What happens when you get 16 tables of 8 women altogether...

You get the Ladies' Spring Dinner.
For the past two years our church has held a Ladies' Spring Dinner. A couple of people volunteer to host a table, and others come as guests. There is a lot of thinking, crafting, squirrelling and making that goes on and then one Saturday everybody gets busy. The tables are laid, decorated and prepared. And they are brilliant.

Can you spot; the Monopoly table. the Roses table, the Strictly table, the Grand National table, the Love Hearts table, Spring time in Manhattan, Springtime with Pooh, Jam and Jerusalem, the Sewing Bee, Roaring Twenties, Poker Face, Angels, Tiffany Blue, Music, A Scottish Fling or Blue Heaven?

Our table (my friend Nicola and me) was called Jam and Jerusalem. We both belong to the Women's Institute so it seemed like a good idea, as well as making table gifts an easy call. Jam, right?
The flowers were from two gardens, also WI members, and we mismatched plates, cups, saucers, knives and forks to our hearts content. And, being a Church event, we even got to finish the evening with a rendition of Jerusalem!

The wine flowed, the conversation was good, the after dinner speaker was an inspirational lady called Ruby Porter who told us all about the Sreepur village for destitute women and children. The stories were often sad, often harrowing tales of a society where girls aren't honoured and welfare doesn't exist.
And by the end of the evening I had had a fabulous time. Of course, I couldn't drive home, but then, that's what husbands are for, isn't it?


  1. It sounds like a fabulous evening, and I can see that lots of work went in to those wonderful tables.

    1. They've had one for three years now and not had a repeat table yet! Although, there's usually a flowery one, a teddy bear one, a really sophisticated one and a pink one!

  2. I love the whole idea of this. It sounds fantastic and I love the themed tables.

    1. It is brilliant; I've hosted 2 years now and come away knowing somebody in church that I hadn't met before; it can be hard in a big group to make a proper friendship, whereas eating and talking (and red wine) makes friends of many people.

  3. What a great idea for people to get together and let their crafty imaginations go wild.
    And if there's good company and wine then it's all the better for it.
    Lisa x

    1. Because wine makes everything good? And the company makes it, I think. I always come away feeling intimidated at the creativity on show. My tables have to be a. easy to do in a short space of time b. cheap to put on. And some of these tables show such creative time input!

  4. Oooh...sounds like a wonderful evening....and I love the WI!


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