Tuesday, January 8, 2013

Same Song, Second Verse

First things first...We are truly blessed to have the means to set a pretty table and invite our friends to join us for good food and fellowship. I am mindful that many are not so fortunate. My daughter has a passion for the work of the Food Bank. As a singer-songwriter, she has written and recorded a song that is the anthem for the world wide Crop Hunger Walk project. Her song, "Raise Your Voice" is featured in their video. I've included a link in the side margin of my blog. I hope that it will encourage you to support projects in your community that contribute to the effort to overcome hunger.

Several weeks ago, I shared a Christmas luncheon that I hosted for friends, A Cup of Christmas Tea, Variation I.  This week, I wanted to continue the story with A Cup of Christmas Tea, Variation II.  I used the same concept to create a Christmas luncheon for a second group of dear friends.  I made a few changes...just because I wanted to mix it up a little.

We're back at the games table and tree-side...

Music will be provided by the Simpich Carolers, holding their seasonal concert on the refectory table. 

Look familiar?  There are really only three tweaks to this table...

...A new group of the wonderful teapots painted by the fabulous PATTI @ PANDORA'S BOX.  Once again, they were perfect as my centerpieces and a delightful surprise for my friends, who took them home as their Christmas gifts from me.

 ...The tea strainers are new, just because I couldn't find them for the first luncheon.  I served a delicious Creme Brûlée tea with dessert.

...The final change for today's luncheon was the antique Rose Famille Dinner Plate.  I decided to use them just because I thought that I might like them in the mix.  I did.

It was a wonderful day for food and fellowship with precious friends...

...a time to create cherished memories that made Christmas, 2012, special.  If you happen to pass my way, I'd love to set a table full of memories for you, too! 

Wednesday is the 42nd edition of Cuisine Kathleen's meme, "LET'S DISH".  I'm excited to be a charter member.  Pop over (pun intended for the Chef Supreme Kathleen) and join the fun!

Lots of great ideas to be gathered when you visit Yvonne at Stone Gable forTUTORIALS, TIPS, & TIDBITS.  Don't waste another moment...hurry on over!  
Thank you, yet again, to Susan at Between Naps on the Porch for hosting her magical meme, Tablescape Thursday.  I'll be linking my post to "BETWEEN NAPS ON THE PORCH."   Hop on over and check out the myriad of marvelous tablescape designs, after 10:00 AM on Thursdays.  You'll be glad that you made the trip...it's a wonderful adventure.

When I think of January, I think of how nice it is to have all the Christmas decorations stored away until next year.  I love our Christmas house, but I always appreciate the pared down version each January.  How about you?  With thankfulness for her dedication and efforts (even in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy), I'm joining the multi-talented Tablescaper for her fabulous memeSEASONAL SUNDAYS.  Hope to see you there! 

This week I'm inking to Jamiann at The Blackberry Vine for Tuesday's To Do and List Makers.  Come along to find some inspiration and fun!  

You can check out KC's music at www.kcclifford.com, on iTunes, and on YouTube.  I hope that you'll take a few minutes and give her a listen.  You'll also enjoy reading back through her blog on this site.  The girl can really write!  Her latest CD is called "The Tag Hollow Sessions""  It is available on iTunes or through her website.  I hope that you'll give her music a chance.  I know that I have zero objectivity where she is concerned, but I think that you'll fall in love with her music and her!             

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