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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Blue on Blue, 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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Some friends called to say that they were stopping by Joey's Cafe to pick up our favorite salad.  I shifted into high gear and pulled a table together for us.  Come on in...

I've been eager to play with this Ralph Lauren tablecloth, a recent find on eBay.  Today was the day...

I grabbed an antique blue and white import jardiniere and headed out into the back yard.  I cut an abundance of blooms from a Photinia Red Tip, plopped them in my container, and BAM...I had a centerpiece.  I pulled a quartet of Dollar Tree ceramic birds to add a finishing touch.

                                                                 

The Maryland China Company Minuet Charger provided a nicer contrast, along with the L'Argent Sohpia flatware.

Our salads were presented on the Spode Blue Room Collection Byron Groups dinner plate.  I love the medium blues of this design...so pretty.  Tip:  I've never bought any of the sets from the Blue Room Collection, but certain of the patterns within the groups really appeal to me.  I've been able to pick up inexpensive individual plates on eBay to build sets of my favorite designs.

Keeping it simple, I chose two goblets that could be popped in the dishwasher...the Libby Cobalt goblet from Dollar Tree and the blue quilted Whitehall Glass tumblers.

...One of our Nana's vintage Madeira napkins, caught in the Coalport Countryware napkin rings.

All done...

 Traveling my direction?  Let me know, and I'll save you a seat at the table!


Wednesday is the 65th 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.

June is here, and the Tablescaper has invited us to join her for "Where Do You Keep It All?. I'm always a bit surprised when I participate in this one. I could only trust this to a group of fellow dishalolics.  How about you?  With thankfulness for her dedication and efforts, I'm joining the multi-talented Tablescaper for her fabulous meme  Seasonal Sunday.  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!  



23 comments:

Canadian Chickadee said...

Lovely! The food must always taste better at your house because the table is so beautiful. xoxo

Shelia said...

This is so pretty! I love the blue and white - the dishes, glassware and the tablecloth! :)
Be a sweetie,
Shelia ;)

FABBY'S LIVING said...

How wonderful you can pull a table, as gorgeous as yours, with blue on blue together, immediatelly, when friends anounce visit! I love your pretty RL table topper, the dishes and stemware. Enjoy your evening.
FABBY

Rosemary and Thyme said...

What an elegant and sophisticated table you have put together for your friends. I would love to be a guest...I love all the plates you selected..Especially the Spode..

Have a wonderful week,

Janet

Sonia said...

Beautiful as always!! What a pretty table to share!
Miss Bloomers

Kathy @ Creative Home Expressions said...

Beautiful table! Love the blue glassware. I am going to have to start looking at the goblets and glasses at the dollar store.

Marlis said...

I didn't do a table this week, good intentions, bad planning! OMG, I didn't know DT had cobalt blue Libbey.. not here anyway, or are they older pieces? I love the spode pieces. I have a few, and I have four that need a new home, they are more chinoiserie style and in red that actually go with nothing. boo hiss. I was looking at my nandina blooms this morning too. I don't think I'd have enough for a table centerpiece though, lucky you. I love the new tablecloth. It's a very pretty piece. I really like this table. A lot. Stay safe and out of harm's way dear friend. xo marlis

Marlis said...

Silly me.. of course I meant Photinia and my fingers typed nandina.. xo marlis

Crystal Grandeur said...


Hi I am sujatha from Crystal grandeur.i was away for a while.sorry to visit you little late and answer a question you had asked me in my last post.Thank you for appreciating my photography.i use a Sony digital camera.i rely lot on lighting for a good photo..i enjoy taking photos in natural light.If i don't get sufficient light i go for table lights and so on.Enjoyed seeing your lovely room and beautiful blue setting.i am very fond of blue collections.I have few to my collection.Love and Hugs to you...:):)

Andrea said...

Absolutely gorgeous! I love living vicariously through your exquisite table settings and your AMAZING china cabinet!!

XOXO,
The Glam Pad

Debbie@Mountain Breaths said...

Another beautiful table, and I just looked at your dish storage. Wow! It certainly makes entertaining easier when you can find the dishes you need.

kitty said...

Oh wow, Cherry Kay, I'd love to join you at your table! I'd bring a salad and dessert any day. You sure know how to pull a table together in such style. The photinia made the prettiest centerpiece. I love that you shop the Dollar Tree, too.

Sarah said...

Cherry Kay, another beautiful table. You are a master at setting a table with short notice, and it's always a winner. Love the blue and white RL textile. I bought individual plates in Spode Blue Room at TJ and Marshalls years ago. I decided to buy a plate of each pattern to have a mix for a buffet party I was hosting. Had my cousins in Houston shopping for me too. ;-)
Thanks for sharing this pretty setting!n~ Sarah

Rettabug said...

Hey, I'd run around setting the table any day if folks would bring the food!! LOL

Your impromptu tablescape is just so very inviting. I think my DD has that same flatware. I must borrow it sometime. *wink*

I have some of the Whitehall Glass tumblers in clear but I can't find them at the moment. I honestly don't know where I put them. Wish I had a WALL OF CABINETS like yours, then I wouldn't have this problem!!!

Hugs,
Rett

All The Pretty Dishes said...

Pretty tablescape and absolutely AWESOME tablecloth!

The Tablescaper said...

I love that you have a group of friends that know that if they give you a holler that they're picking up food that you'll be setting the table. They are so lucky - as are you!

Love your table. I have that cloth, but don't think I've ever posted a tablescape with it. With all of your magnificent glassware, I'm surprised that some of it hails from Dollar Tree.Beautiful table.

Oh, if we only lived closer! the trouble we could get into! I do believe we're having a bit of fun doing some ebay shopping together across the internet lines!

- The Tablescaper

Mary said...

Gorgeous blues~ love your wonderful RL cloth and beautiful table for an impromptu lunch with friends!

Dawn@ We Call It Junkin.com said...

I love it all, blue and white is so pretty. I'm stunned that you got those blue footed glasses at Dollar Tree! I'll have to keep checking there, hopefully they'll get some more! Take care - Dawn @ We Call It Junkin

Judy Biggerstaff said...

I always love blue and white. Beautiful plates and goblets plus the tablecloth is perfect.

bj said...

It's a sign of an EXCELLENT host to be able to pull off a beautiful table such as this on the spur of the moment. I am SO impressed. :)
Beautiful setting.

Chubby Chieque said...

I always love your style, your talent, your treasures and your welcoming home.

Hope you had a great time with the ladies

Greetings from Stockholm,
/CC girl

Marigene said...

Beautiful blue and white table, Cherry Kay. I love those light blue Whitehall water glasses, they look so nice with the cobalt.

Kathleen said...

That tablecloth is fabulous, and the blue glasses so lovely! A beautiful table!
Thanks so much for linking at Let's Dish!