Munch and Learn Recap: Designing with Phlox and Echinacea

Table decoration demonstrations are always fun, but Katherine Godoy’s creativity and humor made this Munch and Learn especially enjoyable.  She is the editor of the American Journal of Dentistry. She explained that her editing job is not very creative, so she does Ikebana and table decorations as her creative outlet. Katherine is also the president of the Junior League Garden Club.  Katherine decorated three tables, each with a different theme. The themes were Philadelphia, Paris and garden party.    

Katherine had a creative solution for a table cloth that was too large for her Philadelphia table.  She wanted to use red, white and blue for her color scheme and had the perfect blue table cloth but it needed a bit of alteration. She used lots of small, rubbery pony tail holders on the underside to create a bunched, yet fancy, look. She then layered a vintage- look table linen over that. Katherine used lacy, white metal plant saucers for chargers, dinner plates with a Paul Revere theme, and salad plates that were red and white checked. Her flower arrangement was an assortment of Echinacea, heavy on yellow, with patriotic pinwheels for pop. Each chair had a large ribbon with a small basket for a tussy mussy on the back. Tussy mussies were popular in the 19th century as a beautiful adornment with a purpose. Before deodorant and sewer systems towns and cities could be very smelly places so having a small, nice smelling flower arrangement easily in reach was advantageous.   

Table two had a Paris theme in black and pink. Each setting included a Paris plate, black and white goblets and a place holder with each guest’s eye color, rather than name, written in French. In the middle of the table was an Eiffel Tower. The flower arrangement was created of phlox in a box form that fit under the base of the tower. 

An urn filled with coneflowers, boxwood and Artemisia decorated the center of table number three. This table had a garden party theme. It was done in yellow, green and white.  The plates had a floral pattern on a field of yellow and the napkins were bright green with dragonfly holders. The goblets were clear with stems of different colors. Some were green while others were pink, blue or yellow.  Katherine likes to mix formal with informal so the flatware had a plastic handle that was attached to metal with a gold band.   

While making these table arrangements Katherine was full of fun stories and little jokes that, like her tables, added a nice touch of informality to a very fancy topic. 

- Linley Schmidt, Public Programs Coordinator

Posted by Chantal Drake at 4:39 PM
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