Elegant Autumn Tables For An Evening of Hope

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

If you follow RSG on my Instagram page, you may remember this big box overflowing with styrofoam, carvable pumpkins found at Dollar Tree, posted several months ago.

They were destined for a great purpose!  ;)

After a little makeover, they would become table number card holders, for the Annual Evening of Hope Banquet for The Living Hope Pregnancy Center, I serve on the board for.

My friend, Julia, and I usually join efforts in decorating for the banquet, but this fall she was involved with her two children's weddings, only a month apart. Needless to say, she had enough on her plate!

My inspiration for the table arrangements I wanted to keep simple, economical, but pretty and elegant, was the black and white buffalo check napkins.  You get just a glimpse of them in the picture, below. {Napkins online at Tablecloths Factory}

Backtracking to the pumpkins... they were painted with black chalk paint. I've in the past attempted to spray paint styrofoam, and the results were not good, ...ate at the styrofoam.  Didn't want to chance it with the pumpkins.  After drying, they appeared a little lackluster.  My daughter, Ashley, suggested the added glitter.  The stems were painted gold, and a slit cut across the top to hold the table number cards.

My vision for the banquet also included white hydrangeas... to me, they're just so elegant and pretty! Combined with coral roses, the arrangements were given a fall'ish feel.  The flowers were ordered online, and shipped to my home a few days prior, from Sam's Club.  (...highly recommend!)  The vases were bought at Dollar Tree.

Twenty tables were set...

The table number cards were designed on picmonkey.com, and printed off on cardstock.  I would be so lost without picmonkey!

The stems of the larger real pumpkins were painted gold.  The whimsical acorns came from two trees in my yard.  I spray painted and glued the bases back about two.hundred.and.fifty. of them!

At the "Welcome" table, entering the room, guests were greeted with a larger arrangement as they awaited the assignment of their designated table number.

After creating the base arrangement, and my MIL added some special touches...

...like the orange mesh tucked here and there...

Bet you'd never guess where the orange mesh originated...  from the bags the mini pumpkins were in! Perfect color, pretty ingenious of my MIL, Frances, don't you think?

Leftovers were combined to decorate a spot on the piano next to the stage...

On each table, one program was marked with a star on the back.  The holder of the marked program was given the flower arrangement on that table to take home and enjoy!  The recipients seemed very pleased!  :)

Living Hope is an organization very dear to my heart!  Pro-life, it gives much hope and help to many that will soon welcome a dear, precious child into this world!  

Be sure to come back Friday, as I participate in the TOH Stunning Thanksgiving Vignettes.  We're on day two, and those shared so far have been wonderful!   Click {here} for links to visit! :)


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  1. Pretty pumpkins☺ Love the styling ♥

  2. So many great ideas here Rhonda, love the glitter and your picmonkey table #s! I am crazy over black and white anything, the tables look fabulous!

  3. You did a great job putting the decorations together for the banquet! Your creativity did not disappoint, as usual.

  4. Rhonda, the table decor is beautiful! I am so glad to hear you are on the board and support your pregnancy center. I was on the board of our local chapter for many years. I them served several years on the board of an abstinence program! I support you friend in your work! I am pro-life! Blessings, Pam

  5. I love your creativity, Rhonda, in setting such seasonal festive tables for your banquet. The colors and pumpkins just pop against the black tablecloths. So So lovely!
    Mary Alice

  6. How beautiful and creative! I LOVE the decorations and for such a great cause! God bless you!

  7. The tables look stunning! Wonderful job for a great cause!

  8. Rhonda, kudos to you for a beautiful job. The tables look festive and elegant. I know your group enjoyed the evening and that your time and talents were greatly appreciated.

  9. Wow! Amazing job putting all those gorgeous tables together! I love the colour combination! So pretty!

  10. What a clever idea for the number cards. I love that -- the small ones would be great for place cards, too. Very nice!

  11. Rhonda you are the queen of creativity! I cannot get over the re purposing of the orange mesh ~ brilliant! I also had no idea you could order flowers from Sams Club.

    I wanted to take a moment and thank you so very much for participating in the past week's tour.
    The event brought happiness to many. I received so many messages from individuals who so appreciated all of the wonderful tips, touches and gorgeous images. I am running a round up tour today for any who might have missed a glimpse of the beauty shared.

    Your USMC arrangement filled with such lovely elements created a truly dazzling display.

    Again, my deepest thanks. Have a wonderful weekend.

  12. This was genius!! Thanks so much for sharing at DI & DI. We love having you! :)

  13. Thank goodness for PicMonkey! Your tables are very elegant and the black pumpkins came out very well.


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