Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Lake Forest Spirit of 67 School District Home Tour

It's time again for the annual fundraiser for the Lake Forest School District 67.  We have been asked to create several tables for this event and started the set up today.  Finishing touches and the outside table by the pool will be completed in the morning.

This home is a large spacious home with a very accommodating dining room that seats 14 guests very comfortably.  The owner has a collection of brightly color art glass displayed in the room, so we decided to go BRIGHT this year.  Using tangerine, amethyst, and turquoise, we created a vivid table scape using the home owners gorgeous black and gold china service.

Candy layered orange pin tuck napkins over chartreuse and turquoise napkins, then tied them with a hand dyed orange silk ribbon and a rhinestone cocktail ring for a little sparkle. The orange napkins and runners are from and were great for the price. However, they are a bit skimpy and needed to be layered over another napkin to create a full napkin effect.  (Unlike their tablecloths in this fabric - which are full, great colors  and wonderful for the price!)

Orange pin tuck runners crossed the table horizontally

Kathy from the Flower Cart in Grayslake worked her magic and created the florals in the lanterns that we had previously painted black and gold.

 Blackberries were placed in orange lilies on each place setting.

 Moroccan tea glasses were used to hold the little blackberry bouquets.

Kathy created the large arrangement in the black and gold urn for the center of the table, and the lanterns were placed on the sides. 
The large kitchen has two grand islands- so wonderful for a large active family. So we decided to create a Tuscan feast.  Using ingredients that are used to make a large Italian feast, we staged a cook's dream pantry on the island!  Using wine boxes and apothecary jars as the base, exotic vegetables were gathered and displayed.  Large loaves of freshly baked bread, baby eggplants for eggplant parmigiana, an apothecary jar filled with black olives and one with sun dried tomatoes in olive oil- you get the picture. A cooking party is about to happen!

Sundried tomatoes, black olives and an assortment of vine ripened tomatoes

Exotic squashes and tangerines 
 Vivid roses filling a wine crate!

Tuscan inspired linens peaking from the wine glasses.

Love this chicken wire basket with the tangerines.

And of course, one of the apothecary jars held the invitation to our
Parisian Hideaway Event next weekend!
Hope our local customers can make this event!!!


The Tablescaper said...

Absolutely sumptuous. While the table takes my breath away, the vignette in the kitchen is unbelievable!

- The Tablescaper

Sarah said...

What a treat to get to see all of this. Thank you for sharing the photos. The dining room table setting is exquisite. Love the idea of the runners across the table for each place setting, and the blackberry bouquets are a darling idea. ~ Sarah

The enchanted home said...

Wow the beauty and colors here are simply astounding in how beautiful they are!

Laurell Banner said...

Such a beautiful table. So colorful and charming. I am sure everyone will love it. Good job girls.

Emily said...

You all have such a wonderful attention to detail! Beautiful!! I am loving the tangerine!!

Katha said...

Such a pretty presentation! So cheery and inviting. Loved the use of orange both on the table and in the island vignettes!

Alison @ The Polohouse said...

What a beautiful table you set, Susan!
You and your dear friends are such
talented gals. So sad I did not make it to the tour --- first time ever that I missed it.

I will see you next Friday though!
Can't wait to see what you have been up to.