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Baccarat, a Champagne Luncheon on the Terrace and a Connecticut Tobacco-Themed Table at This Year’s ‘Set To … |

Baccarat, a Champagne Luncheon on the Terrace and a Connecticut Tobacco-Themed Table at This Year’s ‘Set To …


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Deborah Key Mundair


In case you haven’t been watching the calendar, it’s nearly the holiday season again, and that means entertaining. It’s time to tend to tables, linens, china and flowers, all the eye-catching accoutrements that make your home a place to celebrate.

Find that creativity and inspiration in November as the Connecticut Valley Garden Club hosts its seventh annual “Set To Celebrate” event featuring more than 30 extraordinary tablescapes designed by decorators, businesses, organizations and individuals.

This year’s fundraiser opens Nov. 2 with a preview party and continues Nov. 3-4 at the Town County Club in Hartford.

Highlights of the 2017 event include a collaboration between Lux Bond Green and French crystal maker Baccarat, and an homage to Connecticut’s tobacco-growing history with a table designed by Sue Shepard reminiscent of the times when cigars were enjoyed in the parlors of elegant clubs and homes.


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Deborah Key Mundair

Among the participating designers are Robin Jones of Robin Jones Designs; Kathleen Schwartz of Designs by Kathleen; Rebecca Charamut of Inspired Interiors; Kristen McCory of McCory Interiors; Bill Cusano of De Vars-Phillips Florist Antiques; Lisa Wilde of E.K. Wilde; Robert Friedhoff of LCR Interiors; Heather Grahling of Vivid Hue Home; and Sandy Lamos of A Special Place Floral Studio.

Tablescapes will display live floral designs and the event will also include a hostess-gift boutique and a tabletop tag sale of dinnerware, accessories, crystal, linens and other “finds” for entertaining and decorating.

Proceeds will be used to fund new landscaping at the Noah Webster House, a national historic landmark in West Hartford, and will continue to support the Heritage Rose Garden at Hartford’s Elizabeth Park.

Past garden club projects have included Sunrise Overlook at Elizabeth Park, The Hill-Stead Museum Sunken Garden in Farmington (along with the Garden Club of Hartford) and the Connecticut Children’s Medical Center topiary garden in Hartford.

Tickets for the preview party, which includes hearty hors d’oeuvres and libations, are $125 per person. The reception begins at 6 p.m. Tickets for Nov. 3-4 are $25 online and $30 at the door. “Set To Celebrate” is open both days from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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