Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Christmas Themed Tea Tables: Gingerbread and Snowflakes

A Gingerbread and Peppermint Theme
This table was decorated with gingerbread boys and peppermint candy.

The napkin, and silverware were in a little red gift bag trimmed in peppermint candy.
In addition to the mini Christmas tree trimmed with gingerbread men, the lid of the basket had a gingerbread boy and girl on it ($20 at Cracker Barrel) and other decorations included a gingerbread train and gingerbread house. it was so cute and going so cheap that the auctioneer bought the table for $60. What a deal!

This table was beautifully decorated with a centerpiece of burgundy poinsettias, hurricane lamps and white doves. The burgundy dishes, snowflake place mats and green table cloth completed the classy look. See the favors of Jordan Almonds in matching netting. Favors were optional.

This was a very nice fundraiser tea and fun afternoon for me because my only responsibility was to be a hostess/guest!!! I enjoyed taking photos of the other tables and getting ideas for future holiday teas!

Christmas Themed Tea Tables

Nutcracker Tea

Poinsettia Theme Tea
An Apple Christmas Tea

There were 19 decorated tables at the Holiday Fundraiser Tea on Saturday. As I mentioned before, the tables were auctioned at the end of the tea. Every hostess was to provide place settings for 6 including a dinner plate, cup & saucer & flatware, also a table topper, place mats or chargers, napkins and a centerpiece/decorations. Basic white table cloths were provided and were not part of the auction.

This was Liberty Place's first annual fundraiser tea. As you look through the photos over the next few days, you will see that some of the hostesses were very generous with their donated table decorations and some were not. There were a few communication glitches, in my opinion. In the photos, you will see extra cups & saucers, paper napkins and plastic flatware at the place settings. Liberty Place provided those for the guests to use in order to keep everything clean for the auction. I can understand that, but this was not communicated to the hostesses in advance. Everything turned out ok in the end, but I would not be in favor of auctioning 19 tables at an event like this. The tables went for $35 to $200. All cost more than more than $35 to decorate and some cost well over $200. I believe many people were reluctant to host a table because of the cost of 6 tickets ($120) and the cost of the decorations and supplies. It appeared the facility and board members donated many of the tables and most guests attending purchased individual tickets for $20 each.
When they were holding the auction, it was difficult (sometimes impossible) to see the table decorations from where you were seated. Hostesses were directed to have a theme, but the themes were not announced or posted. Therefore, the names I label them with are ones I made up or are just descriptive. Also, from where we were seated, it was difficult to see who bought the tables, but for the low prices they sold for, I was not the only hostess who bought her table!
I believe you will find some good Christmas/Holiday table decorating ideas from the photos I will be posting.


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