I had the opportunity to do a tablescape with my mom for a festival at her church. Ladies there decorate tables for this annual dinner. Not only do you get to bring all your things from home, you then get to eat at these beautiful tables a fabulous catered meal. And then, you get to tear it all down and bring it home!
We wanted to use her Johnson Brothers "Friendly Village." She has quite a collection of this and most are the older pieces which have that beautiful color. I will apologize for the lighting because it made for some really bad colors in the photos, but I think you will enjoy the tablescapes all the same!!
We used two different vintage linen napkins. I turned one diagonal and the other square.
I placed the iced tea spoons although they are normally brought with the tea. We served the tea at the beginning.
I made the place cards with the help of the computer. It took several hours for me to get the color right.
I love these little votives nestled in the cranberries. I just moved these to the center of the table when dinner began.
The arrangement is different types of pine, nandina berries and holly. I used a vintage silver punch bowl and tray from Spain. Unfortunately, you cannot see the cranberries around the base, but you could see the reflection there in person.
Here is the "Bling" I promised! These lovely sterling silver candleholders were passed down in our family.
I love this crystal...it is "Cristal d'Arques Durand Longchamp." I first saw this crystal when I lived in Washington D.C. I bought a few at a time, and now I have twelve four-piece-place settings.
Of course, I used the Wallace "Louvre" sterling from 1893. This pattern is so old that many pieces are just not available. The iced tea spoons are Alvin "Bridal Bouquet." I think it is a nicely, complimentary pattern for the Louvre.
These sterling and mother of pearl butter spreaders are by "Landers/Frary/Clark."
And now some of the other tables...
Most were more fun and casual...
I think this one is really elegant...
There were 25 tables in all, and I didn't get photos of all of them but you get a sampling! The most fun was doing this with my mom. We have never done anything like this, so that made it all worth it!
What I would like to do it take an event like this and use it as a fund raiser for a community cause. If any of you have done anything like this, let me know!
I hope you enjoyed my festival of tables!! Thanks for stopping by:-)