For weeks the women’s ministry team has been meeting and preparing to host our annual local church ladies for a special Christmas breakfast. This year we decided to cater it instead of meeting together in a nearby restaurant. Our women’s ministry director chose the theme, The Best Gift, and then began to work on our program. I began to recruit the twenty ladies necessary to hostess the tables.
As ladies agreed to hostess a table, they received a complimentary ticket and a letter explaining the details. This kept everyone on the same page. The letter simply said thank you and listed what their responsibilities and my responsibilities would be.
Round tables with traditional white tablecloths were placed around the room. Each table hostess brought her dishes, glass and flatware, a centerpiece, and most often a small gift for ladies who sit around her table. Lots of details went into making this morning a successful respite from the busyness of the holidays.
Didn’t the hard work of our hostesses pay off?
For this centerpiece, beautiful prancing reindeer danced around a silver cylinder candle holder and red tulle netting gave it an extra punch of color. These lovely sisters used dishes passed down from their mother with red chargers under each plate to accent the centerpiece. A Christmas bookmark and chocolates awaited each of their table guests.
This beautiful table decorated by my friend and beautician showed creativity worth noticing – scattered snowflakes, embellished blue ornaments surrounding a cobalt blue pitcher for the centerpiece, blue bandannas for napkins, and silver makeup bags with beauty samples placed on each plate.
This table’s snowman stood beside Christmas cones of bright red, green and candy stripes. The beautiful Christmas China was accented by chargers in red, green and gold. This hostess placed a candy filled plush snowman on each chair.
This experienced hostess must throw amazing dinner parties as her table setting was elegant and sophisticated. Beautiful fine china circled around a Santa tea pot and a Christmas home with a tiny train of sleighs that moved around the scene. Napkin rings held paper napkins, a small notebook propped against the stemware and Andes mints sat in the saucer. Elegance was an understatement.
This Hostess and her daughter (kindergarten age) set this table together. I stood back watching mother instruct daughter on how and where to place each piece. It was quite moving for this mother of all boys. The centerpiece was unique and so very creative. The antlers were adorned with battery operated Christmas lights. I wish I had gotten a picture of it lit up but you will have to imagine that.
This table can only be described as cozy and warm. I wanted to just pull up to it and start chatting. Our hostess used two table runners and criss-crossed them. I will definitely use this idea in the future. This centerpiece stayed tall and thin as to not block conversation between guests. The top hat flanked one side of the tall vase and a snowman on the other. The vase, topped with a huge white snowflake and red Christmas balls was wrapped in silver fabric making this tablescape spectacular. Each guest felt welcomed as she sat before her plate and cup. Did you notice the packaged cocoa stick snowman peeking over the rim? So adorable. Every plate held red tipped flatware wrapped in a white napkin and tied with a pretty red and white checkered bow!
This table used a green runner underneath red taper candles, a small decorated Christmas tree and an adorable snowman. The snowman dishes held a Christmas jingle bell necklace for each guest. We have some very creative ladies at our church!
This was just a sampling of the beautifully decorated tables from this morning. Every table was just as unique and special as the ladies who decorated them. Some of these tables told stories of rich heritage, others were whimsical and festive but all were gifts of time and love for the ladies they would host. This added such a personal touch to our morning and I am beyond grateful for their assistance.
The buffet tables were clad with red cloth runners across the middle and laden with individual sized quiches, sausage cream cheese stuffed croissants, yogurt and fruit parfaits, and miniature pancakes with butter and syrup. Talk about delicious. I want the recipes!
Throughout the morning, everyone sang Christmas carols, ate their fill, listened to the guest speakers, and gave generously to the missionary family we chose to bless. We were blessed. I felt accomplished and ready to put my feet up and relax after a long morning of work. My heart is full. I love my sisters. I love our church.