Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Another Luncheon Club Adventure

Last week, I mentioned that my sister would be hosting our luncheon club for our next tablescapade.  I'm sure you all remember that and have been sitting on the edge of your seats waiting for this, right?


Right?
yeah...that's what I was afraid of...


I’ve yakked about our luncheon club before. Basically, we’re six old friends who gather every month or so to enjoy a luncheon in full feminine fashion. You can read all about it HERE.

So this week’s table is a little different.
No invisible food...
 No invisible drink...
  No invisible people...

At least that’s what I thought.

Not so, said the Sister. She reminded me that in addition to our luncheon ladies, we had invited some invisible guests as well. She calls them...

The Porch People.
You know...
The invisible people peeking in the windows
 between naps on Susan’s Porch.
You know who you are…

So first, she set the table with the Porch People in mind. Later, she did some creative subtraction for our friends.

Here's a peek from the porch.


OK...Come on in...
You know you want to...

Just about everything on the table is from

The Great Wedding Adventure of 1982.


Her china is Colburn by Noritake.
It’s a subtle dusty blue design…
So subtle that it allows the centerpiece to take center stage.

She bought a variety of flowers and let
 the Newlywed Niece arrange to her heart’s desire.


She used two Revere bowls for height.
During lunch, she removed the inverted one for better conversation.
Let’s face it… Only invisible people like those
view blocking centerpieces.


Out came the crystal…
some, just for the porch people.
Her pattern is Montclair by Lenox.


The little silver chargers under the sherbet dish
 belong to the Duchess
and came from a local antique store.
They were removed until dessert.



The large chargers came from World Market.
Flatware is Dover by Oneida



Fleur- de- lis place cards were
nestled in patch of blue fabric in the center of the table.



I felt the need to light all of her candles
 even though the morning sun was streaming through the window.


We left the table like that until our dish- loving friends arrived...because with real friends, you can do silly things like that.  After they admired it, they retreated to another room for chatter. The faithful little sister (that would be I…) stayed behind for some creative subtraction.


little more subtraction, and we were ready.
It was still lovely.


Lovely enough for the six of us to linger and laugh
 until 4:00.

So there you have it.
The Great Luncheon Club Adventure.
I highly recommend it.

*****
Sharing with the The Porch People
You know who you are...



56 comments:

Karen said...

What elegant fun! That is such a treat to spend such a wonderful time with friends.
I enjoyed looking and of course reading...
Karen

Marla @ Always Nesting said...

The table is amazing. Love all the fancy, dressed up dishes. Makes me want to put on a pretty dress and join the fun.

Dayle said...

Truly beautiful, and I'm sure the company and conversation proved even more so. (That porch had me drooling a bit.)

gnee @ Singing With Birds said...

Plenty of sparkle and shine, actually just the right amount for me. Thanks for including me, it's hard to be an outsider! Incredible flowers too...such talent young to old!

Gail @ Faithfulness Farm said...

What a wonderful table! I just love that you have this luncheon club of old friends and that your sister is part too. Thank you for sharing :)

Blessings!
Gail

Anita said...

Oh my goodness. Beautiful as I expected it would be. Love that china and the crystal!! The flowers are just amazing. Wish I had a Revere bowl. Love that blue fabric in the center too. I have tried that, but it never looks like that. Pretty, pretty!!

Vanessa said...

Hi! I just love this! You guys are so talented and I love how you take us from natural and casual one week to elegant and sophisticated the next! Those flowers are gorgeous! I love the idea of the Luncheon club and may just have to steal the idea from you. Thanks for another inspiring tablescape!
Vanessa

Angel said...

Though I wish I could be in your Luncheon Club, I am happy to at least be a member of the Porch People club! It's fun to peek through internet windows each week and see the lovely tablescapes you and your family create together. Thanks for offering us a glimpse. :) God bless you!

THE OLD GEEZER said...

The porch people view was great! :-)

southerninspiration said...

how fun....I would love to sit in on one of those! The table is lovely. Funny how we all chose blue back then......and it's BACK!! :D

Suzanne

Sherry said...

That is a beautiful table! I am loving that you had real people and real food. One of these days I will do that.
Sherry

Tricia@The Dull and the Dutiful said...

Love the invisible "porch people"! Guilty as charged, I'm afraid! I always enjoy reading the story about your table, and it's fun to imagine you and your family working on it together! This one is really pretty and makes me think of MY wedding pretties, circa 1972.

Barbara said...

What a pretty table! I have some blue china from my wedding in '74 and I always struggle with it. This is so lovely and inspiring. Those ruffled chargers are so lovely. I have a luncheon group too. Well, we actually started as a breakfast group and now we stay through lunch. It is the perfect way to spend a day.

Kathleen said...

That isjustbeautiful! So ladylikeanddelicate.Theflowersaremagnificent!
As I am typing this all my words are running together! I don'tknowwhy!

Kathleen said...

Trying again! Ithink agremlin got into my puter !

Atelier de Charo said...

Oh, so beautiful and elegant, a lovely centerpiece!

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

Debbie, this is so pretty! What's amazing is, my eye kept going from the centerpiece to the settings because it's all just perfect:@)

Miss Merry said...

I hope some day I can come off the porch and join the Ladies Luncheon at your beautiful table! You have such a way with words, as well as dishes!

Andrea at Opulent Cottage said...

Such an elegant, pretty table! I love the idea of a luncheon club, that's a tradition we all should start!
Cheers, Andrea

Teri said...

Stunning table! Everything is absolutely perfect!

Carol said...

Ok, I'm one of the porch people! What a lovely table! Sounds like a wonderful time was had by all.

Teri said...

Debbie~ I see you're a seriously talkative Christian mom married to your best friend! Me, too!! My hubby and I are in the process of adopting a little one from Africa! I am so stinkin' excited!!
Teri

Miss Char said...

What a beautiful serene table, I love the frosty look with the blues. The china is beautiful and the centerpiece is to die for.

Celly B said...

I am proud to be a member of the Porch People! Thanks for inviting us in! What a lovely tradition and a beautiful table. I inherited some similar Noritake china from my great aunt, and you've inspired me to get it out again and use it!

SALTBOX TREASURES said...

Oh, what a lovely table. Sounds like a wonderful afternoon! Thanks for your kind comments on my blog. I'm glad you're enjoying our pics of New England.
~ Julie

Yellow Rose Arbor said...

Here I am! One of the porch people!

What a beautiful blue tablescape, very elegant!

The china is lovely, so is the centerpiece! Enjoyed it all!

Katherine

Mimi said...

Absolutely beautiful table!

Sue said...

Another fun post Debbie. The table is beautiful and I am jealous of your luncheon club! It sounds like you have a wonderful time. The newlywed niece did a great job on the flowers. I'd say you have a talented family. {and fun}

Yvonne @ StoneGable said...

Thank you for inviting us to your wonderful luncheon! Oh, how I love all of your elegant china! ANd those World Market chargers with the ruffled edges go so wonderfully with your delicate china.

You are very clever to have such a beautiful centerpiece for everyone to ooooh and aaaaah over and then make it shorter for good conversation!

Love the transparent clouds of blue fabric down the middle of the table.
YOur friends must have felt so spoiled!
This is perfection! This has been the most delightful visit!
Yvonne

Mid-Atlantic Martha said...

How lovely -- I do love that china pattern -- so classic. I loved being a "porch person" for this pretty view!

Tess said...

The table is lovely and I LOVE your narration...Sounds like you had a wonderful time!

The Tablescaper said...

Just beautiful. How wonderful to share it with friends.

- The Tablescape

Chatty Crone said...

What a beautiful table you set out. I love the blue. So refreshing. Thanks for all those pictures. I've missed you lately - guess you have been doing all that laundry and making the soap. lol Love, sandie

Marlis said...

OOh the porch people have descended en masse for this loveliest of settings. It's really quite beautiful. I love your china.. and crystal and the chargers and all. Really stunning. Thanks for dropping in!

Sharon Kirby said...

I really have been sitting on the edge of my seat - really - all week - I haven't moved (OK, that's a bit of an exaggeration).

A lovely table - especially the flowers, they were BEAUTIFUL!!

Gotta tell you something, though - now I'm a little confused - not sure if I'm an invisible person or a porch person. I guess when I'm looking in from the porch, I'll have to see if I leave fingerprints!

Glad you guys had a great time!!

GOD BLESS!

xinex said...

Oh Debbie, you are very entertaining. I really enjoy reading and visiting your blog entries. How fun that you have regular luncheons with a group of friends. The tablescape is so pretty and so elegant. I love everything but I am especially attracted to the placecard holders....Christine

Alycia Nichols said...

Stunning! Just stunning! I love the blue & white with the silver and crystal. I'm sure your friends appreciated all of the effort that went into setting that lovely table. That centerpiece was a knockout, too!!!

Amy Kinser said...

Beautiful table.

I would love to know what was on the menu for the real and porch people alike.

CAL said...

Loved the porch view too! I remember the china and flatware plate from back in the days (I was married in 1973). It was so much fun to pick out the starting point of your nesting - the good stuff!

Carol at Serendipity said...

I love porch people concept! Beautiful dishes and table. Centerpiece is just lovely. Great job.

Carol

buongiornoprincipessa said...

Really really lovely. I'm so happy to find you & I'm following. I'm new so come see me if you can.

Richie's 2ts Inspires said...

A wonderful moment meeting good friends for a luncheon.

Very elegant in every inch. Perfito...

Happy TS, Deb?
/chie

The Quintessential Magpie said...

Debbie, my compliments to your sister on the table and to the newly-wed niece on the flowers! Lovely table! And this sounds like a lot of fun. What a great idea...

XO,

Sheila :-)

Life with L said...

Very pretty Debbie and so clever of you to create the napkins. Lovely......Linda

my home sanctuary said...

Very pretty table.
Thanks for sharing. I enjoyed the porch people!

Jami said...

What a beautiful table...before AND after! Love that you all stayed around visiting till late in the afternoon...what a lovely compliment to the Sister Hostesses!
smiles!

SavannahGranny said...

This is an elegantly beautiful table setting. I love blue so I loved every element. I especially loved the napkin rings. No, I especially loved it all. Did I say I loved it?
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Ginger

Sandy said...

Breathtaking table! The blue and all that siver were just beautiful together! Love the pattern on the china!!! Thanks so much for sharing a special lunch with the rest of us!!
Sandy
PS the neice did a wonderful job on that flower arrangement.

laurie @ bargain hunting said...

Gorgeous table! Love those chargers with the ruffly looking edge. This table is so elegant. You girls know how to entertain, and you and your sister talking about "the porch people" have to be such a riot together. I know your guests had a wonderful time. Wow! that niece is a great flower arranger too. What a talented family! laurie

Cynthia@ITLLDO said...

Love the reference to the "porch people" !!!
I've not participated in TT in such a long time, but I do so enjoy viewing all you lovely folks who take the time to do it. Hope to get back at it this fall.

~Tablescapes By Diane~ said...

Hi lovely lady. You have a Beautiful Tablescapes ~~~` I love your China~~~

anka said...

The table arrangements look great! Thanks for sharing.

Lindy said...

An absolutely beautiful tablescape. I love the dishes! Where would you like me to sit?

Requi@Tablescaping Escapades said...

The china is so beautiful and the tablescape is stunning. I love it all.

All the Best,

Requi

Susan (My Place to Yours) said...

I missed this gorgeous table in "real time" so I'm really glad you linked it to my impromptu wedding china party. Such an elegant and inviting setting! I love the blue.

Tricia said...

I remember this table -- thanks for sharing it again. I love seeing wedding china -- such pretty tables!

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