The dining room at the Franklin County Country Club was transformed into a Gala Display of exquisitely decorated dining tables during the Southern Tennessee Ladies’ Society’s “Tablescapes” Fundraiser.
June Cortner had the vision to spearhead this event as an STLS Scholarship Fundraiser nine years ago after attending a similar function with her sister in Nashville and another one at Creekwood Botanical Gardens. “I like chairing the event because I am thrilled to see the imaginative, creative, colorful, and unique ideas that unfold every year. Just when we think that the variety of table themes has been exhausted, another year surprises us with fresh ideas for table designs. Secondly, all of the designers come to know each other well and enjoy the process together.”
Guests were able to feast their eyes on fourteen mouth-watering masterpieces created around themes selected by the individual Design Teams. “Ooohs” and “Awwwhs” were heard repeatedly as guests absorbed the visual display. ”For me, it is somewhat like getting the latest copy of your favorite magazine and discovering the new ideas of talented designers as you turn the pages,” says June Cortner. “This is an event for anyone who enjoys artistic display, flower arranging, antique or unique table linens, and beautiful table appointments.”
The Southern Touch, Hippity-Hop-Easter is on its way, Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Bridesmaids, Bubbly and Brunch exemplified elegant formal settings showcasing heirloom china, hand-embroidered linens, delicately etched crystal, fresh floral arrangements and gold-trimmed plates; and of course, cupcakes and bubbly! As with any formal affair, the Bridesmaid Brunch added some professional touches with flower arrangements by Jess Davis of Soul Flowers in Estill Springs and cupcakes by Pam Bennett.
Whimsical Bunnies and Buttercups frolicked alongside bright Pink Flamingos by the Pool and stopped over by the Teddy Bear’s Picnic to fly a kite and have a bit of honey. Birds and Butterflies fluttered around flowers in Color My World, while guests got moving along to Shake your Tail Feathers. The Garden table had a bountiful array of fresh flowers, vegetables and homemade flower cupcakes. The Lighthouse was graced with a collection of beach favorites: seashells, lanterns and tiny inspirational messages in a bottle.
Family heritages were remembered from the mountains in Switzerland and the party table was all set with Fiesta. Angel Blessings guided guests toward a path that leads to happiness and hope.
Many of the decorative items and favors were hand crafted by the designing women and there was also an abundance of memorable family keepsakes that were proudly displayed after being carefully gleaned from the china cabinets. Stories of family, traditions and inspiration were shared during the luncheon.
The Tablescapes Event clearly demonstrated that a dinner party or event can be a fun collaboration between family and friends and todays’ host/hostess has many options whether they’re planning a formal dinner or a whimsical party. Be inspired: dig out your fine china from the boxes in the attic or shop around for some fun and festive plastic/paper goods and get your party started.
The Southern Tennessee Ladies' Society will be hosting their 7th Annual Holiday Market on Friday, November 1st 2019 and Saturday, November 2nd 2019 at the Franklin County Annex Building in Winchester,TN.
The Holiday Market is an all-indoor boutique-style arts & crafts event with over 50 vendors and free admission. There will be a large variety of mainly homemade items like wreaths, ornaments, jewelry, quilts, custom embroidery, wooden signs, seasonal décor, T-shirts, soaps and candles, pottery and an array of artistic items. Teas and spice mixes in addition to freshly baked cakes, cookies and pies will be available for your holiday guests, just stick them in the freezer. Most items are perfect for the gift giving season.
All proceeds from the Holiday Market Fundraiser are put into the STLS Scholarship Foundation. Scholarships are awarded each spring to high school seniors from Coffee, Franklin, Grundy, Lincoln and Moore Counties. Since 2009, more than $ 209,000 has been awarded to 71 students.