Two years ago the woman who is in charge of marketing for Goodwill Industries, invited me to participate in an Italian Tablescape contest. It was held at the Festival Italiano in the Belmar development of Lakewood, Colorado. Now, here's the fun part. We were given $40 gift cards to Goodwill, and could only spend an additional $10 of our own for flowers, candles, etc. At the time, I had no idea what a tablescape even was, but I had Italian grandparents, and I thought I could wing it. Boy, did I have a lot to learn!
Here are the six tablescapes:
I really thought a tablescape had to have place settings. I was very confused by this one!
"Palazzo Bella" (beautiful home)
I never would have thought to add artwork or real liquids, but what a great idea!
This one is mine. There are so many things I would change, but I am proud that I made all the linens.
"Mattina Bella" (beautiful morning)
I love how the centerpiece of this one is built up. And crumpled tissue paper in the glasses!
"Breakfast in Tuscany"
This is the winning tablescape, and I totally get it now. The layering, the striped runner pulling out the colors of the small plates, the pop of yellow repeated in the lemons, and the use of four place settings instead of two. We were all astonished at how much she got for her $40. She went to a different Goodwill store than the rest of us!
"Casual in Capri"
The woman from Goodwill did this last one, and I think she did a great job!
"Festa del l'uva" (grape harvest festival)
Here are a few shots of the festival. (I would love to have some of these dishes!)
Thanks for letting me share my contest. I know my grandparents would have appreciated my effort and voted for me! Come back for next week's Tablescape Thursday, so I can redeem myself and show all that I've learned!
Please visit my sister's tablescape at Robin Flies South...
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