A few weeks ago the Women's Ministry at my church organized our annual Spring Luncheon. The theme was "Wildflowers and Whimsy" and I was asked to head up the decorations for the stage. This is the first year that we have held the luncheon in our gym, so we had lots of room to move around, but aesthetically, well...it's a gym! We did the best we could with what we had to work with.
The committee offered me a bit of money for decorations, and I spent it on the ferns and hanging flower baskets, which we gave away as door prizes. The black urns filled with geraniums were brought from my house to use for the day (I wasn't giving those away!) :)
If you've been around this blog for long, you'll start to catch on to some of my tricks! I like to use what I already have and transfer many items from my home into whatever event I'm decorating for. You'll recognize my patio table, some of the place settings and flower pom picks from one of my Easter tables, and hanging pom poms made just like those in my daughter's room. I pulled the pillows out of my living room to add a pop to the chairs, which were really just blending in to the black background curtain.
The stage was already set up for one of our worship services that would be held in here the next morning, so I had to work around a bit of equipment and the drum set. Hence, the wildflower mural! I taped several sheets of butcher paper together and painted away. I was going for a semi-impressionist wildflower look, but eh, well, it is what it is. It served it's purpose of disguising the drums.
Ladies volunteer to decorate and host a table for the event, and this year I believe we had close to 30 tables. The variety was amazing! You're about to get an overload of photos, but I wanted to share lots of ideas with you if you're ever needing tablescape inspiration. Actually, I'm only sharing about half of them. Just couldn't get them all in! I'll keep the comments to a minimum and just let you observe for yourself.
My favorite thing of the day-The mirrored centerpiece is actually a wall mirror from Hobby Lobby! I think I really need one of those! And how cute are the balloon flowers?
Each hostess is to include place cards and a favor for each guest. I loved this one, a metal bucket filled with Pottery Barn ceramic flower measuring spoons and a dip mix. Oh, and those napkin rings are to die for! I'm not sure if she purchased those, but they would be a very simple DIY.
Each seat at this table had it's own set of butterfly wings!
The King...so fun!
Oops! How'd that get in there?
I like the mix of the natural mats and the burlap placemats here. The floral runner and centerpiece are sweet too!
My friend that did this table actually had help with her color scheme and selections from Mary Carol Garrity of Kansas City's Nell Hill's fame. Do you know Nell Hills? Oh my. All of that goodness is a post for another day.
My friend that did this table is a MASTER seamstress! Her sewing machine probably cost more than a car :). She made these adorable slipcovers for the chair backs, and I believe those are quilted placemats in the photo above. And heart shaped biscuits. Bet those were good.
I forgot to photograph this table until after the luncheon, so you're missing the full scene, but isn't the milk glass and black and yellow stunning? She's been collecting for a while from thrift stores and garage sales.
Whew! You win the gold star! You made it to the end! I love the women of our church so much. It's so interesting to see a little of each one's personality reflected in their table setting.
See you tomorrow!