Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Take Out

"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. As you consider your own philanthropic opportunities, I hope that it will encourage you to support projects in your community that contribute to the effort to overcome hunger.

Sweet Mister has a handful of hunting buddies who are not married, and periodically we invite them to join us at the table for a casual, often take-out, meal.  Tonight Sweet Mister stopped by Outback Steak and picked up delicious filets with all the fixins for our dinner for three.  I prepared the table as he was on his way home.

As I'm certain you suspected, we dined at the games table in the living room...

...Keeping it masculine, I chose the black and white with a touch of apple green color story.

One of my go-to tureens, the Wedgwood, "Patrician", and a pair of the Lenox urns topped with the green Hypericum berries topiary ball took minutes to place on the table....centerpiece...check.

The Williams-Sonoma, white on black tablecloth was an eBay find.  I recently also found it in a size to fit my dining table.  That will let me use it for dining with up to 20 guests.

I just finished ironing the Pottery Barn, Hemstitch Linen Napkins, used for the Wild Game Dinner, so they were right at hand for tonight's supper.  These are really nice napkins.  The Hemstitch Napkin from Williams-Sonoma has a double row of hemstitching.  For the longest time, I didn't even realize that they were different.  Just saying', in case you have a design preference.

The Wedgwood, "Queens Plain," dinner plate continued the black and white story, as did the L'Argent, "Sophia" flatware, found at Tuesday Morning and through Horchow.

I've always liked a white-on-white approach to design.  The Wedgwood, Majolica "Dysart Leaf" plate achieved just the look that I wanted.  This particular plate has a satin, almost matte glaze finish.  I found most of them on eBay, but this week I picked up 8 of them at an estate sale for $25.00.  Woohoo!  Replacements has them for $25.00 each.

The black goblets were a very inexpensive  eBay purchase....don't know the maker.  I don't use them often, but every once in a while, they are the perfect solution.

Well, slam bam and thank you ma'am, I'm done.  Sweet Mister is almost home, and our  friend should be at the door at any moment.  Take out and a nicely laid table...I like this equation a lot!

I've also set an Easter table, but it lacks one element to be complete.  I hope that it will arrive at the door tomorrow.  If it is delayed, I have an alternate plan, so this week I'm going to post two tablescapes.  I wanted to be sure that I was able to join Cuisine Kathleen for "Let's Dish." ergo this post.  Probably TMI, but I hope that you'll visit both of my posts. Happy Easter!  NOTE:  My second post has been published.  I would love for you to also check out, "EASTER CONFECTION"!

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."   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.

When I think of April, I think of the anticipation of Easter Sunday and entertaining friends with a delicious dinner.  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!

Tonight is the third edition of Cuisine Kathleen's meme, "LET'S DISH".  So excited to become a charter member.  Pop over (pun intended for the Chef Supreme Kathleen) and join the fun!

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 "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 wanna-be...no credentials, but lots of experience.


  1. I like the idea of take out at a beautiful table - so sane!
    I have never purchased anything on ebay, but I think it's time for me to take the plunge - if only for napkins.

  2. You make it look easy, Cherry Kay! I love the drama of the black and white color scheme, and the apple green adds a nice punch!

  3. I love the black and white. It's a great tablescape. I'd love to join some of these great parties, but I'm not sure how. I guess I'll try to study up on this.

  4. This is totally a winner in my book. I love the simplicity of it. And you've just showed us how to create a beautiful table quickly. The tablecloth is certainly stunning. Love the majolica. You do find the best treasures! xo marlis

  5. Your tablescape is simple but I can see that the elegance is there through your tablecloth and dinner wares. I'll try to make this tablescape one of this days. Have a nice day!

    Damask Tablecloths

  6. Act I, Scene I
    Cherry Kay: Oh, Alycia, I would be so happy if you would accept this lovely black & white tablecloth used in my latest post!
    Alycia: Oh, Cherry Kay...that's such a generous offer, but I couldn't!
    Cherry Kay: Oh, yes, you must! You simply must! I know you will love it and take care of it and use it often, so please...as a favor to me...take it off my hands.
    Alycia: Oh, Cherry Kay, you drive such a hard bargain. OK...it you insist! Just know that by giving it to me it seals our friendship forever.
    Cherry Kay: Oh? Really? Forever, huh? Well, in that case....!!! :-)
    And...scene! (Applause, applause, applause)
    LOVE it, Cherry Kay! Very pretty! I look forward to seeing your Easter table!

  7. You can't ever go wrong with black and white. I really love the tablecloth and the hints of green...perfect! I also think you rarely go wrong with Outback!

  8. Great post, love the tablecloth and the white china with it. I have been wanting to do a black and white table so really enjoyed seeing your ideas. Thanks for sharing.

  9. You have such beautiful items in your inventory that I am not surprised that you could pull this off at a moment's notice! The tureen is lovely along with the Lenox urns. We enjoy Outback also :-)

  10. Wow--takeout from Outback--that's a great idea. We only go there to eat, but my husband loves their steak. So interesting about the differences between the PB and WS napkins. Their products are very similar, and sometimes identical. I hope your special item arrives tomorrow in time for your other table. Happy Easter! Linda

  11. Such a lovely table setting. The black and white scheme is just classic!

  12. Cherry Kay, you know I'm a fan of black and white. This is a beautiful table, and I like the idea of take-out.
    I look forward to seeing the upcoming Easter table post. I'm still deciding on what my Easter table will be.
    Happy Easter to you! ~ Sarah

  13. Oh goodness, how gorgeous! I'd love you to send me that tablecloth in black and white, I'll give you my address right away, lol..I have black and white dishes, and it will look just great! But maybe not as great as in your elegant in it's simplicity. Stunning table, your Majolica dishes are lovely. Thank you for your kind visit. Have a blessed Easter.

  14. So sweet of you to invite your hubby's bachelor buddies, Cherry Kay! This table is perfect for them too. I love the balls, such pretty textures. Also, I wanted to remind you about the runners. You mentioned to me that you wanted a 3rd natural colored one because you have 3 tables outside. Happy Easter!...Christine

  15. Beautiful table for three, Cherry Kay! I love the cloth and all the other elements of your table.

    Looking forward to seeing your Easter table.
    Happy Easter!

  16. I do loooove that tablecloth! Black and white is a fave, and right now I am overdosed on pastels! Lovely table, CK! I think those glasses are from Pier One. I will have to point them out the next time I use them, and you can decide!
    Have a very blessed Easter! Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

  17. Good morning, love your table. I love soup tureens, and yours is lovely with the other dishes. That tablecloth with the black is beautiful. Really makes the whole table. It is wonderful and makes the dishes stand out.
    Have a blessed Easter!

  18. Lovely, yet elegant. Oh, I like that black glassware!
    Have a Happy Easter!

  19. Deanna@onestepwomanblog.comApril 5, 2012 at 10:46 AM

    Very beautiful! I an always afraid of black, but warming up to it especially when I see it used to elegantly!

  20. Oh...your table is so pretty! I love white on white, too an your tablecloth really makes that pop! I am also loving your topiaries!

    Happy Easter, Cherry Kay, and thanks so much for stopping by!


  21. So pretty!!! Even though it is very masculine... Soft and lovely


  22. I love your color scheme. Very nice table.
    Happy Easter!

  23. Love the black and white. Happy Easter. Hugs and blessings, Cindy

  24. Pulled together very nicely. A wonderful use of black and white. The little pop of color makes it stand out.

  25. This is the perfect table for a casual (but very elegant) take-out dinner for three. Big fan of B&W, and the green just pops! Nicely done! Now, I'm off to see your other table!

  26. Cherry Kay... you really is one of the best TS:per in the blogsphere.

    THis is absolutely, STUNNING... TY for reminding that Masculinity exist in a very elegant and sophisticated way though with men touch.

    TY for sharing.


  27. Just wonderful! It's as if you dressed your table the way you would dress yourself... A beautiful black and white blouse, white pants or skirt and a pop of color with a green handbag! Perfect

  28. I was at the big Round Top (texas) antique show this week and saw many things that reminded me of you. I love the coziness of this particular table.

  29. Love the various pieces of white/cream Wedgewood with the black and white color scheme! This table is striking and very good-looking.



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