Monday, September 9, 2013

Hannah's Bridal Shower and Supper

"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. 

Did you miss me last week?  I certainly missed you!  KC hosted another party at my house last Wednesday.  I kept thinking that I could get all the details together in time to publish my post about the evening, but it just didn't happen.  Not only did I work up to the last minute, I was totally pooped by the end of the party.

Hannah is one of KC's close friends, so I was blessed to be able to open our home and the china closets to KC to create her party.  KC was excited because this was the first of the fetes that she planned that featured a seated dinner.  She was excited to use a number of her grandmother's and great-grandmother's things to design her tables.  Because KC was the matron-of-honor in the wedding and busy with a multitude of wedding party duties, she chose to cater the food.  Fair warning:  this is a photo intensive post.

 KC prepared the dining table...

...and the games table in the living room for her 16 guests.

From the get-go, KC knew that she wanted to use our dear Nana's antique Limoge gold incrusted, Dresden Flower dinner plates.  Tip:  The tables were going to be a bit crowded, so KC chose to forego a large charger plate to create a feeling of more space.  Dinner was plated and served on the Castleton Laurel luncheon plate.  I forgot to snap a picture of it.  For the record, I try to avoid serving food directly on these great old Limoges plates.  They've survived this long, and I want them to be available for the enjoyment of future generations of our family.  The Reed & Barton Francis I sterling flatware belonged to my mother-in-love.  KC also chose this pattern for her wedding silver.

An assortment of four colors of the Waterford Simply goblets was paired with Nana's antique French cut crystal wine goblets for the dining table.

The games table also featured the Waterford Simply goblets with the Lalique Treves wine goblet, part of my wedding crystal.

 My mother-in-loves peach Madeira napkin was held by an engagement ring napkin ring...

...It matched her magnificent tablecloth...such a noble old piece.  I don't know the maker for certain, but I have often suspected that it might be Marghab Madiera.  The workmanship is exquisite.

 The games table was laid with the Williams-Sonoma light pink hemstitched linen table cloth.  The lace topper and the Madeira napkins  also belonged to sweet Nana.

KC's centerpiece for the dining table featured Nana's English silver presentation bowl, bursting with Hydrangeas, and flanked by the Val St. Lambert crystal candlesticks, the Dollar Tree crystal votives...

...and a quartet of peach rose nosegays in Nana's antique French crystal tumblers.

The games table centerpiece featured Nana's Black Starr & Frost presentation bowl overflowing with assorted colors of Hydrangeas.

KC knew what she wanted to achieve from beginning... end.  

I even managed to capture some candlelight shots...

Hannahs bridal supper and lingerie shower was a delightful and lovely evening.  After the gifts were opened, the wedding party departed for downtown to continue the celebration.  I don't know how KC was able to keep going...I couldn't get in bed quickly enough!  Ah, youth!

This week I'll be joining the following parties:

Inspire Me Tuesday with Marty @ A Stroll Through Life
Centerpiece Wednesday with The Style Sisters
Tablescape Thursday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch

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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. Cherry Kay, with tables this lovely, I am always happy to view as many photographs, as you are willing to show us! KC did an incredible job of pulling together all of your beautiful treasures. I am constantly amazed at all of your Nana's pieces - that presentation bowl is stunning. I am sure that Hannah was delighted to be honored at such an event. Best wishes to her and her future groom!

  2. Very pretty tables as always and these are such elegant tables befitting an occasion like a bridal shower supper!

  3. Lucky bride, to have a friend and matron of honour like your daughter. It seems that there is a group of young women in OKC that will be happy to carry on the lovely traditions of hospitality and a beautiful table!

  4. Wow such beautiful tables and the settings. Love the china, exquisite. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  5. Such a beautiful table. Those Limoge dinner plates are surely such a treasure. Love the engagement ring napkin rings, and hydrangeas are always so beautiful. Joni

  6. Cherry Kay, the settings are absolutely gorgeous! Everything is so elegant. It's just exquisite.

  7. Stunning tables. You have some of the most gorgeous table linens, china, goblets and special pieces for the flower arrangements that I have ever seen. Truly gorgeous.

    Carolyn/A Southerner's Notebook

  8. I did miss you! ;-)
    This is a gorgeous table, and KC was a dear to host such a special dinner party for the bride. It makes me smile to know that KC and her young friends appreciate pretty dishes and enjoy setting a beautiful table. What a legacy you are providing for these young women.
    ~ Sarah

  9. Oh my gosh, this tables are amazing, so elegant and luxurious! I love the chinas you used and the stems, which are stunning! You were so lucky to have had a wonderful beloved Nana who left you some gorgeous treasures for setting amazing tablescapes to enterteing, as grand as you do.
    The presentation bowl is beautiful. Happiness to Hanna and her fiancee.

  10. The tables were so lovely and inviting! I am sure they all had a wonderful time. KC takes after Mom - she certainly has picked up your flair for setting a beautiful table - How lucky that you have such a grand supply to choose from!

  11. Everything turned out so beautiful, love the china and all the crystal, especially those glasses they are many treasures, it's a beautiful table..Phyllis

  12. those plates!

  13. Oh Cherry Kay, KC really got your talent too. Such a pretty tablescape and those table pieces are just so exquisite. What an elegant gorgeous table. Best wishes to the bride to be!....Christine

  14. Your tablescapes are so lovely and always inspire me to look at the things in my china cupboard in a different way.

    With a table this beautiful, I wouldn't even care what you served me -- though I know in my heart that anything you serve must be wonderful! :)


  15. KC takes after her momma! These tables are gorgeous. Each element complimenting the next. The presentation bowls are gorgeous. Wow. The dinner plates are priceless, I certainly understand the resistance to eating from them. I love that she did this for the group, what wonderful memories they will have. I have been in absentia for two weeks now.. we have our annual tapas party this saturday and there was just sooo much to do. Hugs.. xo marlis

  16. This is a wonderfully TIMELESS table...elegant....serene....a restrained beauty......


  17. Your pictures are so beautiful, they look like they were taken on the set of Downton Abbey when Lady Mary Crawley and Matthew Crawley were engaged. So elegant, so traditional, so many wonderful family heirlooms. Simply exquisite.

  18. Another beautiful party at your home! How wonderful to fill the table with those elegant treasures!
    So glad you could join Let's Dish this week.

  19. Such beautiful pieces and I ESP enjoyed the candlelight pictures.

  20. Cherry Kay, this is such an elegant and stunning table befitting for this truly beautiful bridal shower. Such a lucky bride. Please stop by for a visit.




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