Friday, October 22, 2010

The Table is Set...McHenry Mansion Fundraisier

Growing up in Modesto, the McHenry Mansion was always a part of the downtown tradition.  Built in 1883 by Robert McHenry, it is a beautiful example of Victorian Italianate architecture.  In highschool, McHenry Avenue was the street we cruised and George Lucas made the movie American Grafitti based on his highschool days of cruising downtown.  The McHenry Mansion is on the National Register of Historic places and has been beautifully restored.  Throughout the year, they host a Dickens Christmas and Victorian Tea
in December as well as Valentine's Day and Mother's Day Teas.  Both of my daughters have attended events there when they were young.

As with most things worth saving and no money to do it,  they hold fundraisers throughout the year and my partner in crime Linda Porhat of Linda's Party Designs and I participated in the Tablesetting Fundraiser Wednesday and Thursday.  We narrowed our theme down to Morroccan and have haunted the thriftstores and all the Pier Ones, TJ Maxx's and Ross' to find items to create our vision.  We made chair ties, sewed tablecloths and bejeweled plates (you know Linda has to have her sparkle).  It all came together  for the public viewing starting at 11:00 am and yesterday was the catered luncheon. This being our first year to participate, we weren't sure what to expect but "WOW" it was 42 tables of high energy people supporting a great cause and the creativity of the tablesetters.  So, want to see our table....

Starting with a round table...

Tablecloth to the floor and beaded trim added to the topper...oooh shimmery

Reds, terracotta and purple pulled from our fabric inspired our color palette.

The placesetting up close and personal with the jeweled chargers.  A huge "Thank You" to
Diana Pleitez of Pleitez Lavender for providing the yummy lavender truffles in our favors.
The ladies loved them!

Elephants On Parade!

                                      Chair ties with elephant tassels...a great Tuesday Morning find!

It was dark in the hall, so not the best lighting for pictures but here is the finished table.  Elephant candleholders and the peacock feathers and flowers in the urn on top of the gilded small table for drama and height.

Here are our ladies who lunch...who were so kind and complimentary and who didn't want to use their napkins and mess up the placesettings! Thank you ladies and thanks to Anne Hathaway who chaired this event and hopefully is laying on the couch and resting today because she deserves it!

In true fashion, we were already planning next years table as we finished our lunch...

To Your Interior View,


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