A LuncheonOn April 5, 2014 - a local church invited hosts to decorate tables and to invite six of their friends to share a community luncheon. I decided to host two tables and in wanting to make a statement, I choose two literary themes. One was Beatrix Potter's Peter Rabbit and the other featured Lewis Carroll's Alice in Wonderland. Here's a peek at the table finery.
Alice in Wonderland
Alice's table featured a mix-matched table setting, but with coordinated dishes in a blue, burnt orange, and taupe. The plates had a scroll design while the plates (blue or burnt orange) were solid color but with a scalloped edge of sorts.
The blue/orange/yellow stripped boxes were nut cups, blue napkins, and blue glasses with blue/white striped straws.
In the center of the table was the opened pop-up book created by Robert Sabuda.It's a marvelous book with 24 pop-ups through out the book. This page is my personal favorite and The book is often used as a coffee table piece during evenings when friends come to play a favorite card game - Five Crowns.
Although I did not get them for this luncheon, I did find very large playing cards that, if laminated would make great place mats or decorative pieces for a more casual party. Cards 8-1/4" x 11-3/4" are available at www.ssww.com and the same home site has even larger (Colossal Playing Cards) 10-1/2"W x 14-1/2"H available.
Each guest was given a swag bag that contained a note book, a magnetic list pad, a copy of Alice in Wonderland to either savor or gift to a young reader. I found the books for a bargain price at Michael's (the craft store). Can't find them online but did come across a delightful DIY Alice in Wonderland Birdhouse Mobile -- Someone would have to DIFM (do it for me) if I were to have this -- but a crafty patient person could have a delightful piece. There was a wildflower seed packet in each swag bag. A template for the Alice and the Peter wildflower seed packet will be at the end of this blog.
Plain eggshell white tableware with a beaded pattern around the edge as used with a cup embellished with a Peter Rabbit motif.
In the center was a basket and potted plant, a tin bucket with paper carrot or two. A popup book - Peter Rabbit's Lucky Escape was showcased in the table center.
Along with a tea for one featuring the Beatrix Potter characters around the edge.
The flower motif nut cuts were found in a package of 8 at the dollar store.
Here are the templates for the seed packets. Click on the picture to get the full sized image, print on standard copy paper.