I recently had the opportunity to host a Wreath and Tablescape Workshop for Southern Marin Mothers’ Club. I was really excited about this opportunity because I love decorating for the holidays. When this time of year rolls around, I spend way too much time tearing pages out of magazines, sketching plans and arranging displays (and then rearranging!). Often I have so many ideas to try out but not enough space in my house. I knew this would be the perfect chance to share what I’ve learned from my own experiences hosting holidays and helping family and friends decorate their homes. Last December I attended a wreath making workshop and came away with lots of inspiration that I was excited to share with these lovely ladies.
The workshop was held at the Belvedere Community Center. We started the day by talking about tablescapes. I’ve always thought preparing a beautiful table is a way to show your guests that their visit is considered special. I set up two examples for holiday table settings – one for Thanksgiving and one for Christmas. We discussed the importance of thinking about your guests and the occasion first, using items that you already own and investing in classic pieces that can be repurposed for any season. It was awesome when the conversation turned to everyone sharing their favorite places to shop for bargains!
After breaking for a light lunch, we moved on to making our wreaths. Each work station was supplied with a grapevine wreath form along with tools. And then it was time for fun stuff – everyone chose the flowers, greenery, feathers and accents they liked best. With just a few overall guidelines, everyone’s creativity started to come out. This was a seriously talented group!
As everyone chatted and shared ideas over coffee and cookies, we were doing more then attending a party or just making wreaths. We were all making memories. Two sets of mothers and daughters came to the workshop – a mother with an adult daughter and a mother with her young child. Seeing them work together to make something special for their home was the highlight of my day.