Are you looking at this from your phone? If you are, you may want to consider moseying on over to a desktop, or at least an iPad. You’re going to want to see this from a larger screen so you can fully appreciate all the delicious eye candy you’re about to see.
Saturday I went to a fundraiser called ‘Set To Celebrate’ in Hartford, Ct. that showcased table settings designed by various artisans. Most of the participants were florists or interior designers, so it’s safe to say they know their stuff, and it showed. But don’t take my word for it. Get comfortable and see for yourself.
Each table represented a different theme, and although it’s nearing the holidays and there were several Thanksgiving and Christmas themed tables, many were not. I’ll start with the more rustic, ‘Autumnal’ tables and work my way toward Christmas and then a couple of tables that would be fabulous for New Year’s and then my favorites, wedding tables.
I thought the shape of this plate was unique, and pairing a rustic napkin with it was a touch of the unexpected! This table was filled with succulents, moss and various plantings. Perhaps not the most practical table setting, but interesting nonetheless.
Ok, so I cheated a little bit here. This was a garland at the end of a staircase. I really like the mix of orange ribbon against the bright green evergreen, and it really shows how simple elements can make a huge impact.
Notice the chicken wire? How cute is that?
Each table, or in this case, vignette, were labeled with their theme name. This next one was located on a stage area and was labeled ‘A Posh Picnic’, and indeed it was!
This next table, with an Asian theme, was called ‘Christmas with the Goldberg’s’. I’m not sure if you’re aware, but in our part of the country many Jewish people go to a movie and out for Chinese food on Christmas, so this was a bit tongue in cheek.
Here’s a table that could easily be used for a wedding as well as New Year’s, or even Christmas. I love the classic combinations of gold, cream and crystal!
Here’s a close up of the napkin in the above picture. Interesting buttons sewed on make for a unique, albeit impractical, napkin!
This table, filed with antique hard to find Steuben glass, is so festive for a Christmas celebration.
Placing roses on top of cranberries in a compote dish is such a pretty, elegant way to add color and interest to a table.
This next table, perfect anytime but especially for New Year’s, represents what a table might have looked like at the famous Algonquin Hotel in the 20’s when it was a well known hang out for the movers and shakers at that time.
Tucked away in a corner was this stunning wedding table vignette. That was a real goose, stuffed of course!
Take a good look at this detail. Can you believe how beautiful this is?? It was even prettier in person!
On the other side of the room was one of my personal favorites (but there were so many!). I loved the use of pearls, crystal and soft apricot colors that this table showcased. So romantic, don’t you agree?
In all, I took over 130 photos. Of course, some of them aren’t worth sharing but there are many more that are so I will show you those in another follow up post later this week.
Update: Click here for the follow up post
Now you can go back to your phone ;).
In other news…
I don’t know if you’re tired of hearing about my birth certificate debacle, but let me tell you, I’m definitely tired of it! I thought I might have gotten things straightened out, but no such luck. One of the items they (Dept. of Mental Health) asked for was a letter from a Dr. I’ve seen for ten years or more. Well, there are only two that fall into that category…my gyno and my dentist. My dentist was easier to reach and communicate with so I sent a letter from him with the information they were asking for. Well, it looks like that wasn’t good enough because he’s not an ‘MD’. He also said that normally I would need a court order to change my name from ‘Dorien’ to ‘Doreen’ (even though the instruction document indicates otherwise) because the pronunciation is different. I almost asked him if English was his second language, because anyone with a 3rd grade education or above knows the pronunciations are the same.
Just shoot me now.