Thursday, January 16, 2014

Theta Flaming Festival, 2014, Part I

"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.

Missed all of you last week.  We lost a long-time, close friend, and the week was spent caring for his son and the funeral.  We hosted an evening for around 40 friends and extended family.  It was time well spent.  I didn't even try to take pics.  This week has continued to be a bit hectic, so I thought that this would be a good time to share some of my photos from the Theta Flaming Festival that took place in November.  Tonight I'm posting one of two tables that I did for the festival.

The morning of the Theta Flaming Festival found my table kissed by the sun...always a treat.

 A Coalport Blue Willow presentation bowl,  a fortunate find on eBay, held a bevy of fresh flowers...orchids, hydrangeas, and ranunculus...certainly some of my favorite blossoms.

 Cobalt depression glass candlesticks and a pair of Coalport blue and white decanters flanked the centerpiece.  Each place setting featured a stitchery that read, "A woman without her sisters is like a bird without wings."...pretty perfect for a sorority philanthropic event.

I found the brown flatware during a Horchow ClickTock sale...always a great deal.  The goblets are AJKA Arabella cobalt and Glastonbury Lotus Goldenrod.

 The foundation of the stack was composed of a duet of charger plates...the Steelite (by Royal Doulton) cobalt charger beneath the Maryland China Company Minuet charger plate.  The stars of the table were the Booth's Real Old Willow dinner plate and crescent salad plate.  The Booth's is a relative new member of my collection.  Have you ever been to the Randolph Hurst Castle?  This is the only pattern that Hurst used in his ranch house (really...that's what he called it!)  The silicon china had belonged to his beloved mother.  You'll remember the beaded napkin rings from Cuisine Kathleen.  They work in so many different situations.  Thanks again, Kathleen!

A simple champagne charmeuse tablecloth provided a nice backdrop for the setting.  I look forward to recreating this design at home one day.  I'll post more in the coming weeks, so stay tuned.

This week I'll be joining:

Tablescape Thursday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch.

Oh, the Places I've Been with The Tablescaper
Entertaining Women
Entertaining Women

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. Beautiful china, Cherry Kay! I love your tablescape. Sorry about your friend....Christine

  2. Cherry Kay, I'm sad to hear of your loss. Know that I am thinking about you.
    Glad to see one of this year's Flaming Festival tables. Your tables are always exquisite, but as this one features blue and white, it really thrills me. Those plates are gorgeous. I must make a note of this pattern. The border is amazing.
    Sending hugs your way…….S

  3. What a gorgeous table...those cobalt stems are such a beautiful shade.
    Sorry about your friend.
    Hope this week is nicer to you, Cherry Kay.

  4. Beautiful table. Love the stemware and the plates. Blue and white is so fresh and lovely.


  5. Beauty of a table.Wow.Everything looks awesome.Blue and white great combo.Sorry for you sujatha..:):)

  6. As you so well know, there are many things in life that are more important than doing a table. You were just where you needed to be last week.

  7. Cherry Kay, I'm sorry to read about the loss of your friend. It must have given you deep satisfaction to have been able to provide a gathering for family and friends - such an important thing to do at such a time.
    Your table is lovely. Blue and white - always my favourites.

  8. Hi Cherry Kay-

    i am so sorry for your loss. That is never easy.

    And your tablescape is stunning as usual!

    You are so talented.

    Enjoyed visiting,

    White Spray Paint


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