Thursday, June 26, 2014

Soft Summer Blues, 6.26.14

"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.

Several weeks ago, some friends called to say that they were on the way've got it...takeout!  Time for a twenty minute table...

 Here we are...back in the living room at the games table.

A long time blue and white girl... I was in a mood for soft shades of blue.

A quick trip to the china room yielded just what I needed for my tablescape... a short stop in one of the kitchen cabinets for the Furnival's Blue Quail cream soup...

Going in a rather traditional direction, at least for me, I pulled the Wedgwood Albion dinner plate and salad...minimal mixing and matching today.

 I don't fixate on matching my blues.  Somehow they just always seem to play well with each other when all is said and done.


Some of my favorites from the crystal cabinets...Waterford Simply Blue paired with the Tiffin Elyse goblet.

To prevent the creamy edge of the Albion from disappearing against the cream color of the matelasse tablecloth...

 ...I added the light blue placemat and napkin with the heavy passementerie.  If I had a light blue charger, I probably would have used it, but I think that the placemat did the job.  Of course, I'm now on the lookout for the chargers!

 No time for centerpiece was a blue stretch glass presentation bowl.

 Finishing mother-in-love's Reed & Barton Francis First and the crystal salt cellars, a gift from my friend Debbi.

 A peaceful tone...perfect for a time to "Stop the World, I Want to Get Off."

 A successful equation for good friends, good food, and good're welcome to join us!

This week I'm joining:

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. Sounds like the perfect combination! Your tables are always lovely, Cherry Kay. Loving the mix of blues, especially that blue crystal. Hope you are enjoying a delightful summer.

  2. Gorgeous, elegant, serene! Blue and white is the perfect summer combo. I loved seeing the Furnival Quail cream soups! What a pretty shape they have!

  3. It took you only 20 minutes to set that beautiful table! I love, love the dinner plates and linens! Blue & white is my favorite and you did an excellent job. Love to mix blues too! Hope you have a great weekend!
    Blessings My Friend,

  4. Beautiful table and I love the soft blue myself;statement that the lovely stems and Furnival Quail cream bowls make. The linens are very pretty too. An elegant simplicity.
    Thank you for your visit and my follow link is all the way at the end of my blog...I don't know how it got there, it was on my side bar way before!

  5. Beautiful table! I love those Wedgewood plates and blue crystal goblets!! Your friends are in for a real treat. I'm your newest follower. Thanks for your visit and kind words!

  6. That's a very pretty table- love the crystal stemware and the blue Wedgwood. 20 minutes-you work good under pressure! Your friends know where to dine in style!

  7. You can do in 20 minutes what it takes 20 hours for the rest of us to do! This is beautiful! I love how you say you don't bother fussing with matching the blues. I'm that way, too. You're almost never going to be able to, anyway, so why mess with it? Same with purples as far as I'm concerned!

    I am in deep, deep love with the placemats and napkins! Wow! The design on them is beautiful!!! I can't even pronounce what you call that design, but I sure like it a lot!

    The stemware is looking particularly lovely. What a great match up!

    Outstanding! Bravo!

  8. You and your friends - I love to hear about friends calling by with take-out and then see what you do with a few minutes warning. Beautiful!


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