Great Gatherings by Design. I put a lot of thought into my table settings when entertaining, In case you didn’t know, I love to entertain but hate to cook. Creating a fabulous table is my specialty. Don’t you think food tastes better when served on a pretty plate than a paper one?
Recently I participated on one of my favorite fundraising events ACAP’s Theme Table Luncheon. 12 talented and creative women set over-the-top tables to support this wonderful organization that provids opportunities for adults with disabilities. This year’s theme was The Great White Way. We could choose any Broadway play and I picked Mary Poppins. Needless to say, I had soooo much fun designing two tables for 12 around one of my favorite plays/movies.
I named table number 1 The Rooftops of London. I made hats for each character in the story and displayed them on boxes covered with brick paper. It was just missing Burt and the sweeps dancing from chimney top to chimney top. Instead of traditional hat stands, each hat was elevated on bed springs.
Mary Poppins hat is front and center. Mrs Banks wore a fashionable straw boater.
My set of J & G Meakin Olde Avondale dishes look just like the countryside in Bert’s chalk drawing. Remember Mary, Bert and the children jumped in the picture and landed in a cartoon country scene?
The sugar cube on the spoon had everyone singing “a spoonful of sugar makes the medicine go down…!” (I have been singing the songs from Mary Poppins for weeks.)
Small, decorative frame place cards are also reminiscent of Bert’s chalk drawings. My sister Elaine, made these adorable and yummy penguin appetizer treats. She used black olives and string cheese. The feet and beak are carrot pieces. It’s held together with a toothpick topped with a mini Junior Mint.
A good time was had by all and lots of money was raised! Thank you all so much.
Stay tuned for my next Great Gathering post ~ Table 2: 17 Cherry Tree Lane.