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Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Christening Day Luncheon

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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Our precious Beatrice Emaline was christened on Sunday, November 4th...another soul harvested for the fellowship of saints.

She wore the same christening dress that her mom wore...

Beatrice Emaline was a perfect angel throughout the entire service, held in their small Anglican church.  Did you notice her tiny wrist corsage, made of rosebuds and pearls?  It was a gift from my dear friend.  After the service was completed, a group adjourned to our back porch for a luncheon to honor this special day and the special little lady. The afternoon was glorious...just the right temperatures and not a breath of wind...a rarity out here on the prairie.

Today, not a spot of Fall color was to be found on our five tables for 35 guests.  Shades of pink...all things feminine...were gathered to fete our newest family member.

Four of the table centerpieces featured an ivy topiary placed in a baby blue jardiniere from Hobby Lobby.  The topiaries were flanked by a small pair of bottles in green or in pink, filled with soft pink Sweetheart Roses, and a pair of aqua glass decanters filled with water for our guests.

 I had originally made plans for four tables.  Some last minute replies meant that I needed to add another table.  Since it was too late to run back to the grocery store for an additional topiary (yes, I found them at the grocery store), I decided to make Beatrice Emaline's table a bit different. Tip:  When you're looking for fresh flowers at a good price, remember to check the grocery store and the wholesale stores like Sam's.  I'm always amazed at the large selection of beautiful blossoms!  I used the Mottahedeh Musee Decoratif tureen  as my centerpiece, and I flanked it with a pair of Lenox urns filled with the Sweetheart roses and Hypericum Berries.

 Three of the tables were set with Copeland Spode Red Aster, bought on eBay over a period of time.  They were perched on the hot pink glass chargers from Gordman's.

I only needed a Reed & Barton Francis I fork at each place setting for the Chicken Tetrazzini, Green Salad, and hot Garlic Bread.  The silver belonged to my my mother-in-love.  I like that a small touch of her was represented at our luncheon today.  Dessert was homemade chocolate chip cookies.  All the tables were set with light pink napkins caught in a white napkin ring and the Mikasa French Countryside goblets.  Wine was offered during the meal and served in pink wine goblets.  Each table was covered with one of an assortment of white tablecloths.

One of the tables was laid with the Royal Doulton Old Chelsea on the Gordman's apple green glass charger...


Beatrice Emaline's table featured the Royal Doulton Lowestoft, one of my favorite patterns.  Some day maybe she'll set one of her tables with this pattern.  I like the thought of that.  I wonder if she'll like pink as much as her mama does?

It was such a special day for our family.  I'm thinking that this shot will be a sure fire pick for Sweet Mister's Christmas letter for 2012.


I'm pleased to join Marty (A Stroll Through Life) for TABLE TOP TUESDAY.  Won't you come along?  

Wednesday is the 35th edition of Cuisine Kathleen's meme, "LET'S DISH".  I'm excited to be a charter member.  Pop over (pun intended for the Chef Supreme Kathleen) and join the fun!

Lots of great ideas to be gathered when you visit Yvonne at Stone Gable for TUTORIALS, TIPS, & TIDBITS.  Don't waste another moment...hurry on over!  
                                                                
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 THURSDAYS."   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 November, I think about the bounty of the harvest, the crisp Autumn days, and leaves that crunch under foot.  How about you?  With thankfulness for her dedication and efforts (even in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy), I'm joining the multi-talented Tablescaper for her fabulous meme SEASONAL SUNDAYS.  Hope to see you there!  

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 "The Tag Hollow Sessions""  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!          

                                                                 











27 comments:

Sonia said...

Oh my goodness! What a gorgeous mother and baby!
Of course you set the perfect Christening luncheon, love the tables and pink roses and accents! It was a beautiful day and yes so rare not to the wind come sweeping oer the plains! Congratulations!
Miss Bloomers

Marlis said...

OOh there is nothing more perfect than a sweet, beautiful baby! Love the idea of the rosebud bracelet. Saving that for the next go around. The precious christening gown is a wonderful keepsake. I still have mine (pink) and the ones for the boys (white). And made a linen and ecru one with a B monogram. Maybe it will get used one day. What beautiful photos. Love the family one! That is just priceless.

You think I forgot your pretty tables with all the baby gushing? Nope. I love how flexible you were to be able to add another table so quickly. The different colors for the baby's table is a perfect way to set it apart. Your dishes are just fabulous. They are so perfect for outdoors and I love that they are all such beautiful colors. Your centerpieces are amazing - simple and so affective.

Congrats to the family. Blessings to all of you.. xo marlis

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

Beatrice is beautiful! and look at all that dark hair! I, like Marlis, love the idea of the rosebud bracelet! Everything looks so beautiful!

Meredith said...

Absolutely beautiful. Your china is stunning as usual and your family is adorable. Congratulations!!

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Oh how precious.. Both Mom and baby are just beautiful and that christening dress is so delicate.. What a wonderful celebration and you did a spectacular job on the tables. Such pretty colors.

Infuse With Liz said...

Oh how precious she is and what a special day! You are such a gracious host and you set up the most lovely tables! Your spode dishes are beautiful!

Jacqueline said...

You always create the most beautiful tables for large crowds and you have such great space. I am so glad the weather was perfect. Everyone is so beautiful. What a great pick for a Christmas photo! How fabulous that she wore the same Christening dress that mom did. That will be a treasure always.

Sarah said...

I've been waiting for you to post this one! Each one of your tables celebrates this beautiful little baby. Pink and green ~ perfect color combo for little Beatrice. You back terrace is a wonderful space, especially with the gorgeous blues skies and sunshine. Gorgeous in every detail, Cherry Kay, and your family photos will be cherished for generations to come. Beautiful family!

Tricia said...

What a joyous day that was, and how perfectly you celebrated! The tables are all stunning, and I always appreciate the little tips you include in your posts. Congratulations on the new granddaughter! Ours is due mid-December, and we can't wait to meet her! I've had fun sewing and knitting for her already!

Alycia Nichols said...

Your quick thinking (and fine skill as a gracious hostess!) yielded a beautiful last-minute centerpiece! I love that!!! The flowers are all so pretty! One of my favorite things is that each table is different in its own way, but they all harmonize. Every guest feels a little more special because they have a table setting that seems sort of customized for them. You are getting great use out of those glass chargers! I can't believe I have only used my pink ones and that has only been one time!!! I love those apple green ones! What a great family photo! Congratulations to your family! You are indeed blessed! Have a wonderful weekend!

Alycia Nichols said...

Your quick thinking (and fine skill as a gracious hostess!) yielded a beautiful last-minute centerpiece! I love that!!! The flowers are all so pretty! One of my favorite things is that each table is different in its own way, but they all harmonize. Every guest feels a little more special because they have a table setting that seems sort of customized for them. You are getting great use out of those glass chargers! I can't believe I have only used my pink ones and that has only been one time!!! I love those apple green ones! What a great family photo! Congratulations to your family! You are indeed blessed! Have a wonderful weekend!

Tea in Texas said...

How wonderful to celebrate this special day with friends and family! Your precious grandbaby is so beautiful in the photos and the apple of your eye! The tables were perfect with the lovely pink china and each pattern is great for a little princess's party! The family photo will be amazing for a Christmas letter and a nice way to remember your family's perfect day!
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving! Thanks for the kind words and visiting my blog!

Thanks, Pam

Madonna said...

You have a beautiful family. The Christening gown is remarkable. Your tablescape is gorgeous. We should all be living this beautiful life.

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

What a beautiful celebration! Of course you set the tables in wonderful mixed shades of pink for your sweet granddaughter (and her mama). Like Alycia, I love that the tables complement each other but aren't identical. I know there's a "gift" to pulling off that trick, and you certainly do have it! As for the family picture ... I know you'll be cherishing that one for years to come!

lulumusing said...

What an occasion to celebrate and you've done it with your usual panache, exactly right for a beautiful mom and babe.

Martha said...

A great celebration. Such pretty tables. All of them. Love ALL of the china!

A Perfect Setting said...

Such a sweet post!! Congratulations on your adorable little baby girl! Such an exciting time, she is precious! Your celebration tables were beautiful as always! I like the thought, also, of little Beatrice using your gorgeous china when she is all grown up. How nice that the occasion is documented for her to see!! I have missed visiting with you, I hope to be able to spend more time with you all going forward!!

A Perfect Setting said...

Such a sweet post!! Congratulations on your adorable little baby girl! Such an exciting time, she is precious! Your celebration tables were beautiful as always! I like the thought, also, of little Beatrice using your gorgeous china when she is all grown up. How nice that the occasion is documented for her to see!! I have missed visiting with you, I hope to be able to spend more time with you all going forward!!

Chubby Chieque said...

Graciousness... Lil Beatrice is an absolutely a trully angelique. She is so pretty, like her Mum & grandma
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You always did a great job, Lady. I always love the way you set your tables, whether it's formal or just a daily one. Everything is Exquisite.

Good Luck to your family and May God Bless You All.

Happy Thanksgiving.

Hugs,
/Chie

Marigene said...

What a joyous occasion for your family. Beautiful tables...and so lucky the weather has been quite mild this fall.

Nancy @ Nancy's Daily Dish said...

What a beautiful name they have given that beautiful baby! I love it. As they always are, the tables are each lovely. The pink roses and green berries look spectacular, and the Royal Doulton over the apple green chargers is perfect. They all blend together but are each unique.
Your family photo is wonderful and fun to see you all at such a joyous gathering.

Thank you for inviting us to take a look!

Nancy

p/s I had the sweetest conversation with Pat!

Happy Homemaker UK said...

What a celebratory day! Looks like beautiful weather and a beaming family. All so joyous :) Loving that tureen, btw

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Oh what a happy occasion a Christening is for Christians. your grandchild is gorgeous and so is your daughter, a beautiful family, indeed. The rosebud bracelet it's so sweet and such a lovely idea..I will remember that. The tables for the reception are stunning, like all the ones you make and you were also very quick coming up with one more immediatelly, wow!! Thank you for sharing and congrats to the baby's parents and to the grands as well. have a happy Sunday.
FABBY

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

My eyes focused on the bracelet immediately, although I didn't realize it was rosebuds and pearls. How lovely! Congrats to the family. Your tables are so lovely for this special occasion.

Kathleen said...

So sweet! What a blessing!
The luncheon looks beautiful, what a lovely setting for such a happy occasion. You outdid yourself!
What fun you will have enjoying Baby's First Christmas! I am on the hunt for a special ornament for Eamon's First. We are so blessed , CK!
Happy Thanksgiving!

Scribbler said...

What a beautiful family photo, and that little one is just precious! All that pretty dark hair!

Every table is perfect, and I always love happy stories like this.

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

Absolutely lovely! The family photo is so beautiful and so is that sweet baby! Lucky You! You have such pretty dishes and I love the idea of the glass chargers, especially outdoors to reflect the sunlight. You are so fortunate to have such a large space to entertain outdoors, as well as such gorgeous weather (This morning it was 26' here). Have a happy thanksgiving!