Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Same Song, Second Verse

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.

Several weeks ago, I shared a Christmas luncheon that I hosted for friends, A Cup of Christmas Tea, Variation I.  This week, I wanted to continue the story with A Cup of Christmas Tea, Variation II.  I used the same concept to create a Christmas luncheon for a second group of dear friends.  I made a few changes...just because I wanted to mix it up a little.

We're back at the games table and tree-side...

Music will be provided by the Simpich Carolers, holding their seasonal concert on the refectory table. 

Look familiar?  There are really only three tweaks to this table...

...A new group of the wonderful teapots painted by the fabulous PATTI @ PANDORA'S BOX.  Once again, they were perfect as my centerpieces and a delightful surprise for my friends, who took them home as their Christmas gifts from me.

 ...The tea strainers are new, just because I couldn't find them for the first luncheon.  I served a delicious Creme Brûlée tea with dessert.

...The final change for today's luncheon was the antique Rose Famille Dinner Plate.  I decided to use them just because I thought that I might like them in the mix.  I did.

It was a wonderful day for food and fellowship with precious friends...

...a time to create cherished memories that made Christmas, 2012, special.  If you happen to pass my way, I'd love to set a table full of memories for you, too! 

Wednesday is the 42nd 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 forTUTORIALS, 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 "BETWEEN NAPS ON THE PORCH."   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 January, I think of how nice it is to have all the Christmas decorations stored away until next year.  I love our Christmas house, but I always appreciate the pared down version each January.  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 memeSEASONAL SUNDAYS.  Hope to see you there! 

This week I'm inking to Jamiann at The Blackberry Vine for Tuesday's To Do and List Makers.  Come along to find some inspiration and 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 "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 can just imagine the laughter and chat and bonhomie there must have been around your beautiful table. What a generous host you are!

  2. Cherry Kay, you know I loved this setting! The Rose Famille plates were a lovely addition. Very pretty!

  3. A gorgeous table and your friends must have felt so special. Love your gift for them, so beautiful. I have always admired the pattern of your teacup. That is a very old pattern and I have a dear friend who was given a complete set that belonged to her mother. Every time she uses them I am always wishing I had that pattern. Lovely table!!!

    Carolyn/A Southerner's Notebook

  4. You have such a flair for setting a welcoming and lovely table! This is just amazing and your friends are so lucky to have you as such a generous friend.

    I love the carollers (I have a collection of Possible Dreams carollers) and I admire the way you displayed them on "snow"...I will have to remember this for next year.

    Happy New Year, dear friend!

  5. Your tables are filled with delights, and I know your friends felt the love that created this beautiful setting. The Family Rose plates look nice with the CC. I need to branch out more to see what will pair up with the CC chargers.
    Thanks for sharing this "second verse". ~ Sarah

  6. What a wonderful tea for your friends, Cherry Kay! You sent them home with the sweetest and most thoughtful gift. The creme brûlée tea sounds like my cuppa tea!!

  7. Such. A beautiful table, Cherry Kay! I love the mix of plates and those carolers look fabulous. I love the mix of colors too. What lovely teapot presents to your guests, really a treat....Christine

  8. Beautiful table...hope your friends appreciate your tables as much as I do! It is always a treat to come here to see what your table is each week, Cherry Kay.

  9. The Rose Famille plates are sooo wonderful on this table!!! What lucky friends to know you. Your generosity is all in the details. I love that you share your talents with us each week. The Simplich carolers are wonderful additions. The entire scene is pure delight for the senses. The courtly check makes a fabulous statement on the table.. Looking forward to a fun 2013 at your tables.. xo marlis

  10. What an amazing setting.. Your table is just exquisite.. So many wonderful details. I love the color combination also and the carolers take it over the top. I would have loved to be there. Your friends are very lucky... I am sure you all had a wonderful time.


  11. I just want to know, if I can be your friend??? Oh my, would I love to receive one of those teapots for Christmas - lol!! The table is a "delight for the eye"! Everywhere I looked, there was something beautiful and the way that you mixed all of the pieces together was stunning. Thank you for sharing this - wow!!

  12. Spectacular, Cherry Kay!! I ♥♥♥ every inch of it & missed the first one, so I'll go back to find it.

    Your Simpich Carolers are so charming & your tree looks lovely in the corner.
    The painted teapots knocked my socks off! I didn't know Patti did those, although I've admired other projects of hers.

    You have such a wonderful calling to sharing your blessings with your friends & with us. Thank you SO MUCH for that!


  13. This table is definitely a favorite! And I just showed your carolers scene to my husband. We definitely wish it had worked out to connect when we came home from Santa Fe. We arrived last night, quite tired after driving the last two days in rain. We certainly didn't enjoy the fare and the ambience you served your friends on our way home!

    It is good to be home, and we will be going back to Santa Fe, possibly sooner than later, so maybe next time.


  14. I love your charming carolers. Delightful!

    You have the knack for creativity as is evident in this tablescape. I love the famille rose plate with the check charger- great idea!

    The painted teapots are stunning! The entire room is spectacular.

  15. The tablescape is so darling, I love it so much, those painted teapots are soo darned cute and what a clever idea...love the whole table, so festive and so full of cute ideas...thanks for sharing...

  16. Wow, gorgeous tables. I especially love the checkered patterns. Your precious carolers are lovely. Such a pleasure to visit as always.

  17. Beautiful tables, gorgeous decorations. I'll bet a wonderful time was had by all!

  18. So elegant and beautiful. "A Cup of Christmas Tea" is my favorite holiday story. I have done two charity tablescapes with that theme, always using my Homer Laughlin china with pink roses inherited from my Aunt Minnie. Always hoping the theme will encourage guests to visit their aunts and other elderly friends and relatives. The story always brings tears to my eyes as I feel like I am six again!

  19. You might guess I'm crazy about the way you mixed patterns. That is what makes your table so interesting, and I do love the cupcake cloche.


  20. Gorgeous.lovely setting for the season.thank you..:):)

  21. OMG! I don't know where to begin! I love everything! Now I need those Simplich carolers! You didn't miss a single detail, even the backdrop to the carolers looks like something out of a Dickens novel. Is this part of the set? You are so generous, and your friends are very lucky to have you in their lives. Now I'm off to see the First Verse. :-)

  22. Wow ! You brought together so many elements to make this table setting spectacular and unique. I love it.

  23. Helo Cherry Kay-
    It's always good hearing from you! Love this table and the little changes. Those MacKenzie Childs chargers make a great backdrop to the beautiful dishes! Love the carolers too! I agree even though I love my holiday decorating its nice to get it put away and get the home back in order!

  24. It is beautiful Cherry, so much color! I bet it was fun!
    Thanks so much for linking to Let's Dish!

  25. Hi! I’m new follower of your blog and would like to invite you to join me at my weekly Clever Chicks Blog Hop: http://www.the-chicken-chick.com/2013/01/clever-chicks-blog-hop-19-hog-wash_27.html

    I hope you can make it!


    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick

  26. Beautiful table! What a lovely gift idea to have Patti paint some teapots. I'll bet your friends were thrilled to pieces with them! I never thought to ask her to make something ~ I'll have to do that, as I love her black and white checked pieces.


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