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?!