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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Mixed Greens

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.
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I've been at home baby sitting workmen the past two weeks.  An exciting project is in the works...more later.  Some of my sweet friends called to say that they were bringing lunch, so I pulled together a table for us.  It's still so blooming hot outside; I decided to go with a mix of cool greens.
I used the green runners a couple of weeks ago on the dining table HERE.  Today, I crisscrossed the runners, and then I gave them a twist.  The twist created that gathered effect that you see in the middle of the table.  I placed a small wooden stand over the "knot" and then perched the Bordallo Pinheiro Cabbage Leaf Tureen and Underplate on top.  Centerpiece done...no time to buy flowers today, and the heat has crispy fried just about everything in my garden despite all efforts at watering.

I chose the Caspari Rattan Charger for several reasons.  I like the organic texture that the plate provided, and the brown color picked up...

...the vines in the wreath featured on the Wedgwood "Napoleon Ivy" dinner plate.

I had just enough time to grab our everyday stainless steel flatware, Wallace, "Antique Bead." I've always liked iced tea spoons...reminds me of my mama.  This one is Dansk "Variation V."  It was our original wedding stainless, and over the years, Sweet Mister and the kids carted much of it off on picnics, cook-outs, etc.  I've always thought that I would replenish it...someday...maybe.

The Williams-Sonoma Hemstitched Linen Napkins are gathered in the Coalport Countryware Napkin Ring.  The small white reticulated plates were placed for dipping oil for our bread...big mistake!  The oil slopped out of the the reticulated spaces, and I had to get busy and remove the spots from the runners.  Lesson. Learned.

The Vietri Optical Goblet continued the mixed greens concept.  The clear bullet wine was purchased many years ago at a store close-out sale for $1.00 per stem.  They're kind of like that little black dress that's always perfect to wear when you're not quite sure what to wear.

It may be scalding hot outside, but cool greens rule at the games table today.  Crisp cold salad, lots of iced tea, and sweet fellowship...if you're ever close enough, I'd be thrilled to add a place setting for you!

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 August, I think hot hot days that lend themselves to gathering friends around a table to find a few moments of cool and calm for sharing good food and fellowship.  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 twenty-first 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 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!  







21 comments:

Pondside said...

Cool indeed! That's a lovely lunch table. The thought of friends arriving with lunch is something! Today is 32 years to the day since a very young Pondside arrived in OKC and stepped off the plane to 109 degrees. I don't think I'll ever forget that experience - that heat is as hard on the lungs as a sudden exposure to -40, which can collapse the lungs. I'm glad you're keeping cool and I look forward to the unveiling!

Sarah said...

Oh, you do know how to make one smile! Napoleon Ivy is one of my favorites of Wedgwood's patterns. I have one sweet demitasse cup and saucer in this pattern.
The greens of this table are definitely cool and inviting. How special to have friends who bring lunch. LOL
Thanks for sharing the beauty! ~ sarah

Marlis said...

That table does look so much cooler! I love the ivy pattern very much. Oh gosh, reminds me of how cool the walls are where the ivy grows with abandon. I had to study the runner closely as I love the perfect folds at the center. Okay so lesson learned with those sweet not so perfect for dipping plates.. otherwise, they remind me of a white picket fence to go with the overabundant ivy.. perfect. Love this table. xo marlis

Bonnie said...

Love your mixed greens and the ivy Wedgewood pattern is so lovely. I enjoyed the peak of your buffet in the background.

Olive Cooper said...

Your mixed greens make for a beautiful table. Visiting from Let's Dish, Olive

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

Beautiful setting...I especially like your plates you used for dipping oil (even though they didn't work to perfection!) Pretty ivy plates, too!

designchic said...

What a beautiful table. Love the china, but the rattan chargers add the perfect texture to the setting...lucky guests!!

Aledia said...

Very pretty setting, I love all the green and your dishes are lovely.
Thanks for sharing and have a wonderful night!

Aledia

Jewel Sauls said...

All those greens are so relaxing and refreshing! Love the tureen as a centerpiece!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Your Ivy Wedgwood dishes are soo pretty and they're a pattern for the four seasons, I'd love it come C'mas. I love the green table, it looks cooler, like beautiful fall weather! Happy Let's Dish.
FABBY

xinex said...

We can all use cool tables like that in this heat, Cherry Kay. Your table is beautiful as usual...Christine

Penny said...

I love your Mixed Greens tablescape! Would love to see more of that beautiful buffet in the background, it looks amazing!! Penny

Texas Tea Party said...

That is a cool no pun intended! I love the Napolian Ivy with the green runners. My mother and I found the pattern in the small town of Quinlan,Tx a few years ago. She took it home for we love English china. The lovely centerpiece with the tureen is perfect with the place settings. Please, pop over and view my finds used in a vacation tablescape.

Thanks, Pam

The Tablescaper said...

So beautiful! Love the cooling shades.

- The Tablescaper

lulumusing said...

Coming to your house for any meal in any season has to be a real treat. Again' I say your friends are very lucky!

Gina said...

What a beautiful table! The tureen makes for the perfect eye catching centerpiece. I love what you did with the tablerunners...such a clever idea!

Elaine said...

I am really drawn to all the "cool" tables this week! This green one is just gorgeous! Those ivy plates are beautiful and I love the pair of goblets you chose! Very creative twisting the runners! Picture perfect table for a cool lunch with friends!

Marigene said...

You always set a beautiful table, Cherry Kay, but I think this is one of my favorites...y'all should know green is my favorite color by now!

KathyB. said...

Ideas for a lovely lunch on a very hot day are welcome. The green and brown natural colors ARE cooling.

Thank-you for writing me about the Bible study. I ordered the book you mentioned (used0 from Amazon and am waiting for it to arrive.

I am looking forward to more lovely tea& table settings to come.

kitty said...

Hi Cherry Kay! I love your cool, soothing, serene table. That Napoleon Ivy pattern is one of my favorites and is so timeless. I love the twist you did in the center with the runner, too.

Kathleen said...

Have to laugh at Marigene saying Y'all! She is from VT. and lives in Kansas!
Love how you crossed the cloths, looks so pretty! Very cool green table!
Good luck with your workmen!
Thanks for being a part of Let's Dish!