FESTIVAL OF TABLES BRUNCH: A Celebration of Gratitude

A recent call from a blog reader wanting to purchase Restoration Linen Cleaner led me to new friends … and a chance to share with you yet another tablescape event.  Donna, I’m so glad you called! Thank you to all of the wonderful women in Rutledge, TN who welcomed me to last weekend‘s Festival of Tables brunch. Your tables and hospitality were delightful!

Now it‘s my turn to welcome you to My Place to YoursIf you’re a new visitor, I invite you to look around awhile. As you’ll see, tablescapes and tablescape events are a big deal here.  I promise … you’ll find lots of Pinterest– and Google+-worthy inspiration!

By the way When I share a tablescape, my goal is not necessarily to show you the entire table but rather to let you see close-ups of important elements.  I want you to get a “feel” for the table so you canperhaps use it as a starting point for your own tablescape.

Now…  Sit back and enjoy! 
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This is the table done by my new friend, Donna … and the one where I had the pleasure of sitting.  It was her first time to use her great aunt’s Norleans “Old Rose” china.  The journals were her giveaway. The gorgeous (and huge!) family Bible anchored the tablescape.

This “happy” table was set in celebration of a 6-year-old‘s birthday.  What little girl can resist sugar cookies, sunglasses, and butterflies … with hot pink pom-poms floating overhead?

Dishes in soft, muted colors, fresh flowers, little birds … and chocolate.  Hello Spring!
Softer Side of Spring

Beautiful handpainted roses mix with birdhouses, terra cotta, and milk glass to offer another interpretation of Springtime.

This star-studded rustic table offered a nice visual break from all of the pink in the room … and confirms that every table hostess is encouraged to let her own personality shine!
Brown Baggin' It

Here’s another great interpretation of Spring.  I happen to know that the birdhouses were added as a “these might work…”  Oh, yes!  They work very well!

Most tablescape events tend to have at least one “blue andwhite” table.  After all, that color combo is tried-and-true … and a favorite for many of us. This one’s no exception. I just love how the little touch of tan on the fresh dogwood blossom pulls everything together.

Sometimes entire tablescape events (like this one) are held to support a single cause.  Other times, as is the case here, a table hostess features a charity near and dear to her heart.  It doesn’t hurt that the purple and white colors of Relay for Life are attention-getters!

Look at the soft, peachy-pink and grey colors on this table! It was the hostesss first time to use the vintage Empress”Fairfield” china, and I love the way she combined it with lead crystal baskets. See that little footed one? I adore it!

This table is a perfect example of a few simple elements having a big impact. The frilly pom-poms hum a soft tune … but the green hydrangeas sing it to highest Heaven!

This final table was done in honor of Julie, a lovely young wife and mother of six who is a cancer survivor. She was the featured speaker … and beautifully shared the story of God’s provision in her life.  Her message was straightforward: look for the positives in life and express gratitude for them.

Julie admitted that although sometimes it takes some creativity to find the good things in the midst of a difficult reality, they’re always there. Choosing to look for them in every situation was a life-changing decision for her … and she encouraged the women present to try it.

I happen to think that’s wonderful advice because I know for a fact it works.  I’ve been trying to do that myself … counting God’s everyday gifts… ever since I read Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts.  Julie and I both hope you’ll give it a try.  Prepare to be blessed!


Thanks so much for stopping by today.  You’re always welcome at My Place to Yours!  If you’ve enjoyed these tablescapes, I hope you’ll leave a comment … and Pin or Google+ them.

And … if there’s a tablescape event in your future, I’d love to feature it here!  E-mail me …

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  1. Susan- What a beautiful display of different tablescapes. How wonderful that this was able to be organized and take place. I love each one-all so different and unique- xo Diana

  2. What an amazing event, Susan. I’m reminded of our Advent by Candlelight that the UMW sponsors at our church just at the beginning of Advent each year. xo Nellie

  3. Gorgeous tablesccapes, and such a wonderful event. Thanks for joining Inspire Me. Hugs, Marty

  4. It sounds simply wonderful! I kept changing my mind as to a favorite table like I always do when someone shows a bunch of them in one post. I finally settled on the last one in honor of Julie as my favorite, but I really do think they all are lovely.

    I would love to go to a festival of tables in person some day.

  5. Wow, Susan…those ladies really know how to do it up right!!! These are all such pretty tables. I have my favorites, of course, but they’re all GREAT!!! Like you, I love to pay attention to the little details that make a tablescape special. Those are the elements that make a tablescape something more than just a place to sit down and eat.

  6. Beautiful tables! I don’t think I could actually pick a favorite!

  7. I like the little details, but I so love a full shot of the table where all the pieces come together.
    Thanks for sharing this lovely event at Let’s Dish!

  8. Those ladies have a real flair for setting tables. I love them all. Cannot pick a favorite. I love the one with the bible.. what a wonderful family story. thanks for sharing with us. have a blessed week, xo marlis

  9. just beautiful..both in the tables and the heart behind each one..how inspiring

  10. It must have been so much fun being there and photographing all of the beautiful tables, Susan.
    Have a wonderful week…

  11. Fabulous posting! How fortunate to be invited to this wonderful event. Each table is very different and all so beautiful! You have captured the loveliness with each photo and the work done in photographing each one is amazing! Thanks for inspiring us to see the positive and goodness in each day. I visited my Mother today, who is new to a skilled nursing center and they had prepared a tea and talk about England for them. I was invited to join in and my Mother raised her arms when she was me and said she was glad to see me therefore it was a good day for both of us and we enjoyed the tea!


  12. Yes, I am a first time visitor! Don’t you just love these tablescape events? I sure do. Especially ones that really use so many different elements (not matchy-matchy) to create a table that you would be thrilled to sit down at! I’ve been to ones where they were so overly designed and heavy feeling that you hoped you were sitting at that table. In contrast, these tablescapes were a breath of fresh air! I am now your newest follower and if you get a chance I invite you to visit mine! I so love making new friends!!!