Monday, April 7, 2014

Coalport Cathay, 4.7.14

"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.   ************************************************************************************************************* 

I'm excited to join Cuisine Kathleen's Spring Challenge...Birds, Nests, & Eggs.  Here we go...

I set a table for eight in the dining room.  I still can hardly bear to cover our new dining table.

If we've been hanging out together in blog world for any time at all, I'm pretty sure that the moment that you saw "Birds" as a part of Kathleen's challenge, you were at least half way expecting to see the Mottahedeh Musee Decoratif Tureen as part of my centerpiece.  This is probably my favorite tureen.

Flanking the tureen, a pair of white porcelain nests with love birds were a gift from my dear friend Marsha.  She brought them back from a trip to Nell Hill's in Kansas City...

 I filled them with faux eggs and acid green berries.  Thank you, Marsha!

A quartet of faux topiary balls were placed in white reticulated jardinieres, bought several years ago on the clearance aisle at Michael's.

The Val St. Lambert crystal candlesticks complete the centerpiece.  I've had them for many years.

Centerpiece only took minutes to achieve.

The Maryland China Company "Minuet" charger plate brought a touch of brightness and light to the place setting...

...and was the perfect frame for the Coalport Cathay dinner plate.  I couldn't resist the vibrant green birds.

I liked the frosted palm fronds on our Nana's antique Lalique tumbler.  It lent another gentle touch of white to the tablescape.  Today it is paired with the AJKA Arabella Green goblet.

To complete the place setting, I laid the Pottery Barn linen hemstitched napkin with the  L'Argent Sophia white flatware.  The Haviland Ranson butterpat  was a last minute addition....I just liked the look of it.

All done...

Birds ✔...Nests ✔...Eggs ✔  I'm ready for Cuisine Kathleen's Spring Challenge!

 I always sit at this end of the table.  Why don't you sit here to my right, so we can get to know each other better.  I'm so honored to have you at my table!

This week I'm joining:

Cuisine Kathleen's "Let's Dish"
Tablescape Thursday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch
Seasonal Sundays with 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. A very beautiful table as always. Love those plates!

  2. Gorgeous table my friend! The Coalport Cthay dinner plates are lovely in all Green...perfect for now and even C'mas time. I love your Green stems, you know I do! The tureen is the queen, she's awesome! Have a wonderful week and I'll see you at Kathleen's too

  3. It looks wonderful! I love the white accents. I think white china and porcelain are my favourites. xoxo

  4. Such a pretty setting! Love the green dinner dishes and stemware! Wish I could sit beside you and chat!!

  5. I knew you would offer up a stunning table for this challenge. You know I adore that tureen, and now that I see your Nana's Lalique tumblers, I adore those too. The Coalport Cathay is a new pattern for me. What a statement it makes! Looks like a winning table to me! Bravo!

  6. The green goblets were the first thing that drew my eye - they are wonderful! But my heart is completely stolen by that tureen! I've told you before I am sure that it is one of the most beautiful things I've seen anywhere! I love the Coalport plates also - I love it all!

  7. Hi Maam CK,
    Absolutely gorgeous... make my heart blown away.

    Just loving it.

    Hope you have a wonderful mid-week.

    I wasn't able to visit often. I am just too busy with the oncoming merger of my team to other team and of course, Spring means holiday, LoL*

    /CC girl

  8. Thank you for this beautiful post! I love the Coalport Cathay plates and the Lalique palm frond tumblers are stunning with the greens on the table. You are so artistic!


  9. A very elegant tablescape with your beautiful tureen containing the bird finial. Your china birds and nests bowls really complement the bird theme. The bright green hues of the Coalport Cathay has a lovely bird print. Have a glorious Spring week!


  10. What a very elegant table. Love the combinations you put together.

  11. You are the 2nd one I've seen tonight with Coalport Cathay- but it's a new name to me! Those dishes are gorgeous- the perfect color for summer in my opinion! I can see why you love that tureen. Your center arrangement is beautiful. You sure chose well with the new dining furniture!!

  12. You have taken it to the nth degree! Just gorgeous! The tureen, the plates, the glassware, not to mention your wonderful new table!
    Hope all is well with you and yours!
    Thanks for taking the challenge, and so exquisitely!

  13. I would love to sit to your right and enjoy your company plus get to admire all of your beautiful pieces

  14. Beautiful table...those Coalport plates are gorgeous! Love this table.

  15. Cherry Kay, this table is wonderful. I do love the dinner plates. Your tureen is still my most favorite piece. It's quite the gem. I love the green and white, says spring. You pulled this challenge off splendidly! xo Marlis

  16. Of course you had to use your favorite tureen! (I didn't miss the little touch of softness in the doily. Perfect!) Covering your gorgeous new table would have totally changed the look, and I like this one because it reminds me of the Spring greens popping up around our yard against the backdrop of still-brown shrubs. The birds and nests are the perfect "final touch" to this Springtime tablescape!

  17. Stunning, just stunning, Cherry Kay! Everything from the beautiful plates, to the stemware to the exquisite tureen...stunning.

  18. Exquisite is the word I thought of instantly as I viewed your tablescape. Your tureens and reticulated containers of moss and candlesticks are a striking centerpiece statement. Your elegant green goblets highlight your Coalport bird plates.

    Hope things are settling down at your house.

  19. If that tureen DIDN'T show up, I'd think something was wrong!!! It's SO pretty and so intricately is one of the most perfect elements for this table!

    I love the unexpected darker green used here. I am a big fan of the unexpected!

    You found a lot of those jardinieres! I only was able to get my mitts on one. :-( I think mine came from Hobby Lobby, though. They don't seem to carry these kinds of beautiful things anymore which is really too bad.

    You hit all the points of the theme! Kudos to you!!! Have a great weekend!

  20. So pretty. Love the touches of green and that tureen is magnificent! Nana's tumblers are quite the catch.

    - Alma,
    The Tablescaper

  21. I certainly don't blame you for not wanting to cover your pretty table, it looks beautiful with the green tablescape! Those green "bird plates" are gorgeous! You always do such a classy job, love it all!

    Thanks for your visit!


  22. Oh, what beautiful pieces on this table! Green and birds is a beautiful, yet unexpected combination! ~Zuni

  23. What a special way you have of creating glamor and sophistication. Your tables speak volumes.

  24. I've always said that I would love to be a guest at your gorgeous table, Cherry Kay! Your tables are so elegant and I see the love that you bring forth in your special style. What a gift you have!

  25. Beautifully elegant are the words I would use to describe this lovely Spring table in white and green. The tureen certainly is the prettiest I have ever seen. The green stemware is elegant, the Coalport Cathay is perfect, and the centerpiece is marvelous! I can't think of anymore words to use so I will stop here.

  26. What a beautiful tureen! The whole table is so stunning and very elegant. Your table is beautiful and I don't blame you for not covering it....Christine

  27. You have the most magnificent collection of dishes Cherry Kay. All of them stunning and this table is one of the prettiest I have since this spring. Truly striking.


  28. You have the most magnificent collection of dishes Cherry Kay. All of them stunning and this table is one of the prettiest I have since this spring. Truly striking.


  29. I almost missed seeing this gorgeous tablescape, Cherry Kay!
    I'm enthralled with how beautifully your Arabella goblets coordinate with those fabulous Coalport Cathay dinner plates!! Outstanding selection!! Loved every inch of this one!


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