Some of my friends in our community have started a fun tradition we’ve called, albeit somewhat tongue in cheek, ‘Diva Dinner’. Several months ago one of our friends started an etiquette business and had a few of us over to her house to practice her schtick and it was then we decided to continue with the idea of getting together with just ‘the girls’ every few months. I missed the second dinner because we were at the Cape but lucky for me I made the next one at Penny’s. Penny has my favorite house on the lake which I gave you a glimpse of a while ago in this post, plus she used to own a floral shop so suffice it to say she knows her way around a tablescape.
I know many of you have a serious crush on Mercury glass (who doesn’t?). Penny placed some fresh, white roses inside two mercury vases, placed some greenery for color and added a bit of the mandatory bling factor and ended up with this beautiful result.
Not long ago Penny picked up this ‘shoe’ at a neighborhood tag sale. Maybe you’ve seen them around? They’re made to hold wine bottles, but isn’t this a great idea?
We started our meal with some delicious leek and broccoli soup served in an untraditional, but fun way inside these shooter glasses. Love the red on the bottom!
Isn’t this pretty? She has the best view of the lake, and her house takes advantage of it everywhere you turn. She made those large cut out cookies for us to take home. So good!! Oh, and we also got to take home the crystal snowflake ornament on the napkins.
When a table looks this pretty, it’s a no brainer to dress up the chairs a bit, and Penny did that superbly with the addition of some ribbon and clear ornaments.
The above pictures were taken during daylight hours, but of course, the magic happens at night so I came by a little earlier than the rest of our friends and took some shots with all the candles lit and the lights aglow. Look what she did with the chandy! It’s a simple iron chandelier in its other life, but with some silver ornaments and pearls, it’s all snazzy and ready for its close up.
One of my favorite items on the table were these beautiful candle holders. They were even more beautiful in person. The vase was Penny’s mother’s, who passed away a year ago just shy of her 100th birthday.
The bottom of the centerpiece was hand made by Penny. Isn’t it gorgeous??! When we went to ‘Set to Celebrate‘ a few weeks ago, she was inspired by a similar centerpiece.
If you’d like to duplicate something like this, here’s what you do: get an acrylic sheet and cut it into the shape you want. Decide what you’re going to place on top and then trace out the openings you need and cut them out using a cutter like ones you might use for cutting carpet. Buy whatever kinds of beads you want along with some LED lights and place them on the acrylic using clear caulking to adhere. That’s it!
One of the best things about this table is it’s appropriate for almost any elegant event. I can picture something like this for a wedding, or even a New Year’s Eve dinner. So what do you think? Don’t I have some seriously talented friends?
In other news…
We’re on the road as you’re reading this, exploring the South and probably getting into all sorts of trouble. At least I hope so. I’ve scheduled some posts to go live while I’m away so I hope you’ll come back and check them out. Coming soon…organizing and my ‘year in review’.