One of the best feelings in the world is being able to do what you enjoy, and my enjoyment meter is off the charts these days. I was contacted a week ago to put together a dessert table for a group of senior ladies that get together and sew each week. In addition to sewing, they also knit and crochet. These wonderful women make blankets for premature babies in the neonatal unit, and also blankets, to send to our troops. Naturally I jumped at the chance.
The sewing circle was having a fashion show to display some of their creations. It also tied in with Black History month. The theme of the event was, “A Taste of Soul Past and Present”, and I was given carte blanche. African attire was suggested, so I wanted to create a table that would complement this style. I used lots of burlap and scrapbook paper scalloped punches in a deep mahogany damask pattern.
I covered the table with a gorgeous piece of gold fabric with an embossed leaf pattern. It was a thrift find and I’m not sure whether it was a tablecloth, part of a curtain, or just a piece of fabric. It’s almost three yards and I got it for $6.00, what a steal! For the backdrop I used a coat rack that was in the gym. The front was covered with gold fabric in the front, and a muslin tablecloth for the sides and back. Across the top of it I hung a twig swag. Anchoring the table were two makeshift vases that were actually wine bottles, I thought were too pretty to throw away. I tucked in some moss and long feather like stems and flowers.
The table needed some height so I used a Styrofoam risers covered in an ivory disposable table cloth. I placed it in the center of the table at the back edge.
A pineapple with fruit kabobs add a pop of color to the table and also something to temper all the baked goods. I also added a tray of fruit kabobs. Lemon cream cheese tartlets line two black lacquered trays. To create height, I placed an animal print box in between them.
I made burlap labels for the water bottles. They were embellished with ribbon and the scalloped punches, as were the brown paper bags for the kettle corn. I stacked my wooden chargers asymmetrically to add height to the bamboo basket for the popcorn.
Acrylic cake stands were used for the gilded cookies and stacked cake plates for the brownie bites.
It was an honor to put together this table for such a deserving group of women.