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Tuesday, June 25, 2013

The Exotic Peacock Bridal Shower

"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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My sweet KC has been busy again...throwing a bridal shower for her friend Jacquie.  Jacquie has spent some significant time traveling, and KC wanted to use a color palette that reflected some of the exotic locations that Jacquie loves to visit.  Strong blues...lime greens...the color of peacocks...KC had a vision for this celebration, and it was fun to watch her pull everything together in such a delightful way.


 The drinks were served from the breakfast room table.  The old green and white geometric homespun tablecloth belonged to our dear Nana.  The clear goblets are Godinger Sutton Place.  The cobalt goblets are from Dollar Tree.  I found the two wire baskets and decanters through One Kings Lane.  Today they held chilled water for our guests.

Come on in.  I'll highlight some of the goodies on the table for you.

 KC decided to use the Reed & Barton Grande Renaissance and Francis I forks.

An abundance of grocery store Hydrangeas and yellow roses were used in combination with an assortment of blue and white import pieces.  The Val St. Lambert candlesticks added a touch of elegance and reflection.


 Nana's pair of antique cloisonné peacocks were just right for KC's design.  They are quite heavy, and they kind of make me giggle a little.

 The Theodore Haviland Rani luncheon plates continued KC's exotic and elegant theme.

 She chose to also use the Royal Staffordshire Louis XVI to amend the Rani plates.

 The buffet was dressed and ready to party.

 KC placed one of Nana's antique runners underneath her centerpiece.  It featured wonderful stylized peacocks at each end.  I made the apple green tablecloth.

 Homemade goodies were presented on an assortment of silver and crystal serving pieces.

 Meltiing Moments...one of my favorites always go quickly when made into tiny bite size servings.

Drunk Strawberries...so delicious...so easy...so popular.  Tip: We always label them for the benefit of pregnant women and those who might be working a recovery program.  Serve them with brown sugar and sour cream on the side.

 A veggie tray is always welcomed by non-sweet eaters.  Tidbit: Have you ever noticed that no one ever eats the cauliflower?  I always toss it after the party.


 Brie en Croute...I assembled this one for KC.  I created the peacock from extra dough.  I spread a thin layer of blackberry jam between the Brie and the crust.  It was a hit!

 Chocolate Cream Sherry Bars...oh so delicious.

 Chess Squares, a.k.a. Neiman Marcus Bars.

 It was a beautiful day to celebrate a new marriage...

 KC did a gorgeous job creating her table design...

 Everything was organized and ready to go...now all KC had to do was welcome her guests and enjoy the party.

Have you been busy with wedding celebrations this Spring?  I love weddings!

Wednesday is the 68th 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 I so love the somewhat slower tempo of summer...time to entertain dear friends and spend time catching up with each other.  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!  

25 comments:

Sarah said...

Another beautiful party in your gorgeous home! I love the blue and white down the center of your table. I've wanted to do that on our table or buffet, but haven't pulled it together yet. Your brie en croute with the peacock is very clever. Looks delicious as does all the food for this party. Thanks for sharing the details and these great photos. ~ Sarah

xinex said...

KC inherited all your talents in tablescaping, Cherry Kay. This is a beautiful bridal shower party. The food looks so glorious. I love the peacock theme and love all the pieces with peacocks especially the brie.....so creative!...Christine

Martha said...

A very pretty table as always. Love the peacock theme. So novel! The food looks amazing as well and I love what you did with the brie -- so clever!

Sonia said...

Gorgeous table...I love the color she chose and the blue hydrangeas are just perfect with all your blue and white pieces! What a beautiful shower table! Love the little peacocks!
Miss Bloomers

Marlis said...

Cherry Kay. Your daughter certainly has your touch and great style! I love the colors that played well into her theme. The peacocks are gorgeous and the peacock on the brie is a work of art in itself! Just gorgeous. xo marlis

Canadian Chickadee said...

It all looks fabulous! If you didn't live so far away, I'd hire you to cater my next party! xoxox

Patti @ Pandoras Box said...

I know where your daughter gets her creativity! You both set such wonderful tables! Looks like it was a wonderful gathering :-)

Alycia Nichols said...

That KC, I tell you...she is a party maven just like you are! It's a really great thing that she enjoys and appreciates pretty things so that she can create pretty functions like this to celebrate friends!

You did a TERRIFIC job with the brie en croute!!! Really great!!! I don't know that I would have had that kind of patience to cut out all those little tail feathers like that! Excellent presentation!

Those drunk strawberries are still a hit! I'm looking forward to serving them later this summer for an event here at home. Good idea to label them "in case of."

You're so right...no one but my silly husband ever eats the cauliflower! He'll eat that stuff raw or cooked or whatever. He loves it! I don't even bother to put it out for parties anymore. It looks pretty, but it never gets eaten unless Ramon is an invitee!

Everything was just gorgeous, and I'm sure everyone had a great time. I'm sure it's considered a real coup to be on the guest list for one of KC's parties!!!

Tammy @ A Walk in the Countryside said...

I love the theme! Everything looks so beautiful! The brie with the peacock was so unique!

kitty said...

Oh Cherry Kay, I love seeing how KC arranges these wonderful showers, using your fabulous things.. Oh, and Nana's, too. I had to chuckle, though, because you should invite me because I love cauliflower!! LOL!! What a beautiful shower and I'm sure her friend was thrilled with it.

The Tablescaper said...

Cherry Kay -

You and now your daughter have such an amazing way of celebrating - right down to the peacock on the brie.

Love the Royal Staffordshire Louis XVI plates!

- The Tablescaper

Monica @ Texas Fiesta Ware Fan said...

It all looks lovely and elegant. I love the peacock on the brie. You are very creative!!

Rettabug said...

Oooo, you have trained her well, CK!! (I just realized your DD's initials are the exact switch of yours...LOL)

All those Hydrangeas and yellow roses made spectacular centerpieces in your pretty blue & white containers.

The Theodore Haviland Rani luncheon plates are just PERFECT for her theme & the Royal Staffordshire Louis XVI plates were a great choice to go with them. *sigh* You have soooo many wonderful items to play with.

Making the peacock from extra dough had to be a great conversation starter...amazing!

You are such an inspiration to us all, Cherry Kay. Thank you for sharing your beautiful home & *STUFF* for us to enjoy.

fondly,
Rett

Lulu said...

I would say KC is very lucky to have her mama's supply of beautiful things with which to work, and it's interesting to see how she has added her own creative touches. Laughed over your comment about the cauliflower!

Happy Cottage Quilter said...

Wow! What a gorgeous table!! Beautifully done for a lovely celebration.

Jocelyn @ http://justalittlesouthernhospitality.blogspot.com

Marigene said...

Wow, beautiful table. Those hydrangeas are gorgeous and go so wonderfully with the china you have chosen.
It's almost lunchtime and all that food is making me hungry!
Have a wonderful week, Cherry Kay...

Chubby Chieque said...

OMG! Cherry Kay, I so love KC's table. The peacock theme is absolutely fabulous. The brie is really a star in the table.

I love weddings too and it is so fun setting tables.

Happy TS and God Bless you All.
/CC girl

Sweetladyelaine said...

A beautiful blue & white party! the table & buffet are so pretty. I love your menu too! Thanks for sharing a beautiful afternoon.

Blessings My Friend,

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

All I can say is wow! You are the best at entertaining! You must have a great kitchen because I'd go nuts in mine trying to produce that much food! I don't even know what a brie en croute is but it sounds intersting! Love your beautiful blue and white china display! Have a Happy 4th Cherry Kay!

Karen Mary Butterfly said...

Gorgeous, gorgeous, gorgeous everywhere you turn! Just beautiful. Love the blue white centrepiece/tablescape! Lovely!
Karen

Christine Graves said...

What an inviting and pretty table...love the colors and flowers....so pretty!

Crystal Grandeur said...



Gorgeous setting.wonderful to see such an elaborate table.Real celebration.Love every details.Peacock India's national bird.Happy to see a theme on it.Thank you for this beautiful share..Love sujatha..:):):)

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

What? No one eats the cauliflower? I'll take it over raw carrots or celery any day!

KC definitely has a wonderful tablescaping teacher. It must be so much fun playing in the dishes with her ... and watching her hone her own skills. She did a fantastic job incorporating the quirky peacocks. They made me smile!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

Always stunning, no matter how you said your table, this been a buffet or a tablescape! I love the brie and croute and the peacock theme idea.. it's just fab and smart. Your parties are always a treat for your lucky guests. Thanks for sharing my friend. Have a great week.
FABBY

Maria C said...

What a beautiful spread! Can you ever go wrong with blue and white? Those hydrangea are fabulous!