Monday, March 4, 2013

Old Gold & Amethyst...Royal Crown Derby Olde Avesbury

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.

The Garden Friends met at my house this last week.  I invited anyone who was available to stay for lunch.  I set a table for eight and prepared a lunch of Shrimp and Asparagus Risotto, Spinach Salad, Hot Bread, and Mini Pecan Tarts. 
This week my inspiration was all about the tablecloth.  This is a vintage double damask tablecloth that I found on eBay.  Tip:  Double damask tablecloths are quite versatile because they are reversible.  The opposite side of this one has a gorgeous cream field with the oriental toile design in the gold.  Today I was going for a strong punch of color, so I chose to use the gold field of the cloth.

  As the foundation for the centerpiece, I placed the Mottahedeh Tureen, an eBay acquisition, on a large wooden stand.

  On either side of the tureen, I used an assortment of design elements.  The pink Mercury Glass stemmed votives were found on the clearance aisle at Michael's.  I found them a couple of weeks ago, and I wouldn't be surprised if they are still available in the store.  The Lalique Game Cock belonged to our dear Nana.  She purchased the pair in the 1920's.  Today I filled the Lenox Urns with a variety of Sam's flowers that picked up the colors in the dinner plates...

  The Royal Crown Derby Olde Avesbury is also an eBay find.  I placed it on a dusty lavender charger plate from Michael's.  I like the way that the furl of the bird's tail feathers is mimicked in the shape and carving of the antique ivory handled flatware and the toile pattern of the tablecloth.

I found a dozen of these vintage Madeira napkins at an estate sale. Tip:  Have you been searching for a laundry product that safely restores and cleans antique and vintage linens?  Check with Susan @ MY PLACE TO YOURS.

Continuing my emphasis on old gold and amethyst, I chose to use the Vietri Amber Optical and the AJKA Arabella goblets for water and wine.  

I like the way this is all going together...

...A bright late winter day spent seated at the knee of Sweet Jesus and studying His Word...

...With priceless friends, more valuable than the finest jewels...

....Followed by a simple meal, precious conversation, and lots of laughter. 

Let me know if you happen to pass my way.  You'll always be welcome to join us at the table.

Come join me at Marty's TABLETOP TUESDAY...always a great place to visit!

I'm joining Jamiann @ The Blackberry Vine for TUESDAY TO DO AND LIST MAKERS.  So many inspirational ideas won't want to miss it!
Wednesday is the 51st 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!

I'm joining The Style Sisters for CENTERPIECE WEDNESDAYS.  Don't miss it!  

Thank you, yet again, to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting her magical meme,  "TABLESCAPE THURSDAYS."   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.

March, a month of so many transitions...I find myself still enjoying a Winter eve's fire in the fireplace while looking with sweet anticipation toward Spring.  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!  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. Such a beautiful table from the plates to those stunning glasses and the fab napkins, love the whole thing, pretty pretty...

  2. Cherry Kay, once more, you have created a masterpiece on the table! From the gorgeous tablecloth to the Lalique piece, everything is so carefully selected. Such beautiful plates and the Mottahedeh tureen is stunning. Looking at your tables is like looking at a fine piece of art. I am so thrilled that I can enjoy them online.

  3. Your table is so elegant and classy, Cherry Kay. The table cloth is gorgeous, and those plates, OMG! I am drooling!...Christine

  4. I so enjoy your tables, Cherry Kay. This is such a lovely one. What a gorgeous china pattern...and the tureen is absolutely stunning.

  5. Totally exquisite. That tureen is to most beautiful one I have ever seen. Thanks tons for joinig TTT. Hugs, Marty

  6. I had to think for a moment about what famous designer this style reminds me of, and I finally hit it: Alberto Pinto! I have his book, and I thumb through it often for inspiration. I think the use of the gold and shades of purple along with the incredible china is the resemblance that struck me. SO pretty! That china is just more beautiful than words can express!!! Extending the centerpiece with multiple floral designs and decorative pieces just always makes your tables look so great!!! Oh, my...Your lucky, lucky Garden Club members!!!

  7. What a beautiful table - everything works so well together. You had some great finds.
    Have a wonderful week.

  8. Cherry Kay, this is an exceptionally gorgeous table. The dishes really needed the beautiful tablecloth as a backdrop! Ditto what Alycia said... first thought in my head when I saw this table.. Love the menu. Shrimp and Asparagus risotto is my favorite dish! (well one of them anyway). The tureen is breathtaking. Gorgeous.. xo marlis

  9. What a beautiful and dramatic table! The plates are stunning, and you displayed them perfectly in this lush tablescape. I love the colored crystal with it!

  10. I just love this colorful, cheerful table set on such an elegant tablecloth! Those plates are wonderful, and I love that soup tureen! I know your guests must have been really blessed! =D

  11. I know you won't be surprised when I say you had me at "double damask." (Actually, you had me when you listed your menu.) You are so right about the versatility of double damask table linens. Your cloth is stunning and is the absolutely perfect foundation for your table this week! I love the "pops" of purple.

    Thank you for the shout out. It's always nice to have a satisfied customer! Why don't more people believe us when we tell them it's really not hard to care for vintage linens...

  12. This is gorgeous! What beautiful plates and glasses, not to mention the tablecloth.

    And would you share the recipe for the risotto?

    - The Tablescaper

  13. Cherry Kay, you always set the most exquisite tables! Your guests must feel so special.

  14. As always Cherry Kay, your tables are so elegant and lovely! The dishes are beautiful, the Lalique and the tureen is to die for! The gorgeous tablecloth really brings it all together, beautifully! Thanks for sharing and have a fun Let's Dish.

  15. Cherry Kay,

    This table is just beautiful. You have such gorgeous pieces and they all work together so well. I agree with my namesake, Diane, it's like a piece of fine art and it does have a true museum quality to it. dianne

  16. *sigh* Every time I visit your beautiful blog, I just sit & gaze at the photos & drink in every inch of your gorgeous stuff!!! Such elegant pieces, displayed so lovingly, especially your tureen.
    I know ENVY is one of the 7 deadly I'm straight to "you know where"!!! LOL

    Just wonderful...every inch!
    Thank you so much for sharing & educating us with each & every post you do, Cherry Kay. I loved seeing your retrospective, too.


  17. A beautiful table! And so unexpected. The cloth is wonderful! And the plates are amazing! The colors work beautifully together I'm sure your friends just rave!, and the flowers are the perfect shade!

  18. Beautiful as always...
    the plates and goblets are really stunning.
    You have such an elegant home.. I really enjoy your tablescapes.

  19. Another beautiful table with gorgeous plates and stemware. Love the tureen, such a gorgeous centerpiece plus the tablecloth is perfect.

  20. Cherry Kay, sorry I'm late getting to visit. Busy week away from the house. I'm really smiling reading through this post because we have the salad plates in the Old Avesbury in the same color way. We bought them to go with our wedding china. Perhaps we need to plan another post together. '-)
    Love the gorgeous damask cloth. You find beautiful things on eBay. Thanks for sharing this lovely setting that you shared with your Garden Friends.

  21. By the way, I have to say....I love your gorgeous china cabinets filled with such beautiful treasures! I sure wish we had room for a few in our dining room!

    Also, I would love for you to come and share this post at my very first link party...the FESTIVE FRIDAY FIESTA! It's running now through Sunday at Noon ET.

    Sure would love to see you there! Hope you're having a great weekend!

  22. Wow, that tablecloth is magnificent! The tureen is just beautiful. What a wonderful table, so rich!
    Thanks so much for linking to Let's Dish!

  23. I can always count on you for the most gorgeous tables. I love every inch of it. Loving how the birds in the chine go so well with Nana's game cock.
    Thanks for your lovely spirit, Ginger

  24. I'm DROOLING!!! Every little bit is GORGEOUS!


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