Tuesday, September 24, 2013

What's Brown, and White, and Red All Over?

"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. 

What's brown, and white, and red all over?  Why my tablescape for Cuisine Kathleen's "Apple Challenge"!  The Garden Friends are coming tomorrow morning for Bible Study and our first birthday luncheon of the new semester.  I'm thrilled to have them gather around my table once again to share food, fun, and priceless fellowship.

The dining table is festooned to welcome Fall and 10 guests.  Kathleen's challenge saved me a sum of money because I didn't buy flowers.  The apples were already in the refrigerator.  Sweet Mister likes to eat apples; I'll need to replace a few.

Williams-Sonoma deep red tablecloth with a brown and white toile motif set the color tone for today's design.

Whitewashed wood finials are making an encore performance in my centerpiece.  This time I'm saying that they are pine cones.....yes, definitely pine cones.  Two pair of the Barley Twist candlesticks contributed another touch of brown...

 I acquired the antique oriental bronze bowl at an estate sale.  Today it displays....what else?...apples.  The fall leaves meandering down the table are just two garlands from Michael's.  I've used them for a number of years.

I had fun with these little goodies.  A friend once gave me a Barbuzzo Candle Carver.  Have you ever seen one?  They can be found on Amazon.com, if you want to take a look.  They are very inexpensive.  Tip:  With the Candle Carver, you can make a candleholder out of a wonderful variety of items.  A tea candle fits perfectly in the opening that the tool creates.  It's pretty easy to make, and I thought that an apple candle was just the perfect touch for you, Kathleen.  Today they are sitting on Copeland Tower Pink individual ashtrays that belonged to my mother-in-love.  Do you remember the days when our parents had guests who sat and smoked at the table after dinner?  These little guys would have been a part of each place setting...so foreign to most of us now, I think.

 The Maryland China Company Minuet charger created a nice frame...

 ...to make the Spode Delamere Brown dinner plate stand out against the toile tablecloth.  You might be familiar with the Woodland Spode pattern.  The Delamere is the same plate, minus the animals in the center.

  Coalport's Athlone Brown salad plate will be removed and returned later for dessert.

 The brown handled flatware was a great bargain from one of the Horchow Click Tock Sales, available to their customers who allow Horchow to send them emails.

This Pottery Barn Flax Hemstitched Linen napkin is one of my favorites.  Today it is caught with the Coalport Countryware napkin ring.

  A pair of crystal goblets lend yet another touch of the browns...

The Vietri Smoke Optical goblet was a nice companion for the rather contemporary brown stem, that I found on eBay.  I don't know the maker of the brown goblet.

Everyone is bringing a dish to share for our luncheon, so my work is done...

I'll be up and around early tomorrow morning to make a treat for the Garden Friends to enjoy while we share our Bible study, so I'm off to bed as soon as I hit 'publish.'  I can hardly wait to see my treasured friends, and I can hardly wait to see what you all do with all those apples! 

This week I'll be joining:

Inspire Me Tuesday with Marty @ A Stroll Through Life
Centerpiece Wednesdays with The Style Sisters 
Let's Dish with Cuisine Kathleen
Tablescape Thursday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch
Seasonal Sundays with The Tablescaper
Autumn Tablescape Link Party with Centsational Girl


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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. Your table is beautiful, love the apples in the center, love the stemware and Love the whole look...Would love to be there for that dinner, wow, so pretty...Phyllis

  2. Love the reds and browns together! You and I were on the same wavelength, as I used that same candle tool, too -- but for a little different reason. I know your friends will enjoy fellowship around this lovely table!

  3. Beautiful as always -- I love to decorate with apples this time of year!

  4. Cherry Kay,
    Your table is lovely. I love the brown and white Spode plates..and with the red tablecloth and the apples in the oriental bowl...wow..It is all just so pretty. I think you did a wonderful job for this apple challenge..
    Love, Mona

  5. Beautiful and elegant. Love the apple centerpiece. The oriental bowl is great- love it's coloring. The apple candle idea is so cute.
    I'm so glad we don't have to endure smokers anymore at the dinner table. I remember the blue cloud of smoke that lingered in the house when I was a kid. Seems like at least 50% of the adults smoked back then.
    I'm sure your guests will love this table!

  6. What lucky guests your bible study group are to enjoy this beautiful table setting for lunch. I love the Spode brown and white plates and the barley twist candle sticks. Lucky buy on the flatware. I have never been home before Horchow's tick tock clock sale expires. Very lovely.

  7. Beautifully creative and as usual , inspiring to me. I love to share the Word with friends & family and please know you have inspired me to do it through entertaining with a meal, tea, and hospitality. Hospitality is never wasted, especially when shared with Christ as the center.

  8. Very elegant, Cherry Kay! Great fall colors.
    Have a wonderful week...

  9. Both you and your daughter are AMAZINGLY talented. Your table is an absolutely work of art and your daughter has an incredible voice and gift for song-writing. I found your gorgeous blog through The Style Sisters blog hop :)

  10. Cherry Kay, I would have known anywhere that this was your table! It is so elegant and full of beautiful tableware. Thank you for the tip about making the tealight holders - that will come in handy. Beautiful job, as always!

  11. Beautiful and elegant as always! Love the all your dishes and that great Apple centerpiece. Perfect!

  12. Simply stunning Cherry Kay, and I love your comment about the ashtrays. I remember my MIL setting her table years ago with Lenox ashtrays at each place! That tool sounds very handy, the real apples with tealights are fabulous! What a wonderful meal will be enjoyed here!

  13. Cherry Kay, This is gorgeous--as always!! You have an amazing knack for combining so many patterns and styles into a successful and beautiful table. I just love it and I always learn so much from you!! I do need one of those little tools for my apples. Thank you for the lovely table. This sounds like my kind of meeting--one where I set the table but do not do the cooking! :) Linda

  14. Oh my Cherry Kay...how DO you do it, again & again? Each & ever tablescape you create is more unique than the last!

    Spectacular whitewashed wood finials...yes, they do look like pinecones.

    I truly prefer the Delamere pattern that you have to the Woodland Spode one....so much more versatile & not so casual.

    BRAVO on another winner! Your friends will feel so special when they walk into the dining room & see this table.

  15. Your table is stunning, Cherry Kay. The centerpiece really makes a statement. I am your sure guests will be impressed as I am.. What a neat tool. I think it is the same that Tricia showed on her post?...Christine

  16. Your table is stunning, Cherry Kay. The centerpiece really makes a statement. I am your sure guests will be impressed as I am.. What a neat tool. I think it is the same that Tricia showed on her post?...Christine

  17. Gorgeous, gorgeous tablescape. Thanks so much for linking to Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  18. Hi Cherry Kay!
    I really missed your gorgeous tablescapes while I was on hiatus! You have such an eye for beauty, and this apple table is no exception. So rich and elegant!

  19. Wow what a fabulous fall/apple tablescape! Love the browns and the combinations you put together for your table! Beautiful as always!
    Miss Bloomers

  20. Cherry Kay, I have to echo all the accolades given above. Each table you set is filled with incredible layers of beauty. I prefer the Delamere to the Woodland because it is much more versatile and your Coalport salads remind me of my Cordell Place Chocolate plates by Lenox. Bravo for a beautiful table. You definitely met the challenge! ~ Sarah

  21. Elegant table! The Spode plates are I love! Hope your hubby didn't get hungry for a apple.

    Cathy <;)

  22. Your table is so warm and inviting - love the red toile tablecloth! Your Bible study friends will enjoy it, I'm sure. You inspired a few ideas here that I wish I'd thought about for my apple table. ;-) Thank you for sharing your daughter's beautiful song and video. She has an blessed gift! Found you at Let's Dish. :-)
    His blessings,
    Kim @ Curtain Queen Creates

  23. What an elegant apple-y table for your garden/ bible study friends, Cherry Kay. You never fail to inspire with all your beautiful plate, goblets and accesories. How fun that everyone will bring a dish to share. I'll bet you'll be making a wonderful dessert to top it off!

  24. Perfect, CK! I just love that bowl as the centerpiece and your little candle holders are de LIGHT ful! :)
    Beautiful Fall table, I know it will be admired.
    Thanks for taking the challenge!

  25. Ahhhh, another lovely, welcoming table! I am always intrigued how you remember the styles and names of all of your pieces - are they labeled in your cupboards or do you just remember them? You also have such clever ideas for centerpieces!

  26. What a gorgeous table! It just saves Fall harvest to me! Every details is perfect!

  27. The twisted candlesticks are lovely. The brown and white Spode plates are on my wish list~Jennifer

  28. Hi Cherry Kay,
    I love your whole table! I see that the little carving tool was used by a few bloggers. I struggled carving my apples. LOL I will definely be buying one. I love your brown & white spode plates. Thank you for visitng me...I am getting around a little late but house hunting is my priority this week!
    Blessings My Friend,

  29. Love the spode plates and the finnials...such a lovely table!

  30. Just lovely, as always! I love the Spode plates...and everything else...

  31. So many times I've thought - 'This is my favourite table' and today I thought it again. I do love the richness of the layers of fall colours you've used. I will have to look for a candle carver - splendid idea!

  32. Gorgeous table..always so elegant and formal. Love the centerpiece of apples...perfect for Fall. The Spode dishes are lovely with the napkins.
    always a pleasure to visit..

  33. I'd love to be there, of course, but would settle to be a fly on the wall to hear what your friends have to say about your table :). It's lovely. I have the blue Delamere and love it; interesting how different they look in different colors! ~Zuni

  34. I forgot to tell you also that your apple "candle holders" reminded me of a cute story. Many years ago I did the same thing with huge, beautiful apples, but I set mine on end tables. Our sweet little niece--probably three or four years old--came over, and I noticed she was looking at them very closely, so i watched her quietly as she carefully took the candle out and TOOK A BIG BITE OUT OF THE APPLE!! It was such an innocent thing, as if, "oh, here's an apple to eat!" I love that sweet memory! ~Zuni

  35. This is absolutely stunning. I love the red tablecloth as a backdrop. The Coalport Athlone brown plates are stunning with the Spode Delamere. Both are such versatile patterns. Love the apple candleholders, didn't know there was tool to do this. I know your group had a warm and enjoyable fellowship. xo marlis


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