Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Memorable Father's Day

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.

Entertaining Women's first blog post was July 7, 2010.  It's hard to conceive that I've been blogging my tablescapes for almost two years.  I never dreamed that I would be "published" in any format. It was always my Aunt Ida's dream for me, and I think that she would be happy.  I'm having even more fun with my blog today than when my daughter-in-love, Jamiann at THE BLACKBERRY VINE, graciously helped me figure out how to even start a blog.  I look forward to my third year.  I adore the many new blog buddies that I've come to care about, and I am humbled by your support and unending encouragement.  Thank you seems so inadequate.  I introduced my blogiversary give-away week before last...a set of 12 Mottahedeh "Sacred Butterfly" dinner plates.  To read about it and learn how to be the winner, click HERE.

Father's Day at our house was pretty laid back this year.  Although I had prepared to serve a Pork Tenderloin with appropriate trimmings, Sweet Mister requested that we make breakfast for lunch, and that's what we did right after we returned home from old fashioned breakfast of Dirty Scrambled Eggs, Toast and English Muffins, Crisp Bacon, cold milk, and orange juice.  We were a small group of five, so I created my table for Sweet Mister at the games table in the living room.  I wanted it to be masculine and pay homage to family.

Come on in, I'll give you a tour de la table.

To keep a decidedly masculine flavor, I started with a woven tweed tablecloth that I made.  The
Williams-Sonoma "Flax" hemstitched linen napkins picked up the taupe in the cloth's color mix.  Soft colors were added by simply placing a hydrangea from our garden on each napkin...just enough without becoming too foo foo.

One of my go-to white patterns, I always enjoy using the Wedgwood "Countryware" dinner plates.  The antiqued copper service plates were a great get at an estate sale.  They've already been pressed into service a number of times.  The everyday Mikasa "French Countryside" goblet was just the right size for a big ole glass of ice cold milk.

Keeping color to a minimum, I chose the L'Argent "Sophia" flatware, bought from Tuesday Morning and Horchow.  Horchow still has this pattern listed on their website.  It is available in a number of lovely colors.

I had fun creating my centerpiece, with an emphasis on family memories.  I used baby shoes to create my mood.  These black leather high top button baby boots belonged to my mother-in-love.  She wore them in 1919.  The anchor of my design was the Wedgwood "Patrician" tureen and under plate, an eBay find.  Green garden Hydrangeas perched on a trio of Lenox creamware urns. Tip:  These urns are a good example of the importance of waiting and watching items on eBay before deciding to bid.  There is currently a pair of these listed with an auction asking price of $125.00.  I bought mine for about $25.00 each at estate sales and on  eBay. Take Your Time!

The red cowboy boots were...mine!  I wore them when I was two years old.  I made Sweet Mister a father, after all.

The white leather soft-sole high tops belonged to KC....who will have her first baby and make Sweet Mister a grandfather in September!  We're all eagerly waiting for the arrival of Beatrice Emmaline!  Little Honey B will be our third grandchild.  Our son and daughter-in-love are the parents of our two beloved grandsons, Haden and Jack.

Cards and gifts were placed on the refectory table.  I added a framed photo that we have of Sweet Mister's daddy.  His daddy was 7 years old in this photo, 1925, and he grew up in Portland, Oregon.  I never knew him.  He passed away when Sweet Mister was 13 years old.  The three silver pieces lying next to the photo belonged to Sweet Mister's father and to my daddy.  Left to right:  the sterling cigarette case and flask were carried by Hal's father during WWII.  He fought in the Battle of the Bulge with Patton.  The sterling cigarette case on the right belonged to my daddy, who fought in the Battle at Salerno Beach.  He was a combat engineer.  It was given to him after WWII by my Aunt Ida.  She bought it while stationed in Tokyo, Occupied Japan, as an intelligence officer after the war.  

I adore this photograph.  Sweet Mister told me that is a salmon.  

It was a sweet memorable celebration.  We had a ball talking about all the shoes!  Do you have old baby shoes stashed away some place in your house?

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's a wonderful adventure.

When I think of June, I think of lazy summer days and time to share a meal with friends.  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!

Wednesday evening is the fifteenth 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!

It's always a treat to learn something new when I go exploring in blog land.  Tonight I'm excited to join Yvonne @ Stone Gable for her new meme, TUTORIALS, TIPS, & TIDBITS.  Bring your notebook...there's so much to learn!

You can check out KC's music at, 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 Tag Hollow Sessions".  The sold out CD release concert was this past weekend.  "The Tag Hollow Sessions" 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!


Martha said...

A very pretty table as always and such clever elements that you always use to put your table together.

xinex said...

I can't believe you still have those shoes, Cherry Kay. How precious! Your Wedgewood dinnerware set is so pretty, so versatile too. Love the tureen....Christine

kitty said...

Cherry Kay, I love the tweed table covering with the napkins. Then I fell in love with the Wedgewood and THEN I saw the little boots of yours! However, the baby shoes, the photos...they all held such special memories for your Sweet Mister.

Kathe said...

Such a wonderful table! The only memento of Mr. B's youth that I have been able to wrestle away from his mother are the little cowboy boots he wore around the farm at the age of 4-5 :-) They are placed lovingly on our mantle and still have Sasketchwan dirt on them :-)

The Tablescaper said...

Great table with wonderful masculine touches. You have the magic touch!

- The Tablescaper

Marlis said...

Cherry Kay,, the table is so my style. disregard bright and brighter this week, i love the colors in your table. It's masculine and so elegant. I am smitten with the shoes. I have the boys boots, and some of their shoes.. what a great idea. I don't have any of mine or sweet husbands. Your signature tureen is stunning. Especially on the riser. Loved how you brought out the old photo too.. you have great style.. be blessed, xo marlis

Pondside said...

Such an appropriate table, and evidence of yours and your husband's love of family. The little shoes are adorable and a wonderful touch.

Sarah said...

Cherry Kay, you table is lovely. I like the idea of setting a table in an unexpected spot. Love the textures and the soft colors.

Tricia said...

Oh, that tweed tablecloth is fabulous! It's the perfect backdrop for your masculine yet elegant table. What a great idea about the baby shoes! I wish you had a photo of yourself wearing those cowboy boots! I have one of myself in my Annie Oakley outfit at age five. And congratulations on the granddaughter "in production"! We recently learned our son and daughter-in-law are expecting in December.

Scribbler said...

I love the idea of the shoes, and that photo of the man who would have been your father-in-law is the best.

I am so embarrassed to realize that I was not following your blog -- I truly thought I was. I wonder if sometimes they fall off the grid??

Your whole table is a work of art, as always.

Alycia Nichols said...

I love the tweed tablecloth, Cherry Kay!!!!!! It is absolutely perfect! Reminds me of the 80s when Ralph Lauren was everywhere you looked with his fabulous fall and winter clothing collection. There was a tweed jacket I wanted so badly I could taste it!!! Remember how he would mi tweeds with lace? LOVED that!!! This table adopts that look in that you have the very masculine tweed with the very feminine hydrangea. Beautiful! I still have my son's little leather shoes. They are on display in our family room along with the little cheap but cherished bracelet with his 1st photo that the hospital gave us as a gift. Sometimes I just sit there and smell the inside of them. They still smell like my baby!


Beautiful table with lots of sentiments darling Cherry Kay. The touch of the small shoes and your cute cow boy boots are such fabulous elements and touch for this wonderful table. Loving the Wedwood dishes and tablecloth. Such special and memorable things! Thanks for sharing it with us.

A Cottage in the Clouds said...

Your table is lovely, but the story with the shoes and pictures is most precious of all. Thank you for sharing it.

Lorrie said...

What a serene and lovely tablesetting. Simple and elegant for a man.

Marigene said...

You did a beautiful table, Cherry Kay. I ♥ that picture of the father-in-law you never had a chance to meet.

Judy Bigg said...

Another beautiful table, perfect use of your elements for the occasion, Love the baby shoes and boots.

Chubby Chieque said...

Hi CK,
I LOVE your tureen. That's one incredible pretty tureen.

Having those shoes is one of the cutest thing I know.

Congrats in advance for the new grandchild on the way. That's an amazing Autumn present.

Enjoy your day and have a blissful w/end.

Greetings from Stockholm,

Suzanne Scarborough Melson said...

Love Love the name of your new baby! And the table is nice too! haha

Sonia said...

Cherry Kay,
Love your table and the baby shoes ideas is wonderful...I am so going to do this at my next family gathering. Your color choices for the table is perfect for Father's the details and the napkins. The urn centerpiece is wonderful! My son will be coming in from Georgia (he lives there now) to be with us and his brothers for the week of the fourth. Hope you have a safe and wonderful holiday week!
Miss Bloomers

podso said...

Congratulations on two years of blogging! Your father's day table is wonderful, and so thoughtful! And don't we miss those baby high top shoes? I wish I had saved my boys' shoes!

Kathleen said...

Just the right touches as usual! Masculine, yet lovely! Love the boots! The tablecloth is wonderful!

Pat@Back Porch Musings said...

A beautiful Father's Day table. I love the small intimate table settings. I believe they are my favorite.

Pat said...

One of the best tables I have seen in a long time. Love your tablecloth, the classy, calm feeling it all whispers to you. Nice job!

Bonnie said...

I love this post, Cherry. The precious shoes and your darling boots. I am posting soon with my grandson wearing his Daddy's cowboy boots. There is something so gratifying about this.

Lovely table as always and I love the sentiment.

Meredith said...

Really beautiful! I love the tablecloth too.

AshTreeCottage said...

Love your tablescape and your little boots are just as cute as they can be!

Susan and Bentley

N from Va said...

Lovely tablescape. The boots are adorable and perfect. Happy July 4th!

Victoria Mische | Your Chair Covers said...

I’m at a loss for words! You did a fantastic job on your table. You are always my inspirations when it comes to tablescaping.