Welcome to the 13th Annual Celebration of Tables in Pictures!

What a year this has been! As we continue to find our way out of the pandemic, local nonprofits have had to “think outside of the box” to raise funds. The General Federation of Women’s Clubs are no exception. For our 13th Celebration, we have produced a socially distant “no touch” event… a Celebration of Tables in Pictures!

Through your support, the GFWC Ladies’ Reading Circle and Somo Sala Circle are able to provide needed funds for nonprofit organizations in our community. Since 2009, when our Celebrations began, we have raised over $140,000 for local nonprofits, including ALPS, MATS, the Morristown-Hamblen Library, Girls Inc., The Crockett Tavern Museum, and many others. In 2020, in spite of the pandemic, $8,500.00 was awarded to the Morristown-Hamblen Humane Society through the generous contributions of table and ad sponsors. This year, your support is helping to meet the needs of the Daily Bread Community Kitchen and Helping Hands Clinic.

We hope that you will enjoy the beautiful and creative tablescapes included in this publication and that you will find the time and opportunity to support the businesses that have supported us. Your kindness and generosity are much appreciated!


The CIP Committee

Betsy Dobbins, Chair, Nancy Burnette & Dedi Hyder, Treasurers, Kay Senter, Secretary, and members Sally Allen, Nancy Goan, Donna H. Morris, Cynthia Moses, Martha Kaylor, Carol Peterson

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Cinderella and Her Magic Coach

In keeping with the 2021 Summer Reading Program, “Tails and Tales”, the Morristown-Hamblen Library’s Penny Cowan has designed a table for this year’s GFWC Ladies Reading Circle and Somo Sala Circle Celebration of Tables entering on Cinderella and her magic coach. (Remember the pumpkin turned into a coach, and the mice turned into horses?)

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Start each day with GOD, GRACE, & GRATITUDE

A couple of years ago, I was looking for a home decor type of business to be a part of my Christmas open house that I would have each year. It was a night of shopping with different vendors and fellowshipping with other ladies. As I looked on the Internet for someone who might have this and do parties in your home, I came upon a company called Mary & Martha.

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Precious Memories

This picture is of my nieces, Anna and Amanda Campbell, celebrating Easter in 1997. The table, decorated for Easter, is set with my mother’s china. The china is Theodore Haviland/Arlington.

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Family Treasures

The antique Duncan Phyfe table is covered with a delicate lace cloth crocheted by Mother. The Heritage Green plates trimmed in gold were our grandmother’s china dating back to the 1930’s, and were used only for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The gold flatware was bought in the 1980’s to go with the plates.

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Women’s Suffrage

On July 11, 1920, the state of Tennessee agreed to call a special session of legislature to vote on Amendment 19 giving women the right to vote. On that day, the streets were full of people wearing either a yellow rose in favor or a red rose in opposition of the bill.

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Tea Time with Tomorrow’s Leaders

Girls Inc. of Hamblen County had the pleasure of having tea with tomorrow’s leaders, some of today’s girls at Girls Inc. A future engineer, scientist, baker and businesswoman were all in attendance.

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Our Community Impact Project for 2021 is most unique in that we're learning to think differently about fundraising.

David Burnette of David Burnette Designs and Donna Simpson have teamed up and are excited to be part of the first ever 13th annual Celebration of Tables in Pictures!

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Let All That You Do Be Done in Love

This brunch-themed table scape alludes to the meaning of the showcased centerpiece of simple tulips. The free form arrangement took on a whole new meaning when searching for a title to describe the setting. Flowers in the Victorian days carried secret messages from presenter to recipient. The tulip was to represent new beginnings, deep love, and charity.

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Franciscan Ceramics

Franciscan Ceramics was started by Gladding, McBean, and Company in 1934. The company has been bought and sold many times over the years. The company has been owned by the Fiskars Corporation since 2015.

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Stepping Out While Staying In

This past year has been hard on everyone. Covid has affected all of us in one way or another, from financial hardships to the loss of loved ones. For some it has been just an inconvenience but for others it has changed their livelihood.

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An Evening with Family and Friends

Dinner parties are always fun when you set a formal table and get out the “Good Stuff.” The tapestry table runner and floral arrangement set the stage for the tablescape. Gold plate chargers are the perfect backdrop for the china place setting. The silver flatware, crystal water glasses, and champagne flutes add a touch of class to the dining experience.

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Something New, Something Old, Something Borrowed with a Touch of Gold

I am calling this tablescape “Something new, something old, something borrowed with a touch of gold.” We typically have family visiting for Easter, so I always try to have my table decorated a little extra-special for Spring. This design, like the title describes, is a combination of décor I had already, some that I bought, and some borrowed. The flower arrangements are fresh and artificial.

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The McNabb Center is a premier, not-for-profit provider of behavioral health services in East Tennessee. Since 1948, the Center has provided q…