Grace Willing Workers get tips on tablescaping, food preservation


Members and guests of Grace Willing Workers Extension Homemakers met recently at the Centennial Fellowship Church in White Hall for a Thanksgiving feast and monthly meeting.

The hostesses for the luncheon were Eva Marie Pearson, Marynell Cardin, Dixie Fritz and Verdell Baker. The room was decorated with a Thanksgiving decor, and turkey was the main dish.

Carolyn Harness presented the program, “Tablescaping and Food Preservation for the Holidays.” She opened the program by asking if anyone would describe their favorite table setting. She then displayed tablescaping ideas for Thanksgiving and Christmas.

Some basic rules for designing a tablescape are

The ideal number of guests at a 60-inch banquet round is eight and 10 people maximum.

The ideal number at a 72-inch round is 10 with 12 maximum.

There is a finite amount of space on the tabletop so don’t overdo it.

Limit the amount of paper at the table. At the most, include one menu per table setting and one program or agenda.

Maximum width for centerpieces should be no greater than 6 inches; maximum height should be 10 or 12 inches.

Allow time for napkin folding.

Make sure there are extra linens for cocktail rounds and buffet tables.

Buffet tables should aways have elevation, texture, and color. Adding elevation alone makes the buffet display interesting.

Harness concluded her program by distributing information on healthy holiday food gifts. Doris Turbeville assisted Harness with the presentation.

Debbie James, club president, conducted the business session. Everyone who attended the Mesh Wreath Workshop taught by James was proud of their wreaths. Those attending from Grace Willing Workers were Betty Lacy, Nancy Rosen, Liz Crosby and Harness. There were three guests who attended the workshop. One of the guests, Ruth Fontenot, joined the club. The Christmas Ornament Workshop, a Jefferson County Extension Homemakers workshop, was well-attended by Grace Willing Workers. Those Grace Willing Workers attendees were James, Marjorie Zuber, Rosen, Betty Lacy, Crosby, Cathy Lewis, Linda Works, Fritz, Harness, Doris Turbeville, Verneita Self, and Kaye Richardson. The workshop was taught by Peggie Barbaree, a member of Willing Workers of White Hall.

Grace Willing Workers was proud of the honors they received at the Jefferson County EHC Fall Council. Members receiving county achievement awards were James, Brenda Robinson, Delores Kelley, Harness, Richardson, Fritz, Rosen, Zuber, Bettye Johnson, and Crosby. The club won the first place Secretary Book Award, first place Scrapbook Award, and the Honor Club Award.

Loom-knitted hats were turned in at the meeting. James thanked everyone who brought non-perishable food items for holiday food boxes for two families as well as food for the Transformation Food Pantry.

James, Richardson, Crosby, Lacy, Rosen and Zuber took advantage of the craft workshops and opportunities for fellowship presented at the recent AEHC Craft Retreat held at the Ozark Folk Center in Mountain View.

Guests at the meeting were Susan Habeler, Juanita Cook and Delois Dilbeck. Cook and Dilbeck were also welcomed as new members.