Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Birthday Luncheon for Cindy, 6.13

"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.

It was a gorgeous late spring day, and we were gathering to celebrate my friend Cindy's birthday.  Somedays Mr. Sunshine just seems to enjoy cooperating with my camera.

 You know the M.O.S....

...Small group of five.....games table in the living room.

 The centerpiece revolved around this Hutschenreuther tureen, an eBay find.  Tip:  I often elevate certain pieces in my centerpiece.  The vertical movement brings an extra element of interest to the eye.  Flanking the tureen are a pair of Val St. Lambert crystal candlesticks and a pair of crystal decanters found at Tuesday Morning.  The decanters will be used for iced water for my guests.

Green hydrangeas were placed in the Fenton pink ruffled coin dot bowls.  

A single cluster of rhododendrons was slipped into an assortment of Waterford crystal posy vases next to each place setting.  I occasionally find the vases at estate sales and antique stores, and if I can pick one up for a great deal, it comes home with me.

 The Bormioli hot pink glass charger takes on the texture and pattern of the white mattelasse tablecloth.

 On any given day, the Coalport Exotic Bird, Z3137, is my favorite of all my patterns.  I've been searching for it for ten years, and in that time, I've located 6 dinner plates.  Just about the time that I give up on finding any more, one will pop up on eBay...so far for a very reasonable price.

 I usually don't like to cover the Exotic Bird plate, but today I happily made an exception.  I picked up 12 of this Copeland Spode unnamed luncheon plate on eBay.  I just couldn't resist them.

Topping the stack, a Tiffin gold rimmed plate hosted...

 ...a gold rimmed Glaston-Lotus footed chiller...

Be still my heart...I came across 12 of these...never used...still with the original tags...at a local antique mall...for $70.00 for the entire set.  The tag said "price firm"...I grabbed them immediately.

The Oneida Modern Baroque flatware seemed an obvious choice for today.  The Limoges open salt belonged to our Nana.  I chose the apple green hemstitched napkin and the Coalport Countryware napkin ring just for fun and whimsy.  Cindy loves pink and green.

For our wine...our sweet Nana's antique French cut crystal goblet.  I've never been able to identify it, but antique dealers always tell me that it's French.  For water or tea, the Waterford Simply Lilac goblet.  I like the way that they add additional texture and reflective value to my design.

 In the foyer, Mimosas would be awaiting my guests when they arrived...

 ...Served in the LaStelle lilac goblets, found at Home Goods during a visit to Dallas...

The antique Heisey cut crystal pitcher, found at a local antique store, was my birthday present for Cindy.

  More gifts for the birthday girl...

 On your mark...

 ...get set....

Ready to go!  It's going to be a wonderful day filled with blessed food, laughter, conversation, and fellowship.  Passing my way?  I'd love to set a table and share a meal with you!

Parties I'll be joining this week:
Let's Dish @ Cuisine Kathleen
Tutorials, Tips, & Tidbits with Yvonne @ Stone Gable
Centerpiece Wednesday @ The Style Sisters
Tablescape Thursday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch
Seasonal Sundays @ The Tablescaper
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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. Lucky, lucky birthday girl! What a delight that lunch must have been - the table, the arrangement, the flowers - all sure to make your friend feel very, very special!

  2. A very pretty table as always -- I love both the Coalport and the Spode patterns.

  3. Cherry Kay, I do not know how many new glowing adjectives that I can use to describe your tables. I know that I sound like (I know that you cannot hear me, but in my head - lol!!) a broken record. This is beautiful, gorgeous and fantastic. Your ability to mix together all of your pieces is incredible. I hope that your friend, Cindy, had a wonderful birthday - I'll bet that she did!!

  4. Such a gorgeous table setting, your friend will feel so very special. I LOVE everything about it but where did you find those Hot Pink chargers? I immediately wanted to find some like them, Hot Pink is my FAVORITE color. I really like the china as well, sooooooooo beautiful.

    Carolyn/A Southerner's Notebook

  5. Thanks to you, I now know that the whole set of gold rimmed stemware I found at an estate sale is Glaston Lotus. I can't wait for your tablescapes to show up in my blogger feed. I look forward to each beautiful composition. It seems like there are fewer and fewer tablescapes being posted, so each one of yours is so much more appreciated.

  6. Looks gorgeous and sounds heavenly! I'm sure everyone had a wonderful time. Thanks for sharing.

  7. Cindy is a lucky girl to have her birthday celebrated at one of your tables! The stack of plates is exquisite. I can see why the salads had to come your way. They are perfect with the Coalport, and the gold stems are the icing on the cake. Happy Birthday, Cindy!
    Thanks for sharing this gorgeous table, Cherry Kay!

  8. Ohhh, ahhh. This is so spectacular. Love the deep pinks and wonderful golds. Oh, how I wish you lived closer. We could celebrate birthdays in style!!!

    - The Tablescaper

  9. What can I say to you my friend...except that this tablescape for your friend's birthday is simply STUNNING with capital letters!!! The dishes, the tureen, the glasses and flatware, along with the flowers are amazing and exquisite! Big hugs,

  10. Beautiful combination of plates - I love the colors and patterns together. The photos of your flowers came out with wonderful vibrant colors. Very Pretty!!

  11. Cherry Kay, you sure know how to make a friend feel special on her birthday! The choice of plates is perfect for a summer celebration.
    Thanks for sharing this gorgeous table!

  12. I thought I saw one of those plates this past week on ebay! They are stunning. Love the way you use color. It reminds me of the perfect jewelry with an outfit. I recognized the Hutschenreuther piece right away, the turn of the top and the splay of the handles gives them away!! So pretty Cherry Kay, I can just hear the fun and laughter that surrounded this table as the ladies were being blessed by your hospitality and gorgeous creation. xo marlis

  13. The brilliant color!!!! Wow!!! This table really, really comes alive with unbelievable color!!! This is just beautiful, Cherry Kay!

    As always, you have masterfully married patterns in your china, and everything on the table looks as if it were born to be here!

    When you found those footed compotes, I'll bet there was smoke billowing behind your little footsteps running to pay for them and call them your own!!! :-) Those things are GORGEOUS!!! Great price!

    No doubt this would be a table at which every guest - not just the guest of honor - would feel 100% welcome and pampered!!!


  14. Oh what a lovely colourful setting.Fabulous.The plates are so beautiful and the tureen in the middle i just love.i admire your home always.Gives a warm feeling.Wonderful share.thank you..love sujatha..:):)


  15. Oh what a lovely and colourful table.Fabulous.The plates are so beautiful;tureen in the middle i just love it.i admire your home always and it gives a warm feeling.Wonderful share.thank you.Love sujatha..:):)

  16. Simply stunning table! Everything is gorgeous, beginning with that timeless pink and green combination, the hydrangeas are so perfect with the deep pinks in the china, and the gold rimmed footed chiller is a show stopper for sure! It's all movie star glamorous, what a lucky birthday girl!

  17. I always enjoy my visits to your site. Your home is just lovely, warm, and inviting.
    Your table is gorgeous...the colors, flowers, dishes, stemware...wow. Everything is just beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

  18. Very pretty table, Cherry Kay! I love this color scheme.

  19. Cherry Kay....OH MY GOODNESS!!!!
    this is absolutely gorgeous! and those gold rimmed chillers..I'll bet you did grab them right up...so beautiful..your whole table is such a piece of art..you are indeed a table artist....
    Love, Mona
    p.s. I wish I lived close enough to dine at one of your tables. :-)

  20. Everyone knows that I am not a pink person, but this table is stunning, Cherry Kay. I love those dinner plates against the vivid raspberry charger plates.
    Gorgeous tureen, too.
    Have a wonderful week...

  21. Beautiful setting and those lilac goblets are a very warm welcome.

  22. My dear Cherry Kay. This is the most beautiful and elegant table. So much beauty for the eyes. You sure set the most stunning table for your girlfriend. I love everything about. The colors, the exquisite stemware and those dishes. Oh my.. I particularly love the Coalport wild bird plate. You have an amazing collection my friend. And you have an artistic eye to put it all together. It is flawless..



  23. Oh your friend is so blessed by you! What a gorgeous table. I love all the bright bold beautiful colors. I can see why you like the dishes, they are wonderful. I love the exotic bird on them as well. I think the pink charger behind them is genius. I especially enjoyed seeing all the wonderful color from the real flowers as well. Beautiful setting!

  24. OMGosh...come help me up off the floor, please? This tablescape is positively STUNNING! It truly takes my breath away, to see all your gorgeous antiques & precious collectables displayed so perfectly together. I don't even know where to begin to tell which pieces I like best...I love them ALL!

    Your friend, Cindy, had to feel so special when she saw what you had created to honor her birthday. I feel special, just getting to SEE it all online!! You have such a wealth of knowledge about such items & share it with us so generously. Thank you for letting us into your gorgeous home. You are the epitome of the gracious hostess.



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