Grandma’ Attic is a winner!

Tonight was the Women’s Banquet at church. I’ve never been before but last week I found myself volunteering to bring my grandmother’s silver so I had to go with it! Each Sunday School class or small group has a table (or two or three if it’s a big group, the tables seat eight) and come up with a theme. We have a member of our class who is always really good at coming up with themes for the banquet and for Trunk or Treat and we often win awards. A couple of years ago she came up with the idea for everyone to bring their grandmother’s old things but that year ended up going with a Halloween theme. The table won a prize that year but I think a lot of the older ladies are probably still recovering from the Frankenstein centerpiece. So this year we went with the grandmother idea.

Christie, the member with the ideas, brought a quilt of her grandmother’s to use as a tablecloth. Another class member brought her grandmother’s aprons to tie around the chairs and we all brought photos, display items and China. I had to bring my own China because I don’t have any belonging to either grandmother, but I did provide the silver!

After the dinner was over, prizes were announced. We were thrilled that Grandma’s Attic won first prize! All of the tables were just beautiful, I really wouldn’t want to be the judge! There were three places and two honorable mentions.

It started at 6 and I got there at 5 to get Katy to the youth group meeting. Many of the tables were already set up, we figured some of the ladies must have stayed after church to set up. I’m not sure when they put the tables up.

Here is our table:

Christie's grandmother's quilt was our tablecloth. The grandfather clock belonged to someone's great-grandfather, I believe.
Christie’s grandmother’s quilt was our tablecloth. The grandfather clock belonged to someone’s great-grandfather, I believe.
My place setting with pictures of both of my grandmothers.
My place setting with pictures of both of my grandmothers.
The little red glass cup in the background belonged to my great-grandmother. She bought it at the World's Fair in St. Louis in 1904.
The little red glass cup in the background belonged to my great-grandmother. She bought it at the World’s Fair in St. Louis in 1904.
Old hair comb
Old hair comb
Someone's grandfather.
Someone’s grandfather.
Photos and a water pitcher.
Photos and a water pitcher.
The ladies from our class.
The ladies from our class.
Christie and her award.
Christie and her award.
The plaque with some of our decorations
The plaque with some of our decorations

There were about 220 women at the dinner and lots of really fancy tables.

The Kentucky Derby table came in either second or third. It was really nice. One of the ladies had been to the derby and she also wears hats so she had a hat for everyone and gussied them up with some flowers.

Off to the races!
Off to the races!
The derby ladies and their hats.
The derby ladies and their hats.

This table was the other table that placed and got whichever place the derby table didn’t. Our associate pastor said it won mainly for making our chairs look good! It was a really pretty table and they had a little side table with a silver coffee service.

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The twelfth grade girls small group had a table, too. I don’t know which one it was but they got an honorable mention so that was nice for them.

This table was the “fruit of the spirit” and I thought it was real cute.

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Close-up of the fruits.
Close-up of the fruits.

This class had two tables and a doll theme.

Besides dolls, they had gorgeous China.
Besides dolls, they had gorgeous China.

This was another two-table class. They had a fall theme and each place had a bar of fancy soap for a name card. Each chair also had a package of homemade muffins and chocolate-chip cookies. I was thinking they probably shouldn’t have left those unattended!

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Dinner was prepared by our church’s chef and was very good. After dinner was a short concert. I don’t remember the name of the singer but she was really good.

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