Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Chelsee's Shower, 4.21.13

"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. During this beautiful season when we celebrate harvest and Thanksgiving, I hope that it will encourage you to support projects in your community that contribute to the effort to overcome hunger.
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KC and her friends were back this week, hosting another bridal shower.  This one was for her dear friend, Chelsee.  The hostesses met at our home weeks before the party.  After a trip to the 'china room', they agreed that they wanted to build their design around the...

...Coalport Sevres Group luncheon plates and Nana's antique Italian cutwork figural tablecloth, definitely one of my favorites of her amazing collection of linens. 

The hostesses created a specialty Bellini, and upon entering the house, each guest was offered a "Happily Ever After".  They were served in the flutes that I painted.  These puppies get quite a work out at a number of parties.

 The hostesses, once again, wanted to create an elegant table to honor their dear friend Chelsee.
  
 Everything is ready and waiting for the foods to be put on the table.

 KC knew that she wanted to use lots of lovely florals.  She bought her flowers at the grocery store, and she created the arrangements the evening before the shower.

KC chose a pair of my silver pitchers, wedding gifts, to flank... 

 ...her own lovely silver wedding basket.  The Val St. Lambert Crystal Candlesticks added yet another spot of shine. 

 I wonder if I can convince her to come do the florals for all of my parties?  I think that she has the magic touch!

 A pair of crystal jam jars provided the punctuation marks for her centerpiece.

Nana's antique crystal bowl held croissants...

...for chicken salad served in Nana's ivory handled silver chafing dish.


Assorted silver pieces... 

...joined the Dorothy Thorpe crystal bowl and the pair of footed silver shell compotes... 

...the Dorothy Thorpe crystal tray...


...and other pieces...

as an elegant base for the delicious treats that the ladies offered their guests.

 Chocolate Cream Sherry Bars...

...Salmon Cream Cheese...

...Coconut Cake...Vegetable Tray...

...Chicken Salad and mini Croissants...

...the blank space would hold Brie en Croute with fruit, which was still in the oven... 

...Chocolate Cake and Chess Squares...

 ...Aahhh...the Brie just came out of the oven...

...to join those Drunk Strawberries.  Yes, they're back.

The plates are ready to be filled.

These young hostesses had everything under control!  They created a gorgeous party to honor their dear friend.  It was a beautiful day, and everyone had a great time!

Wednesday is the 58sth edition of Cuisine Kathleen's meme, "Let's Dish". Her challenge this week is "Birds, Bees, Flowers, & Trees". I hope that I barely qualify with a bounty of flowers.  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 for Tutorials, 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."   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.

April...time for wedding showers and all the festivities that lead up to the multitude of May and June weddings.  We've already hosted two bridal showers, with two more in the planning stages.  How about you?  With thankfulness for her dedication and efforts, I'm joining the multi-talented Tablescaper for her fabulous meme  Seasonal Sundays.  Hope to see you there! 

  
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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