Creative Colorado TableSetting 2017


Happy 100th Birthday to Estes Park


Andrea Smith’s Formal Table won First Prize and Judge’s Best of Show Awards


Gloria Diane Gardner’s Freestyle Table won First Prize and the People’s Best of Show Awards


Tara Moenning’s Informal Table won First Prize


Kathy Sherrod’s Formal Table won Second Prize


Laura Ware’s Informal Table won Second Prize


Cheryl Shutz’s Freestyle Table won Second Prize


Sheila Sellers’ Formal Table won Third Prize


Donna Beth Donney’s Informal Table won Third Prize


Bonnie Mewherter’s Freestyle Table tied for Third Prize


Maureen Vetter’s Freestyle Table tied for Third Prize


Without our generous sponsors, the
event would not have been such a success:

Granny Gingham
Bird & Jim Restaurant
Estes Park Aerial Tramway
Fall River Jewelry, Coins & Antiques
Fall River Lodge
Bobbie Heisterkamp
Bank of Colorado
Baldpate Inn
Dodie and James Banker
YMCA of the Rockies
Stanley Hotel
Mama Rose’s and Poppys Restaurants
State Farm Insurance
Hunter’s Chophouse
Moose Creek and Plum Creek
DAO House
McDonald Book Store
Colorado Homestead and
Rambo’s Liquor


Denver Post Article August 2017 about the event



Andrea Smith designed this High Country Celebration Table which won a blue ribbon and the Best of Show First Place,

Andrea Smith designed this High Country Celebration Table which won a blue ribbon and the Best of Show First Place.


Julie Farnham created this "Cowboy Vittles" table which won a blue ribbon and came in second for best of show.

Julie Farnham created this “Cowboy Vittles” table which won a blue ribbon and came in second for best of show.


Karen Martin arranged this children's china table which won a blue ribbon and came in third for best in show.

Karen Martin arranged this children’s china table which won a blue ribbon and came in third for best in show.


The Tuesday Hiking Group created this Christmas table which won a blue ribbon and tied for third in best of show.

The Tuesday Hiking Group created this Christmas table which won a blue ribbon and tied for third in best of show.


Cheryl Schutz won a blue ribbon for her Blue Royal dinner arrangement.

Cheryl Schutz won a blue ribbon for her Blue Royal dinner arrangement.


Cheryl Schutz won a blue ribbon for her table "Dinner for John & Priscilla Larchmont"

Cheryl Schutz won a blue ribbon for her table “Dinner for John & Priscilla Larchmont”


Jean smiles at her creation.
Start planning yours for October 2017!


Creative Colorado TableSetting 2017
“Happy Birthday Estes Park:
100 Years Past and Present”

The Estes Park Museum Friends and Foundation, Inc. presents the 2nd Annual Creative Colorado Table Setting Contest, a centennial fundraising event for the Friends.
This year’s contest features the theme:

Happy Birthday Estes Park: 100 Years Past and Present

A table setting contest is a fun and creative expression of a place setting for two for a meal. This year we plan to have three categories: (1) Formal, (2) Informal and (3) Freestyle. You can go classic, casual, contemporary, vintage, or let your imagination run free. Guidelines and diagrams follow.

The contest will be held on October 27, 28 and 29, 2017 at the Willome Building at the YMCA of the Rockies.
Friday, October 27th 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – Participants will set up entries
Saturday, October 28th 10:00 am to 4:00 pm – Table setting show
will be open to the public
Sunday, October 29th 10:00 am to 3:30 pm – Table setting show
will be open to the public.
3:00 pm – Awards Ceremony
3:30 to 4:00 pm – Removal of the table settings

Contest Registration begins September 1st and closes October 23rd 2017
Registration materials will be available at the Estes Park Museum or downloaded from this website. The form with payment can be delivered or mailed to:
The Estes Park Museum (200 Fourth Street, Estes Park, Colorado 80517)

Contestants can enter as individuals or as a group. Consider challenging your friends, colleagues or other social groups for a competition within a competition. For example, last year a women’s hiking group won 1st Place.

Contest entry fees:
$20.00 for individuals
$30.00 for groups or a commercial business
Tickets for contest attendees are $5.00

All contest entrants  will be given two complimentary tickets.
Entry fees are non-refundable.

To Register: Print and Complete an Entry Form here:
2017 CCT Entry Form

Sponsorship levels are available starting at $100.00. Depending on the level of donation, sponsors will be entitled to promotion in our advertisements, programs, newspaper articles and complimentary tickets. Sponsors at the $250 level are welcome to display items and advertisements for their products at the show.
For more sponsorship details click here: Tablesetting Contest letter

An independent panel, selected by the Estes Park Museum Friends, will judge all table settings. Each category (formal, informal and freestyle) will have 1st, 2nd and 3rd place ribbons. There will also be a “People’s Choice Best in Show” award. A double-blind process will be used in deciding winners; the judges won’t know the identity of the contest participants, and the contest participants won’t know the who the judges

All participants will be provided with one half of an eight-foot long table (30″ X 48″)
assigned when you check in to the Willome Building. Tablecloths will be provided for each table, although you may wish to bring your own tablecloth and put it over the existing one. All table settings must fit within your allotted space.

A framed menu, listing the items to be served, should be placed on each table. Try to be as specific as possible with menu items, for example, roast turkey instead of turkey, or scalloped potatoes instead of potatoes. Actual food, lighted candles, paper tablecloths or napkins, plastic flatware or electrical devices will not be allowed. Plates, cups, bowls, silverware and glassware should closely correspond to the menu.

We request that all participants adhere to the theme of “Happy Birthday Estes Park” in historic, traditional or imaginative ways.

Formal Settings
The formal category has very specific rules to be followed, but it serves as a recommendation for all of the categories.

Click here to see both formal and informal diagrams: Diagrams CCT

(1) Use a tablecloth
(2) Napkins should be folded in squares or rectangles, to the left of the fork or place the folded napkin on the empty dinner plate
(3) Set flatware one inch from the edge of the table in a straight line as shown in the diagram
(4) Flatware should be arranged at each plate, according to each course. The utensils to be used first at the imaginary dinner should be placed at the outermost position
(5) No more than three pieces of flatware should be arranged on each side of the plate
(6) Forks, except for cocktail forks, should be placed on the left side with the prongs up. A cocktail fork, if needed, should be placed on the plate or at the extreme right
(7) Knives and spoons are placed on the right side. Knife blades should be turned toward the plate. Soup spoons should be placed on the outside of the knife and teaspoon
(8) Dessert utensils (fork and teaspoon) are to be set above the main plate, horizontally. The bowl of the spoon faces left. The fork should be below the spoon with the tines facing right
(9) Bread knives or spreaders are not required, but if included, they should lay across the butter plate. If chopsticks are used for an Asian table setting, the American flatware should also be used. Asian soup spoons may set above the chopsticks
(10) A charger (a service plate that serves as a base for soup bowls, salad plates and for the main course) may be used. It should be set about one inch from the table’s edge. Bread and butter plates are set above the outside fork. If needed, a salad plate is set to the left of the forks, or on top of the dinner plate. Cups and saucers are set to the right of the knives and spoons. The handles of the cups should be turned to the right.
(11) Glassware of any kind, wine, water, juice, iced tea are set at the top right of the dinner plate, above the knives and spoons. Glasses for different kinds of wine may be include. If only one type of glass is available, it is considered correct regardless of the type of wine listed in the menu. Glasses may be set at a 45-degree angle from the water goblet, in a straight line or a triangle formation.

Exhibitor Set Up on Friday, October 27th (10:00 to 4:00 pm)
Check in at the registration table at the Willome Building of the YMCA. Bring all of the items you plan to use in the table setting with you. Set the table for two people. Display your menu (please check spelling, grammar and punctuation) and your registration card included in your packet. Exhibitors may bring diagrams, lists or plans for reference. Only the exhibitor(s) who are listed on the registration will be allowed to set up at this time.

For questions before October 27th: email Marcia Gerritz, or call her at 720-771-5182 or email Marty Casey at Museum volunteers will be on hand to answer questions while you are setting up.

Policies and Procedures:
All entries must be consistent with the following:
(1) Entries that reproduce, in any way, work or designs that carry a registered trademark or constitutes the work of someone other than the exhibitor will be disqualified.
(2) The table setting contest is a family oriented event, and all entries must be free of content or innuendoes deemed inappropriate.
(3) All decisions by the judges will be considered final.
(4) All entries must be set up by 4:00 pm Friday, October 27th. Entries after that date will not be included in the competition.
(5) All exhibits must stay at the Willome Building until the end of the show, Sunday, October 29th at 3:30 pm.

At the end of each day of the show, the exhibit room will be locked. Reasonable precaution will be taken to protect the exhibits, and visitors to the show will be admonished not to touch any of the table settings. We will provide putty to adhere small items to the table if contestants would like.

The Estes Park Museum and the Estes Park Friends & Foundation, Inc. will not be responsible for accidents or loss that many occur to any of the exhibitors or exhibits at the show, and the exhibitors shall hold the management harmless and indemnify it against any legal proceedings arising from such accident or loss. Presentation of the signed entry form during the registration process shall be deemed to show acceptance of this rule.