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November 13, 2013

Holiday Tables event serves ‘Season of elegance’

By Tiffany Esshaki
C & G Staff Writer

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Holiday Tables event serves ‘Season of elegance’
Holiday Tables, an annual fundraiser for the Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary, is now in its 38th year. The funds are used to keep the estate running year-round.

BLOOMFIELD HILLS — It’s been 38 years since the Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary first began hosting its Holiday Tables celebration to showcase the latest trends in entertaining décor.

This year’s Holiday Tables event, called “A Season of Elegance,” will be held Nov. 22-24, with a special patron tea Nov. 21. The annual fundraiser will feature dramatically decorated tables of all kinds, set up in the historic Cranbrook House. Many who attend the event each year consider it to truly be the kickoff to the holiday season.

“We always have interesting people that create these tables for us,” said event chair Randy Forester. “People really come to get ideas on how they can decorate their own table at their own home for the holidays. That’s why, 38 years ago, the Cranbrook Auxiliary decided to do it the week before Thanksgiving, to give people ideas for their holiday table.”

This year, 13 tables will be featured, ranging in style from traditional to whimsical. Forester said local businesses, like The Italian Dish, of Birmingham, and Premier Pet Supply, of Beverly Hills, will create tables for the display.

But Holiday Tables is more than just a feast for the eyes. Guests can feed their creative senses with live music and educational seminars, as well, including presentations on “Detroit: Living Inside the Forgotten Machine,” “RMS Titanic,” and “The Fine Art of Porcelain Painting.”

Volunteers from Thistle Gift Shop will be on hand with a new collection of merchandise created by Michigan artists.

“We typically see about 400 people during the course of the weekend. We do this to raise funds for Cranbrook House and Gardens Auxiliary, and those funds are used to help us in our mission to preserve the house, the garden and related properties,” said Eric Franchy, public relations coordinator for Cranbrook House and Gardens. “Cranbrook really does become as magical as the holiday season itself.”

Patron tea sessions will be held at 11 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Nov. 21. Tickets are $75, and reservations are required by Nov. 15. General admission to Holiday Tables will be 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Nov. 22 and 23, and noon-4 p.m. Nov. 24.

Tickets are $20 at the door. For more information, visit https://housegardens.cranbrook.edu.

Cranbrook House and Gardens is located at 380 Lone Pine Road in Bloomfield Hills.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Tiffany Esshaki at tesshaki@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1095.