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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Wild Game Dinner, 2013

"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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This past weekend, we hosted our Third Annual Wild Game Dinner with six other couples.  Once again, the event took place in the home of our friends...a dream location for a large party.  We served an abundant dinner of wild game to about 120 guests.  I'm sharing photos of the home and the tables for our party.  When I downloaded my pictures, I was appalled when I realized that I got so involved in serving the dinner that I failed to get any shots of the food, except for the salad.  Unbelievable!  Comments will be few...for me.  Come on in and join us for the party...

Several tables of eight were located in the living room...




Some guests chose to partake of their dinner in the formal living room...


Simple floral arrangements were spread throughout the home...

The dining room was set for forty...

A nice grade of burlap was used for the tablecloths.  They were lovely...

 

The breakfast room table held a few hors d'oeuvres and rolled napkins with knives and forks..

The Ducks Unlimited logo...carved from a watermelon...


It was a perfect evening to dine al fresco on the veranda...my favorite spot each year...







The games room provided more seating...


...a delightful powder room...


...and a well stocked bar...

Guests served themselves from the expansive breakfast bar...

I provided my Castleton Laurel and Castleton Regal...also the Wedgwood Countryware (no pics...duh!) for our dinner.


The only food item I captured...we named it "Safari Salad." 

Totally random, but I thought that you might enjoy a few details of the grandchildrens' room...

Great whimsical colors...

Delightful fabrics...

...and an innovative treatment for the bureau.  The design is made from upholstery tacks.  Okay, get out your hammers and go to town!


It was a great evening.  I just finished putting away all of the serving items that I carried to the party and back.  I still have dozens of napkins to iron...well worth the time and effort.  Next year, I promise that I'll get photos of the amazing food!

Wednesday is the 60th 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."   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.

May...lots of entertaining on the horizon.  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!           


19 comments:

Marsha Splenderosa said...

Goodness, you guys are a big group aren't you? What fun! I would love to do this with friends. Beautiful setting helps doesn't it? Great post.

Pondside said...

I remember this dinner from last year - what an undertaking! Is this done as a fundraiser, or just for the pleasure of being together and eating game? Whatever, it looks like a grand time!

Martha said...

I always look forward to your wild game dinner. And such a lovely home! There aren't many homes that can SEAT 120!!!! Love the burlap tablecloths . . . and I understand about the food . . . you were busy!

Marlis said...

Isn't this the same home from last year? I'm delighted with the pictures of the children's rooms. The set up is fabulous. I do so love the simplicity of the china! And your two )or three) patterns match so effortlessly. Great idea to wrap the utensils in the napkins like that. Easy to carry. What a fabulous home and great event. I am sure you are exhausted. Thanks for sharing.. xo marlis

Pat said...

We used to go to wild game dinners. None were ever in surroundings as elegant as this. Beautiful!!

The Tablescaper said...

I remember this from last year. I cannot imagine having a home so large that i could seat 120 people - but I'd like to try. LOL!

Amazing watermelons.

- The Tablescaper

thepaintedapron.com said...

I can certainly see why this home is chosen year to year for this party! What a fabulous entertaining space, I know you had an amazing evening! I did love peeking at the grandchildren room, so festive! Thanks for sharing your party!
Jenna

Marigene said...

Cherry Kay, sounds like your group was very busy...who did the cooking? Was this a fundraiser or just for fun?
Love the powder room walls!

Linda (More Fun Less Laundry) said...

I remember when you had your last dinner like this and I was so impressed! Those carvings are amazing. It looks like you really have fun with this group! Linda

Sarah said...

Wow, 120 for dinner is no small feat. What a fun idea! Thanks for sharing the photos of this beautiful home. ~ Sarah

xinex said...

Woiw! That's a big house to accomodate all those guests. What fun must it have been!....Christine

-Lisa said...

Your daughter's lyrics never fail to evoke great emotion from me. Such a beautiful message and her voice is so sweet. You must be very proud of her.
Thanks for sharing!
Fondly-Lisa

Diane said...

Cherry Kay - what a fabulous post. I love seeing your friend's home - wow! The party sounds like fun and I am so impressed with the person who carved that watermelon - wow!!

kitty said...

Oh my, Cherry Kay, what an undertaking for 120 guests! I loved seeing the beautiful home. My hubby would love the watermelon carving as he's a Ducks Unlimited fan. Thanks for sharing.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

First of all your house looks gorgeous, great space for the party!!! You guys are a big group and how fun it must be to be entertained by you with the great tables, dishes and of course, FOOD! I don't need to see it, I'm sure it was grand! Big hugs,
FABBY

Lulu said...

Wow, some setting for what must have been a wonderful party. I love the idea of a wild game dinner. We're the providers your husbands?

thedishroom said...

I was overwhelmed by the photo of the dining room with that many full size dining room sets all in one room. It looked beautiful and you must have had a wonderful time!

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

Wow, you had a large group! Everything, for the home to the tables, looks fabulous!

Kathleen said...

Just amazing! Your blog is so appropriately titled.
We have a Ducks Unlimited fund raiser in Southampton every year in Southampton at the Port of Missing Men. You should come some time!
What a wonderful job you did!