Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Snow Bird, A Reprise

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.

We just arrived home from a wonderful trip.  My birthday was in November, and Sweet Mister surprised me with a trip to The Biltmore Estate Christmas.  We stayed at the lovely Inn on the Biltmore Estate.  It was delightful.  My only sad moment came when I realized that visitors are not allowed to take pictures in the mansion.  Sigh.  I'm a bit late to the party this week, so I thought that I would share a reprise of a table that I designed in December of 2010.  I called it "Snow Bird."  I'll be back with more of this year's Christmas next week.  In the meantime, I hope that you'll enjoy this again...or for the first time.

Several weeks ago while whiling away some time exploring the marvelous blogs that participate in Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch, I came across Cuisine Kathleen's post and learned that she is hosting a White Christmas/Winter White Event.  I don't usually design Christmas tables in white, but this time my interest was piqued.  Today I hosted a Christmas luncheon for my precious Garden Friends Bible Study, and I chose to create two white on white tables for our party of 15.  Tonight I'll link to Cuisine Kathleen's White Christmas/Winter White Event as well as Susan at Between Naps on the Porch's Tablescape Thursday.  This tablescape has ended up as one of my all time favorite designs.  I had so much fun creating it, and I hope that you enjoy it, too.

 Come on in!  My Yorkshire Terrorist, "Little Charlie Dickens" told me that you were at the door.  Some of our friends have decided to rename "Dickens."  They call him, "Doorbell."  Most of the Christmas decorations are in place, and it's going to be a great day for a party!

You might remember that a month or two ago, we decided to have our dining room repainted.  I'm really happy with the changes that we've made. Tip:  If you happen to be interested, the color is Benjamin Moore, "Woodstock Tan," HC-20.  The only thing that I'm still waiting on is the custom cafe curtains and rod.  In the meantime, I've placed some ready-made sheers on the windows.  Our dining room is on the front of the house, and I thought that it was important to maintain some level of privacy.  The drapes were actually in the living room, and I decided to move them to the dining room  Years ago I took the Fortuny drapes out of our sweet Nana's home when it was sold.  I deconstructed some of the them and had them remade into this window treatment for my house.  I still have a large box full of her old 1920, Fortuny panels.  I plan to use more of the fabric and have new window treatments created for the living room.  I bought the Persian rug on eBay for $350.00 and free shipping...such a deal!

Kathleen really inspired me with her White Christmas meme idea.  I had so much fun creating this tablescape.  Things just seemed to fall in place.  Let me share some of the details with you...

When I thought about a white Christmas table, my mind flew to the Mottahedeh "Musee de Arts Decoratifs Bird Tureen." I immediately knew that I could create a table for Kathleen's party, and it would be called, "Snow Bird."  This is one of my favorite tureens.  I smile each time that I walk by the dining room and see it resting on the table.

The Mottahedeh tureen was an eBay purchase.  The day that I won the high bid on the auction, my dear friend Marsha gave me a pair of these darling bird jardinieres for my birthday. She found them at Nell Hill's in Kansas City.  Aren't they just wonderful together!

White Poinsettias were purchased at a local nursery and just plopped into the pair of jardinieres.  The faux greenery is from Michael's. and I topped the Mercury Glass candlesticks with white beaded candle rings, found at a local gift shop.  As a finishing touch for the centerpiece, I tucked in my Lalique, "Love Birds" in several places.  

I continued the same motif on the buffet.  Nana's Towle, "Lafayette," Silver Service is flanked by a pair of Nana's silver champagne buckets filled with more white poinsettias and surrounded by greenery.  The two German porcelain angels belonged to my mama.  I am blessed to be their caretaker for a season until they are handed to the next generation.  TheBarker-Ellis Candelabras also came from Nana.

I chose to work without a tablecloth today.  I thought that the mahogany of the dining table created a valuable contrast against the white of the china and the centerpiece.  Instead, I anchored each place setting with a Godinger, Silver Baroque Charger.

 Topping the silver charger is my Wedgewood, "Countryware"  dinner plate.  Ready for our first course, Lentil Soup, is Nana's antique French crystal footed compote and underplate.

  The antique French crystal tumbler and wine goblet also were Nana's, as was the vintage cutwork linen napkin.  The Reed & Barton, "Grande Renaissance" is my wedding silver flatware.

I chose this particular napkin because I thought that the cutwork design was extremely compatible with the detail in the tureen.  Tip:  Remember to look for "Vintage Soak" for laundering antique linens.  It's an amazing product!  I buy mine locally from

  I created the second table at the game table in the living room.  Tip:  Thanks to a "Flip Top Table Top," I am able to turn our 48" game table into a 60" round dining table.  They are available through "By Invitation Only" 405-748-4949.  To recreate the same contrast that I achieved in the dining room between the white of the china and the brown mahogany of the dining table, I used a chocolate brown moire tablecloth that I made.

For this tablescape, I used a Rosenthal, "Sanssouci" tureen flanked by a trio of white poinsettia that I planted in white milk glass beakers.  You'll notice the same greenery and theLalique, "Love Birds"  that are also present in the dining room tablescape.

I adore this napkin, an estate sale find. Because of the placement of the intricate design and monogram, it is impossible to fold it in the proper manner...a bit unusual, but no less beautiful.  The silver flatware was my mother-in-love's Reed & Barton, "Francis I."  I am so grateful to have her silver.  It allows me great leeway when entertaining larger groups. The goblets are a recent estate sale purchase.  I bought a set of 8 of each to use alongside Nana's beautiful antique French crystal.  The people conducting the sale told me that they are Tiffin.  A dealer who was at the sale said that he thought that one of them was "Heisey."  I don't have a clue one way or the other.  I just know that I really like them, and they were a great deal!

Although some of them got away too quickly, we managed to get a group pic of most of the Garden Friends who were able to come for our luncheon today.  This is one of the most incredible groups of prayer warriors that you could ever hope to meet.  I am so blessed to call them my sisters in dearest friends.  That's your's truly in the middle with the red turtleneck.  Since I'm always behind the camera lens, you won't see me in photos very often.  If you ever come our way, we'd love to have you join us for one of our Bible study lessons and of course...lunch!  After today, I'm definitely filled with the Christmas spirit.  MERRY CHRISTMAS, dear blog friends.  I'm having so much fun getting to know you.

Wednesday is the 38th 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!

Lots of great ideas to be gathered when you visit Yvonne at Stone Gable for TUTORIALS, TIPS, & 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 December, I think about the day that I married Sweet just a few weeks, we'll celebrate our 44th anniversary.  How about you?  With thankfulness for her dedication and efforts (even in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy), 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!  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 credentials, but lots of experience.


  1. You know me, I adore white for all holidays! I think it is so elegant and so versatile! What a gorgeous group of women - that must be one of the requirements - to be gorgeous! Tell them I said so. They are the best looking garden group ever - a collection of beautiful lilies!!!!

  2. Beautiful as always. Love the white!

  3. What a beautiful setting, Cherry Kay! The white is so timeless and elegant; and you made it festive, at the same time. Beautiful!

  4. OH my goodness, how elegant. Your winterscape is gorgeous. The layers of white, silver and crystal looks like something from the Biltmore Estate! What a wonderful trip, We have driven by there on a trip we took to the east coast when our boys were small. We didn't dare take them inside! Would love to tour there sometime..maybe you could share the inn you stayed at!
    Miss Bloomers

  5. That was a lovely post to open up, first thing in the morning. The table - well, white, silver and mahogany has to be one of the most beautiful combinations ever. You and your friends make a gorgeous picture!

  6. Too bad they wouldn't allow photos! Did you not tell them who you are...and who your friends are?!?!??!! They wouldn't want to deprive the whole tablescaping blog world! Surely they would have made an exception had they known!!! :-) I was just getting my feet wet with blogging back in December 2010, so I don't think I "knew" you yet. This table is totally new to me! :-) It is absolutely gorgeous and just reminds me of how consistently diligent you are about creating fabulous tables!!!

  7. You should do all white more often, Cherry Kay! Stunning...

  8. This is such a spectacular table! I did not see it the first time! I love love love that soup tureen!
    Absolutely beautiful and full of formality and warmth... a very rare combination!

  9. I'm so sorry you didn't get to take pictures inside.. So very sad. I honestly think I have some from many years ago. I'll have to look. At my age, you know I could be sooo mistaken. Love love the white tables. And how similar they both look. The white tureens are so elegant and just wonderful. Especially with white poinsettias. Love the photo of the garden group! I ditto Jacqueline's comment about how gorgeous each lady is.. Be blessed. xo marlis

  10. Your daughter's voice is exquisite and well as the video:-)
    Thank you.
    Everything looks just perfect here..and your friends dear.

  11. Your tables are lovely! Your napkins are so pretty (and I have to look for that "wash" to get out a few stains I have in some of my linens) I wish I took photos of all my girlfriends last night - I just get so caught up in the fun that I forget. Lucky you to have such a wonderful circle of friends. A Table band would look lovely on that round table!!

  12. CK, I'm glad you shared this one again. It's gorgeous and I always love any opportunity to get a look at that amazing tureen. ;-)
    You and your girlfriends are a great looking group of women. Prettier than the table and that's saying a lot!!!
    So happy to hear you had a fun birthday get away.......Rest up and enjoy the weekend! ~ Sarah

  13. there! This is got to be one of your most beautiful table, what with that gorgeous white tureen, perfect! I've done white ones before and I love them! Yours is so elegant and so inviting; your friends are a great group of ladies and lucky to be at your table too. Happy Holidays.

  14. We made our first trip to Biltmore House in the spring during the spring floral show. I felt the same way you did...the fireplaces were decorated so beautifully with spring florals and the dining room table had a floral centerpiece that was taller and larger than anything I'd ever seen and no pictures! I can only imagine how amazing it must have been with holiday decorations. We did buy the book with the photos because there was simply too much to take in during one visit.

    I love white during the holidays...or any time really. Very pretty things.

  15. Absolutely beautiful. I love all sorts of china, but I think white dishes are my favourite. Every kind of food looks wonderful on them.

    Thanks for sharing, xoxo

  16. This has been an interesting journey. While looking for images of white poinsettias on Pinterest yesterday, I came across one of these photos. Oddly, the source link took me to Walgreens photo service. That was frustrating because I wanted a closer look at the dinner plates but couldn't remember their name. Back in the 80's I registered for that same pattern but, after only receiving a few tea cups, I ended up going with Mottahedah's Blue Canton (another great pattern). But my heart still throbs for Wedgewood's Countryware. Alas, it was discontinued some time back. Anyway-- Today I did an image drop (technology!) into Google Search and it brought me here. Hooray! Now I know the original source of the photo AND I have been reunited with the name of the beautiful bone china I fell in love with thirty years ago. Thank you!


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