If you heard echoes in the night of someone wailing "No-o-o-o-o!" last Thursday, it was me realizing I forgot to take my camera to our first book club meeting. Thankfully, one of the ladies who came to help decorate was able to run home to get her camera. Thank you to Teri Phillips for lending us your time, talents, decor and photography!
Our book club selection, Redeeming Love by Francine Rivers, is a retelling of the biblical story of Hosea and Gomer, set in the days of the California Gold Rush. This sweeping love story inspired the decor for the evening.
White tablecloths set an elegant mood; red accessories suited the heroine of Redeeming Love; and gold tableware and accessories alluded to the book's setting.
Votive candles nestled in these tall crystal goblets cast a golden glow on our appetizer table. When I started planning our book club, I shared the idea with Terri. An interior designer and event planner, Terri had these red rose topiaries that we propped on candle sticks, as well as the red jewels we sprinkled on the tables. Borrowing some of our decor helped control costs for the evening.
Here is a view of the appetizer table as guests started to arrive. We placed this table in the center of the rectangular room to draw the ladies into the gathering. Five more round tables arranged into a V-shape around the appetizer table gave us an intimate setting to talk about the book. Long tables on each side of the room held salads and desserts brought by all the ladies.
Still to come, devotional thoughts and menu ideas!