Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Finally . . . Pictures from the Church Banquet

The ladies at our church have a banquet, usually once a year, called a "hospitality banquet."  People decorate tables in a theme of their choosing and invite friends to come to the banquet.  We eat a great meal and always have a great speaker.  About a month ago, my youngest daughter said, "Mom, I think you need to do a table for the banquet."  I of course replied, "What?  That's not my thing.  I'm not a decorator."  Then she convinced me by saying, "Sure, you can do a scrapbooking table, and I will help you."  I wouldn't commit to it at that time, but the more I thought about it, the more ideas that kept coming to my mind.  So, I decided to do it and came up with a plan.  First of all, since it was supposed to be a scrapbooking table, I had to come up with a way to "scrapbook" something on the table.  That's when I decided that I had two shadow box frames already and that I could put something in them.  Then I thought about doing "Faith, Hope and Love" as my theme.  So, I bought a third frame, and the work began.  I cannot begin to tell you how many hours I spent making all of the "stuff" for this table, but it was a complete labor of love!  Hopefully, someone was blessed by it.  (And it won the "Martha Stewart" award at the banquet -- how fun!)

Here is a picture of my "Faith" frame.

I made this design using my Cricut, some Prima and Bazzill flowers, lace, and my Spellbinders Nestabilities.  The frame is an 8" x 10" frame, and the word "Faith" was cut using the Home Accents solutions cartridge. The cross was cut from the Indie Art solutions cartridge.  I put it on a Nestabilities scalloped circle.  I ran the word "Faith" through my Cuttlebug and embossed it.

Here is a picture of my "Hope" frame:

Since I didn't have a Cricut cartridge with the word Hope on it, I used Sure Cuts a Lot and designed the word and welded it.  I do not remember the font, but if you are interested, email me or leave a comment, and I can figure it out.  After I cut the word, I ran it through my crimper to give it dimension.  I also used some Prima lace with flowers attached to it that was given to me by a dear friend for my birthday last year.  The bird was cut from the Straight from the Nest Cricut cartridge.  This is the frame to which I added my cupcake liner flower that I showed you last week.

The last frame is my "Love" frame:

This was my favorite frame.  I cut the word "Love" from the Sweethearts Cricut cartridge.  The heart came from the Straight from the Nest cartridge.  The Bible verse is on a Nestabilities label.  The cross is a Spellbinders die.  The fancy corner is also from the Sweethearts cartridge.  The white flower was made using punches.

Now onto a few of the other table decorations:

Here is one of the six candles that I placed on the table.  I tied a ribbon around them and added a flower made from punches, plus a little rose in the middle.  I ran the flower through the crimper to give it texture.

Here is a picture of the candy bars we gave as favors.  We covered them in paper and added a quick punched flower:

This is the goody bag we gave with cards made by my daughter, a gift tag, and a bookmark (pictures and instructions for this on another day):

Next, we have a picture of the flowers I made for the napkin rings (instructions on this flower will come another day as well).  I loved making these flowers from cardstock and will make more of them:

And this is one of the placecards I used.  It was very simple, with a name printed from my computer and a punched doily flower and center:

Here is a picture of our glasses, with black ribbon and a little charm tied on.  It may be hard to see the angel charm:

And here is a picture of some of the carnations and rolled roses that I made to sit at the corners.  The carnation is the one I showed in a post last week:

Now to a picture of my true labor of love -- a flat rolled rose topiary made from felt flowers!  While surfing the internet for ideas, I found the tutorial and pictures, which you can find here.  I loved it!  I did mine a little differently though.  I added a pearl in the center of each rose and then painted Stickles glitter glue on the flowers.  I started out making regular rolled roses, but they were pretty small, and then I realized that I was doing them backwards from the photos on the tutorial, and I really liked them flat.  So, here are a couple of pictures of the topiary:

And finally, here are pictures of the table.  We used my daughter's red polka dotted square plates and put them on red chargers.  We used a white tablecloth and a black overlay.  We had blue fabric covering a small box and then a damask hat box that I got for $4.50 (50% off) at Hobby Lobby -- woo hoo -- sitting on top of the fabric.  The frames and topiary sat on top of the hat box.

And another picture:

You can click on the pictures to see them better.  Thank you in advance for any comments!  If you have questions about anything, just let me know.


Debbie Carriere said...

Tammy, this looks divine!!! You certainly deserve that Martha Stewart award :) That topiary is absolutely fantastic, & the color scheme you chose is great. TFS :)

The Fillhard's said...

Very nice. You put a lot of love and work into your table and it turned out absolutely beautiful!

Crystal aka Caitlynsmommy said...

Tammy this is simply STUNNING and BREATHTAKING! I love it! I can tell it was hours and hours of love and it shows! WONDERFUL! AMAZING! I LOVE IT!

Sandi Cl~ said...

What a great idea, Tammy. We have a similar dinner at our church right after Thanksgiving and the table are always beautiful. Love that you used your Cricut to help create a gorgoeus table! Love it!

Lynn said...

WOW!!!!!!! This is absolutely gorgeous! I love the color scheme, all your different flowers, the shadowboxes, everything is absolutely PERFECT!!!

Alpha & Omega Design Team said...

Tammy...everything you did was absolutely STUNNING! I truly mean that. It was even more gorgeous in person (if you can imagine that). I know how many hours of labor and love you put into this project and I even felt "honored" to sit at your table. The special touches and the little gifts were all very much appreciated! You have a HEART OF GOLD and I am blessed to have YOU as my friend and neighbor. Thanks again for inviting me to this wonderful event.

Crafty Carrie said...

Wow you did a great job. I can see why you won the Martha Stewart award. I am sure all you guest greatly appreciated it.

Sandy from Ukiah said...

Oh Tammy, I almost missed seeing this. WOW... how blessed the ladies were to be sitting at your table, everything is BEAUTIFUL... you did an amazing job. Thanks for being such an inspiration. hugs

Tammy said...

It's amazing!!! Just gorgeous ~ love the topiary!!

Lisa West said...

You did a fabulous job. I'm glad to hear you won the MStewart award. I'm sure it was a blessing to everyone there. I do enjoy visiting you blog so I have passed on to you an award I received last week. You are linked from my award post. Congrats! Lisa

Sandy from Ukiah said...

I left something on my blog for you Tammy.. thanks for always leaving me such encouraging comments. hugs

Joy said...

Wow !!!! I can understand why your table won the Martha Stewart Award!! All the projects are just wonderful and a true labor of love!!!
xoxo Joy

The Country Rose said...

LOVE your table and everything on it! What a great job you did!


In Love with a Bug said...

I found the post with your rolled roses flower ball! Very beautiful and yes, I am sure this took awhile to make too. Thanks for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment. I am a new follower.