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Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Chelsee's Shower, 4.21.13

"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. During this beautiful season when we celebrate harvest and Thanksgiving, 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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KC and her friends were back this week, hosting another bridal shower.  This one was for her dear friend, Chelsee.  The hostesses met at our home weeks before the party.  After a trip to the 'china room', they agreed that they wanted to build their design around the...

...Coalport Sevres Group luncheon plates and Nana's antique Italian cutwork figural tablecloth, definitely one of my favorites of her amazing collection of linens. 

The hostesses created a specialty Bellini, and upon entering the house, each guest was offered a "Happily Ever After".  They were served in the flutes that I painted.  These puppies get quite a work out at a number of parties.

 The hostesses, once again, wanted to create an elegant table to honor their dear friend Chelsee.
  
 Everything is ready and waiting for the foods to be put on the table.

 KC knew that she wanted to use lots of lovely florals.  She bought her flowers at the grocery store, and she created the arrangements the evening before the shower.

KC chose a pair of my silver pitchers, wedding gifts, to flank... 

 ...her own lovely silver wedding basket.  The Val St. Lambert Crystal Candlesticks added yet another spot of shine. 

 I wonder if I can convince her to come do the florals for all of my parties?  I think that she has the magic touch!

 A pair of crystal jam jars provided the punctuation marks for her centerpiece.

Nana's antique crystal bowl held croissants...

...for chicken salad served in Nana's ivory handled silver chafing dish.


Assorted silver pieces... 

...joined the Dorothy Thorpe crystal bowl and the pair of footed silver shell compotes... 

...the Dorothy Thorpe crystal tray...


...and other pieces...

as an elegant base for the delicious treats that the ladies offered their guests.

 Chocolate Cream Sherry Bars...

...Salmon Cream Cheese...

...Coconut Cake...Vegetable Tray...

...Chicken Salad and mini Croissants...

...the blank space would hold Brie en Croute with fruit, which was still in the oven... 

...Chocolate Cake and Chess Squares...

 ...Aahhh...the Brie just came out of the oven...

...to join those Drunk Strawberries.  Yes, they're back.

The plates are ready to be filled.

These young hostesses had everything under control!  They created a gorgeous party to honor their dear friend.  It was a beautiful day, and everyone had a great time!

Wednesday is the 58sth edition of Cuisine Kathleen's meme, "Let's Dish". Her challenge this week is "Birds, Bees, Flowers, & Trees". I hope that I barely qualify with a bounty of flowers.  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."   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.

April...time for wedding showers and all the festivities that lead up to the multitude of May and June weddings.  We've already hosted two bridal showers, with two more in the planning stages.  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! 

  
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!           

22 comments:

Marlis said...

Cherry Kay, They made wise choices. The table looks fabulous, as does the food they prepared. Yep, she could come do my flowers too! The tablecloth is so pretty as a backdrop to the beautiful collection of crystal and silver! She certainly has her mom's flair. xo marlis

Bonnie said...

Another lovely party in your home. My, how blessed your family and friends are to have such a generous and loving friend. Having entertained some it is work even when the food shows up. You have the gift of hospitality.

xinex said...

What a lovely table, Cherry Kay. I love all the silver trays. Everything is so elegant. Best wishes to the future bride!...Christine

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

Just beautiful! I like to "map" things out ahead of time too....but I have nothing as lovely as this!
Karen

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

I'd have loved to have been a fly on the wall when the girls made their trip to the china room! So many fantastic options... They chose well and set a gorgeous table for their friend. I'm in awe of that tablecloth every time I see it. Nana had impeccable taste, and she obviously passed it on to future generations.

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Cherry Kay, what a gorgeous event. The buffet table is perfection. I am swooning over all the silver serving pieces. Truly works of art. And the food looks delicious.

Canadian Chickadee said...

How beautiful it all looks!
I love the little cake place card holders with the names of the dishes on them. So clever.

What a wonderful gift for Chelsee.

xoxox

Sarah said...

It's obvious these young women learned from the best! How special this party must have been for their friend. KC and her friends are fortunate to have you as their mentor and role model, not to mention access to that fabulous china room. Beautiful table, flowers, and food!

Debbie said...

She DOES have the magic touch with the flowers. What a gorgeous compliment they are to the beautiful table! I love everything about this.
I just love a beautiful table at a shower or tea.

kitty said...

KC and her friends really are learning from the best! They sure know how to pick out the right pieces and oh, do I love to see them! I am just oohing and ahhing over here. The flowers add the perfect spark of color along with all the beautiful food. Thanks for sharing.

Marigene said...

Cherry Kay, you have some lovely serving pieces...and the flowers are gorgeous.
Have a great week...

The Decorative Dreamer said...

Hi sweet lady! You and your daughter are so blessed. First to have each other but also to enjoy all the wonderful parties that this stage of life provides for these ladies. I'm so glad to see women who are still enjoying these lovely showers. Once again they chose well. I love all your gorgeous flowers too. It looks like it was a wonderful time. Thanks so much for sharing!

Alycia Nichols said...

Hooray! The Drunken Strawberries sobered up long enough to get themselves together and make another appearance!!! :-) I have yet to try making those, but I am going to propose that we have them as a part of a wedding shower with which I've been asked to assist in planning. I just think they sound so decadent, and they would look SO cool!!!

KC did a TERRIFIC job on the flowers! She's got it honest, doesn't she? :-)

All of your serving dishes and beautiful decorative accoutrements came in perfectly handy to create this gorgeous shower. I know the girls felt blessed to have a wonderful stash from which to "shop." You have such pretty things and you cherish and take care of them. Not everyone does that.

Just beautiful!

All The Pretty Dishes said...

Looks very lovely and the flowers are magnificent.

Lulu said...

The elements on your table make me think of times past but not the food which looks yummy. Love the hydrangeas and can't wait for the season of their blooms. Your peonies will surely survive and share their stunning beauty before too long.

Tea in Texas said...

Cherry Kay, The table is perfect for a shower and the flowers are so beautiful! I know you are so proud of these young women and their ability to entertain with elegance. You have many beautiful pieces and it is so thoughtful of you to share your home and the collection. My favorite is the gorgeous tablecloth for the hand work in it is stunning. The food is fabulous. Nana had many lovely collections and so do you and the kindness to share!

Pam

Sweetladyelaine said...

Cherry Kay,
This is a gorgeous table and I am sure her friend was honored! They did a fab job! I love all the silver & flowers.
I can imagine how special the guests felt too. A beautiful party!
Thank you for sharing!

Ornate Splendor said...

Lovely, Just lovely!!! The whole set up from the flowers to the dishes, and yummy foods...lucky ladies at that shower! And so organized with little notes of where to put everything...glad I'm not the only one who does this! Thanks for sharing. Catherine (new follower)

Monica @ Texas Fiesta Ware Fan said...

Gorgeous!! I love all the serving pieces!

The Tablescaper said...

Cherry Kay:

They must have been so honored to have been entertained so elegantly. Your silver is magnificent! Everything looks so delectable.

Great to have you at Seasonal Sundays.

- The Tablescaper

The Tablescaper said...

By the way, I want a trip to the china room!

- The Tablescaper

Kathleen said...

Splendid! It all looks beautiful and the foo looks delicious!
I do that with the little signs, it so eliminates the where should I put it question! :)
Thanks for linking to the challenge at Let's Dish!