Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Coalport Lady Diana for Takeout

"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....pre-pumpkin onslaught...I set one of my 20 minute tables for friends and take-out.  You know the drill: The games table in the living room is my favorite spot for small, intimate gatherings with friends.

Pink, white, and green...a color scheme for all seasons, right?

 Some of you will remember that my friend Cindy gifted us with the Royal Albert tea set when she hosted Birthday Loveliness for three of our friends.  She also gave me the Mackenzie-Childs Flower Market rattan tray.

 I thought that it would make a charming, easy centerpiece.

I added an underlay of old lace to enhance the tray.

 The green wood charger, an estate sale get...

 framed the Coalport Lady Diana dinner plate.  Tidbit:  I rarely buy a china pattern if I am not certain that I have the option to collect enough to set at least a table of 12.  Occasionally though, I run across a pattern that captures my attention, and I break my own rule.  I found a set of 6 of the Lady Diana, and I don't know if I'll ever see another one.  I don't care; it was just so danged pretty that I couldn't resist.

 An estate sale napkin in ecru and lace cozied up to the L'Argent Sophia gold flatware.

My stemware was chosen to add another pop of green...

The Vietri Optic green goblet was a match made in heaven for the Tiffin optic swirl wine.

We're going to have a delicious salad that features fresh spinach, strawberries, mandarin oranges, candied pecans, red onions, crusted chicken breast, and a delicious Balsamic vinaigrette dressing.  For dessert, I served my mama's Brandy Ice.

 I could hardly wait for my friends to arrive.  Good food, fun, and fellowship always brightens my day. I'm still waiting for you to give me a call and tell me that you'll be passing my way.  I'll have the table ready when you arrive!

This week I'll be joining:
Let's Dish with Cuisine Kathleen
Tablescape Thursday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch

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