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Monday, May 6, 2013

Aynsley Delphine for Takeout, 4.7.13

"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.  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 staying fairly close to home since our Wild Game Dinner on April 27.  You all know that I love to entertain, but sometimes the larger parties require a touch of recovery time.  I was delighted when some of my good friends called to say that "Take Out" was on the way.  Time for a 20 minute table...  
...in the living room...at the games table....but you already knew that.

The silver pitcher filled with Hydrangeas and Roses was still hanging on from Chelsee's Shower, so it immediately became my centerpiece...gotta love those Hydrangeas.  The Williams-Sonoma soft green linen hemstitch tablecloth, an eBay purchase, was also a remnant of the shower.  After the shower, I dived head-first into the preparations for the game dinner, so the tablecloth was still sitting there.  Color scheme established...✔.

Anchoring the place setting, I chose the Maryland China Co., Minuet charger plate...

Lover of blue & white that I am, the Aynsley China, Delphine, was irresistible.  I flanked it with my wedding silver, Reed & Barton, Grande Renaissance.  Today the Delphine would host a lovely salad with grilled chicken, strawberries, caramelized pecans, orange slices, and red onions drizzled with a delicious Basalmic Vinagrette.


Topping the stack, the Haviland (H&Co mark), Saxon Flowers luncheon plates each have a slightly different design.  I adore the cornflower blue accent on the rim.  They will be removed for lunch and returned as an underplate for our dessert, Brandy Ice.  Tip:  I always keep several containers of my mama's brandy ice recipe in the deep freezer...so I always have a special dessert on hand for unexpected guests.  

This one makes me smile....a lot.

I found the simple white napkins at an estate sale.  They were dirt cheap because they were badly stained and discolored.  I brought them home and used my Vintage Soak; they came out of the wash in pristine condition...

I encircled them with the Coalport Countryware napkin ring and added a small white ceramic bird from Dollar Tree.  Soft touches everywhere you look...relaxing...welcoming...peaceful.

A finishing touch with a spot of shine...The Waterford Simply Blue goblet is paired with the Tiffin Elise wine goblet.  The unexpected touch of the lavender petal bowl held one of the most outstanding salts that I've ever tasted.  Tidbit: If you run across Le Saunier De Camargue, Fleur De Sel, buy some immediately.  Do not pass go.  Do not collect $200.00 dollars.  Serious!  I mean it.  I horde my little box of this jewel.  I need to get on the internet to make sure that I can find more.  A friend brought it to me as a gift when she visited from her home in France.  People, I'm serious...this stuff is a Harry met Sally moment.

Ready to relax and share a light lunch with dear friends...

If you're passing my way, get in touch.  I can have a table set for us in no time!

Wednesday is the 61st 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!       


15 comments:

Martha said...

A very pretty and spring table! Don't you love hydrangeas?

Pondside said...

What sweet friends!....but then they must know that there will be a lovely table to welcome their gift of lunch. Fleur de Sel is always in my Christmas stocking - odd, but a treat is a treat!

Marlis said...

I agree with you on the salt.. get some here:http://www.amazon.com/Le-Saunier-De-Camargue-Fleur/dp/B000EQSAIY

This turned out a really delightful table. I love the blue crystal with that color of tablecloth. That is really a great combination of color. The hydrangeas are gorgeous! And I really like those sweet plates. Both of them. One day, we must use our tablecloths!
Have a very blessed week, xo marlis

Diane said...

Cherry Kay - I do have a little box of that salt that I brought back from France. The problem is that I hardly remember to use it! I must get it out of the cabinet! You have set a a welcoming and lovely table. I cannot believe that you manage to put one together so quickly. All of the blues are so pretty and it is amazing how well those hydrangeas have hung on!! Was the salad as good, as it sounded???

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

What a pretty table! I love the napkins and the blue stemware!

Rosemary and Thyme said...

What a beautiful and happy spring table. I love your color combinations. And those plates are just perfection.

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Your table is simple and yet soo elegant! The Aynsley china Delphine, is totally lovely..I love this pattern too and the way you mixed it with the pretty salad plates! The blue Hydrangeas set the mood perfectly! Have a happy Mother's Day.
FABBY

Sarah said...

Your 20 minuet tables are always filled with charm and wonderful treats. The Aynsley china is gorgeous! Yes, hydrangeas are perfect anytime! Happy Mother's Day, Cherry Kay. ~ Sarah

Alycia Nichols said...

Your 20-minute tables are usually among my favorites, Cherry Kay, and this one is no different. So pretty!!! Now, this salt...what is it about this salt? I just thought salt was salt! I kind of figured Marlis would know about it, but I'm just a plain ol' Midwestern gal who's afraid to fly and therefore almost never goes anywhere, so I don't know about the wonder of this salt!!!!!! I'm going to have to type the name of it into my phone because I'll never remember it by heart...that is, until I TASTE it, according to your rave reviews! :-)

It's great that you were able to whip those napkins right into shape! They are really, really pretty...and look quite delicate. They are perfect for this table setting, that's for sure!

Have a beautiful Thursday, Cherry Kay...and I'm going to Google that salt!

Mona said...

Your table is beautiful....
Love, Mona

Still Woods Farmhouse said...

Your daughter's song is beautiful! I enjoyed listening to it as I read your blog. She is quite talented. Your table setting is lovely and I am sure your friends enjoyed each element. I am visiting from Cuisine Kathleen's link party and am your newest follower. I am sharing a few Cinco de Mayo recipes at Still Woods Farmhouse. Stop by for a visit!

Marigene said...

Beautiful table, Cherry Kay...the blue stemware is my favorite.
I just ordered some of the Carmague fleur de sel with a gift card I had no idea what I would use it for...I had recently used the last of the fleur de sel from a while ago!

Kathleen said...

I hear you on the recovery time! We just don't snap back like we used to! I remember having 90 for a family Cmas party and going to work the next day, we did all the cooking ourselves too! Those were the days!
Your 20 min table is lovely, and that silver pitcher with hydrangea steals the show!
Happy Mother's Day!

Judy Biggerstaff said...

Beautiful soft tablescape. Love the silver pitcher and hydrangeas. I'm trying to talk m daughter into planting some in her yard. The blue crystal is striking.

Denise Marie said...

Absolutely beautiful details.