Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Blue on Blue, 2013

"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.

Some friends called to say that they were stopping by Joey's Cafe to pick up our favorite salad.  I shifted into high gear and pulled a table together for us.  Come on in...

I've been eager to play with this Ralph Lauren tablecloth, a recent find on eBay.  Today was the day...

I grabbed an antique blue and white import jardiniere and headed out into the back yard.  I cut an abundance of blooms from a Photinia Red Tip, plopped them in my container, and BAM...I had a centerpiece.  I pulled a quartet of Dollar Tree ceramic birds to add a finishing touch.


The Maryland China Company Minuet Charger provided a nicer contrast, along with the L'Argent Sohpia flatware.

Our salads were presented on the Spode Blue Room Collection Byron Groups dinner plate.  I love the medium blues of this design...so pretty.  Tip:  I've never bought any of the sets from the Blue Room Collection, but certain of the patterns within the groups really appeal to me.  I've been able to pick up inexpensive individual plates on eBay to build sets of my favorite designs.

Keeping it simple, I chose two goblets that could be popped in the dishwasher...the Libby Cobalt goblet from Dollar Tree and the blue quilted Whitehall Glass tumblers.

...One of our Nana's vintage Madeira napkins, caught in the Coalport Countryware napkin rings.

All done...

 Traveling my direction?  Let me know, and I'll save you a seat at the table!

Wednesday is the 65th 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!  

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.

June is here, and the Tablescaper has invited us to join her for "Where Do You Keep It All?. I'm always a bit surprised when I participate in this one. I could only trust this to a group of fellow dishalolics.  How about you?  With thankfulness for her dedication and efforts, I'm joining the multi-talented Tablescaper for her fabulous meme  Seasonal Sunday.  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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