Madonna Circle is a non-profit organization founded in 1936, which provides Catholic women opportunities for service, fellowship and spiritual growth while improving the Memphis community by stewardship and charity. Last fall, we were approached by the wonderful ladies at Madonna Circle to be a part of their fundraising event, A Table To Toast, benefiting Camp Learn and Love, a summer camp for at-risk children in Memphis. This debut event was to be centered around the home and garden, appealing to a wide range of ages. The luncheon featured Susan Ferrier, of McAlpine Booth & Ferrier Interiors, as the keynote speaker, with a book signing of her new book, Art Of The House.

We were thrilled to be among the 20 designers chosen in the Memphis area to create a table for this event, and we quickly started brainstorming! With the event being held at the Memphis Botanic Gardens, we wanted to keep our design light and airy, but with our signature Bella Vita rustic touch. Check out how Steph and I transformed our table with some of our Bella Vita favorites! -Kelly, The Marketing Girl

Setting Up

We started with a floor length, burlap linen table cloth for a nice neutral base. Next, we added a gorgeous gold metal side table as the base for our floral arrangement, as well as these incredible iron candleholders from Jan Barboglio. We also opted to provide our own linen napkin with our signature olive leaf logo in a monochromatic ivory stitching. When the BV girls are involved, no detail is left out!

Table To Toast Set UpMemphis Botanic Garden-Hardin Hall

Table To Toast Set UpThe beginnings of our fabulous table

Table To Toast Set UpEmbroidered linen napkins with our olive leaf logo

Table To Toast Set UpOur bright and cheery flowers for the centerpiece

The Details

We wanted the guests sitting at our table to get the true Bella Vita experience! After a fun brainstorming session, we quickly agreed that we needed to bring the flare of our original artists to the table...which is where the amazing painted charged by EMYO came into our design! We wanted the guests to feel like they had mini paintings at each place setting, and Emily was more than happy to help with this "outside of the box" idea! As a thank you gift to our guests, we attached these beautiful gold cross ornaments from Barbara Beil to each chair. 

Our table also featured heavy and rustic iron votives and vases from Jan Barboglio that we filled with different size candles to add a little twinkle of light! We finished off the table with a large scale floral arrangement that I designed. Nothing says "Hello spring!" quite like a tons of hydrangeas, roses, ranunculus, and succulents!

Table To Toast Event

Barbara Beil Cross Ornaments

EMYO Painted Chargers

EMYO Painted Charger

EMYO painted charger

EMYO Painted CHarger

Finished Product

Our finished design was a true representation of our store, and we loved all the individual elements that were brought together for this fun and rustic look! We are already looking forward to the fun things we can come up with for next years event!

Table To Toast Event

Table To Toast Event