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Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Flaming Festival, Part 2

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'm in the midst of preparing to host a large baby shower this coming Sunday.  Tonight I thought that we'd return to the THETA FLAMING FESTIVAL, 2012.  I want to share the table that my friend Barb and I designed for this enjoyable event.  This will be a comparatively short and sweet post.

Barb loves a pink and green color combination, so we said, "Let's go for it!"  We had fun poking through my china cabinets.

We perched my AJKA Arabella presentation bowl atop Barb's silver mirrored plateau.  My Lalique Love Birds rested underneath the bowl.  A pair of white reticulated hurricanes and a pair of Juliska style candlesticks completed the centerpiece.  I made the tablecloth.

The glass charger added a valuable pop of hot pink to our color story, and it was an effective frame for my Royal Doulton Lowestoft Dinner Plate.  The lovely silver flatware belonged to Barb's sweet mom.  We added my MacKenzie Childs' Individual Salts for a touch of feminine whimsy.

 We completed the stack with my Bernardaud Limoges Artois Accent Plate.  This beautiful delicate pattern is actually kind of difficult to use in a tablescape.  It takes a great deal of care to prevent it from "disappearing" on the table.  The placecard holders are Coalport.  The gorgeous linen napkin is another treasure from Barb's mom.

I always enjoy using my wedding crystal.  This goblet is Lalique Treves.

Today I paired it with the Waterford Simply Pink.  I get a lot of mileage out of this collection of colorful crystal...every bit of it found on eBay. Tip: After you have purchased something fragile via eBay, don't hesitate to communicate with the seller concerning safe packing procedures.  If you know a good way to ship something this delicate, share it with the seller.  They will appreciate your concern and suggestions.

We added the crystal decanters that I found several years ago at Tuesday Morning.  They effectively reflected the candlelight and added a nice finishing touch of sparkle to our table.  It was a great day to renew old acquaintances.  I look forward to next year's festival.


Wednesday is the 43rd 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 forTUTORIALS, 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 "BETWEEN NAPS ON THE PORCH."   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 January, I think of how nice it is to have all the Christmas decorations stored away until next year.  I love our Christmas house, but I always appreciate the pared down version each January.  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 memeSEASONAL SUNDAYS.  Hope to see you there! 


This week I'm inking to Jamiann at The Blackberry Vine for Tuesday's To Do and List Makers.  Come along to find some inspiration and 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!  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!             


    




16 comments:

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Very beautiful as always, so elegant with stunning pieces, from the china to the flatware and gorgeous glasses..exquisite!! I love green and pink, one of my fav in color combos. The flowers are lovely too. Yes, many great parties to join as well. Your babyshower party is going to be fabulous, as all you do my friend, besides the fun..can't wait for your post. Yes, I'm happy to be back to my normal home as I have it all year round til the holiodays come. I will check out KC's music, I'm sure it'll be gorgeous with such lovely and distinguished voice. Big hugs,
FABBY

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

I don't even know where to begin with all the gorgeous elements of this table. The Bernadaud dishes, the crystal...just beautiful and I love pink and green too. I think it must have been a wonderful event. Good luck with the baby shower! Linda

Shenita @ Embellishments by SLR said...

Cherry Kay, as always, this setting is absolutely gorgeous! Love the pink and green color combo...my sorority colors. The china and crystal are just perfect. Beautiful!

xinex said...

A table so full of elegance and beauty, Cherry kay. Love the color combination of the gorgeous plates....Christine

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

There is no shortage of beautiful tables on your blog! A lovely table, and the pink and green is one of my favorite color combos. The crystal china and crystal are just perfect for the table.

Rettabug said...

Boy, I'd sure love to "poke through your china cabinets" with you! What a fun project for 2 dish lovers! You both chose the perfect accents for all your lovely treasures & the combination had to knock their socks off at the Festival.

I can't wait to see what you're up to with the baby shower...take LOTS of photos to share, please?

Warm Hugs,
Rett

Alycia Nichols said...

Pink & green is one of my favorite color combinations, and this table shows exactly why! It's beautiful!!! I love Barb's mirrored plateau!!!!!! That is a thing of beauty for sure! Of course, every carefully selected piece of china and flatware and stemware contributes to the overall glamour of the table. The flowers are really pretty, too! The fact that you made the tablecloth just blows me away. You're really good at that! Best wishes for a fabulous shower this weekend!!! Can't wait to see those pictures!!

Tricia said...

Cherry Kay, this table is just stunning! I really love the two pretty china patterns together, and they look wonderful with the pink crystal. I'm always impressed when you casually mention you MADE the tablecloth!

kitty said...

What a lucky friend to have you set the table. Pink and green is such a soft, feminine combination. Your dishes are so pretty, Cherry Kay. As always, your table is so beautiful.

Scribbler said...

Gorgeous, as always! I am quite fond of pink and green myself!

Marigene said...

Beautiful, beautiful, beautiful table, Cherry Kay.

Sarah said...

What a fun project to do with a friend. I love the pink and green combo, and the your selections of gorgeous crystal and china give it true elegance. Can't wait to see what you are doing for the baby shower.

Rosemary and Thyme said...

So where does one begin.. Your table is stunning. All of the elements are just exquisite. The Waterford glasses, the flatware and those Bernadaud dishes are gorgeous. Great attention to detail as always. I so enjoy your table settings too. And I am a huge fan of Ebay too. I find great pieces there all the time. Have fun at the baby shower.

Janet
rosemary-thyme.blogspot.com

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Great combo of green and pink. I have been planning a design using this color scheme too but don't have it complete. Beautiful table, as always. Every elements is unique and goes together so well.

Pondside said...

Like so many, I love the pink and green combination - especially at this time of year.
I hope the baby shower went well!

Kathleen said...

Beautiful! Pink and green are my sorrority colors, Delta Zeta.
I am sure the baby shower will be lovely!