Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The Apple Never Falls Far From the Tree

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.
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  I was thrilled when KC asked me if she could use our home to host a couples' wedding shower with three other couples.  I turned them loose in the china cabinets, and I was impressed with the choices that they made to create their buffet table.  They offered their guests a variety of hors d'oeuvres and a selection of wines and beers.  I want to share their table with you this week.  I'll keep my comments relatively short and sweet...well, short and sweet for me anyway.
                                                               

The invitations featured browns and acid green.  They decided to continue with the same colors for their shower decor.  The tablecloth, featuring a wide chocolate brown border, is by Russia House, found on eBay, of course.




 Mercury glass candlesticks and Pottery Barn Mercury Glass Bottles kept the design somewhat contemporary.

Green and white hydrangeas added a sophisticated touch and were a quick and easy choice for a luxurious centerpiece...especially for mommies of young children.

They chose the base of one of my Mottahedeh tureens to present their florals...

 KC dove into my scarf drawer and found the brown lace lovely to drape around the base of the bowl. Tip:  Repeating color elements in a variety of spots on your table, will help to create a cohesive design.

 You've seen the apple green mercury glass votives many times...little bitty work horses.

You saw the apple green Mercury glass containers with the same white Hydrangeas on my St. Pat's table (the week before the shower) and on my Easter table (the week after the shower).  Minimal money well spent.

The table elements...Many were Nana's, and a few were wedding gifts...
Nana's silver shell, dolphin footed compotes.  The pair held sour cream and brown sugar for drunk strawberries.

Dorothy Thorpe crystal tray...it belonged to Nana.

Barker-Ellis...a wedding gift.

The cake plate belongs to my friend Marsha.  She keeps forgetting to pick it up and take it home.

Nana's cake knife and cake separator. 

Nana's oval crystal bowl...I don't know the maker.
  
Barker-Ellis galley tray...a wedding gift.
  
Nana's crystal and silver condiment server.
  
Nana's ivory handled silver fish server...tonight it held roasted asparagus.

Nana's Dorothy Thorpe crystal salad bowl.

Nana's Dorothy Thorpe crystal tray.  I love the quirky handles.

The ladies chose to use the Royal Doulton RD199 Luncheon Plates.  They used the Francis I and Grande Renaissance silver forks by Reed & Barton.

The hostesses shared the task of preparing food for the shower...








Chess squares, a.k.a. Neiman Marcus Squares...so good.

Rum Balls & Drunk Strawberries...

Cake Balls...
 I think that the hostesses have this entertaining thing down pat!  Their guests were thrilled, and their party was a total success.  I told KC that she was welcome to entertain in our home any time.  She's already scheduled two more showers in the next few months!  I couldn't be happier.


Come join me at Marty's Tabletop Tuesday..always a great place to visit!

I'm joining Jamiann @ The Blackberry Vine for Tuesday To Do & Listmakers.  So many inspirational ideas here...you won't want to miss it!



Wednesday is the 54th 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 for Tutorials, Tips, & Tidbits.  Don't waste another moment...hurry on over!

I'm joining The Style Sisters for CENTERPIECE WEDNESDAYS.  Don't miss it!  

                                                                

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.

March, a month of so many transitions...I find myself still enjoying a Winter eve's fire in the fireplace while looking with sweet anticipation toward Spring.  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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