Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Flaming Festival, 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.

Each year during the first week of November, the Kappa Alpha Theta alumnae host The Theta Flaming Festival.  It is a delightful tabletop event that raises money for the groups chosen philanthropy, which is currently CASA, a child advocacy volunteer group that operates within the court system.  It is held at one of our city's country club's. This year the entrance is replete with a gorgeous Autumn display.

Couldn't resist looking back once more.  Okay, let's go on in, and I'll share some of the delicious eye candy from this year's festival.  Comments will be minimal.

Christmas at the Governor's Mansion...our governor is a Theta.  I LOVE the design of this tablecloth.  The band is pinned to the tablecloth.  It is edged with puffy cording; the bow is a separate piece.  This was probably my favorite element this year. 

Completely yummy!

Looking for some Christmas confections?  

The boxwood topiaries are easy and effective, and I'll bet that most of us have a Santa or three around the house.   The goblets are Juliska.

The linens are delectable!...
 ...and I adore this napkin ring!

This table was titled "50th Anniversary"...

Gorgeous, unusual elements for the centerpiece.  The candlesticks are magnificent.  I think that the goblets are probably Tiffin.
I'm not familiar with the china pattern...it is sophisticated and elegant!  Note the bling in the fabric for the tablecloth.

"Theta's Forever" featured...

Lots of black, white, and yellow...and pansies, of course!  There is always at least one MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check table each year.  I think that it's a very popular design with lots of Theta's.

 I'll bet that some of you are already thinking about your St. Patrick's Day tables.  This one was called "Luck of the Irish".

 I know that this is a Herend pattern; I think that it's called Chinese Bouquet.

The centerpiece was beautiful!

I'll have a few more tables to share in a few weeks.  I'm busy putting out all of our Christmas goodies, and I'm guessing that you are, too.  Happy Decking the Halls!

I'm pleased to join Marty (A Stroll Through Life) for TABLETOP TUESDAY.  Won't you come along?  

Wednesday is the 37th edition of Cuisine Kathleen's meme, "LET'S DISH".  I'm excited to be a charter member.  Pop over (pun intended for the Chef Supreme Kathleen) and join the fun! 
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 November, I think about the bounty of the harvest, the crisp Autumn days, and leaves that crunch under foot.  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 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 "The Tag Hollow Sessions""  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 LOVE, LOVE the band on the first tablecloth and am trying to think how I can make one to go on my white table cloth...wow, so unique! These tables are lovely, thanks for sharing - I am off to finish painting checks and will be in touch with you in a day or two!

  2. Had my coffee this am while enjoying each and every table at the festival! Eye candy everywhere!! I love the governor's table with the corded ribbon-spectacular!!
    I've not seen that done before and it really makes the table stand out..looks like a wrapped present. All the tables are gorgeous...I'm really loving the Courtly Check pattern. I think I may have to start a collection of my own!! Enjoy decking the halls-I'm almost done!
    Miss Bloomers

  3. Cherry Kay, these tables are magnificent. I love them all. I'm with you on the "band".. already scheming how to make it and what to use when I do. That is just too cute. Even for a rectangular table.. one bow on each side. The anniversary table also caught my eye. Wow, the candelabra. And those plates. Be blessed and thanks so much for sharing these ideas with us! xo marlis

  4. Cherry Kay, these tables are just fabulous. I'm with you on the banded table, already figuring out how to make it and thinking of adding one bow to each side. Fabric choices are endless! Love the beautiful candelabra on the anniversary table too. Looks very antique!! Thanks for sharing all these fabulous ideas with us. Be blessed, xo marlis

  5. So many beautiful tables, Cherry Kay! Can't wait to see more...

  6. Oh what great ideas are featured here! Love the band idea around that round table.

  7. If I had a round table, I would be copying that band! I look forward to seeing more tables! They are well done.

  8. Hi cherry Kay,
    What a fun post. Liked your Thanksgiving inspired table, and think your daughters song is so neat.
    What a lovely young lady, and what a great cause to be invested in.
    I liked the first and 2nd tables from
    the festival the best. All were very lovely tho............

    Hope you have a lovely Thanksgiving hon. blessings, Nellie

  9. Fabulous array of tables! Thanks for sharing.

  10. Cherry Kay, these tables are one more fabulous than the other. If I had to vote for just one, I could not. The autumn display in the entry is fantastic (my favorite season) and I love the St. Patrick's Day Table. xo

  11. How wonderful to be able to attend this event and see all these glorious tables! I absolutely love the Chilhuily photos in your header too. Dianne

  12. I would love to attend an event like this, but there is certainly nothing similar up here. I liked the Christmas-themed table best of all.

  13. Oh, my, it would be worth the drive to get a first-hand look at these stunning tables! Thanks for the wonderful photography on your part to share them with us! I especially want to remember the pansies potted in small pumpkins -- gorgeous for a fall table!

  14. Cherry Kay! TONS of inspiration here! Thank you for sharing with us.

  15. Hi CK,
    OMG... am in heaven! Lots of inspiration to bring back to Sweden, again.

    Hope to cope up all of them b4 the year end.

    TY a mill for a never ending inspiration.

    Hugs to your adorable family spec, little angel. I can't wait to see her in an angel or an elf attire, hmmmm... Inspiration? LoL*


  16. Oh my this is fabulous! I think I remember you showing one from last year too- right? I love that table with the wrap and bow! I wanted to do that to my table with the burlap but forgot! LOL.. no brain anymore! I see some dish patterns I recognize. I am in love with the Juliska ones! I hope it turned out to be a good fundraiser!

  17. Beautiful tables, many good ideas, but none are better than yours.

  18. I am madly in love with the white plates with the red trees and house on the candy themed table. Does anyone know where I can buy them? Beautiful post!

  19. Wow - thanks for sharing all those lovely tables!

  20. What beautiful tables! Of course the luck of the Irish caught my eye! Going back for another look!
    Thanks for linking to Let's Dish!

  21. How was that band attached in the first table? I just love it!

  22. What an amazing event! I love the dinner plates on the 50 Th anniversary table. The band around the first table is gorgeous. How fun! I'd love to go to an event like this. Can't wait to watch to watch the video with your daughter. Off to do that now!

  23. You know those times when you audibly gasp because something is so pretty? I think I just about sucked all the air out of the room with each and every picture! That first tablecloth with the big bow is YOWZA!!!!!! Man, I wish I could sew!!! Such gorgeous elements on every table! The "anniversary" table was one of my favorites, too!!!

  24. Wow! You have really shown us some amazing tables. I really liked the Irish table! Now I want to go out and fill my house with Irish things - and I'm not even Irish!

    I also loved the checkered plates and it's given me some ideas for next year's Halloween table!

    Thank you for showing us these inpiring tablescapes!

  25. I really think you have the best tableware blog on the internet! I learn so much from your posts. All of the tables here are beautiful. Regarding the 50th Anniversary table, the very beautifully bordered dinner plate displayed is actually a Castleton pattern called "Royal Medallion." A set of service plates in a gold version of this medallion pattern, produced under the Castleton Studios line, was made for President and Mrs. Eisenhower and remains in the White House china collection.


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