Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Tales of the Traveling Tote, Episode #31, 6.1.22

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 first quarter of 2022, has found  Miss Carrie Ann Hall and me right here at home, yet again, 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. I've continued to entertain many friends over the past quarter. Tonight I want to share a selection of tablescapes that celebrate friends and family. Come on in; the party is about to get started...

It was such fun to welcome Spring once again! An early April birthday luncheon found me reaching for the blue and white gingham cloth that I made many years ago. Elements for the table included: Mottahedeh Blue Lace charger, Coalport Leighton Sprays dinner plate, Reed and Barton Grande Renaissance Silver, Waterford Simply Pink goblet, and Murano pink wine. The centerpiece included Baccarat Butterflies, clear glass urns for flowers, and the Herend Queen Victoria urn.  

A pre-Easter luncheon for the Garden Friends brought wonderful fellowship and lots of laughter.  The place setting included Shrike cobalt charger, Royal Crown Derby Regency dinner plate, Royal Worcester Regency accent plate, and the Reed & Barton Grande Renaissance silverware. The centerpiece gave me a good opportunity to pull out the hand painted cobalt Easter eggs that I painted long ago. I added some more hand painted chinoiserie eggs found on Etsy. I placed them in the Hartley Greens Leeds creamware egg cups. Finishing the centerpiece were a pair of Coalport antique cobalt urns and the Booths Real Old Willow.  

A white matelasse cloth acted as the base for the dining room Easter tablescape. I pulled the Royal  Doulton Old Chelsea dinner plate and placed it on the Cornflower Blue Mottahedeh Lace Charger plate. The Grande Renaissance silver got a good workout this Spring. The Waterford Pink Goblet and the Baccarat Provence finished the place setting.  The centerpiece was composed with a selection of the Fitz & Floyd Old World Bunnies. I adore that wheelbarrow! 

I couldn't resist setting a second table on the back porch. I had a blast mixing and matching  the MacKenzie-Childs Butterfly charger, Royal Check dinner plate and the Flower Market accent plate. Also used the L'Argent Sophia blue flatware and two LaStelle goblets in two shades of pink and lavender. The painted eggs made a second appearance in the centerpiece, and I adored the opportunity to work  with MacKenzie-Childs Royal Check bunnies. The Royal Check casserole worked perfectly as a tureen, along with the Royal Check topiaries. Blue, gold lined, rose bowls were found in a local floral shop. I gave the grandbabes the choice of which table would be used for our Easter luncheon. I felt quite confident that they would choose the back porch. And of course, they chose the dining room table. 

The last week of May, the Garden Friends gathered for their last Bible study lesson and  luncheon until next Autumn. Don't worry, we'll gather several times for lunches throughout Summer. The Mottahedeh Blue Lace Charger, the Coalport Leighton Sprays dinner plates, Grande Renaissance, the Cobalt Louis XV goblet and the pink Murano are back for a second curtain call. The centerpiece features an old tureen from Japan that is so much fun. It looks like it could have been an inspiration for the MacKenzie-Childs creators. It's new to my collection of tureens, and I think it's going to see a lot of action on MacKenzie-Childs tablescapes to come. Also included in the centerpiece: Fenton Pink Hurricanes, white porcelain love birds jardinieres, and Beatriz Ball of New Orleans pink swirled glass candlesticks. The candlesticks come in three sizes and are sold by the pair. They are actually pretty reasonable. They are also available in blue and are currently in production.

There are several "new kids in town," china town, that is. I had so much fun setting a table on the porch using MacKenzie-Childs' new goodies. My antique club was coming for the Spring Luncheon.  Everyone brought a piece of their wedding china and shared the story of how they came to have it. There were some priceless stories! The place setting: Mottahedeh Blue Lace charger plate, Mackenzie-Childs Sterling enamelware dinner plate, Royal Check "Garden Gates" CanapĂ© plates, Bamboo flatware, Vietri Smoke goblet, and Dollar Tree blue goblet by Libby. The blue rose bowls were back again for the centerpiece along with a quartet of the Mottahedeh Canton bell bottom candlesticks, the MacKenzie-Childs Royal Check topiaries, and the Sterling "Everything Bowl," filled with fresh flowers surrounded by White peaches cloaked in their gorgeous red skins. I actually set a second table for the Antique Club...  

The second table pretty much needs no introduction. You've encountered most of the pieces on this table. The flowers were still fresh from my last luncheon, and I decided to go with the flow.  I think the only new addition to the design is the Mottahedeh Tobacco Leaf dinner plate. This is one of my very favorite patterns in all of china town. It continually makes me very happy. 

And so my third quarter travels ( to china town and back, over and over and over again) comes to an end. We are planning a trip to Colorado this summer, and I look forward to sharing the sights with you. My trusty camera and I are going to have a great time! We had to cancel an earlier trip to Florida because our hosts came down with that blasted Covid. Thank you for coming by for a visit. Please, leave me a comment. It's so wonderful to meet each of you! Please, plan to join "The Tales of the Traveling Totes next time. Remember to visit the other hostesses to see what they've been doing this quarter. You'll find links to their websites below. Also be sure to visit our hostess and leave a comment to be entered for our giveaway for this quarter...a marvelous set of MacKenzie-Childs Parchment coasters!

Emily with Miss Courtney ChildsThe French Hutch
 Debbie with Miss Aurora @ Mountain Breaths 

*** 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
Cherry Kay and Miss Carrie Ann Hall  @EntertainingWomen

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. WOW! Cherry Kay, where to start on this journey to china town and back, replay! Your collections are simply outstanding, and your flair for combing the elements just pure delight to my dish loving soul. I'm not sure if I could choose a favorite, but the spring luncheon on the back porch with the "new kids in town" totally captured my eyes. I love the combinations there. The large Royal check bowl with peaches and iris is amazing, the canape plates on the sterling really smart looking. And that table setting with the Japan tureen - immediately caught my eye! What a fun thing for your antique club to bring their wedding china and share the stories. I bet that was a real treat. Thanks so much for sharing all your entertainment with us. You were too busy to travel beyond the cupboards with all these events! Happy June!

    1. Rita, I really wish we could have the pleasure of digging in each other’s china cabinets! Than you for your kind words. I look forward to the day when I can gather all the tigers around my fables! CherryKay

  2. Your lovely table settings have always impressed and inspired me - You have such a lovely collection and I am impressed with how you share the details and names of all of the pieces - I don't have a favorite because they are all so special! You are certainly the Entertainer Extraordinaire!

  3. So many gorgeous tables Cherry Kay! And I know your guests felt transported as they sat at them, like traveling to a different and beautiful location! Have a wonderful summer and enjoy your trip to Colorado~

  4. Cherry Kay, your tables have me feeling transported to a dream. I know you must enjoy tablescaping like no-one else, stunning tables. I am especially loving your Easter table, the bunny and egg cart, just perfect for a centerpiece. I am sure your guests were delighted to sit and admire your creativity. Wishing you a very happy summer...........

  5. I suspect there aren't many who can rival your china closet. I've long been in awe of your multiple beautiful settings. Each table setting is sheer beauty with each of the details. I take such joy in scrolling up and down your posts. Always have! I love the idea of sharing a piece of your wedding china with your group. I think I'm going to adapt that idea for one of our antique club meetings next year. I'm co-host for February and that sounds like a fun idea. We could even extend it to our Mother's or Grandmother's or Aunts. Many of us likely have wedding china from relatives. Our wedding chine is simple, Richard Ginori Palermo Brown. It remains a favorite, but I have to tell you that the set of Mottahedeh dinner plates in Sacred Bird and Butterfly are my favorite go to set. Love the color! Thank you again and again for that most generous gift! I love the MC blue plates with the garden scenes. I started to order a set, then didn't. Maybe one day. We are no longer entertaining, so adding more dishes is not what I need to do. In fact, I've been giving my niece and friends some of my table top things. I had a full set of Spode Blue Room that I gave to my cousin. We both started buying it at the time years ago, so I knew she would enjoy adding more to her collection. She is young and entertains frequently. She also has a daughter that appreciates pretty things. It's always a pleasure to see your talbles!!!

    1. I’m sad you’re not entertaining. I know how much you love it. The day will come again, so don’t give everything away, yet. I couldn’t have given the Sacred Bird & Butterfly to a better person. It continues to bring me great joy to know how much you enjoy them. I love mine, too. For one of our quarterly blogs we should do another table for two. I already have some ideas now that I’ve brought up the subject. CherryKay

  6. Cherry Kay, your collections always amaze me. Your China, glassware and your serve ware are gorgeous. You even added the newest MKC blue check. How special to entertain your garden friends. They must be so excited to be a guest at one of your tables. I was hoping to see your tote, Miss Carrie Ann Hall in some of the photos. Sometime we don’t travel, however we can get creative with our totes.

    1. I did have some pics of Carrie Ann, but when I loaded all my pics onto my computer, I forgot to then pull them over for my post. Didn’t even think about it until I started reading our other toters’’ posts. I think I’ll go back in and add at least one tomorrow. Just not going to happen today.

  7. Your rich and intricate post has me entranced and delighted with each dreamy wonderland table! Thank you so much for making this post; I would like to come back to it again and again to linger over its details, as I'm sure your guests also felt when enjoying each other's company at your beautiful tables.

  8. Hi Cherry Kay, this morning I came across and old post that you had left a comment on back in 2017 I think it was, so I clicked on your name and your blog came up ....much to my delight. So many I used to follow have completely stopped blogging, so it tickles me every time I find someone who is still blogging.
    I just recently read on someone else's blog about the tale of the traveling purse. Wow, you have so many beautiful tables here, all gorgeous in their own right. The one with the blue checks reminds me of Alice in Wonderland. I am gonna follow you on instragram, and hope you come by my blog for a visit sometime.
    Blessings, Nellie

  9. I tried to follow you on instagram, but nothing happened and I did the IN at the top of
    the comments but it was about linked sorry......


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