Thursday, October 14, 2010

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I wanted to share with you the tables I decorated for our local Breast Cancer Fundraiser. This event is held once a year with much success. I am pleased to be part of this organization which raises money for uninsured women and men in our county. Please do your part and make sure you are doing self breast exams and remind your "sisters" to do so also.

As with all design projects I usually start with an inspiration piece. I have a vintage Elk Rapids, Michigan  postcard with wonderful colors and beach theme. The High Tea is held in Elk Rapids, Michigan and felt this was a great starting point for the table I called " Seashells and Sea glass ".

I was able to find an eclectic mix of glassware from different eras and pull it all together.
Vintage Hazel Atlas snack sets in Capri Blue and Amethyst .
Green Depression Glass water goblets.
Vaseline Glass salt and pepper shakers and cream and sugar.

I gave each guest at my table a copy of the vintage Elk Rapids postcard, a ring made from seashells and a seashell bracelet used as a napkin ring.

For the centerpiece I started with a piece of driftwood for the base. I used a Japanese fishing float as the anchor and added coral , seashells and sea glass to complete the centerpiece. 

The second tables inspiration came from a collection of vintage seed packs. I also was inspired in many ways by the wonderful farm markets we have in the region.

For the centerpiece I used a gathering basket with an assortment of fresh vegtables. To add a little elegance I hollowed out a head of cabbage, cut a peice of floral foam to fit , and added a dozen red roses. 

I purchased a couple of yards of burlap
for the tablecloth.
I used a mix match of vegetable dishes,
some new and some old.
Finding eight matching water goblets for the table was a challenge. I decided to use two sets of  water goblets . Even though they are completely different, they some how go together in this table setting. This is a good lesson to use for your next gathering. Don't feel everthing has to match. An eclectic mix can be just as elegant and little more fun.  

I used faux green onions and green tulle for a fun twist on decorating the chair backs.

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