Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Garden Friends Luncheon, September, 2012

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.

Ten days from now, I'll be hosting another luncheon for my sorority sisters.  I've built a data base of around 250 women who were in the sorority house at some point during the four years that I was in college.  This year, we already have 65 who are planning to attend from all across this great nation and 39 who have replied that they'll be unable to attend.  I'm thrlled to be in contact with nearly half of my sisters from forty-eight years ago.  

An abundance of organization and preparation goes into a luncheon of this size, so this week, I'm sharing a Garden Friends luncheon that I attended last week as we gathered for a new year of Bible study and fellowship.  Minimal text...I don't know all of the details, but I thought that you'd enjoy the eye candy.

The red back wall is the perfect complement.

 The placemats and runner were a wonderful heavy, woven cotton or linen fabric.

Flowers from the grocery store.  The hostess created the arrangement.

Herend "Rothschild's Bird"...on my list...someday...maybe.

 The luncheon plate is Haviland "Silver Anniversary."

Absolutely stunning! 

I think that the brick colored Linen Hemstitched Napkin is probably Pottery Barn.  I think that the crystal is Baccarat, but I'm not certain.  

     If you ever pass our way, out here on the prairie, the Garden Friends Bible study group would love to have you join  us as we study the Word and enjoy delightful fellowship over delicious food.

Art by Kreia...Kreia, a professional photographer, is a good friend of KC's.
Beatrice Emaline is almost two weeks old.  She decided to enjoy a lovely day on her front porch.

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 "TABLESCAPETHURSDAY."   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. Beautiful! Makes me sigh contentedly just to look and imagine I'm there. Thanks for sharing!

  2. What a beautiful setting! Love the patterns! Thanks so much for sharing!

  3. Stunning! Rothschild Bird is such a beautiful pattern. Several of my friends have this pattern and it's always a treat to dine on the classic china. Thanks for sharing the luncheon photos.
    And that little Miss Beatrice is too cute for words. What a darling idea for a photo! ~ Sarah

  4. SO cute with the baby in the bowl!!! I love that! I know you must be just up to your elbows in preparation for your upcoming sorority event. I laud you for taking it on! I, too will be immersed in another week or so after my final class of the fall tablescaping series. I have about 15 women coming who will "sleep over" at our house for 2 nights. They will be away during the day on Saturday, but I will be charged with preparing meals for Saturday morning and night, then a farewell breakfast on Sunday morning. I don't know if I'm up to the challenge. I'll have to look to you for inspiration!!! :-) What a beautiful home (LOVE the exposed brick in your friend's kitchen!) and pretty table!!! GORGEOUS china! I just love how large you guys' dining rooms are there! We have to contend with these "afterthought" dining rooms here. They started building homes without them or with little tiny ones about 20 years ago to presumably "be in line with current American lifestyles." Humph! Whatever! They didn't consult me!!! Have a wonderful weekend, happy planning, and take care of yourself!

  5. What a beautiful table and gorgeous home! You gals do it grand! But the real work of art is your beautiful little gdau! God bless her!
    You didn't link up?

  6. This luncheon table is gorgeous, but no less gorgeous than the ones you make my dear friend! I so love the stunning Rothchild dishes, I love classic china like this one. The small hutch is also lovely with the rest of the china pieces. Alexandra is also a prophesional photographer and she takes pictures of babies and children as fun as this one, I will show her tomorrow. Thank you for your good wishes and comment on my harvest tablescape, sweet lady, you made my day! Alex is doing so much better now, I'm so glad. I hope you have a terrific weekend. Hugs,


  7. Wow wowieeeeeee… The table runner and the placemats are my eye candies.
    I love and drool your settings, in every season you set.

    Happy W/end.

    Greetings from a rainy Stockholm,


  8. When it comes to entertaining, you do it beautifully. Once again I say how lucky are the guests who have the privilege of enjoying your creativity.

  9. Absolutely beautiful! How lucky you are to have so many sorority sisters! Happy fall! Angie xo

  10. Such a beautiful luncheon setting. You are blessed to have friends who appreciate a beautiful table as much as you do.
    September - it brought you your first granddaughter, and five years ago it brought me my first grandson!

  11. Oh what delicious eye candy! So inspiring. I wish I could pick your brain for wisdom & ideas regarding your Garden Friends , but thank-you so much for all you shared with me.

    Simply beautiful, and even more wonderful, a new granddaughter. ( love the picture of the bay in a bowl)

  12. wow...what a dining room! Just lovely. And your granddaughter is so sweet - love that photo!

  13. I'm such a fan of Herend - it sets the most beautiful table. Can't wait to see pictures from your sorority luncheon - how fun!

  14. First off, I was blown away with the beautiful picture of baby Beatrice. What a sweet, precious gift from God!

    Now to the table.. gorgeous. Love the runner and placemats. Will have to search those out. They'd be beautiful with the Schumann also. Love the Herend dishes, too. Have fun with your luncheon. It will be gorgeous and memorable for sure. xo marlis

  15. Cherry Kay, I just wanted to congratulate you on the birth of your beautiful granddaughter, Beatrice! This is a great blessing and I am happy for you! We have also just celebrated the birth of our first grandchild and we are on Cloud Nine!

    Thank you again and again for the inspiration you provide us.


  16. What a lovely baby and wonderful picture!!!
    The table featured was truly amazing, and I would LOVE to know about the table runner and placemats. My collecting has led me to LOTS of red and white transferware, and it would look wonderful with that runner and mats.
    Blessings to all of you,


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