Wednesday, September 1, 2021

Tale of the Traveling Totes Episode #28 and a Giveaway

 

The Tales of the Traveling Totes is a quarterly link party that chronicles the travels and activities of ten women who live all across the United States. Our purpose is to learn how much of the world can 10 average women, carrying the same MacKenzie-Childs Courtly Check Tote, see. You can read tales about our adventures on March 1st, June 1st, September 1, and December 1st. I am thrilled to participate with this amazing group of women. At the end of my post, you'll find links to join the other toters and read what they've been doing this quarter.

The third quarter of 2021, has found  Miss Carrie Ann Hall and me right here at home for the entire quarter. I figure if I can't travel, I can certainly take the opportunity to invite as many of my friends as possible to gather around my tables and share, good food, great fun, and cherished fellowship. I've saved a chair for you at each of my luncheons. Come on in; the parties are about to get started...

I was asked to host our city's Bar Auxillary for their final Spring luncheon. Their meeting took place on the back porch. Hydrangea trees in a pair of my cobalt pots paired well with the MacKenzie-Childs Royal Check enamelware.


The following week, the Hydrangea trees were recalled to serve as the centerpieces for my Garden Friends Spring luncheon. Today we dined on the Herend Queen Victoria atop the Mottahedeh Blue Lace Charger. The Michael Weems green goblets and Baccarat Provence goblets were a nice blend in the place setting.

Ever the watchful hostess, Carrie Ann reclined beneath her MacKenzie-Childs floral bumpershoot. What a champion of hospitality she is!

Next up was a Bridal Shower for my friend Kathy's granddaughter. The table was anchored by the Mottahedeh Musée Decoratif white tureen, one of my favorite tureens. The Kim Seybert beaded table runner and Baccarat Butterflies added a wonderful combination of delightful colors for my table.


The MacKenzie-Childs Cheese Course was perfect for the Brie "Deli" Cheese, located in the living room on the games table.


Garlands of flowers welcomed our guests and also created a photo op. The bride and her friends had a great time taking pics of each other. Carrie Ann and I helped out for their group shots. 

The following week, two friends joined me for a quiet luncheon. I used my favorite Luneville pattern with a trio of Luneville Jardinieres holding hydrangeas from my garden.

Sweet Mister's Men's Dinner Club held their June meeting at our house. As you can guess, the menu was Mexican food. I set their tables with La Gadeaux Melamine dinner plates atop Caspari rattan chargers. They voted to have all their future meetings at our house. Sweet Mister said, "Probably not."


June also found a group of my lifetime high school friends gathering to celebrate a birthday. We laughed and visited the afternoon away. I chose to use the Luneville again, this time set atop the Bormioli hot pink glass charger. The wine is a pink Murano; the water is the Baccarat Provence 


Independence Day found the back porch table set with the Blue Liberty Hall dinner plates atop a red charger. A pair of Uncle Sam Santas rode in the rear of the red, white, and blue pickup trucks with Old Faithful flying...all ready for the parade. The centerpiece is the 
MacKenzie-Childs Royal Check large casserole. It's about the size of a large tureen. Works great. 

Late July found a small group of friends gathering to celebrate a birthday. Today I had fun using the Mottahedeh Magnolia.The pair of spill vases flanking the Magnolia tureen are also Mottahedeh.  It was a wonderful luncheon with cherished friends. 


By August, I needed a Garden Friends 'fix.' Our Bible study doesn't meet during the summer because a number of us spend a great deal of time out of state. The rest of us get together anytime we want. Today was one of those days. It also turned out that we were able to celebrate one of our summer birthday girls. Miss Carrie Ann Hall volunteered to be in charge of the appetizers. Here she is calling all the ladies to give the 'Gone in 60 Seconds' dip a try.

She also had a lot to say about how the tablescape was going to be designed. That's okay. She has impeccable taste.

The birthday girl loves turquoise/aqua and pink. We try to please. The dinner plate is by Minton. The crystal includes the Waterford Simply Pink, paired with the Edinburgh King James. The tureen is by Mottahedeh.

The Baccarat butterflies and the MacKenzie-Childs Pedestal Cakes added to the Spring colors and the'Flutterby' birthday party atmosphere. Such fun! 

Last week I loved gathering two friends to celebrate one more birthday party for another precious friend. I used two of my tulipieres to showcase some wonderful roses. The dinner plates are Spode Maritime Rose. We got up from the table at 4:00 p.m. A wonderful way to spend a blazing hot summer day.

I may not have left town, but I can honestly say that this quarter found me definitely on the go! I had a blast. I never take those of you who take your time to read my posts for granted. I appreciate you so much. Thank you!!! Remember that we have a giveaway, and this time I am your host. Be sure to stop by to visit and comment on the posts from all the ladies of The Traveling Totes. You'll automatically be entered to win our giveaway, a darling MacKenzie-Childs gift when you visit me and leave a comment.

Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 

Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch

 Patti with Miss Kenzie @ Pandora's Box

Jenna with Miss Coquille @The Painted Apron

Linda P with Miss Lola @ Life and Linda

Rita with Miss Luna C Panoply 

Sarah with Miss Merri Mac @ Hyacinths for the Soul

Jackie and Miss Madi K @ Purple Chocolat Home

Ricki Jill and Countess De Monet @ The Sketchy Reader@

CherryKay and Carrie Ann Hall @ Entertaining Women


The Tales of the Traveling Totes will return for the fourth quarter on December 1st. We hope you'll come back again and see what our Traveling Totes have been up to on their adventures!

 

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 wanna-be...no credentials, but lots of experience.

38 comments:

  1. This is the FIRST time, I have "travelled" with you . . . but it will NOT be my last. How fun!

    Your tablescapes are BEAUTIFUL! Blessings in your travels - whether at home or elsewhere.

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    1. Cathy, Thank you so much for stopping for a visit. Sounds like we have a common passion. Hope to see you soon. CherryKay

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  2. I am so happy to see that you are sharing your lovely table settings again - you are the Queen of setting such a welcoming space for your guests! It has been a busy 'entertaining summer' for you!! Enjoy the last few days of summer!!

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    1. Thanks, Patti. I eager to pop over to your post. CherryKay

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  3. All your tables are beautiful! I'm especially enchanted with your Baccarat butterflies. What a lovely touch they give to the tables.

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    1. The butterflies are one of my guilty pleasures. I’ve collected them slowly, and I adore using them. Thanks for stopping by for a visit. CherryKay

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  4. Cherry Kay, Carrie Ann may have impeccable taste at the table, but she cannot surpass yours! My goodness, what a post full of eye candy for the dish lover in me! This was a quarter of table travels that truly delights my creative spirit! Happy September, may your table talk continue.

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  5. Absolutely love all your table settings. Each one is so thought out and looks so inviting

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    1. Chris, thank you for traveling over for a visit. Hope you’ll take a peek at my archives. I’m excited to be back in blog world after several years of health issues. Wishing you’ll come back for another visit. CherryKay

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  6. I was so happy to see your post, I have missed your tables that were always a favorite on tablescape Thursdays. I should have known that you have continued treating your friends to wonderful and beautiful gatherings. Anyone joining you at your table is certainly blessed. I look forward to seeing what tables you share in the future, your collection of dishes, serving pieces, crystal and accessories are just beautiful. I wish you a safe and healthy fall. MM

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    1. Hi, MM! Welcome back. I feel like I’ve found an old friend. I’m so glad you enjoyed your time here oh, I’m also trying to post on Instagram with little tidbits from my collection. I go by ‘teacuppic’and I hope you’ll drop by and check out my offerings. It’s good to be back. CherryKay

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  7. How wonderful to travel with beautiful pieces of are that are actually pieces that are useful pieces. The tablescape is a beautiful enticement to sit and chat with friends and family.

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    1. Hi, southernprep and thank you for stopping by for a visit.
      You know my passion, Friends and family gathering around my table in fellowship. It’s why I entertain. I hope you’ll come back soon. CherryKay

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  8. Cherry Kay, you threw so many fabulous and beautiful parties! I can see why guests want to return again and again to your fantastic tables and hospitality! Being with good friends is better than traveling any day, and I'm so glad you had such a busy and fun filled summer! Happy September,
    Jenna

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    1. Thanks, Jenna! My secret wish is for all of you to come visit me out hear on the prairie, so we can spend hours around the table just enjoying each other! I’m excited to see your post. CherryKay

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  9. I love all of your dishes! What fun parties you have had! So much fun!

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    1. Hi, Jesse! I’m so glad you came by for a visit. If you like dishes, you might enjoy my archives. They are full of pretty dishes. I’m glad to be back online after way too long a break for irritating health issues. I hope to see you again here and on instagram. My Instagram name is teacuppic. CherryKay

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  10. Dear Cherry Kay, no one sets a table like you! So many beautiful settings, my favorite is the Luneville, so pretty on the pink chargers. Sounds like a busy summer for you entertaining. I would love to sit at your lovely table anytime and I'm sure your guests sit and admire your table settings. Happy September and wishing you a wonderful holiday weekend and thanks for hosting the giveaway.........

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  11. These are some of the prettiest tablescapes I've ever seen! Are you part of the FB tabelscapes group my best friend is aways talking about? If not, you should be on it! I especially love your Garden Friends Spring luncheon table: the Herend Queen Victoria atop the Mottahedeh Blue Lace Charger with the Michael Weems green goblets and Baccarat Provence goblets are absolutely stunning together! I love the hydrangea centerpieces, too! I think you've truly been living up to your name lately, LOL! Beautiful post! Thanks for hosting our giveaway.

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    1. Hi, Ricki! Thanks for stopping by to visit. The Queen Victoria is definitely at the top of my favorites list, but I’m not sure if I could ever choose just one. I was very active in blogging with a number of tablescape groups for a number of years. I was waylaid by three consecutive major surgeries in threes years. I’m thrilled to return to entertaining and blogging about the gathering. If you like tablescaping, I’ll be bold and invite you to peruse my archives. I hope you’ll enjoy them. I’m eager to visit your Totes post. CherryKay

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  12. Such beautiful tables. I adore your dish collections. Any guest must feel like royalty dining at one of your gorgeous tables. Carrie Ann is quite the hostess. Happy Labor Day weekend and also happy September. xo

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    1. Hi, Linda! Every time I blog, I’m grateful to you all over again. Thank you for being my fairy blog mother! I’m happy you like my dishes, and I like your wonderful table creations, too! I’m eager to visit your totes entry, too. CherryKay

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  13. Wow table after table of gloriousness!! You may have stayed around but you didn’t stay still. What fun you have had entertaining.

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    1. Hi, Jackie! I’m beginning to feel like my old self again. And your so correct. Entertaining is very fun for me, as I know it is for you. I’m eager to read your Totes post. CherryKay

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  14. Wow, you are back in full swing with entertaining. It must feel fabulous! Each one of your tables beckons me to move in for closer looks. I want to study each detail. Well done! Thanks for sharing all these beautiful tabletop details.
    Happy Labor Day Weekend!

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    1. Hi, Sarah! Yes, I've had such a marvelous time entertaining in the last quarter. My stamina finally seems to be improving. For so long I just didn't have the strength to prepare a blog. I've really missed it. I'm eager to explore new sites on which I can link my posts. I'm eager to check out your totes blog. You've also inspired me with your Instagram entries I've been trying it, and it's given me a nice way to regain my rhythm in an easy format. You've been encouraging me, and you didn't even know it! All of your entries are so thoughtfully created. Thanks again! CherryKay

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  15. Sorry I’m late! My internet connection at camp isn’t always reliable. Once I get home, I’ll be back for a visit. I hope I can visit you on the prairie Cherry Kay and Carrie Ann. Your beautiful tables are a labor of love!

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  16. Oh how beautiful your tables and flowers are!! This my first time visiting you, I follow a few of the other traveling tote ladies. That is how I ended up here with you! I'm hooked! I am enamered with all of you lovely ladies and your style and passion! Thank you, Sara

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    1. Hi, Sarah! I’m pleased to meet you. I hope that you enjoyed my blog, and I wish that you would return often to visit. I was absent from blog world for several years, and I’m so happy to be back again. If you are a fan of pretty dishes, may I suggest that you may well enjoy my archives. I look forward to getting to know you better. CherryKay

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    2. Hello again, Sarah. I’m pleased to tell you that you are the winner of our MacKenzie Childs giveaway for this episode of Tales of the Traveling Totes! Please, send me your mailing address, and we’ll get your darling tea towels in the mail to you right away. Congratulations and I know that you’ll enjoy them. CherryKay (ckclifford@aol.com)

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  17. Hi, Debbie. I hope you’re having a delightful time at camp. I’m thrilled that you want to come for a visit. Only 8 to go, and we’ll have a party! Thank you for stopping by for a visit. CherryKay

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  18. I feel that your guests attending one of your lovely luncheons have to feel truly blessed to be counted among your friends. Your beautiful tables reflect how much you must enjoy their presence.

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    1. Hi, Karen! Thank you for stopping by for a visit. Yes, I am truly blessed when my friends, old and new, gather around my tables. If you’re ever traveling my way, I’m happy to have you at my table, too. We can get to know each other over lunch. CherryKay

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  19. I so enjoyed reading your blog and your tablescapes are just beautiful! Lucky to have so many good friends!!! I look forward to Dec. 1st...

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    1. Hi, Anita! Thanks so much for stopping by for a visit. Yes, good friends are a true blessing. I must observe that gathering guests around the table is a great boon to building friendships. I hope that you may be found putting tables together, casual or more formal, to share food, fun, and fellowship. The effort is worth every minute. Hope you’ll return for another visit. CherryKay

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  20. The Pineville China is so beautiful.

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  21. Hi, Nancy. Thank you for stopping by to visit. I so agree. I always enjoy using them, and I think they are beautiful, too. I was blessed to find these lovely old plates. Hope you come back for another visit. CherryKay

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  22. Wow great post You Have Created For travel write for us Thanks For Posting Such Great Content And Thanks For SharinG With Us
    I am Glad That I Am Your Regular Reader

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