Behind the Scenes – Centerpieces

Once again, Steph J., head of the Decor committee, has come up with a spectacular centerpiece for the Wonderful Witchy Women dining tables. She has been noodling on these one-of-a-kind art pieces for several months now and finally, she gets to see her finished work. They are, in a word, stunning.

The star of the piece is a porcelain witch. She joins her sister witch from last year’s artful centerpiece in the long line of famous witches to adorn the Wonderful Witchy Women tables. Both are part of a collectible set, “The Pendleton Witches,” imported from England. In fact, each lucky centerpiece owner will receive a short booklet describing the origins and stories related to the Pendleton witches.

Each Pendleton witch is entirely handmade with hand-painted porcelain faces and boots. The “spell books” in the centerpiece are real books that were found at a charity rummage sale. Steph J. and her committee transformed these books by hand painting and stenciling each one into “Spell Books of Kindness.”

All in all, the decor committee spent over 400 hours creating a total of 60 centerpieces! Considering the expectation of hundreds of attendees, you don’t want to miss out on purchasing your own as soon as possible. They will be sold for $85 each and available online before the event and at the event itself. Here’s a sneak peek:


Gorgeous, eh? Did I mention there will only be a total of 60 centerpieces? Yes, that’s right. Don’t hesitate to snatch one up as soon as you can. See you at the event!

[This is an original post to Witchy Wonderful, the official blog of the Bella Vista League, the non-profit organization behind the annual Wonderful Witchy Women With A Cause luncheon and silent auction. This year’s event will be held on October 27th, 10:30am – 2:00pm, at the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose. Purchase your tickets now and join us!]

Brewing Happiness On Every Table

img_1605-copyIn a previous post, I mentioned how there are so many details that make this luncheon special and unique. At the WWW luncheon, one of those special things is the centerpiece you’ll find at all of the tables. Each year, there is a new theme and different design by a member of the Bella Vista League. And this year’s showpiece was the brainchild of Stephanie.

“Brewing Happiness”, this year’s theme, sparked Stephanie’s first thought of a cauldron. As she mulled over various ideas for witches, a witch having a bit of light-hearted fun took root in her mind. She researched the many witches that could embody her concept and found Olivia swinging in a tree. With the slight smile on her hand painted porcelain face, Olivia seemed the perfect expression for her ideas.

centerpiecescollage1Olivia is part of the Witches of Pendle collection imported from the United Kingdom. A popular collectible, you can read all about the 17th century witch trials that surround this set of witches in a small booklet that comes with the piece.

The other major part of the setting was the tree. A black tree would complement the color scheme well but still needed to accentuate the playfulness of the scene. Stephanie found such a tree with branches angled in such a way to appear “alive” and had purple lights added to the ends of each branch for drama and color.To complete her vision, Stephanie created a “Brewing Happiness” sign, found colorful butterflies and birds to perch on the branches, and added a bit of tulle to mimic steam from the cauldron.


This stunning work of art is available for purchase for $95 each at the luncheon. Only a limited number of centerpieces is available, so don’t miss out! I already bought one of the centerpieces to add to our collection of Halloween décor and am looking forward to placing it center stage on our dining room table after the event. [Overall dimensions – 31″ tall and 14″ wide]

[This is an original post to Witchy Wonderful, the official blog of the Bella Vista League, the non-profit organization behind the annual Wonderful Witchy Women With A Cause luncheon and silent auction. This year’s event will be held on October 28th, 10:30am – 2:00pm, at the Fairmont Hotel, San Jose.]