Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Royal Crown Derby Brittany...for the Garden Friends

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.

Last Wednesday, the Garden Friends came for our final Bible study before our Summer break.  I am so blessed to call this group of women my dear, dear friends.  I was delighted to invite them to remain for lunch.  Today I set a table for eight.

 We're seated in the dining room today...

 ...Come on in and join us!

 It was time for a girly, frilly table design.

 Yet again, the Bormioli hot pink charger plate grounded my place setting atop an antique double damask pale pink placemat...

 ...Today the star of my production was the Royal Crown Derby Brittany dinner plate...

You won't be surprised that I couldn't resist the cherry motif.  I'm pretty sure that it was designed with me in mind!

 The sweet antique Madeira napkin picked up the impression of berries with its French knots.  Once again, my mother-in-love's Reed & Barton Francis I sterling flatware added a touch of elegance...besides, I hadn't put it away from our Mother's Day supper, yet.

I love the mix of red and pink in the Brittany dinner plate, so I wanted to repeat the color story with my crystal stemware...the Waterford Simply Red goblet, from eBay and Replacements, and the Stelle hot pink wine, found at a Scottsdale Home Goods.  

Yep, made me smile! :-)

The flowers are left over from Mother's Day.  I merely exchanged two tired blue Hydrangeas for two white Mophead Hydrangeas... flank the Hartley-Leeds Creamware large Chestnut Bowl...

and a pair of Hartly-Leeds Creamware Strawberry Bowls.  An additional little folly was achieved by placing an individual MacKenzie-Childs salt and pepper at each setting.  Centerpiece complete!

It was a beautiful late Spring day...

 ...and the sun was once again in a kissing mood...

 The simple menu consisted of a trio of salads...chicken salad, tuna salad, and mixed berry fruit salad served with croissants.  Dessert included Apricot bars, Blackberry bars, and Macadamia Nut bars...low key and just right.
 The Garden Friends have a mutual understanding...any time one of us needs a Garden Friends "fix"...we put out the call and meet for lunch throughout our summer hiatus.  I look forward to gathering these precious friends around my table a number of times this summer...want to join us?  Just let me know you're on the way!

This week I'll be joining:

Tablescape Thursday with Susan @ Between Naps on the Porch
The Thursday Favorite Things Blog Hop @ Catherine's Corner 

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