Thursday, May 25, 2017

Garden Friends Luncheon, May 25, 2017

The Garden Friends Bible study group met for lunch to have a fellowship time before we begin our summer break.  I was blessed to gather these priceless friends around my table.  Today I set a table for 8 in the dining room.  Come on in and join us!

It's Spring, and the perfect time for a celebration of color...

 and what says Spring?...

...more deliciously than...

TULIPS!  Thank you Whole Foods Market.

Of course, there were other pretty blossoms to be shared!

Now sometimes we need to amend the soil first, so I started with the Vietri charger,...

...which added just the right finish to the Mottahedheh Light Blue Lace charger.

Today's blooms are brought to you courtesy of the Spode Chelsea Garden dinner plate blossoms...

Close enough to smell the flowers

All good gardens need pretty ground cover, right?  Today it was the Reed & Barton Grande Renaissance flatware.

So many pretty posies...

There's even a tiny blossom on the Madeira linen napkin.

My wedding crystal Lalique Trèves wine was a fitting addition to the Waterford Simply Blue,



and Lime garden art.

 And of course, one must have glorious potted plants.

Herend Queen Victoria...

So many incredible details

  A garden to be enjoyed any day of the year laid on a lawn provided by the Williams-Sonoma jacquard linen tablecloth.

Do you find inspiration for your garden while looking in magazines, or at a flower show perhaps?  Now you see where I found mine.

I'm always seated at this end of the table...a great view of my garden, but mainly closest to the kitchen.  Do you seat yourself in a place that allows you quickest access to the kitchen, too?

Every lovely bloom needs to be adequately watered...I like to place decanters at my table for my guests to be able to refill their water goblets without interrupting their conversations.

 Another delightful Garden Friends gathering.  Let me know if you're coming through our city on the prairie.  I'd love to set a lovely table just for you, and I know that my Garden Friends will join me to make you feel welcome.  There's always room for another blossom in my garden!

This week I'll be joining:

Inspire Me Tuesday with Marty @ A Stroll Through Life

The Style Sisters Centerpiece Wednesday linky party

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. Very pretty but then all your tables are! I always love tulips as centerpieces!

  2. Goodness, what a fabulous table today ! Loving flowers marching down the center, & your place settings are beyond wonderful. Isn't it great that we can do almost anything in today's world with design? And, the Waterford glasses add exactly the right Spring touch with the Spode plates.
    Love it all !!! What did you serve? Do a post on that, please please please. sending love,

  3. I love all of the tulips! I'm sure your friends felt very pampered to be treated to a meal at this beautiful table.

  4. Where do I start? With the gorgeous plates and chargers? Or the graceful tulips? They all set just the right note for spring!
    -Sandra @ Dinner at Eight

  5. Cherry Kay, your garden of blooms on this table makes me smile. The tulips seem to dance down the center of your table, and the stack of plates is exquisite. The Vietri charger is the perfect under the Mottahedheh Blue Lace, and the topper of the Spode is the crowning glory. What beautiful plates! I know your group of friends felt special at this table!

  6. I had the privilege of dining at this table with my Garden Friends and sisters. It was a wonderful day to spend time in my precious friend Cherry Kay's home and at her beautiful table catching up with my sisters amidst all those beautiful, dancing tulips! She has a talent and a touch that is so remarkable, and she has so much fun doing it, too. Keep going, girlfriend!! You truly do inspire all of us!

  7. Such a beautiful way to greet and entertain your Bible study group Cherry Kay. The beautiful garden and florals on your table are stunning. The tulips seem to be singing for the place setting stack, each piece amazingly beautiful. Yes, I do like to sit at the end of the table nearest the kitchen too. I'm sure your guests we're admiring the beautiful table and just as sure everything you served was delicious. Hope your day is wonderful tomorrow. Blessings.........

  8. Simply stunning tablescape - it is terrific. Thanks so much for sharing.

    Have a great week.


  9. Gorgeous and stunning tablescape. Your Herend tureen is so beautiful surrounded by the lovely tulips. Every element works together to make your table so elegant, Cherry Kay.

  10. As always, your table settings are elegant and lovely and above all welcoming and inviting.
    I love the name of your Bible group.
    I am off to investigate those Spode dishes!!!

    White Spray Paint

  11. Hope that your recovering is going well. Wishing you all the best in the Lord.

  12. Hello Cherry Kay,

    Your table is gorgeous. I am always enamored by your incredible table styling. Those plates are stunning. I can't imagine a prettier table for a ladies luncheon.

    Wishing you a wonderful week.


  13. I am totally in love with Garden Friends Luncheon party photos. The table decorations are very enchanting. At the outdoor venue NYC I would host a lunch party for my mom’s birthday and your table décor idea is definitely something that I would like to use.

  14. You have paired Herend and Spode so artfully on the fabulous tablecloth! A truly luscious spring table.


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