I can’t believe we are already a week into December!! Time is flying!
Today, I wanted to share a tablescape I created with some of the women in my bible study for a women’s event in Franklin last week.
It was one of those events where groups of women can purchase tickets to sit a table together and enjoy a great meal with some worship and a speaker to follow. Our bible study group purchased two tables for the event, and the fun part was we got to decorate them!
So as a group we decided to have a theme for each of our tables. My bible study leader, Laura, was going to be in charge of heading up the decor for the first table, “In the Beginning.” And she asked me to head up the decor for the second table, “In the End.” All the other ladies at our tables would help us decorate the table the day of the event.
I started brainstorming ways to decorate the table that would represent the book of Revelation, which gives in detail how the world will end, and how Jesus will come back for His bride, the believers in Him.
Revelation is a book that I have been really digging into the past couple years and trying to understand. Did you know that Revelation is only book that gives a blessing to the reader? Revelation 1:3 says, “Blessed is the one who reads aloud the words of this prophecy, and blessed are those who hear it and take to heart what is written in it, because the time is near.”
Growing up as a kid, I was always scared of Revelation because it talked about end times, and I didn’t understand a lot of what John was talking about in this book. But now, the words are literally coming to life as I read them and ask the Lord for understanding. And although the beginning of Revelation is still a little bit scary, haha!, the ending is GLORIOUS! It ends with the Jesus coming back to get His bride! Oh, how I cannot wait for that day!!
Now back to the table. :). How in the world do you represent the tribulation in a tablescape?! haha.
Well, during the tribulation, the seven seals of the scroll are broken, seven trumpets are blown, and seven bowls (of wrath) are poured out. (Did you know that seven is the number of “completion.” God’s word will be completely fulfilled during this time.)
So I thought we could incorporate the scroll, the trumpets, and the bowls in our tablescape along with elements of a wedding feast!
Here are some of the inspiration photos that I sent my group of ladies to give them an idea of what I was thinking….
I’m in LOVE with jewel tones right now, and I thought they would give a royal look to our table. Fit for our King!
The ladies in my group were AMAZING!!! They went right to work sharing what they could bring to pull it all together.
Items the ladies and I already had for our tablescape:
- Gold Chargers
- Gold flatware
- Battery operated fairy lights
- My grandmother’s goblets
Things we bought:
These beautiful trumpet candlesticks. One of the ladies in our group had been wanting to buy these from Amazon, so she said she would provide these for our table. I was surprised at how beautiful they were in person. They were heavier than I expected and such a great deal..
She also had one golden bowl at home that she brought, but the other six bowls were ones I had from home or got at Goodwill, and we covered them with “gold leaf” Rub ‘n’ Buff.
Another lady volunteered to bring flowers for our table. She bought them at Trader Joe’s and found flowers in jewel tones (and greenery) to match our table. She did an awesome job picking them out!!
We probably should have gotten some floral foam for our bowls to put our flowers in, but we didn’t think of that. So we got creative and used tape on the bowls to help the flowers stand up and then added water.
I found some jewel tone fabrics at Hobby Lobby for our table and got two yards of each type of material. The velvet Bordeaux fabric was used as the table runner, the tulle was cut into smaller pieces to make the veils on the back of the chairs, and the satin teal fabric was also cut into smaller pieces to use as (faux) napkins for our napkin rings.
For the veils on the back of the chairs, we used the white tulle, and some burgundy ribbon and a roll of wire greenery, both found at Hobby Lobby.
Some of the ladies in our group cut the greenery wire into shapes of wreaths and then attached the tulle and ribbon.
I found a wedding invitation to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb on Pinterest, and one of the ladies typed it out on her computer, printed it, and put it in a frame for the center of our table.
We also rolled up a piece of paper and tied it with a teal ribbon to represent the scroll and wrote “He is Worthy” on it because only Jesus, the spotless lamb, is worth to open the scroll.
SIDE NOTE: To create different heights on our table, we put a wooden box and some books underneath the table runner.
Then we added more greenery clippings to the table from one of the ladies’ homes and put the fairy lights with them. We also scattered some small ornaments that one of the ladies had around the table for some extra shine.
I wish y’all could have seen it in person! It was SO BEAUTIFUL!!
It was such a special night, and I loved sitting with my sweet friends around this table. And even though they were just decorations, they represented the most wonderful truth in God’s Word. HE IS COMING BACK TO GET HIS BRIDE! Hallelujah!
I am so thankful for these wonderful ladies who helped me put this tablescapetogether! Aren’t they precious?! Thank you, Lord, for my sweet friends.
As we enter into this Christmas season and gather around the table with our loved ones, may we remember the greatest Gift ever given, Jesus, the Word made flesh. His free gift of salvation, the forgiveness of our sins, and the promise of eternal life in Heaven.
Thank you, Thank you, Thank you, Lord. Our hearts are forever grateful.