!
The flowers at each place setting is a lovely grace note!

Scribbler said...

Exquisite! This looks special enough for a wedding or some grand occasion. Your ladies who lunch with you are certainly lucky to be invited to enjoy this.

AshTreeCottage said...

I love the little roses in the tea cups! Beautiful tablescape. Give that little Dickens a pat for me.

Hugs,
Susan and Bentley

xinex said...

Your table is so beautiful, Cherry kay. Everything looks so elegant and delicate, feminine for sure!..Christine

Miss Char said...

What a sweet spring table, I'm in love with the choice of dishes. I'm sure all the ladies will have a wonderful time sitting at this table enjoying everything about your table. Thanks for sharing.

Shel said...

Such a graceful setting...love the little cups of flowers!
Enjoy your wedding luncheon.
Shel

Chubby Chieque said...

Gorgeous elegant settings, CK.

Love your tablecloth.

Hope you have an enjoyable Thursday.

Happy TS,
/CC

Lana Kim White Austin said...

Ooooohhhh...you know that I have long wanted to visit with you at one of your amazing tables....like this fabulously feminine masterpiece!!!

Love/hugs/blessings,
Lana

Marigene said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely...which seat should I sit at?

Ellen said...

Wow, this outdoor setting is exquisite. I love everything about it - especially the cups of roses. Just lovely.

Judy Bigg said...

Wow, such an elegant table. Love your blues, I would love to be sitting at this table and enjoying the occasion.

Mabel said...

Awesome - totally awesome!Another masterpiece! I really like the pink and blues together. Greetings from Switzerland!

Diane said...

Oh, what a job you did in creating a feminine setting! Those beautiful Waterford goblets really set the mood and the plates are perfect! Lovely flowers and landscape!!

Kathleen said...

Lovely, the colors are wonderfully soft, with a pop from the stemware.
Just beautiful!
Soon we will have roses so we can cut our own, although Sams was nice enough to leave a comment on the shower post where I featured their roses! :)
Thanks for Linking to Let's Dish! Have a wonderful weekend!

The Decorative Dreamer said...

You are the epitome of southern grace, even your planning tables are gorgeous. This one is worthy of being a wedding shower table itself. I love how you put the flowers in the teacups. This is so pretty!

Pat's Pink Apron said...

Very pretty blue and the roses are lovely. Those blue goblets stand out. Such a pretty outdoor setting.
Pat

Judy Bigg said...

Visiting again for another look at your elegant outdoor tablescape. It is just perfect, every element is lovely.

Sonia said...

Oh so beautiful! I love the cups with roses arranged in them. Such a nice touch sitting on top of your gorgeous dishes! Hope you are enjoying the week and the nice rain we received.
Miss Bloomers

Gypsy Heart said...

Just so beautiful! The blue and white looks so crisp and refreshing. You have really gorgeous surroundings also.

Pat

william said...

The blues in these pictures carry me away... the ensemble is so incredibly feminine! Thank you for the visual treat!

Francie