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Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Royal Crown Derby "Old Imari"...Short and Sweet

"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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Running late with my post this week, so I'll keep it short and sweet...well, for me anyway.  Friends will be coming for lunch in a couple of days, so I set a small table for four in the living room at the games table.
 The flip-top tabletop extender has been stored for the evening...

...and I chose to forgo a tablecloth.  I decided that the McGuire glass top table ...


...and the Persian rug were the perfect companions for my tabletop elements.

 The Steelite by Royal Doulton cobalt charger anchored...


...the Royal Crown Derby Old Imari dinner plate.


Minimal stacking tonight...I couldn't bear to cover up this glorious design.

 The Oneida gold tone flatware continued the gold accents.

A sedate Williams Sonoma linen hemstitched napkin was caught in the Waverly beaded napkin ring, a gift from Cuisine Kathleen.  Tip:  A wise interior designer taught me one time that if everything in a room is over the top spectacular, the eye will become confused and end up basically not seeing anything.  It's good to have some relatively quiet support players on hand that won't fight with the focal point in your design.  It's all about achieving a balance that is pleasing to the eye.


The AJKA Arabella cobalt goblet and the Glastonbury-Lotus gold rimmed goblet continued the color story for my design.

Makes me smile.

The centerpiece took me just long enough to look around the living room and say, "Oh, that will work just fine."  The quartet of small Asian design boxes are actually tea canisters that once belonged to my Aunt Ida.  She had lived in Tokyo for some years after WWII, and upon returning home, she was a committed fan of authentic Japanese tea.  After she died, I brought some of the canisters home.  They've been sitting in a cabinet for years, and I love that I'm able to use them for this table.

The Orrefors crystal bowl was a Christmas gift from my friend Joan, many years ago.  It is filled with potpourri...no flowers today.  I elevated it on an Asian stand, and the centerpiece was complete.

 Ready - set - go...

 At this point, I have no idea what the menu will offer...

 ...plenty of time for that later...

If you can make it for lunch, let me know if you have any special requests.  We'll have a great time!

This week I'll be joining:

Let's Dish with Cuisine Kathleen
Tutorials, Tips, & Tidbits with Yvonne @ Stone Gable
Tablescape Thursday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch
Seasonal Sundays with The Tablescaper




Monday, August 19, 2013

Jadeite and Sunflowers

"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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We've had  a blessed abundance of rain this summer out here on the prairie.  Everything is green and lush.  The colors are bright and blooms are prolific all over town.  Our summer bounty was the inspiration for my table this week.

Lots of color....we could be sitting in the middle of the garden.

The colorful Zina Vasi tablecloth, an eBay find, set the color story for today's design.

 A footed Jadeite bowl held large sunflowers...

...and each place setting was punctuated with a small Jadeite footed tumbler holding a small sunflower.

 I thought that I would use either the Walmart rattan charger....
 or the Bormioli red glass charger...


 I ultimately decided to use them both.  The rattan charger on the bottom effectively made the red charger look much brighter on the dark tablecloth.

 Lunch will be served on the Fire King Jadeite Alice dinner plate.  Tip:  This plate is a good example of my philosophy of "take your time."  I've watched 12 of these sell on eBay for $500.00.  No way!  I bought mine at an estate sale for $3.00 each x 13 plates = $39.00.  I felt pretty darned cocky.

 The Jadeite Lotus plate will hold our dessert...

 ...and the Jadeite Lotus bowl will be used to serve gazpacho for a first course.



 Spicing up the table...the Vietri red optic goblet complimented the Fenton Empress amber goblet.

The Waverly beaded napkin ring, from Cuisine Kathleen, held a hemstitched napkin.  They paired nicely with the L'Argent Sophia Gold flatware.


 I liked the shapes, the textures and the colors against the florals in the tablecloth.

Vibrant...energetic...enthusiastic and fun are descriptions that come to mind.

I predict delightful fellowship and lots of laughter.  If you're passing my way, just ring the bell.  We'll add an additional place setting and pull up another chair!

This week I'll be joining the following parties:

Inspire Me Tuesday with Marty @ A Stroll Through Life
Let's Dish @ Cuisine Kathleen
Tablescape Thursday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch
Seasonal Sundays @ The Tablescaper





Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Anniversary Delight

"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 friend Kathy really achieved optimum use of her back yard this summer.  It was fun to let her choose things from my china and linen closets for her parties.  About a month ago, Kathy and D invited friends to gather and celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary.  The gate's open...come on back and join us!

 Another rotten day in paradise...

 We get a lot of mileage out of these blue and white toile tablecloths.  The black French wired baskets are back, and today they are dressed with pink Azaleas.

 Great idea!




 Low key munchies for a delightful afternoon...

It was a wonderful celebration for the happy couple!  Here's to another 20+ years!

I'll be joining the following parties this week:

Let's Dish with Cuisine Kathleen
Tablescape Thursday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch
Seasonal Sundays with The Tablescaper

Monday, August 5, 2013

A Nod to Wimbledon

"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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Several weeks ago, the kids came over for Friday night take-out.  You know the routine...Outback Steaks.  Much of the evening would be spent watching Wimbledon matches, so I pulled together a few things that would remind my guests of our entertainment for the evening.

 The green and white striped cloth is one of three that I found on eBay several years ago.  I bought them for the three tables that live on the back porch.

 The colors of the Wimbledon logo are hunter green, and purple...my color scheme was set.

 A five-minute centerpiece...a quartet of the white Lenox urns topped with the green hypericum berry topiaries and one of the amethyst glass presentation bowls, elevated on an oriental stand.

 Thinking of the green grass courts, I chose the green wood chargers that I found at a local estate sale.

 Dinner was served on the Wedgwood Countryware dinner plate.  This pattern has become quite the workhorse for me.

 Another great English design, salads were served on the Wedgwood Majolica Grape Leaf plate.


 Guess who sat at this place setting!  See the clue?  Flatware = four teaspoons.  You got it!...Beatrice Emaline was coming for dinner. White Williams-Sonoma linen hemstitched napkins were captured by the Coalport Countryware napkin ring.  Tip:  Coalport originally made Countryware.  The molds were eventually bought by Wedgwood when Coalport closed their factory.  The patterns are exactly the same, but the Wedgwood can be found priced more reasonably than the Coalport....just in case you want to collect them.  They can be found in abundance on eBay.

 The unmarked black amethyst goblet was a perfect companion for the Colony green goblet.

Time to eat...

 
Game. Set. Match!

This week I'll be joining:

Inspire Me Tuesday with Marty @ A Stroll Through Life
Centerpiece Wednesday with The Style Sisters
Let's Dish with Cuisine Kathleen
Tutorials, Tips, & Tidbits with Yvonne @ Stone Gable
Tablescape Thursday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch
Seasonal Sundays with The Tablescaper

Come join us...so much fun...so much inspiration!