Monday, August 19, 2013

Jadeite and Sunflowers

"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've had  a blessed abundance of rain this summer out here on the prairie.  Everything is green and lush.  The colors are bright and blooms are prolific all over town.  Our summer bounty was the inspiration for my table this week.

Lots of color....we could be sitting in the middle of the garden.

The colorful Zina Vasi tablecloth, an eBay find, set the color story for today's design.

 A footed Jadeite bowl held large sunflowers...

...and each place setting was punctuated with a small Jadeite footed tumbler holding a small sunflower.

 I thought that I would use either the Walmart rattan charger....
 or the Bormioli red glass charger...

 I ultimately decided to use them both.  The rattan charger on the bottom effectively made the red charger look much brighter on the dark tablecloth.

 Lunch will be served on the Fire King Jadeite Alice dinner plate.  Tip:  This plate is a good example of my philosophy of "take your time."  I've watched 12 of these sell on eBay for $500.00.  No way!  I bought mine at an estate sale for $3.00 each x 13 plates = $39.00.  I felt pretty darned cocky.

 The Jadeite Lotus plate will hold our dessert...

 ...and the Jadeite Lotus bowl will be used to serve gazpacho for a first course.

 Spicing up the table...the Vietri red optic goblet complimented the Fenton Empress amber goblet.

The Waverly beaded napkin ring, from Cuisine Kathleen, held a hemstitched napkin.  They paired nicely with the L'Argent Sophia Gold flatware.

 I liked the shapes, the textures and the colors against the florals in the tablecloth.

Vibrant...energetic...enthusiastic and fun are descriptions that come to mind.

I predict delightful fellowship and lots of laughter.  If you're passing my way, just ring the bell.  We'll add an additional place setting and pull up another chair!

This week I'll be joining the following parties:

Inspire Me Tuesday with Marty @ A Stroll Through Life
Let's Dish @ Cuisine Kathleen
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 credentials, but lots of experience.


  1. Here, in Indiana, we've had a bumper-crop year, also. It is a blessing, indeed! I love the colors in your table setting! And the yellow sunflowers(a favorite of mine) just brighten the whole table! The Jadite dinnerware is such a pretty color, too...almost a bluish tint to it!

  2. So cheerful, colorful and really vibrant! A beautiful summery table indeed, Cherry Kay. I love the jadeite dishes and love the tablecloth too....Christine

  3. Cherry Kay, this is beautiful! I love the Jadeite pieces, especially those lotus plates are fabulous. Your choices of colors from the tablecloth are so bright and happy - woke me up early this morning!!

  4. What a colorful table. My luncheon today will feature those sunflowers as a centerpiece -- sunflowers make great centerpieces!

  5. Cherry Kay, your hunting and gathering skills amaze me. The jadeite is gorgeous! It's the perfect setting to celebrate the lush green summer you are enjoying. I know very little about jadeite, so it's especially fun for me to see this pretty table setting. I didn't realize that jadeite was produced in such interesting designs. Thanks for sharing yet another perfect table!

  6. Your table is so pretty. Love your linens and I simply adore your Jadeite! Wish I had some more pieces. I've only got two mixing bowls. You did well.
    be a sweetie,
    Shelia ;0

  7. Cherry Kay, that is gorgeous! I love the mother had quite a collection of it when we were all still at home, in fact it was our everyday dinnerware.

  8. Cherry Kay, this is a fabulous creation! Oh goodness, just everywhere on the table is a feast for the eyes. I love your jadeite. You have collected some wonderful pieces. The glasses and the chargers add the perfect crowning touches. Happy waning days of summer! xo marlis

  9. How beautiful. But you left out an adjective to describe this lovely setting: opulent. Just perfect for a late summer/early autumn day. xoxox

  10. Stunning Tablescape. Those green dishes are gorgeous and I love the tablecloth too. Thanks for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  11. I have always admired Jadite, however I don't own any. Your colors are so bright and cheery - and I would have never imagined putting these colors together! As always, it is a lovely setting!

  12. Cherry Kay,
    This is a beautiful combination of colors. I love the way you bring everything together on your tables. I have found that it is a good thing to have patience like you are talking about. good things come to those that wait....but sometimes that is hard to do. :-).
    Really enjoyed admiring your table..and will PIN this one for sure..
    Love, Mona

  13. OMG! The Jadeite is gorgeous. And what a beautiful combination with the red Bormioli charger. Fabulous table as usual. Makes my heart flutter......

  14. Hi Cherry Kay, Your table is indeed cheerful with all the colors! I've never seen such interesting pieces of jadite although I have always admired the green color and milky appearance. Very clever shopping too! Linda

  15. Ann Krucek left a lovely comment which my fat fingers deleted. I've been able to copy and paste her kind words. Cherry Kay

    This is a beautiful table! Very different, very pretty!
    I love the jadeite and those napkin rings!! Your setting compliments that gorgeous tablecloth perfectly. Ann Krucek

  16. This looks fabulous! I would have never dreamed to use the Jadite with sunflowers and rattan but your tablecloth totally makes it work! I love unexpected pairings for tables, makes everything lots more fun!

  17. Visiting from Let's Dish. What a gorgeous table, and your jadeite has me drooling. Gorgeous collection. Pam

  18. What a fabulous tablecloth! You brought out so many of the colors beautifully! Super jadeite pieces, just lovely!

  19. Love the jadeite!!!!And I love your philosophy about collecting. But sometimes it is hard to be so patient! You have some wonderful shapes and it looks fantastic with the contrast of that tablecloth.

    - The Tablescaper

  20. I stopped by to THANK YOU for your visit and was so pleasantly surprised to find this absolutely beautiful tablsacpe!!! LOVE all the colrs!! Beautiful!!


  21. Your jadeite collection is to die for! Beautiful table...

  22. Oh wow, Cherry Kay, this table is gorgeous. Love the Jadite and what a bargain. I need to go to Estate Sales. Your color combinations are perfect and make each just pop. Love it all.

  23. What a gorgeous table -- and the creators of Jadeite probably never dreamed it could look so up-town! Just goes to show that in the hands of someone with your talent, anything can look upscale if it is put together correctly.


  24. Your dishes are simply stunning and you are right, sometimes just watching and waiting is the perfect strategy...

  25. Oh I love your jadite! Martha Stewart was talking about her & her daughters collection on the radio yesterday. They have emassed over 30,000 pieces, which probably accounts for the pricing.

  26. Your dishes are beautiful! And your tablecloth...WOW! It is so cheerful! I wish I could stop by and have lunch with you......Sunflowers are a happy flower!
    Blessings My Friend,

  27. love LOVE the color combo....and especially the jadeite......that jadeite color with the other autumnal vibrancy is just a stunning contrast....truly stunning, really.


  28. I forgot you had such a wonderful Jadeite collection ... and wouldn't have thought to mix Jadeite with such dark colors ... but (once again) you certainly pulled it off beautifully! Using both chargers was a great idea. This tablescape would work well in the early Fall, too!

  29. What gorgeous colors and textures you have chosen this time around, and adding the sunflowers gave the table a pop of summer color.

  30. I am so envious of your jadeite. It makes a gorgeous statement and of course I love the Provencal style tablecloth. Just in case you missed it -- here's my tribute to jadeite.

  31. Hello Cherry Kay... Just visiting to say hello.. You have the most magnificent collection of china and glassware. The Jadeite plates are exquisite. Beautiful table.


  32. Oh, Cherry Kay...what a gorgeous table setting. The tablecloth is so beautiful..what a find! And the jadeite brings out the color in it. You always set a great table but this is magnificent. Love it.

  33. Such a great buy on the Jadeite dinner plates! you should have felt cocky! Your table is so pretty. What a wonderful collection of Jadeite, and I love the footed tumblers holding sunflowers at each place setting. Those red chargers are stunning on the rattan, and the napkin rings are such a touch of elegance. laurie

  34. Wonderfully deep, rich colors to this table, Cherry Kay! I have always loved is one of my favorite colors & Martha Stewart used to feature lots of it in her magazine.
    I especially love the pretty shape of the Jadeite Lotus bowl. I didn't know it came in so many different forms.
    You always do such a lovely job of combining bits & pieces of your collections.
    Thank you so much for sharing them with us!



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