Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Festival Revisited

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.

This week I am in the process of preparing for a wedding luncheon for a dear friend of my precious daughter.  The luncheon will be on Friday and located away from my home.  I am taking the china and doing the flowers for a luncheon for 120 women.  My daughter and I have the china all packed up to travel.  I bought the flowers today, and tomorrow we'll create 15 centerpieces, plus a larger presentation piece for the dessert table.  I'll share the results with you next week for Tablescape Thursday.

Today I am going into my archives to bring you a photo tour of another Kappa Alpha Theta Flaming Festival, which takes place each year during the first week of November.  Do you remember our centerpiece for the 'Tea Table at the 2010 event'?  We created the White House out of Haviland China, HERE.  Tonight's post will be picture intensive and relatively short on commentary.  I hope that you enjoy the journey.

 This was the table that I did with my friend, Barb...
 I made the tablecloths...
 The crystal is Barb's, by Baccarat...She also contributed the amazing Waterford Presentation Bowl for the centerpiece, her mom's Haviland Chocolate Pot and cups, and the lovely sterling flatware...
 You may recognize our Nana's antique French crystal chiller and underplate.  We also used some of my collection of vintage cutwork linen napkins with blue embroidery.  The blue charger plate is Stouffer, a great get on eBay.  The white plate is my Haviland, "Ranson."
We called our table, "Hot Chocolate and the Blues."

This caught my eye because my grandsons so enjoy "Thomas the Train."

Mackenzie-Child's "Courtly Check" is a perennial favorite at the Flaming Festival.

Great idea for a Gift Wrapping Party!

This tablescape does not particularly appeal to me, but I do adore the table cloths!

Interesting use of color and textures!

This precious candy party could be translated for any time of the year.

The colors...the linens...the textures...the birds...the candelabra...I love this tablescape!

A touch of Italy...

I can see several of you...Paris House!?...Fifi Flowers!?... taking this idea and running with it...pun intended...I'd recommend using new shoes!

William Yeoward, "Gosford,"...always amazing!

A gumdrop topiary and all-day suckers...

Candy trees and gum balls plus, plus, plus...a magical confection...can't you just see a tea party for little princesses!

That's my tour; I hope that you found an idea or two for your resource files.  I'd love to see how you interpret some of these designs.  I'm excited to hop over to Tablescape Thursday and see what you have to offer this week!

Thank you, yet again, to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting her magical meme, "Tablescape Thursday.  I'll be linking my post to "Tablescape Thursday.  Click on the button below to hop on over and check out the myriad of marvelous tablescape designs, after 9:00 pm on Wednesdays.  You'll be glad that you made the's a wonderful adventure. 

You can check out KC's music at, 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 "Orchid."  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! 
Entertaining Women
Entertaining Women

Hello, I'm Cherry Kay I was 40 before I realized that I am an artist. I love to paint, work in clay, rubber stamping, design tablescapes, entertain, and share ideas. I'm an interior designer credentials, but lots of experience.


  1. WOW!!!! I absolutely love the linens on your table they are beautiful! My 9 year old fashionista saw the "high-heeled" table and had a fit then I scrolled down and the candy was next and she couldn't decide but I think she's leaning towards the shoes! That's my girl :)

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  2. Can't wait to see next week!! I just love your contribution to the festival! The tablecloth is just gorgeous, and I love the combination of colors. Beautiful as always!!

  3. I'm so glad you shared all of these tables, but my brain is on overload! "Hot Chocolate and the Blues" is a great name -- and a great table. ...Have a wonderful wedding luncheon; what a thoughtful thing to do -- and away from home, too! Been there, done that myself, and I know it's a lot of work! You'll be in my thoughts.

  4. Wow! I cannot imagine packing up china and transporting it for 120!!! What an endeavor. Good luck!

    Thanks so much for sharing all of the inspiring tables from the festival.

    - The Tablescaper

  5. OOOOH this is such a treat.. I just wanted to let you know I dropped by and will have to come back and spend at least an hour devouring all the great tables... Ran into Jan and she says hello!

  6. Oh, yours is so exquisite, as always. Thank you for sharing....we love Thomas the tank engine here too!

  7. Oh my goodness, I am so happy that you shared these beautiful tables...lots of inspiration here.
    Happy New Year!

  8. Oh My....that chocolate and blue is exquisite.
    Love love love that table topper, so classy.
    Made a most beautiful table especially with those cutwork napkins with the touch of blue and the lovely blue plates. Nice touch of the gorgeous gift in the champagne glass, great idea!
    Enjoyed all the Great eye candy!!
    blessings for a great New year.

  9. Total eye candy. We just did this for a Christmas dinner at church. I used one that I had set up on the table, the White Christmas one. It was fun but this is fun because the variety is greater than just Christmas ones.

  10. Thanks for the tour. I liked the kid table with the wrapped candy topiary trees. Yours was definitely my favorite, and I'm not just saying that because you're the author of the post. It really was my favorite. I kind of liked the train one too. Cute for a boy's Christmas party.

  11. What a fun time you had.

    I choose the black/crystals/blue/white settings. I drool...

    Happy TS...

    Greetings from chilly Stockholm,

  12. I enjoyed seeing all the creativity displayed in these tables! Your Chocolate & Blue table is lovely & one of my favorite color combinations!I look forward to next week~ the prospect of packing china for 120 sounds daunting!

  13. You are truly a woman after my own heart! I, too, find myself packing up the dishes and decorative accouterments to do offsite tablescapes, but never have I done it for 120 women!!! Bravo! Can't wait to see the results!

  14. What a treat this was, looking at all the different tables! So much inspiration! I just love your blue and brown table. So elegant and rich! It was my favorite. I look forward to next week. I can't even imagine the work involved but I know it will be spectacular!

  15. Hi lovely lady.
    All the Tablescapes are so Beautiful ~~~ are you going to post the results? I know you love your work sweet lady, and have so much fun doing it.

  16. What a bunch of gorgeous tables. Just lovely. So many ideas.

  17. There are so many tables to study!

    WOW! A luncheon for 120 ladies? I am sure with your planning everything will be fabulous!

  18. Thanks for sharing all these beautiful tablescapes, Cherry Kay. I love the tablecloth that you made. You are a woman with many talents!...Christine

  19. Your table was beautiful!! Can't wait to see next week's! It all sounds so ambitious and I'm sure greatly appreciated. Have fun...looking forward the fruits of your labor!!

  20. How pretty that must have been! I think my favorites are yours, the last one (candy and gum balls) and the one with the birds' nests - all gorgeous!

  21. Best of luck today, I would have the vapors if I had to set tables for 120, let alone travel with all the china and centerpieces. May the force be with you today.

  22. I couldn't choose a favorite if I had to. They are all beautiful.

  23. Your blue and chocolate table is fabulous, and I adore the one with the the birds and candelabra. I am a nature girl ;o) Best of luck today.

  24. What wonderful tabletop inspirations! ThANks for sharing.

  25. Oh Cherry Kay, that table that you and your friend created is incredibly beautiful. I adore that cloth, and those blue chargers, and that gorgeous Waterford centerpiece bowl, and, and ...! All of the tables are really inspiring. What a fun event. Thank you for sharing it with us. laurie

  26. Wow, your daughter is so talented! And thank you for sharing all those great tablescapes!

  27. Thanks for the congratulatory note, Cherry Kay! I get a lot of my inspirations from you...Christine

  28. I think I would cry if my community ever held something like this. SIGH. So many cute and clever ideas!


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