Authentic Compassion

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Tablescapes Adventure


The Peaceable Kingdom

Isaiah 11:6 The wolf will live with the lamb, the leopard will lie down with the goat,the calf and the lion and the yearling together; and a little child will lead them.



I treasure the verses in Isaiah- prophesying a time when there will be no predator or prey and all things can live together. Our church has a brunch for the ladies every two years and they call it Tablescapes. A person or group is supposed to select a verse and decorate a table for 8 in whatever way they feel will be appropriate. Since two of my church buddies are also goat keepers, we went with this verse (hard to imagine our skittish goats even being in the vicinity of a leopard!) and planned a goaty table. The favors for each person were bars of goats milk soap with our verse on a small card attached to the bar. On each napkin was a small Lindt chocolate goat (ok not really a goat - it is a reindeer but you'd have to be WonderWoman to read the label so we pretended they were goats!) Our homemade tabletopper had images of some of our goats and we used clear glass tablesettings so the images could be seen. Our wire, two level centerpiece had dried moss and toy animals (each kind mentioned in the verse). On the base level we put a nativity set (the little child). Our morning was a bit hectic even though our group worked together to set our table up, "hostess" for our 5 table guests and then take it all down this morning --it was a pleasant time. Whenever I try to write about social events which are ladies only activities, I recall the first (probably only) journalism class I took . The teacher had his favorite (and over used) example of terrible, provincial social reporting. The example was from a small town society columnist who described each social event and concluded "and a glad time was had by all". Might not have been great journalism but does sum up many gatherings of which I've been a part. Today - I ventured off Buhlaland for a while and spent time with lovely ladies and indeed a glad time WAS had by all.























9 comments:

Lanny said...

The tables in the pictures are all lovely indeed. I can believe that a good time was had by all. And even though it isn't a journalistic breakthrough, "a good time had by all" is a very good thing, a necessary thing these days. And I am glad that it is happening so close to Buhl-a-land.

Pam said...

I love the idea of every table being based on a verse! Our ladies luncheon is a similar idea, but not based on verses. Great goaty table!

LindaSueBuhl said...

Thanks for stopping by Lanny - there were a total of 17 tables - I didn't take pictures of all but each was amazing. The table winning an award for best representation of their verse was based on John 15:5 - all vines and branches and beautiful stoneware dishes. Pam - it is a great idea to use the verses-gives a spiritual tone to the decorating themes. Not my idea so feel free to use it anywhere! LOL - I forgot to mention the Church Chix performed (our all girl band and singing group0.

Kathleen from Yesteryear Embroideries said...

What a wonderful idea! The tables are so beautiful! Blessings, Kathleen

Muddling Through said...

Sounds like fun, and what a job you all did in carrying out your theme!
~Elaine~ (in Houston)

Juri said...

What a fantastic idea...of course, since I have and love goats, I would love your tablescape!!! I had to laugh, too, because my Dad used to laugh when describing a get together...he would say, "And Cornelia cut the cake and a good time was had by all...." Not sure why the person cutting the cake had to be mentioned, but it just became one of those phrases we always use now with a smile!!

KathyB. said...

Linda Sue, love, love, love the table scape! I am using this idea in the future ! That verse is even more special to us with livestock and have predators in the area. We know nothing but our protection keeps them safe and thusly, nothing but God's protection keeps US safe !

LindaSueBuhl said...

KathyB I'd be so tickled to see your version of this table plan - with your beautiful little nativity sheep and creativity - it'll be a WOW. yes this year Isaiah is singing to my heart - the Lord is so good to us and we(I'm using the royal we - 'cause I truly mean ME) are such silly sheep sometimes - wandering away from the good pastures He provides.

Farm Chick Paula said...

How neat!! I love how the goats show through the clear glass plates!