Friday, December 6, 2013

A Christmas Tea at Longacre House

In my November 21st post I mentioned that I was doing a tablescape demonstration on Dec. 3rd, and gave a scaled down "sneak peek" of the tablescape.

Today's post is about the actual event, which was a lot of fun, and well received.  The demonstration was titled "Tablescaping for Christmas and Beyond."

My friend, Linda, did the tablescaping for the six guest tables, and I did the tablescape for the demonstration table where all the details of creating a beautiful tablescape were discussed.

The first step is choosing a theme, because that determines the tablescape and menu.  Delighting all five senses is important, and remembering that it's all about the details.

The first sense is touch, which includes the feel of linen napkins, and sight involves dressing the table with tablecloths, runners, and placemats to create a layered effect.  In my demonstration I used five layers:  a floorlength undercloth; a white tablecloth; a sheer blue overlay [or topper]; silver runners; and silver napkins [the placemats weren't linen, they were mirrors]. 

Layering isn't limited to linens. Dishes should be layered too [mixed and matched] for greater visual appeal. I used silver chargers; white service plates; blue dinner plates; and blue and white Currier & Ives salad plates. For the teacups I used blue Madrid Depression glass.  

Silver is the table's jewelry, and crystal and mirrors are highly decorative too.  I used all three in this tablescape so it really sparkled and glistened.

The centerpiece is the anchor of the tablescape, and the focal piece.  

We discussed embellishments - candles, placecard holders, individually printed menus, fresh flowers, favors, and so much more.

The tablescape is often the "WOW" factor of an event - not from the standpoint of "Look what I've done!"  But I like Alda Ellis' viewpoint: It's the hospitality crown that says, I wanted to delight you and make you feel special.  

I had so much enjoyment putting this tablescape program together!

Below are photos of the six guest tables that Linda coordinated with the demonstration table.

There was a lovely catered meal, but I didn't remember to take a picture until I was half way through.  I did, however, remember to take a picture of the fabulous Tiramisu cake and Holiday Berry black tea.

Below L-R:  Carolyn Powers, Cultural Arts Division, City of Farmington Hills, who oversees the teas;  Linda Pudlik, who coordinated the December tea, and asked me to work on the program with her; I'm next to Linda.

Tomorrow I'll present the same program to the ladies' of my church at their Sixth Annual Christmas Tea to be held at a different location.  I'll report back on Monday!


  1. Beautiful! I like the blue accent as an alternative to the typical red and green. Well thought out.

  2. Your demonstration tablescape is gorgeous, in my favorite blue. Love the layers and the silver accents. And the six guest tables are lovely, too. I'm sure it will be well received at your church also. Nice to have all the preparation work do double duty! Wish I could be there in person to see it.

  3. A fabulous display ladies, and you look so elegant in your afternoon tea attire.
    Thanks for sharing this exciting event Phyllis.

  4. This is one of the prettiest Christmas tablescapes I believe I've ever seen! Bravo!

  5. Love your tablescape, Phyllis. Those blue crystal goblets are STUNNING and FABULOUS!!!!!!!
    Great job, Phyllis.
    Hugs, Beth


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