Thursday, May 11, 2017

Mother's Day

Mother's Day 2016, made me very happy.  I had been unable to sustain enough energy to entertain larger groups for what seemed like way too long.  This day I felt like my life might be returning to something that looked like normal.  I was so excited to gather our family around our table to celebrate such a sweet holiday...Mother's Day.  I set a table for ten in the dining room.  Come on in...

 Mother's opportunity to invite the men in the family to sit down at a completely feminine table.

I knew that I wanted to use the Williams-Sonoma matelasse tablecloth.  I like the texture, and it doesn't hurt that I rarely need to iron it!  I found it on eBay, and I use it often.  It's really not long enough for my new dining table, and I don't care!  That's how much I love it.  Some day I'll find one that's the 144" the table needs.

Mother's Day and Spring...a perfect life and new beginnings...delicate blooms...pinks and greens...oh the possibilities!

Come a little closer and have a better look...

Always a regal base for any place setting...the Mottahedeh Blue Lace charger plate is flanked by Horchow's hot pink flatware.  Howchow called this a red.  I disagreed but kept it anyway.  I use it fairly often, and I'm still looking for a red flatware pattern.

I adore the Royal Doulton Lowestoft Bouquet dinner plate.  Did you happen to notice the wavy scalloped pink line just at the top edge of the verge?  That simple little detail adds so much interest to this very English design.  The whole design just makes me old fashioned, yet timeless.

  I alternated the Waterford Simply Lime and Pink goblets along side our Nana's antique French crystal goblets.  I wish that I knew more about her crystal.  It's so special.  Nana also provided the Limoges open salts.  It's always a treat to use her lovely things.  Seemed appropriate for her to be represented at our Mother's Day table.

I probably was slightly carried away with the candlelight for our luncheon.  I just loved the way it made the crystal dance.  I've had the Val St. Lambert candlesticks for decades, and they remain one of my favorite decorative elements when creating a centerpiece...minimum effort for maximum effect.

As happens frequently, my centerpiece is really a no brainer...the crystal candlesticks...votives from Dollar Tree...

...Lenox china urns... and Hydrangeas from my garden...let me say that again...Hydrangeas from my garden.  I am not a talented gardener, and I have fought for years to finally have a number of precious Hydrangea plants that are actually flourishing  in our yucky red clay earth.  You would have thought that I had won the Westminster Flower Show.

Oh...and the Herend Rothschild Bird tureen, found during a great sale at a local jewelry/gift store.

A combination of pieces lovingly collected over time often make the best centerpieces, and we only have to shop our closets.

Delicate lady-like touches... celebrate the important women in my life...the moms in our family.

I pray that each and every mother knows that she is truly appreciated and loved as we celebrate this year's Mother's Day.  I miss my mama every day, and I can't even measure what I would give to be able to share this day with her and honor her one more time.  HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY!

This week I'm joining:

Tablescape Thursday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch

The Scoop #274 with Stone Gable

Centerpiece Wednesday with The Style Sisters

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. It's beautiful, Cherry Kay.



  2. Hello Cherry Kay,
    I hope you are feeling better now! I love seeing your collections and table settings. This must have been a beautiful table for all the mothers in your family. I can't decide if the plates or the tureen are my favorite! I love both! Using the blue edged charger was a brilliant idea to cool down all the pink. I agree about the flatware. I would call it raspberry rather than red, but the pieces are gorgeous and perfect for the table too.
    Happy Mother's Day!

  3. Very lovely table and the colors work well together.

  4. Happy Mother's day to you!! Such a pretty table - Green has always been a favorite color of mine and I am loving your green stemware!! The colors here remind me of spring, enjoy the special day!

  5. Each of the pieces is lovely in itself, but together they create a such a gorgeous table. (Though I have to admit a special liking for the tureen!) Enjoy your Mother's Day.
    Sandra @ Dinner at Eight

  6. Always a treat at one of your gorgeous tables. Happy Mother's Day, sweet friend!

  7. So, so happy to see this post! Everything of course was beautiful! Happy mothers day and I hope it was an amazing day for you. You mentioned it is a new dining room table. Where did you find it? I am in the market for a new dining room table and I need 10 chairs. Keep getting better and entertaining us with your beautiful tables. As my sweet Texas grandmother would say...."She seems like a sweet girl, but does she set a nice table?"

  8. Hello CK,
    It is amazing that you were able to curate the dinner plates in pink. They are so much prettier than the blue or green choices that are rarely available.

  9. Hello,
    Your Mother's Day table is beautiful. I'm especially enchanted with your Nana's crystal stemware -- it looks somewhat like my own pattern, inherited through my grandmother-in-law. Could it be the same? Please check into the manufacturer Rock Sharpe, with the pattern name Shasta. If that's not exactly correct, I do wonder if it would be close enough to fool the eye from across a table, such that it could be used in a pinch to fill in for any missing stems.


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