Let’s get all estrogeny up in here, shall we?!
That’s right folks…let’s do one uber-girly table setting. This time my goal was to set the table for something I would actually do for my own dear mother. When I imagine what I would do for Mommy-dearest, it would be a tea party for two….just her and me.
Nothing says girly girl better than a ruffled edge dish and a pastel color palette and a few hobnail candlesticks or lacy textures.
And pink ribbon. It’s absolutely necessary. Lots and lots of ribbon.
For the centerpiece, I used a ribbon plate (they were called Dress Me Up plates from Southern Living at Home) and a vase with flowers.
I also put in my simplest teapot and a tiered plate holder for the tea and brunchy biscuits that I imagined I would make. by hand. from scratch. and they would taste fantastic
The flowers were just one of those basic bouquets from Walmart. I took out all the bright colors and used just the flowers that had soft colors and pretty textures. Those yellow ones are my absolute favorite. I have no idea what they are called but HOLYCOW.
Because the vase that is holding it would obviously not be able to hold water…what with the hundreds of holes…I slipped an old spaghetti sauce jar inside to hold my flowers water cup. It all disappears once it’s dropped down inside.
Anyone want to tell me what type of flower that is? And send me them everyday?
Oh and just in case my mother was hungry, I could also serve her some lemons in cupcake wrappers.
Seriously though…if this was real, those plates would be filled with yummy sandwiches and fruit as a garnish.
So there is my most feminine tablesetting ever. It would also work for a brunch you want to do with your grandmother, your neighbor, your favorite lady from your bunco group or bible study. It’s really versatile…and basically, everyone can have three simple things for your centerpiece (tiered plate holder, a vase with flowers, and a little sign that states how you feel.) Men that happen to read this…major major bonus points if you do this for your lady.
p.s. Congrats to Melissa! Our winner of the Impressions Hardwood giveaway! You should have an email in your inbox right now girl! For those of you interested – Impressions is on Facebook and they post other giveaway info & have contests like the Ugly Floor contest! Check them out here.
p.p.s. Two more posts to do today! It’s a crazy week! Ahh! Stay tuned!
Table setting week continues! And today is one of my favorites….a sea-inspired table setting fit for a mermaid…or a merman…or any other crabby person out there
Okay…enough with all those pun jokes…let’s dive right in! It all started with my metal fish. It came from the Pier 1 clearance pond. And it was originally brown and black and a bunch of goldish oranges. So I just used basic craft paint to make her white. Personally I think it brings out her natural beauty…aka her scales.
The place settings were an easy combo too. Since color scheme was determined by the white fish, the woven balls and the blue tablecloth, I decided to implement those same hues in the individual place settings. The napkin rings were from Hobby Lobby (I ended up getting them for about ten cents a piece after using my coupons)…but they would be an easy DIY project. Just collect your own shells and hotglue them to a metal ring or with a piece of twine to tie around the napkin. The plates and the Ikea chargers were both in my dining stash and I love layering the pattern on pattern.
My absolute favorite part of the centerpiece is the fact that so many things came from our travels or friends. Some of the coral was from Eleuthera…the sea fans from Grand Cayman….the coconut from Dominican Republic…and shells from Mexico. Some of it is fake too…like the white fingery-type coral…that’s from the foreign land called Kohls.
This would make a great tablescape but also a cute vignette on a random shelf or console table…especially in a beach house, right?!
Oh and those two perfectly white shells at the bottom…those are salt & pepper shakers. I got them for cheap at the Pottery Barn outlet years ago.
The easiest thing about this centerpiece is my ‘height’ item…a tall glass vase with shells and coral. It reminds me of the one in my mothers basement…albeit smaller.
Gotta love a table with texture. It’s one of the biggest make-it-or-break-it things to me for a table. I like the fact that this one has tons of different types of texture…rough, smooth, fabric, shiny…there is tons to ‘feel’ here. Not that I recommend you feeling up my table during dinner. That would be awkward.
So there you have it folks…one more for your viewing (virtual eating) pleasure. Are you ready for tomorrow? I have two more tablesettings for tomorrow and a linky party to throw! Plus a bonus post that I’m pretty stoked about. I can’t wait to see your tables (or single placesettings!) so I hope you all are eating nice tonight. Sea you later!
Here is a perfect example of crazy.
Setting a table with “laundry” being the theme.
Laundry. As in the stuff that parents have to do several times a day. As in the stuff that has been piling up in my house because our laundry room is currently out of commission. As in I got laundry on the brain…and the floor…and the car…and everywhere in between.
So why the heck not make it into a mother’s day tablesetting?!
Don’t judge my wrinkly tablecloth. The iron is apparently buried underneath my dirty clothes.
This is one of the table settings I did for our churches mother’s day brunch and just recreated a version of it here. I wanted it to be a little zany and I was really trying to think outside the box. So the laundry themed table setting was born.
The entire idea came from me saying to a friend that I could never run out of love or laundry. And I think that applies to most moms out there. So I decided to use a bunch of laundry themed items (clothes pins, a mini laundry basket, a ‘clothesline’, etc.) to create a centerpiece that demonstrated that saying.
The first thing I did was pick up a couple $1 packages of clothespins. I was able to create sleeves for my vase and pot by clipping them all together…more on that later
The place setting itself was really simple. I wanted it to be fresh and clean. So I went with a mirror charger with a clear glass plate and a simple white linen napkin (embellished by a single clothes pin…which would be great for a name card!).
The flower pot was just a plastic hanging pot I picked up for my porch for $3 at my local growers outlet….I think it is in a pretty standard pot. And the white flowers were just fragrant enough while having the cleanest looking white flowers.
One of my favorite bits was this mini laundry basket. I had it under one of our sinks holding our first aid items and I was able to roll up hand towels and stick them in as a literal version of our laundry theme. After a quick brainstorming session, my little clothes line was born by tying some poofy yarn to a couple skewer sticks and attaching a little heart. (never run out of LOVE, remember?!)
My candle in ‘suds’ is actually two vases with pillow stuffing in between the vases. At first I put the candle right in the center of my ‘bubbles’ but then I realized that nothing would kill a meal (or a load of laundry) like a fiber fill fire. Hence the double vase. (quick tip…the bigger vase is available at Walmart for under $5 and the smaller inner vase is at The Dollar Tree for a buck. The nesting technique is great for anything…acorns, rice, beads, buttons, etc.)
Okay…so now on to the vase sleeves. First you will need clothespins. Secondly you will need an embroidery hoop. Take only the center section of the hoop out and you have the perfect base to clip your pins.
For my suds vase, I used one smaller hoop that fit around the base with the clips already attached. The other sleeve was made from two hoops…one medium hoop and one larger hoop.
Then I just stacked the larger hoop of clips on the smaller one and plopped the flowers inside. It was really that easy. I think this doesn’t even need to be a laundry themed sleeve. I think I’d like to see all the clothes pins painted different colors or have a certain pattern or paper embellishments. It would be super cute for a kids project too…since it’s super safe and easy.
That’s it folks. Pretty nuts, huh!?
And stay tuned for the next table setting (and if I can get to it, a couple bonus posts for this week!)…here’s your clue for the theme….darling, it’s better down where it’s_______. Oh gosh darn, now that I typed it out loud, it sounds perverted. Why does that always happen to me?!