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Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Masquerade...A Reprise

"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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This post was originally published in October, 2011.  A busy week finds me without the needed time to create a new tablescape design for you.  If you weren't reading my blog in 2011, I hope that you'll enjoy this for the first time.  If you are one of my dear regular readers, I pray that you will enjoy seeing this one again.  Next week is the annual Theta Flaming Festival, so it will be an activity packed week, too.  I'm doing two tables this year, and I look forward to sharing both of them with you, in addition to the many other delightful tables at the festival.  Now, stepping back in time....

It's all ready been a busy week.  My Haviland group has been busy preparing for this year's Theta Flaming Festival, Wednesday, November 2.  We spent a great part of today staging the centerpiece for the Festival's Tea Table.  I also designed an additional table with my Theta friend, Barb.  Remember that I'm a Chi Omega, and Barb and I have been creating tablescapes for this event for many years...a Panhellenic endeavor, if you will.  That said, I wanted to at least give a nod to Halloween.  I created 'Masquerade' for all of those who like to disappear for a few hours by donning a costume, a mask, and a new personality.

The game table in the living room has been turned into a 60" table with the assistance of one of our flip-top table tops.  In the foreground, the Lalique Eagle and Nana's old sterling presentation bowl give a hint of eye candy to come.

I made the black tablecloth out of....felt!  Entertaining Tip: If you need a large under cloth or just an inexpensive solid color cloth, take yourself to your local fabric shop and be amazed at the multitude of colors available in felt. It's about $5.00 per yard, and it is VERY wide.  It's a quick sew, and you don't even have to hem it!  How much easier could it be?

Do you love to get a package in the mail, waiting on your doorstep?  About a week ago, I opened a package to discover these glorious black and white quilted place mats and napkins from Southern Style Home Decor.  They sponsored a give away with Yvonne @ Stone Gable, and I was the winner of this lovely, generous gift.  Southern Style Home Decor has a wonderful online shopping site...check it out!  Thank you, Yvonne and Southern Style Home Decor!  I'm going to enjoy these fine linens for many years to come.

My inspiration for tonight's table was a collection of jeweled and feathered masks...reminiscent of Venice Carnival...

Of all the amazing things that we've received from our blessed Nana, this has to be one of my very favorites.  It's a Black Starr & Frost, sterling reticulated bowl,  from the 1920's.  If you peak under the black mask, you can see a small portion of the decorative brass 'frog' that fits the bowl.  The intricate art deco design work seemed fitting for my 'high drama' table.

On top of the quilted place mat, I set a black Hobby Lobby charger plate beneath our silver Baroque charger plate.  My mother-in- love's Reed & Barton, "Francis I" flatware continued the opulent tone of my table.  To crown the entire place setting...



...I chose some of our Lalique "Plate of the Year" crystal plates.  When Sweet Mister and I were married, almost 43 years ago, my mama, my mother-in-love, and I each started collecting the series of these beautiful plates.  We now have all three sets, ours to shepherd until it's time for the next generation to enjoy.  I wanted the incredible designs to glow, so I set them directly on the silver chargers.

The Lalique, "Treves" goblet and the Corbel silver goblet  were both part of my wedding trousseau.  If I had to choose all over again, I would still choose both of these stems.  I've used them often through the years. 




The decanter is St. Louis crystal.

The sterling master salt and pepper came from....you've got it...dear Nana.





A few Blue Hour shots.  I'm in love with my new camera, the Nikon 7000D SLR...so much smarter than I.  They were all shot sans flash...























...as were my candlelight shots.  Thank you, thank you Sweet Mister!  I'm reading about ways to use my camera more effectively every day.  Have you checked out The Pioneer Woman's blog site?  She has a really nice segment on photography with complete archives.  She loves Photo Shop.  I encourage you to check her out, if you've never visited her.  Her whole blog is pure pleasure.  Can you tell by the blue light emanating from the den that Sweet Mister was watching television?  If you had rung the bell at this moment, he'd have rounded the corner and offered you some Reese's Peanut Butter Cups.  We had so many trick or treaters that I wondered if we'd have enough goodies.  We did...and I took the excess to the beauty shop this morning when I went to get back to my 'natural blonde.'    Hope that you had a happy and safe Halloween!



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! 

13 comments:

Sarah said...

It's always a treat to see your tables. This one is exquisite. The Lalique pieces are gorgeous. I'm glad you shared it again. Good luck with your busy week ahead........Sarah

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I love this perfect table for the Halloween season from back 2011! I love all the elegant dishes and black and white place mats. The Masquerade theme is fabulous! Awesome my friend, I'm glad you reposted this masterpiece.
Happy Halloween.
FABBY

tablescapesbybev said...

Beautiful table! Love all of your wonderful silver.

Mona said...

Cherry Kay,
Your table is beautiful..What treasures you have inherited from Nana..That centerpiece is stunning..
So glad you shared this table again.
Love, Mona

Jewel Sauls said...

Gorgeous table - truly worthy of a reprise! Thanks for sharing again and have a great Halloween - even in these busy times!

xinex said...

So glad you shared this again, Cherry Kay. I don't know how I missed it the first time. I love your centerpiece and especially that stunning bowl. The whole table is so elegant and love the Lalique plates....Christine

Dianne said...

Missed it the first time so I am glad to get to see it. What amazing pieces you have. My favorite are the Lalique plates and they do glow! Dianne

Beeutiful by Design said...

Fabulous and festive! Happy Halloween and good luck with the event.

thepaintedapron.com said...

Gorgeous! So glad you shared this again! It is so elegant, perfect for Halloween or a night at the Opera! Your silver Baroque chargers are to die for~
Jenna

Maria C said...

What a fabulous wedding truseau! You clearly knew your style even then. The Lalique plates are marvelous! What a gorgeous table!

All The Pretty Dishes said...

This is so unique. You've managed to create an elegant yet spooky table.

Chubby Chieque said...

Hello CK,

Honestly? This is the most exquisite and most classy Halloween table I ever seen in all memes.

Love the charges, the goblets are to die for and...and... and... means I love all your treasures (as always) LoL*

Hugs from D´Box,
/CC girl

The Tablescaper said...

Such a beautiful table!

- The Tablescaper