Friday, November 17, 2017

Garden Friends Birthday Luncheon, 11.15.17

Well, I'm not quite sure how to explain my long, long absence from blog world.  All I know is that since my lung surgery, I've felt better than I've felt in decades.  I've been able to do more things than I've done in years, and I've just been so doggone busy, I haven't had extra time to work on my blog.  I appreciate that you are willing to stop by for a visit again and check out what's happening on the tables at Entertaining Women.  I'm so glad you are here!

Today the Garden Friends Bible study met for the last time before Thanksgiving.  It was a perfect opportunity to celebrate Sheila's birthday with a luncheon.  I've set a table for 8 in the dining room.  Come on in...

Lately, I've been indulging my passion for blue and white.  Today's table is chocked full of a variety of blues and white with gentle touches of Autumn. Makes me smile.  The birthday girl requested my homemade chicken noodle soup for lunch today.  It was pretty much a gray old day, and hot soup and cornbread muffins filled the bill perfectly.  We finished off our simple menu with Italian Cream Cake. Can you ever go wrong with comfort food?  I think not!

I just wasn't in a mood for a tablecloth today, but our dear Nana's antique ecru tape lace placemats and runners seemed to be calling to me.  The older runners are not as long as more modern offerings, so I layered three of these magnificent old pieces to cover the entire length of the table.  Fittingly this old lace design features acorns!  How perfect is that!

Nana's antique Madeira napkins with a floral design stitched in ecru were caught in silver reticulated napkin rings.

 The Mottahedeh Blue Lace Charger provided the foundation for today's place setting.  I adore this pattern.  It continues to be the plate that guests "want to take home".

Making its premier appearance, the Royal Copenhagen Blue Fluted Half Lace is one of the newer denizens in my "China Town".

The antique Meissen Blue Onion was eventually edited from the opening act of the production.  I just couldn't bear to cover up the Royal Copenhagen.  The dinner plate deserved to stand centerstage on its own.  The Meissen did make an appearance later,  during the dessert course.

 The Waterford Simply Blue and the Tiffin Elyse were superb in the ensemble cast.  I' found my collections of each on eBay and

Appearing as extras were the Reed & Barton Grande Renaissance flatware, my wedding sterling.  I use it more than my other patterns mainly because it's stored close at hand, and that's the truth.  That and I still really like it.  If I were registering today, I would still choose Grande Renaissance.

Every production needs an eye catching backdrop.  Today's centerpiece is concocted with an assortment of blue and white appointments and a variety of autumn touches.

The tureen is from Andrea by Sadek.  It was an eBay find.

The pair of bell candlesticks are Mottahedeh Blue Canton.  They definitely make a statement, and I am a little bit in love with them.  They fascinate me.

I recently found the smaller pair of Mottahedeh candlesticks at a local estate sale.

The pair of blue and white lidded jars are from Hobby Lobby.  The wooden acorns and sleeping foxes were found at a local antique shop.

Knitting all the elements in the centerpiece together, several Hobby Lobby garlands of autumn leaves meander down the table in a serpentine fashion. 

Let the festivities commence!  My precious friends would be arriving shortly.  Thank you for stopping by for a visit.  I'd be thrilled to pull up an extra chair and add another place setting just for you.  Well, a girl can always dream...Someday...if you happen to find yourself out here on the prairie... give me a call and plan to come for a meal.  We'll visit for hours!

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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. Your table featuring all of your blue and white is just gorgeous. You always have such beautiful tables; love the tureen and every piece of blue and white on your table.

  2. Cherry Kay, I'm thrilled to read that you are feeling much better these days, and to see a new post from you warms my heart. I've missed your beautiful tables. Of course I'm loving all the blue and white details here. Hope you and your family have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  3. Thank you for sharing.
    Glad that your healing process is bringing health back to you.
    Take care

  4. Holy ctas, Cherry Kay! Lung surgery??!?!?!!?!? How did I miss that news??? When on earth was this?? I just feel awful for being out of the loop! I’m so glad you are doing so much better and playing hostess to friends again as you so graciously do. This is another table set and befitting a Grande Dame!!! Your exquisite taste never wanes or slips. It’s gorgeous! figure out why on earth I’m not getting email alerts when you post. I thought I’d fixed the problem, but apparently not since I just happen upon this post. Happy Thanksgiving! So happy to know you are feeling on top of the world!

  5. I am so glad to read that you are enjoying life so fully again and are recovering! I have been out of the loop too - life has a way of getting BIG. I always love your 'blue' tables, and this one is no exception. How lovely it is!

  6. Hello Cherry Kay, (Robin here). I too have a penchant for blue & white (my everyday dishware is Noritake in Fjord). Recently filled in pieces (after 40 years!). I mix in Delftware candleholders that Mom brought home from Holland trip. I think that your stemware is the perfect sparkle for your table! The onion pattern is so universal (dressed up or down), too. A lovely table as usual. Regards.


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