Unveiled: Festival of Tables 2011 – Part 1

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I have a special treat for you today. I’m going to show you tablescapes from my local 2011 Festival of Tables. I’ve decided to show you half of them this week — and the other half next week.  No need for sensory overload on one blog when there’s an entire Tablescape Thursday celebration happening in Blogland!


This first tablescape may look familiar. I shared lots of pics and details about it with you last week in THIS post. It’s the table I did…

Breakfast At Tiffanys


But today … and next week … I want you to see ideas from other tablescapers.  Some of them did tables at last year’s Festival (I showed you the 2010 event HERE), but some are first-timers this year. I always love it when we have new participants! I think you will, too … so sit back and enjoy!


Be sure to click on a collage to enlarge it.  Click twice if you want to enlarge it even more!


The young mother who did this table had a busy weekend!  She has two children who were born on the same day — five years apart! Less than 24 hours after Festival of Tables, she hosted a joint Princess and Firetruck party for her 8-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son.  (I know for a fact that this pretty pink tulle made an encore appearance!) Good thing our table hostess has lots of energy and creativity.  Look closely…  There’s a lot happening at this table.  Who wouldn’t like a real-life Candy Land?


This table was done by a veteran tablescaper whose inspiration was “things that remind her of her father.” Doesn’t that just prove that anything can be a source of tablescape inspiration?   Her dad’s been gone a long time, but I could tell that doing this tablescape was a pleasure for her. I love the way she set the neckties “spoke”-fashion under the mirror as her centerpiece. And I reeaally love the napkin rings she made — and the tie clips!



This was the 10th year of our Festival of Tables, and our oldest tablescaper has done a table all 10 years.  She says this is her last year. I say if she’s going to give such fun little brooches to her guests, they’re going to hope she changes her mind.  At the very least, don’t you think she needs to do a “swan song?” My mind is whirling with ideas already…



50 years of marriage …


That’s what this table hostess is celebrating in 2011. I think big congratulations are in order, don’t you?  She did an interesting thing, though.  Not only did she focus on her own anniversary, but she included memories from her parents’ 50th wedding anniversary, too.  What a nice tribute to two couples who stayed committed to each other — “for better, for worse…”  What a wonderful example they set for all of us!


This table proves that if you have a collection — any collection — you have the inspiration for a tablescape! At our event, the meal is served on clear plastic plates, so table hostesses don’t really have to provide plates.  This hostess decided to focus on placemats instead.  Every pooch pic was different…


Two young teenage girls worked together on this table.  It’s their first time to do a table at our event, but I hope it won’t be their last!  You can never again use the excuse that you don’t have enough dishes to have a party, ’cause some parties just lend themselves to “casual” — and paper plates, cups, and napkins.  So if your dish selection is limited, plan one of those parties, and laissez les bons temps rouler!  (Let the good times roll!)


I learned something from this table. I didn’t know there was as book out entitled A Truth Universally Acknowledged:  33 Great Writers on Why We Read Jane Austen.  But the young women who did this table knew — and I’m going to make a wild guess that they’re both Jane Austen fans!  Such a soft, feminine mood in this tablescape … I only wish I could have gotten a good picture of the circle of delicately-colored ribbon streamers that hung above the table.


How about you?  Are you a Jane Austen fan?


This table hostess is new to our event, but she’s very obviously not new to tablescaping! I thought my own table was labor-intensive until I saw this one!  She made the birds — and the napkins — and the tissue paper flowers.  Amazing, don’t you think? I love the vibrant colors! In fact, I tried to think of a way to steal away with those napkins, but alas…


I do hope this is only the first of many tablescapes we’ll have the privilege of seeing from this woman!

So … are your creative juices flowing?

Leave a comment and tell me what you think. Does one of these tables “call your name?”


Next week I’ll show you 8 more totally different tables. You’ll love them, too! But today, I hope you’ll join me at Between Naps on the Porch for Tablescape Thursday.


Thanks for visiting!  Please come again.  You’re always welcome … at My Place to Yours!


  1. Susan, OMGosh, so much talent and so many fabulous tablescapes. All of them have so much detail. The one with the dogs is so cute and I love your Breakfast at Tiffany’s.
    I can’t wait to see the others.

  2. I so wish they would do something like that around here, it would be so much fun!

  3. What a nice visit to all your showcased tables! What a fun event! Love the way you did a collage on all of the tables! Love, ~Nana~

  4. Wonderful tablescapes. Of course, I love Jane Austen, and Emma, and Pride & Prejudice, but above all my heart belongs to Tess of the d’Urbervilles. Thank you for sharing your marvelous event. Cherry Kay

  5. oh what fabulous table settings you have shared with us.. these are wonderfuly inspiring for someone like me. Can’t wait to see what you’ll be sharing next week… xo HHL

    I’m visiting from my other blog today..
    Falling Off A High Heeled Life


  6. Fantastic tablescape! Love those bold colours. Thanks for sharing.
    Hope to see you on my blog:)

  7. Wow, what a great trip down memory lane! You sure did come up with some amazing ideas and tablescapes. I can’t remember seeing a couple of these so I’m glad you re-posted them.

    Best wishes,

  8. Oh my goodness, Susan, as soon as I saw your link over at Tablescape Thursday, I had to rush over. I can’t believe I missed your Tiffany table post. I’m headed over.

    Love that Memories of Dad one. How very meaningful. Goes to show how God uses so many things for ministering to our hearts.

  9. Oh how much fun is this? What beautiful settings. I love the calm colors of the Jane Austen table…beautiful!

  10. Oh how I LOVE this! I would love to have something like this locally and be able to participate. I thought they were all terrific. I picked as my favorite nonSusan table the Jane Austen inspired one.

  11. Oh what fabulous inspirations! I would love to see one of these events — It must be wonderful to see so many beautifully set tables by so many talentd tablescapers.

  12. My goodness…what gorgeous and varied tables!! Each one unique and beautiful! Keep ’em coming! Can’t wait for the next installment! (Jane Austen fan here, just for the record)