Tuesday, April 8, 2014

"Anything Goes" Quester's Tablescapes by Mah-Nah-Be-Zee

On March 29th I attended a Questers fundraiser with the proceeds going to Crocker House Museum in Mt. Clemens, MI.

Questers embody the excitement of searching for perfect treasures, the love of learning about antiques, the interest in history, and the joy of working on preservation and restoration projects.

The Mah-Nah-Be-Zee Questers group was formed in 1999, and this was the 15th fundraising luncheon  they've hosted.  What started out as a few decorated card table tops in a church basement, has grown into 59 full-size decorated tablescapes in a large banquet facility.  

As the ticket states, this year's theme was "Anything Goes."

~ Program Cover ~

The doors opened at 11:00 a.m., so I really had to fly to get all 59 tables photographed before the luncheon began at 12:00 o'clock.

The first place table and nine runners up were acknowledged.  Today's post will  include those tables, plus the anniversary table with a decorated card table top from the early years, and table #11 where I sat.  The creativity was amazing, ranging from beautiful and elegant, to fun and whimsical.

~15th Anniversary Table ~
"The Beginning" 1999

Table #11 where I sat.

The battery-operated votive candle was our favor to take home.

The Winning Table was #35 "Pollyanna's Surprise"
[The table hostess has a vintage shop with the same name.]

The table had a canopy, decorated chairs, and a multiple-layered tablescape.   Much thought, preparation, and detail went into this table.  My pictures don't do it justice.

1st Runner-Up Table #9 "Do You Have A Clue?"

2nd Runner-Up Table #38  "It's Seusstatic"

3rd Runner-Up #32 "Breakfast at Tiffany's"

This was Cristy Bennett's table.  I attend her theme teas in East Lansing and have blogged about them.  I was hoping she'd win first place, but 3rd runner up out of 59 tables is very good.

4th Runner-up #48 "The Hunt"
A masculine tablescape.  Notice the chargers are sliced tree trunk slabs.

5th Runner-up #24 "Hello Kitty"

6th Runner-up #17 "Spring Has Sprung"

7th Runner-up #57 "Fire and Ice"

8th Runner-up #13 "Celebrate"
[This table was my second choice.   It was beautiful.]

9th Runner-up #29 "Clowning Around"

More tablescapes tomorrow!

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Today I'm joining the following blogs:
Antiques & Teacups for Tuesday Cuppa Tea
Bernideen's Tea Time Blog for Friends Sharing Tea
Artful Affirmations for Teacup Tuesday
Rose Chintz Cottage for Tea Time Tuesday


  1. Such imagination and detail for each table, not to mention the work to assemble it all. How is the table chosen for each person to sit at?

  2. No - I have never been to a tea that went all out like this. What a great bunch of people who "get into it" to this extent.

  3. Oh, I love them all! How ever did you get all those tables photographed in just an hour? You did a great job. The table where you sat - what beautiful china! I loved the Dr. Seuss themed table, your friend's "Breakfast at Tiffany's" one was gorgeous, your #2 choice with all the cobalt blue...I would have a hard time picking a favorite, that's for sure. I'd love to go to an event like this and I am delighted to see all your photos of it.

  4. My goodness! These may well be the most *elaborate* tablescapes I've ever seen at an event like this!!!

  5. How fun! I wish I could have been there to see such amazing creations. I am sitting here trying to pick my favorite, and can't as they are all lovely. Some formal, some quirky, some fun. There is something there for evveryone!

  6. I vote for the Celebrate! But...I guess that's because I love cobalt blue. Gorgeous! I was told about Questers by a woman speaking at a meeting about antiques who purchased several items from me and wanted me to join, but none in our area. How fun! Thanks so much for linking to Tuesday Cuppa Tea!

  7. What a privilege to attend the tablescaping event. You really did a wonderful job photographing the different tables. The anniversary table on gardening was so appropriate for Spring! I have attended the same type of event in Dallas and the tables are so beautiful. I will enjoy viewing the other tables tomorrow!


  8. You have been a busy lady what with traveling and attending such wonderful events. Oh my, what extraordinary tables! Each one is so creative and fun. It must have been delightful. I have never attended an event such as this one and I cannot choose a favourite as they are all so unqiue. Thank you for sharing these with us at Tea Time and have a beautiful day, Phyllis.


  9. 59 tables!!! Wow, that is a huge event! I always enjoy reading your post about this tea. This years is amazing too! I would be overwhelmed by all the glorious tea things : )
    Thank you for sharing this with us.

  10. Such creativity! It would be hard to pick a favorite.

  11. Huge event with 59 tables and taking photos of all of them! Wow! Just wonderful. Looks like so much fun and each so different. Happy Tea Day!

  12. I'm visiting here because I saw on Bernideen's site that you are from Michigan. so am I! I would love to find out about the events you go to. Is there a website? these tables are beautiful, amazing. so much detail. It must have been so fun to see them in person! and hey, congratulations on surviving our winter!!

  13. Wow! Tea heaven! I enjoyed looking closely at all the tables. Thank you for sharing!

  14. These are amazing tablescapes! I look forward to seeing the rest of the tables. Thanks for sharing!!


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