It was my pleasure to be involved in my friend Susan’s church event this week.
For many years they have hosted an evening for women filled with things we love ~~~ hundreds of other women to socialize with, a Christian speaker, a fabulous meal we didn’t have to cook, men of the church serving our dinner AND between 80 and 100 tables totally decorated. This is a dish lover’s dream as each table is created uniquely different from the next. Susan has participated by decorating a table the past two years. This year she asked if I would like to provide the tablescape. Well OKAY!
So just three days after my Spring Floral show I was going through my cupboards and pulling out dishes, chargers, cups and all things I had running through my mind to create a charming table for such a large group of women who thrive on just this sort of event. It’s a bit of a challenge since the table is a 6 foot round and seats eight people, in a cozy, crowded sort of way.
Yes, my dishes may look familiar to you. My robin’s egg blue dishes could not be more perfect for a spring table. I added blue chargers to my ever growing dish cupboard last year. The table is too small to place the placemats the normal direction so we decided to place them the long way for pattern on top of the white tablecloth.
Oh lookie! A bird’s nest with a rabbit and eggs! Can you see the little white egg cups? They held little nibbles to tide us over until our dinner was served close to 7:15. Shoot! My sweet little napkin appliques are cut off in the picture.
Since the room is so large, I chose a grandiose centerpiece. My very largest white urn (which I used at my daughter’s wedding reception holding a white pumpkin last year) was a perfect starting point. Next I went to my workroom and pulled cherry and apple blossom stems. These puppies have very, very long stems. I had to sort of wrap them around in the base of the urn and tightened everything up with pieces of foam to keep all the stems snug and standing upright. Cover it all with a heavy dose of sheet moss and everything is hidden! With perfect timing, my three year old pussy willow bush was bursting with new growth and loveliness this year. I snipped and snipped til my heart was content. They added just what I wanted for my centerpiece!
Each table was to have a favorite scripture printed out. The one I chose is a new favorite of mine.
They are hard to spot but I have two faux chocolate bunnies on the table too. Mr. Brown Socks thought he might eat one tonight. He truly thought they were real!
Our speaker for the evening was Tammy Trent. She has quite a story to tell and is a great speaker. She can really sing also AND she’s funny. We had such a nice evening. Now all the dishes are safely back home, washed and tucked back into place. I really don’t want to tear down the centerpiece quite yet. I think I’ll leave it up for awhile. It might fight with my dining room chandelier however, so it’s on my sofa table for the time being!
Come on over and let’s drool over all those purdy dishes and other interesting things this week!! I really enjoy your visits and comments. Thanks for stopping by!