I Have a Seat at My Table Reserved Just For You!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Cindy"s Birthday Party, June, 2014

"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 dear friend Cindy celebrated her birthday in June.  Five of us gathered to celebrate her special day at the games table in the living room.  Come...join us!


Cindy likes high color, so....


 I decided to push the envelope with reds and oranges on black and white!  Red and orange are cousins, right?

 My centerpieces usually follow my design philosophy called "mini-max"...

Minimum effort...

 ...for maximum effect!


Yet again, I've turned to a piece in my collection of tureens.  This time I'm utilizing the Rosenthal San Soucci.  The grocery store flowers are set in black tole jardinieres found at Hobby Lobby.  I not only used them for my recent 50th high school reunion, but I plan to employ them again for another of my luncheons for my sorority sisters in mid-October.


 Ready for some details?

 The Caspari rattan charger has been languishing in the cabinet for quite awhile.  I decided to put it to work for my early summer occasion.  It lends a relaxed air to the table.

 Lunch will be served on the Wedgwood Countryware dinner plate.


The flatware is L'Argent Sophia, collected over time from Horchow and Tuesday Morning.

The Waverly beaded napkin ring, from Cuisine Kathleen, surrounds a Pottery Barn white linen hemstitched napkin.

Picking up on the colors of the floral arrangements, I chose the Waterford Simply Red goblet and the Bohemian orange wine.

Ready, set, done!

 Each of the floral arrangements is placed in a clear glass container inside of the tole jardiniere.  After we completed our party, I sent a bouquet of flowers home with each of my guests as a party favor.

I continue to relish entertaining my precious friends in our home.  I love that we can enjoy a relaxing environment with each other sans extraneous noises and interruptions that by necessity occur in a restaurant.  Chez Entertaining Women would love to set a place for you at the table some day.  Are you headed my way?  Just let me know in time to set a table!

This week I'm joining:



23 comments:

Liz@ Infuse With Liz said...

Love all the color! The jardiniere arrangement and the pretty florals made a pretty frame to the tureen. I like the added string accent - cute! Love how the stemware- especially the bohemian orange wine glasses look so dazzling and pull the design together with the flowers. Beautiful job!

Martha said...

A very pretty table. Love the background of the black striped cloth -- it makes all the other colors "pop"!

Lory Bernstein said...

The flowers are beautiful and I love the way they pop against the black, white a neutrals of the rest of the setting!

Lory
Designthusiasm.com

Sandra Lee said...

The striped tablecloth is very sassy and I love it!

FABBY'S LIVING said...

I love your big stripe table topper, it makes such a big statement with all the lovely things you have on top of it! I have the same chargers with the cane in the center. The flowers and flower vase are wonderful, I love it! The dishes and stems are always gorgeous! I have a new round table too, I'm so enjoying it. Thanks for your sweet visit my friend.
FABBY

Lady of the Manor said...

Beautiful table! I love how the bold striped table cloth sets off those lovely flowers! The glasses add extra color, as well. What a lovely setting for a birthday party!!

Candy S said...

The beaded napkin ring from Cuisine Kathleen completes a lovely picture set against the black and white table topper. The Bohemian orange wine glass is lovely perfection paired with Waterford Simply Red goblet rivaled only by the beautiful roses. Beautiful!

Canadian Chickadee said...

Alas, I'm not headed your way anytime soon, but would love to be able to take you up on your kind invitation. Your tablescapes are absolutely beautiful. Have a wonderful birthday lunch. Much love to you, xoxox

Sarah said...

Beautiful way to celebrate with friends. I totally agree, it's so much nicer to dine together in the quiet and leisure of one's own home. And there is no question that your table is one of beauty and charm, certainly not what one finds at a restaurant. Happy Birthday to Cindy!

Elaine Cariglio said...

A very pretty table! I love the tablecloth! It just makes everything pop along with the beautiful roses!
Blessings My Friend,

Elaine Cariglio said...

I love the tablescloth! It makes everything pop along with the beautiful roses! Great job!
Blessings My Friend,

tablescapesbybev.com said...

Beautiful! Love the bright and colorful flowers on the black and white cloth.

Nellie's Cozy place said...

Very pretty table, loved the drama
of the black and white striped table cloth, and what a nice treat to send each lady home with an arrangement.
I am with you about entertaining at home where it is a lovely ambiance rather than having all the clatter and interruptions in a restaurant.
Love your pretty white plates too.
Blessings, Nellie

Cindy Hazelwood said...

As the guest of honor at this beautiful setting, I am once more enchanted by this particular table as I look at your photographs. Sitting at any of your beautiful tables is always such a wonderful treat surrounded by precious friends, laughter, good food.....food for the soul and for the body! It occurred to me that with both the orange and the red, both alma maters in my family were represented.... I also love the black and white stripes-graphic design paired with bold color, but with softness in the flowers and the the dishes. And, taking home the beautiful arrangement, which lasted over a week afterward, kept the party going. I also loved the twine-formal roses with a twist! Celebrating in our homes in a quiter atmosphere is so relaxed and comfortable for us, and a testament to the fact that a gorgeous table doesn't mean a formal, stiff atmosphere. Your artistic gift of hospitality is God given and very precious and much love and care goes into each event. I always think that creating a beautiful table is like playing dolls or dress up for grown ups! It's fun! This was a milestone birthday and I could tell you had a lot of fun putting this together, which made it even more special. Blessings to you, my precious friend and sister.

Alycia Nichols said...

Man, I hate it that I can't get email alerts when you post anymore!!! I'm going to try unsubscribing and then re-subscribing to see if that works. I think I tried that once already with no results, but I'll give it another whirl. I don't like to miss out on your posts!!!

L-O-V-E the black & white striped tablecloth!!! I have been searching high and low for one that I can afford in a 90" x 132" size. Ha! I guess I'll have to KEEP searching because even in plain fabric that size is pricey!!! It is such a good thing that you know how to sew. That opens up a lot of possibilities that dunces like me can only dream of! :-)

I love the mini-max concept, too. Very clever and right on the money! Why go bonkers trying to get the effect you want with a thousand different elements when a few of "wow!" proportions will do the job?

So, so pretty! I'm off to unsubscribe/re-subscribe now. Fingers crossed!!!

The French Hutch said...

Of course I love the tureen with the flowers, lovely and I love how easy. Gorgeous colors from the clothe to the flowers. I’m sure your guests were very happy to enjoy the lovely table. Birthday greetings to Cindy. Hope you enjoying the summer............

Rosemary and Thyme said...

Hello Cherry Kay. You always set the most glorious tables sweet friend. What a great combination. I just love the black and white striped tablecloth with all the pop of color. Very sophisticated and fun.

Thanks for the visit also. It is always so nice to hear from you.

Janet

Pondside said...

I love the use of strong colour in the summertime, Cherry Kay - a beautiful birthday table!

Suzanne Scarborough Melson said...

I am missing your post, hope all is well and you are back on line soon.

Jacqueline said...

I sure wish I was headed your way! I need to plan that. What a charming table. I need to get a black and white striped table cloth. It is just over the top gorgeous.
Your jardinieres are lovely and of course the way you arranged the flowers is even lovelier!
I loved it all. I can't imagine how special they feel!

Canadian Chickadee said...

Since it's been over six weeks since you last posted, I just wanted to add my name to the list of people who miss you. I hope the reason you haven't been blogging is that you've gone on a fabulous vacation and will have lots to share when you get back. In the meantime, sending prayers and hugs, take care and God bless, xoxox Carol

classicms said...

Cherry Kay, I just wanted to tell you that I have missed your beautiful tables. I am sending good wishes to you. Marie M

Kathleen said...

Gorgeous, and I thought I left a comment here. When I use my ipad it often cuts out before the comment posts.
How are you? Lots of us mia from blogland! Hope all is well there, CK!