Buy a Tablescape, Support the Minnesota Orchestra at Settings of Note

tablescapeCreating a beautiful tablescape is a work of art, something I have yet to (or maybe ever will?) perfect. The “fanciest” I get when setting the table is putting an ivory tablecloth over the dining room table and buying an assortment of wildflowers from the Farmers’ Market.

Maybe because I am so inept at it, I really appreciate a beautifully-set table—it’s always one of the first things I notice when entering a luncheon, gala, or wedding reception. My train of thought goes like this, “What a cool concept. I never would’ve put those things together, but it totally works! How creative is that?! Is that real? I should try to remember this idea!” (Behold the beauty of Pinterest.)

Talented local floral designers and interior designers made their works of art look effortless at the WAMSO Settings of Note luncheon fundraiser recently, May 4, at International Market Square.

WAMSO is the primary volunteer support group for the Minnesota Orchestra, originally standing for Women’s Association of the Minneapolis Symphony Orchestra. The acronym stayed while the demographics changed. Today, WAMSO members and volunteers include men and women from all backgrounds and experiences, from students to retirees. Over the years, WAMSO has donated more than $10 million to the Minnesota Orchestra, which—incidentally—is one of the top 10 orchestras in the entire country.

whimsical tablescapeBased on the great turnout, it’s obvious that many Minnesotans feel good about supporting their orchestra while promoting music education. The guests had fun admiring the tablescapes before showing their support by bidding on and purchasing their favorites during a silent auction.

The local interior designers behind the tablescapes include Desi Interior Design, Diane Rice Interiors, Euformia, EuroNest, Gabberts Design Studio and Fine Furnishings, Gunkelmans Interior Design, jrenee recyclables, John Lassila and Associates, KBI Design Studios, Matthew and Janice Griffin, Designers, mint. inc. and Anita Johnson Design, Pottery Barn, RLH Studio, Inc., Target Dinnerware Design Team, west elm, and Whimsy Wendy.

This fundraiser was just the inspiration I needed to have a little fun with the table setting the next time I host a dinner party, while setting the musical tone with a little Sibelius Symphony No. 2 and Symphony No. 5, naturally.