Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Thanksgiving, 2014

"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 during this harvest season, it will encourage you to support projects in your community that contribute to the effort to overcome hunger.

This year there are so many things for which to give thanks to our loving God.  I am grateful that I continue to progress in my knee replacement rehabilitation, and Sweet Mister continues to be my knight in shining armor.  Our sweet KC and David were so generous to host our Thanksgiving dinner in their home.  Tonight I want to share the tablescape that she designed for our evening of good food, good fun, and blessed fellowship.

 The table was set for nine guests...KC invited several guests who didn't have family with whom to share this day of thanks.  This has been our family's habit for many years.

 This old dining room holds so many memories.  Many of you will remember that KC and David bought Sweet Mister's childhood home.

 You might recognize the old Duncan Phyfe table and chairs that lived in my dining room for many years.  It actually began its life in this house, and now it has returned home once more.  It belongs here.  Do you see the back of the pair of teal chairs in the living room?  At one time they were pink, and they began their lives in that very spot in 1946.  They too, have come home to provide a restful spot for those who live and visit here.  The 1920's, apple green camelback sofa under the window originally belonged to KC's great-grandmother, Nana.  KC is the family historian, and she cherishes these family treasures...

 The old French watercolors belonged to my Aunt Ida...

 ...and the Duncan Phyfe buffet, that matches the dining table, was sent home again by KC's Aunt Carolyn...such a generous gift. 1971, I was sitting in the far right seat on the far side of the table to celebrate Sweet Mister's birthday...and I went into labor with our first child, our beloved son. Talk about memories!

 Oh, yes...the probably want to know a bit about the tablescape! KC designed her table around her centerpiece of Pottery Barn mercury glass pumpkins and a grouping of mercury class candlesticks.

 She chose a pared down color story of navy, silver, and white to balance the opulence of the abundance of mercury glass...very effective!

 The Williams Sonoma navy linen hemstitched tablecloth was a perfect choice.  I love it against the robins egg blue of the dining room walls.

 The Hobby Lobby bronze charger was put to use...

 to provide just a small contrasting rim for the silver charger...nice touch.

 When you're a hostess with a two-year old toddler, you're always looking for ways to make the event just a little bit easier on yourself.  The Mikasa French Countryside dinner plate is dishwasher safe.  Ideal choice!

 The napkin is Pottery Barn hemstitch linen in Flax.  KC used her wedding silver for our dinner, the Reed & Barton Francis I.

 For our wine and water, KC chose the Godinger Crystal, Sutton Place goblet and the AJKA Xenia jewels.

 The antique tilt-top table once belonged to a friend of mine.  I bought it from her for KC when my friend and her husband decided to downsize their home.  Today it was the perfect resting spot for Mr. Turkey.

 I could hardly wait for KC and David's guests to come to this lovely table.

 KC even treated us to beautiful candlelight...

  We lingered long at the table that evening.  By the time that we left the table, the candles were much shorter!  I pray that you spent your Thanksgiving surrounded by dear family and friends.  Let the Christmas holidays commence!  See you next week with a little bit of holiday cheer!

This week I'm joining:

Tablescape Thursday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch

Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop with Katherine's Corner
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! She has her mother's talent for setting an exquisite table. Thanks for sharing.

  2. I love the home, it has that old look to it and the table is stunning...'like mother, like daughter.' A beautiful celebration indeed. All the mercury glass collection does make a statement against the blue linen.
    'Happy holiday season 'now, to celebrate the birth of our Lord Jesus Christ.'

  3. Her table is lovely and easy to see that she has inherited the gene. Those pumpkins are divine and I love the stemware. Gorgeous!

  4. It must be in the genes!! Such a lovely table and I really enjoyed seeing blue for this holiday table. The mercury glass in the center is stunning! I am so happy that she treasures the family's and friend's treasures, as you do!! Enjoy this season, I look forward to seeing your holiday table!

  5. Beautiful table...another favorite color combo, cobalt and silver, so striking.
    Your daughter has a beautiful dining room, Cherry Kay.

  6. The fruit certainly doesn't fall far from the tree. KC certainly has her Mother's fabulous sense of style! I love the rich, deep color on this table. While not "traditional" Thanksgiving colors per se, I think the fact that something different was used makes it super special. Not cookie cutter. Just beautiful.

    I know this Thanksgiving meant a lot to your family being in your husband's family home with your daughter and her husband. That's plenty to be thankful for.

  7. KC created a lovely Thanksgiving table. You should be proud, you have taught her well. Navy and white complemented by the beautiful mercury pumpkins and candlesticks, so classic, and so pretty. There must have been a wonderful comfort level in seeing the love and attention being paid to your husbands childhood home. KC is such a treasure, she sure makes me wish I had been blessed with a daughter.

  8. It all looks wonderful. I do love the aqua walls with the white wainscotting. So elegant and so pretty, especially as a background color for the china in the china cupboards.

  9. I just stopped by to wish you and your family a Merry Christmas. I had not seen a post for a while, I hope all is well..... Candy

  10. Hello, I have been following your blog for a few years now and I have started my own collections of dinner services. One question, how do you know how many place settings of a dinner service should be collected or brought and how many wine glasses of a type of style or colour. If you went out and brought some glasses or plates from a shop with an unlimited amount, how many would you buy? Lisa from England

  11. Just stopping by to catch up a little. I wish you and your growing family a very Merry Christmas and all the best in 2015.

  12. SW's childhood home is beautiful! As is the table. Copper paired with this beautiful blue is simply stunning! Wishing you continued improvement from your operation. Happy New Year!

  13. What a fabulous holiday table, Cherry Kay! That DD of yours paid very good attention to all that you taught her. It is understandable where she acquired her love of family treasures. You & she have many wonderful pieces to pass on down to your precious granddaughter someday.

    I pray your knee will continue to heal & that 2015 with be a MUCH healthier year for you & your Sweet Mister!

  14. How nice for you to have this “entertaining break!” What a lovely table setting and so many beautiful and familiar things for you to enjoy. So glad to hear you are well on your way to a complete recovery.
    Happy New Year!

  15. Hope to see a new blog real soon..hope all is well, have missed you.

  16. Striking table, CK!
    Hope you are doing better. Week 3 of bronchitis, etc here. I am so done!

  17. Missing your beautiful tablescapes and posts! Hope all is well!
    Miss Bloomers

  18. Hey there Miss Cherry...let us know that you are OK! Missing your blogs in the worst way!

  19. Happy Easter..missing you and your beautiful posts!

  20. Cherry Kay, I like others have missed your beautiful posts. I hope this note adds some comfort and encouragement that there are many thinking of you and wishing all the best. Marie M

  21. Hello CK,
    There is nothing that doesn't outshine Mercury glass. It must take center stage. What a crisp, festive display! Regards, Robin


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