Thursday, September 20, 2012

Beatrice Emaline is Here!...And a Birthday Luncheon

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.

Busy times in our neck of the woods.  Our precious Beatrice Emaline was born last Friday, and our entire family is on Cloud Nine.  Several weeks ago, before our newest family member made her appearance, I was blessed to host a small group of some of my closest friends for a birthday luncheon for five.  I was excited to use the Coalport Chinese Willow, one of my favorite patterns for our celebration.

We gathered at the games table in the living room.  I was in the mood for high color!

I even pulled a pop of color into the foyer... greet my dear friends as they crossed the threshold.

Come on in!  Gifts for the birthday girls are waiting on the piano bench.  

I made the green undercloth.  Tip:  See the way that the bottom of the green cloth curls in and out?  When I make the cording for my tablecloths, I break the rules.  Instead of cutting the fabric for the cording on the bias, I cut the fabric on the grain.  It makes the cording stiff, and it holds its shape beautifully.  The Whitework cloth used to live on the bedside table in KC's childhood bedroom.

 I started our meal with chilled Gazpacho, served in the gold rimmed Tiffin bowl.  It was delivered to the table after my guests were seated, so it wasn't a part of "the stack" when everyone came to the table.  The accent plate was used later for dessert.

 The truth was that I couldn't bear to cover up these glorious plates.  The Chinese Willow design puts a smile on my face every time.  Today they are resting on one of the great apple green glass chargers that I found at Gordman's because of our dear Alycia from TABLESCAPES AT TABLE TWENTY-ONE.  Thank you, Alycia!

  The Zina Vasi Jacquard Linen Napkins were a birthday gift from one of todays honorees.  I found the beaded napkin rings at Pier One.  They'll work well in a variety of designs.  The gold tone Bamboo Flatware was a garage sale treasure.

The Waterford Simply Lime goblet and the Tiffin Gold goblet played well when set against the bright blooms that I retrieved from Homeland Grocery. I arranged the flowers in four crystal rose bowls, which I later sent home with my guests as party favors.

   Each of the birthday girls received either a tureen or a centerpiece bowl and an oriental wood stand as a birthday gift.  The recipient of this antique Nippon Cobalt and Gold Moriage Bowl unwrapped an empty box.  She squealed when she realized that the centerpiece was going home with her because she collects antique cobalt and gold Nippon china.  It was a fortunate find on eBay

   It was a glorious day for a birthday celebration featuring a Southwestern Chicken Salad, Homemade Guacamole, Toasted Garlic Bread, and a beautiful Birthday Cake.  We sat and visited until it was time for everyone to go home and prepare dinner.  I'd love to spend a similar day with you!

Wednesday evening is the twenty-seventh edition of Cuisine Kathleen's meme, "LET'S DISH".   Excited to be a charter member.  Pop over (pun intended for the Chef Supreme Kathleen) and join the fun!

Lots of great ideas to be gathered when you visit Yvonne at Stone Gable for TUTORIAL, TIPS, AND TIDBITS.  Don't waste another moment...hurry on over!
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's a wonderful adventure.

When I think of September, from now on, I'll always remember it as the month that brought us our first granddaughter!  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!

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!  KC has just released her 5th studio CD project, "The Tag Hollow Sessions".  The sold out CD release concert was this past weekend.  "The Tag Hollow Sessions" 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. Cherry Kay, I've been waiting on pins and needles for this announcement. Little Beatrice Emaline is gorgeous!
    She is so perfect! I can just imagine that you ARE on Cloud Nine!
    Your birthday luncheon table is stunning. What lucky girlfriends! Coalport Chinese Willow is near to me. It is fabulous! I'd love a tour of your china cupboards. You have an amazing selection of patterns.
    The Sacred Butterfly is going to make its debut here for a 50 Birthday Luncheon. I'm busy planning the table. Will keep you posted.........Sarah

  2. A lovely table as always. And what a splendid gift for your friend! I do love the willow!

  3. Hi Cherry Kay and Congratulations on the birth of your granddaughter. What a beautiful baby and I LOVE HER NAME! Every reason to be on cloud nine. Your home is absolutely gorgeous and the table is beautiful. I'm sure there has been thankful prayers and celebrating in your home. Blessings to you all.

    The French Hutch

  4. Congrats on the arrival of Beatrice Emaline, Cherry Kay. What a beautiful name, just befitting for a beautiful precious baby! Your Chinese dinnerware set is so exquisite and lovely. Gorgeous table! I would squeal too if I got that cobalt blue bowl for a present!..Christine

  5. Congrats on your little bundle of love, Cherry Kay!
    Gorgeous is amazing how the pattern stands out so nicely green.

  6. Yes, ma'am, you DID deliver a solid and downright gorgeous surge of color!!!!! It's beautiful!!!! Who on earth could possibly resist that?!??! I'm wishing it would have been MY birthday, too, so that I could have been there! :-) I LOVE YOUR FOYER!!! I would love to have that much space. Ours is not exactly cramper per se, but it's not big enough to do the tango in, either! :-) The apple green chargers look fantastic with your gorgeous china!!! You really score big time with that combo! Thank you for the shout out. My pleasure!!! I haven't used my chargers but once: the hot pink ones. I'm sure I'll get around to the others in due time. I'm just slow as blackstrap molasses sometimes! HUGE congratulations on the arrival of your newest family member. I know you are just showering her with all the love and attention she can take!!!!!! That's what Grandmamas are for, so carry on, soldier! :-) Have a great weekend!!!!!

  7. What a stunning & elegant table! It's beautiful!

    Congratulations on the arrival of Beatrice Emmaline. She's so precious. Blessings to you & your family!

  8. She is a beautiful baby. Welcome to the world, Beatrice Emaline. Love your table setting: Gorgeous!

  9. Congratulations on the darling new grandchild,what a blessing. The birthday table is spendid, all the colors lovely.

  10. Everything is beautiful, including that precious baby!!!

  11. Congratulations on that bundle of joy! Your birthday luncheon table is stunning.

  12. Congratulations! She looks so precious!!!

    It was great to see a bit more of your home. It its lovely.

    Wonderful brightness in your table.

    - The Tablescaper

  13. What lovely news, Cherry Kay! I was so pleased for you when I read it - another little girl to grow up with a legacy of hospitality and love of beauty.

  14. aahhh...such loveliness!
    What a precious baby! Congratulations!

    Your daughter's song is lovely!

    (I just had to visit someone with the name Cherry since that is my mother's name--a family last name.)

  15. What a beautiful baby! And a lovely tablesetting, too!

  16. Congratulatons, she is beautiful, God bless her!
    I love your table, the cloth is so luxurios! What a wonderful, welcoming table!

  17. Congratulations on the sweet blessing! She is an absolute beauty. Love the pretty tablecloth, great tip on the cording, certainly breaks all the "rules".. but so effective. Love the dishes too. Lucky gals! Your table is stunning. xo marlis

  18. Well, hello, Miss Beatrice! What a cutie you are ... and a blessing to your family. So glad you've made your appearance "safe and sound."

    Cherry Kay, your birthday luncheon table setting is stunning. I especially love the 2-cloth foundation for your pretties. It's really lovely.


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