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Entertaining Women is our guest

Posted by Arnold on 10/14/2013
We are very glad to announce the first guest post on our blog by Cherry Kay Clifford, the author of Entertaining Women. Look what Ajka Crystal glasses can become in skillful hands!
Thank you, Cherry Kay!

Author: Cherry Kay Clifford

My blog, Entertaining Women, has become a wonderful vehicle for me to share my passion for gathering family and friends around the table to share food, fun, and fellowship. I am an artist at heart; my table is my canvas, and my inventories of tabletop items are my paints. I call it "Collecting with a purpose". My purpose is to make each person dining at my table feel like the guest of honor.

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Fall = Chicken Noodle Soup!

Each year when Fall saunters onto the plains, my mind quickly turns to the pleasure of friends gathered around my table sharing a simple but satisfying meal of homemade chicken noodle soup with crusty hot bread. Today I invited the Garden Friends to join me for lunch after we finished our Bible idea of a perfect day. Yesterday I prepared a table for 8 in the dining room, and early this morning I constructed my soup in the crock pot.

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Come on in and grab a seat.

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When I design my tables, there is usually one element that captures my attention and starts the ideas flowing. Today inspiration came from the April Cornell Paisley tablecloth, an inexpensive eBay find. I loved the addition of the pops of blue with the golds, browns, greens, and dusty corals found swirling through the paisley pattern. I kept visualizing the floor of a forest in Autumn...a tapestry of fallen leaves proclaiming the splendor of Fall.

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I wanted a shot of strong blue at the base of my place setting. I chose the Pottery Barn Outdoor Collection Cobalt Enamelware charger because...

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...It was large enough to pair with the Maryland China Company Minuet charger... Entertaining Women blog

....which I thought was the perfect frame for the Booth's Real Old Willow dinner plate. Tidbit: The Booth's Real Old Willow is an opaque Silicon China made in England between 1906 and 1981. When the Booth factory went out of business, the pattern/mold was purchased by Royal Doulton. Royal Doulton made The Majestic Collection, Real Old Willow as a translucent fine china pattern from 1982 until 1999. The Royal Doulton version is still widely available on the secondary market. The original Booth's can also be found in several variations of the lattice pattern on the verge, but not in the same abundance.

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I placed the white charger behind the Real Old Willow because it made the design pop against the busy pattern in tablecloth.

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Look at the motif in bottom right of the picture. Can you see the blue outline cozied up next to the white paisley with the brown accents? Now look at the plate and the stack. The designs played well together and became the source of my inspiration. The brown handled flatware came from Howchow.

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I always enjoy using the AJKA Arabella cobalt wine goblet. It's a perfect size, and its superb balance makes it a pleasure to hold. Tidbit: AJKA is the source for some of Waterford's most lovely cased crystal. It is a quality crystal available at relative reasonable prices. Today I have paired it with the Vietri Optic Smoke goblet.

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I began building my centerpiece with a trio of blue and white import lidded jars from Nell Hill in Kansas City. I elevated them each on oriental wooden stands.

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Three pair of antique Barley Twist candlesticks continued my Fall forest story line....think tree trunks! The burlap and twig pumpkins and the meandering fall leaves garlands, found on sale at Michael's, continued my vision of a forest floor in Autumn and added an interesting texture.

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Can you hear the leaves crunching under you feet, yet? Pondside, I keep thinking about you on your beloved island, walking through your beautiful woods. As you embark on your amazing adventure to China, I hope you'll tell us if the Chinese have an opportunity to walk on crunchy Fall leaves, too.

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I captured some candlelight shots last night...

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And for those of you have inquired about the dining room crystal cabinets...

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