Sunday, January 22, 2017

Guyanne's Birthday Luncheon, January, 2016

 January is a month full of birthdays for beloved family and friends.  This week I was pleased to host a birthday luncheon for my friend, Guyanne, whom I have known and loved since we were in the first grade.  We're seated once again at the games table in the living room  Thanks to my old stand-by, the flip-top-tabletop, I have prepared a table for six.  Please, join me...

Guyanne is a gorgeous blond with sparkling bright blue eyes and peaches and cream complexion.  I wanted to created a tablescape that spoke to her gentle personality and beauty.

A combination of soft yellows, blues, lavender pinks, and creamy white-on-white, all fit my desires perfectly.  Let's take a look at the playbill for this production...

The Mottahedeh Cornflower Blue Lace charger takes my breath away each time I get to use it.  Pictures don't do it justice.  It has an amazing jewel like appearance.  The creamy yellow matelassé tablecloth was an eBay acquisition.  It's reversible to a lovely blue field with yellow motifs.     

 It's been quite a while since I've used the Copeland Spode Jewel dinner plate.  The lace rim and the scalloped verge have such an incredibly wonderful texture.  I can't remember the maker for the carved flatware.  I do remember that it is antique and was made in Boston.  Because I only have the knife and fork, I amended the place setting with the L'Argent Sophia Gold.

 An ingenue in my chinatown population, the Royal Ducal unnamed luncheon plate was the inspiration for my design.  I love the delicate blue edged scallops, and the intricate embossed rim offered an interesting contrast to the Jewel's lace.  I recently picked up a set of 12 of the luncheon plates on ebay for $29.95.  I think I received way more than my money's worth!

Go to work, my detail enthusiasts.

 To add even more to the color story and the softness, I used the Waterford Simply Blue goblet and the Italian Stelle Pink Scroll goblet.  I bought the Stelle goblets at Home Goods.  Come to think of it, I haven't been there in quite a while.  I need to make a visit!

 I love to use the Glass Act handblown mini salt and peppers whenever possible.  The tiny silver trays were found at On A Whim, an amazing store that also offers the complete line of

How would I complete a tablescape without at least a small contribution from our dear Nana?  I don't know.  The white napkin with light blue embroidered touches was used many years ago in her amazing and gorgeous dining room.  I'm blessed to have her things for my tables.

And my place setting is complete.

Today's centerpiece continued my soft and fluffy concept.  Soft and fluffy...a concept...right?  Sure!

The Copeland Spode Jewel tureen...

...was surrounded by a quartet of hydrangeas in a mixture of colors...

...seated in the small Lenox creamy white urns.  The tiny blue and white Asian compotes, maybe rice bowls, were found at an estate sales for minimal cost.  I've used them as candleholders several times.

For Guyanne's birthday celebration we dined on King Ranch Chicken, a green salad with vinagrette dressing, hot yeast rolls, and once more, Italian Cream Cake from La Baguette.

 We laughed until we cried, and we shared cherished good times and fellowship late into the afternoon.

 If  passing my way, please, touch base!  I'd adore setting a table just for you.

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. What a pretty table, Cherry Kay! Your friend must have been thrilled with the treat. You are.such a thoughtful and generous friend.

  2. So lovely, Cherry Kay -- feminine and inviting! You arrange flowers so beautifully -- maybe a close-up view and tips some time? I think I need some urns like yours!

  3. Your tables are always so pretty and this is really a bright spot in winter . . . although this has been more of a long fall than winter!

  4. Cherry Kay, it's such a treat to see your tables. I know your friends feel very special when they dine at one of your tables.
    I enjoy your detailed descriptions as much as your photos, and giggled at the term Chinatown. I'd love to visit your "Chinatown" sometime. ;-)

  5. Oh how I wish I was "passing by" - just to peek into your dish closets!! I really like the stemware together - makes me think of spring! I am sure the birthday girl enjoyed all this attention to detail!

  6. Bucket list....lunch at Cherry Kay's! I will cook if you set the table. This is simply beautiful. I loved, loved, loved the goblets. This would be an incredible and magical Easter table. Details make folks feel so loved...and your details are extraordinary. Thank you

  7. Bucket list....lunch at Cherry Kay's! I will cook if you set the table. This is simply beautiful. I loved, loved, loved the goblets. This would be an incredible and magical Easter table. Details make folks feel so loved...and your details are extraordinary. Thank you

  8. Lovely table.. someone had a beautiful birthday.. the pairings were so sweetg and feminine.. THanks so sharing.

  9. I want your DNA! This table setting says you are a dear friend with taste that must stem from similar genetic likes in dishwater! GORGEOUS! Know your friend was honored and felt your love!

  10. Hello CK,

    Oh my goodness...the TABLECLOTH sets the mood for the beautiful Royal Ducal plates. Simply divine - all the coordinating textures. Regards, Robin


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