I hope you are all having a great week! I have tons of tablescapes to share with you today from the festival at my mother's church Saturday night. Let me add that not only do we set the table, we eat dinner there also, so the "to-do" list is twice as long--not to mention the cleaning up!
My mother wanted to use her prized Morgantown ruby "Golf Ball" glasses, so I decided to use my Mikasa "Floral Elegance" bone china and the Wallace "Louvre" sterling flatware. She also wanted a Christmas feel, so off to the woods I went to gather greenery--in freezing cold and pouring snow, I might add. Everything had to be packed, then assembled on-site.
I used the silver Roma Sl Madrid goblets from my punch bowl set to place the name tags. I took a small square of oasis and filled it with greenery. I used the photo of the guest house in snow I posted previously for the place cards. I secured them into the oasis with a toothpick tied with a red ribbon. I just had to use the doilies:-)
The damask napkins are vintage and belonged to my great grandmother. They are quite large.
We found last year that there was so much noise, it was impossible to talk across the table, so we went with a larger centerpiece. Then we found the vase was tall enough to talk around anyway. Per her request, I filled it with cranberries and loosely filled it with different varieties of greenery. When my father saw the centerpiece, he jokingly said, "Isn't that overkill??" Then I looked around and thought he might just be right!
We added the Cristal D'Arques "Longchamp" iced tea glass for the tea drinkers. I love that they have a similar ball on the stem to the Morgantown.
The "Louvre" sterling master butter spreader is one of my favorite pieces. I used the vintage Landers, Frary and Clark sterling and mother of pearl butter spreaders.
Now for some of the other tables. I used two different cameras, and the combination of bad lighting and hurried photography, gave me some mixed results! Enjoy...
This table below, ended up having some vintage Homer Laughlin china, but I did not get back to take a photo:-(
I managed to get a quick photo with my mom after setting everything up...
We really enjoyed creating the table together, although it is a lot of work. My mother's brother and his wife joined us for dinner, and we had a lovely, family evening.
I'll be joining Susan at "Between Naps on the Porch" for "Tablescape Thursday" so please pop over there for a visit. She has been posting some very helpful tips for planning holiday entertaining, so don't forget to look for those.
As we enter this season of thanksgiving, please remember to pass along the tremendous blessings you have. For example, at our church, we used to have a Tuesday night Thanksgiving meal for church members. We have taken that and turned it into a free meal we feed to the community in need. Any leftover food is then donated to a local soup kitchen. We combine that with a coat and blanket drive as winters here get pretty cold.
There are so many opportunities to reach out in your own community. Please take those opportunities to be a blessing to someone in need:-)
Thanks so much for stopping by, and I WILL be by to visit you!! I'm hoping to get caught up on all your beautiful comments by this weekend!!