For the last three years I have had the pleasure of attending an event called ‘Set to Celebrate’ where a variety of designers, decorators and just plain ol’ simple folk (with TONS of talent) put their best foot forward and showcase a themed table or mantle at The Town and County Club in Hartford, Ct. And no, that’s not a typo. It’s County not Country (but I always say ‘country’ anyway!)
Although it’s held in November, the tables don’t necessarily reflect the upcoming holidays (but many do). Each designer can choose what he/she would like to put together and the end result is a spectacular display of creativity and inspiration.
So let’s do this!
In case you’re wondering, this was faux fur, and yes, the pies were faux too, but that didn’t stop me from sticking my face in one. I was hungry.
I really liked this idea! A snowshoe tied to the back of a chair and embellished with flowers is so unique! I actually have two of these snowshoes….huuummmmmm.
My friend pointed out that it’s difficult to find elegant plates with a lobster motif and she’s right, but these were the exception.
Now for Sharene’s display, which was hands down my favorite. This is the second year she took part in the event, and last year while shopping at the upstairs tag sale a lightbulb went on when she saw a wedding veil for sale and purchased it. It was then she decided to do a Valantine’s Day mantel this year, which also happens to be her wedding anniversary. This is her wedding dress and headpiece, which I thought were timeless and elegant.
She purchased the mantel fabric at Joanne’s, and the vases were made using plastic cups and glass containers.
Wouldn’t this be a lovely idea for a wedding?
Such a cute little ‘children’s table’, although I don’t know too many of us that would use such fancy china for children, but hey, let’s just go with it, ok?
While Sharene’s mantel qualifies as ‘the most beautiful’ in my opinion, this next one qualifies as ‘most creative’. It’s called ‘Togo Togo’, and represents a frat house dinner. If you happen to click over to my ‘Set to Celebrate‘ post from last year, the same person who put together the ‘nerd’ table put this one together and not surprisingly, last year she received the ‘most creative’ prize.
Something tells me she may just get it again this year.
My favorite part of this display was the cornucopia, which seemed to be made from real bread, and the napkin rings.
Here’s a great idea for a gravy boat you might not be using for gravy!
That about wraps things up for this years event, but don’t go away just yet! Check out this ‘Manolo Blahnik‘ display, which was set up in the same room last year as the ‘togo togo’ display was this year. Quite a difference in mood, I’m sure you’ll agree :).
In other news…
It’s been quite a week, and I’m sad to see our country so divided. Perhaps we can use this experience and learn from it. Let’s hope so.
I managed to paint the doors in our hallway! I don’t have any pics yet to show you, but I will next time. The entire space looks brighter and even a little bigger, and I’m so glad we did it and it’s one more thing I can cross off my never-ending ‘to-do’ list.
Remember the cooking class I went to last week? It was lots of fun and given by a woman who also teaches in Italy. Oh, wouldn’t that be wonderful to do?? When I got the tickets for the class, we also purchased tickets for a cabaret show tomorrow night, but I didn’t realize the cabaret singer is the same woman who gave the cooking class! What a hoot! Let’s hope her singing is as good as her cooking…