Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Festival of Tables - Part I

Last Sunday, from 1:00 to 4:00 p.m., was the viewing of 33 tablescapes at the Grosse Pointe War Memorial. The proceeds went to St. John Providence Health System Breast Care Program. This was their 11th annual event, but the  first one I've attended.

We were greeted with floating pink and white flowers in the fountain at the entrance of the War Memorial.   The War Memorial was once a private residence, and in 1949 Mrs. Russell Alger, Jr. deeded the Italian Renaissance Mansion and grounds to the Grosse Pointe War Memorial Association.

I will spread my photos out over a few posts due to the large volume.  While there was no official voting on favorite tables, or prizes awarded, I will begin with the tables that I liked best.  

Mrs. Miniver's Rose Garden

Since this table was tea themed, you know it would be at the top of my favorites!  I liked its simplistic elegance.  Notice the layering of the linens.  Most of the tables decorated their chairs too.

Proud as a Peacock

Breakfast at Tiffany's

Petals and Pearls


Symphony of Friends

Mad About Plaid

Run for the Roses

Vintage Wedding

I'll close with a whimsical tablescape, " Bee Happy," which is about a third of the way through the tablescapes.  The hostess of this table said she had been collecting bee items for a couple of years to complete this tablescape.  

Come back tomorrow for more!

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Today I'm joining Artful Affirmations and Martha's Favorites for Teacup Tuesday.


  1. Oh, aren't they all wonderful! They all provide good ideas although I would never have all the extravagant touches to recreate. I look forward to seeing more Phyllis.

  2. They are all so beautiful! I'm looking forward to seeing more of these tables!

  3. My goodness, what spectacular tables! So glad you were there and took all these photos. Now I can't wait to see more! (And you are so right to space them out. It would be sensory overload otherwise!)

  4. I am so happy to have found your blog, and this wonderful series on the tea at the War Memorial. I lived in Grosse Pointe Farms for several years, not far from the Memorial and this post brings back wonderful memories of times spent there. Visiting from Teacup Tuesday. Have a blessed week.

  5. What eye candy : )
    I think I agree with you, the first table is stunning. It is lovely the way they use linens, and their use of tea cups for a little wrapped goodie.
    This must have been a really fun event to attend. Thank you for sharing these inspiring table scapes with us.

  6. Oh wow, each table is stunning and unique! I can't seem to pick a favorite since they are all so beautiful :) I look forward to seeing more. Enjoy your afternoon!

  7. Oh my gosh those are some beautiful tables. I especially love the peacock table. There were peacock motifs on the Christmas tables at Blenheim Palace last year and the busts all had elaborate turbans with peacock feathers and jewels. It was spectacular. I hope they do something like that again this year. :)

  8. Wow! The one with the tree, and the "chandelier" are amazing. What a wonderful place to be.


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