Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Coalport Lady Diana for Takeout

"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.

Several weeks ago....pre-pumpkin onslaught...I set one of my 20 minute tables for friends and take-out.  You know the drill: The games table in the living room is my favorite spot for small, intimate gatherings with friends.

Pink, white, and green...a color scheme for all seasons, right?

 Some of you will remember that my friend Cindy gifted us with the Royal Albert tea set when she hosted Birthday Loveliness for three of our friends.  She also gave me the Mackenzie-Childs Flower Market rattan tray.

 I thought that it would make a charming, easy centerpiece.

I added an underlay of old lace to enhance the tray.

 The green wood charger, an estate sale get...

 framed the Coalport Lady Diana dinner plate.  Tidbit:  I rarely buy a china pattern if I am not certain that I have the option to collect enough to set at least a table of 12.  Occasionally though, I run across a pattern that captures my attention, and I break my own rule.  I found a set of 6 of the Lady Diana, and I don't know if I'll ever see another one.  I don't care; it was just so danged pretty that I couldn't resist.

 An estate sale napkin in ecru and lace cozied up to the L'Argent Sophia gold flatware.

My stemware was chosen to add another pop of green...

The Vietri Optic green goblet was a match made in heaven for the Tiffin optic swirl wine.

We're going to have a delicious salad that features fresh spinach, strawberries, mandarin oranges, candied pecans, red onions, crusted chicken breast, and a delicious Balsamic vinaigrette dressing.  For dessert, I served my mama's Brandy Ice.

 I could hardly wait for my friends to arrive.  Good food, fun, and fellowship always brightens my day. I'm still waiting for you to give me a call and tell me that you'll be passing my way.  I'll have the table ready when you arrive!

This week I'll be joining:
Let's Dish with Cuisine Kathleen
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. Very pretty tablescape. I love the tea set - it is stunning. Know you had a grand time with friends.
    Have a great week.

  2. Cherry Kay,
    I'm glad you broke your rule and bought those plates..they are beautiful and I love them with your teaset..It is so nice to see a green table this time of year...Beautiful!
    Love, Mona

  3. Lovely tablescape my friend. I love the dishes, the Green goblets and the flatware Sofia...caz I have them too, lol! Everything is beautiful! I just hosted a dinner party for 14 in both my tables, the formal and the round breakfst one...and while I was setting them I remembered you when you set both tables for a bigger dinner party! I love my round as I love yours too. Hugs,


  4. Love all the green you have incorporated into your beautiful table...lovely china.
    Have a wonderful week, Cherry Kay...

  5. Ooh I can see why you fell in love with the Lady Diana plates! Your stemware is so pretty- love the swirl! The Royal Albert Tea set and the tray look perfect together. Love it!

  6. Such a great place to entertain a small grouping. The china is beautiful. I have never seen the pattern before. Love the green goblet too. Your salad sounds divine too. Joni

  7. Beautiful plates! I also love the emerald green colored stem...Christine

  8. As always your table is gorgeous. I love the relationship you have with your friends. Give me 20 minuets, you bring the food and we will dine in high style! Just lovely,

    - Alma, The Tablescaper

  9. Rules are meant to be broken! Glad you did on this occasion. The Lady Diana plates are lovely. Who knows, there just may be another 6 waiting for you to find them. Lucky friends who get to enjoy dining at your pretty tables!

  10. Beautiful table! I don't blame you on those pretty.

  11. Cherry Kay - I certainly understand your dilemma regarding the number of pieces that you purchase. I try very hard to pick tableware that I can add to in the future, but it does not always happen. Your plates are gorgeous and I do love that perfect centerpiece. The green glasses are fantastic - I really like the Tiffin ones. I have been looking at some similar ones made by Fostoria - I do have a problem with vintage stemware - lol!!

  12. A beautiful tablescape! I love the tea set, Lady Diana plates and green stemware! Everything is so pretty. I am sure your friends were impressed with your menu & table.
    Blessings My Friend,

  13. Oh, how I would love to go to one of your intimate game-table dinners....everything is always soooo lovely...and, yes, the pink and green is seasonless in my opinion.....and those vivid green stemware pieces.....UTTERLY WONDERFUL....what, also, an amazing friend to give you the tea set, etc. and MC no less!!! FABULOUS!!!


  14. Cozy indeed, and pretty as well. About the number of plates, I never have as many as I would like to have but fortunately most mix and match which always works for me.

  15. What a beautiful tablescape!! Your tea set is absolutely lovely and makes me want to start another type of collection (but, oh, where would I display it?!) The Lady Diana dishes are quite a find and you've done them proud with all your accent pieces. Bravo! Rosie

  16. You had me at the Royal Albert tea set. What a lovely table! The green goblets have a wonderful color! You've given us yet one more fabulous table to admire and study!

  17. I love the goblets Cherry Kay & of course the plates.

    You always make me so drooly but I am loving it coz you so many precious treasure.

    TY for sharing and have a blessed weekend.

    Greetings from Stockholm,
    /CC girl

  18. Very pretty Cherry Kay! I really like the china pattern. I'm like you, I always get for 12 when I can. I haven't shared a table i a long time, yours makes me itch to get back to joining all the ladies on Thursday's. Hope your lunch was fun!

  19. I love the idea of using your tea set on a tray for a centerpiece. Your choice of tablecloth, napkins, china, crystal all work together beautifully.

  20. Gosh, this tablescape is so pretty, Cherry Kay! All my favorite colors & such gorgeous china & stemware. I adore that GREEN!!!

    What a blessing to be able to have close friends drop by, bring food & sit with you at this lovely table. Next time, pretend I'm sitting in an extra chair, will ya'? I'll even say Grace before the meal!

  21. Hey! Just saw this! Need to change my email address here. Love that you love the tea set and the tray which is just perfect underneath! And the plates....look familiar? If not a perfect match, the Cauldon plates are available!-and you know where to find them! Love the table, the menu and the lady who put it all together. Did you put on a Doug Montgomery cd?


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