Let’s Celebrate!! How do you celebrate special occasions in your home? Whether it’s a birthday, anniversary, report card or holiday, there is always something that deserves to be recognized in a special way. Growing up, my mom had a “special” plate that was used for breakfast on our birthday mornings.
When we celebrate birthdays in our house, I like to set up something simple on our kitchen table as a surprise the next morning; balloons, tissue garlands, honeycomb balls, etc. For this “Celebration” tablescape, we chose bright colors, a festive DIY cake, and these ribbon melamine plates from our friends at The Plate Shoppe.
To highlight the colors found within these ribbon plates, I layered the table settings with light purple circle placemats. With a 60” round table, circle placemats were the perfect choice for a cohesive design.
I LOVE these linking balloons, now available in a variety of colors and sizes. They are simple to inflate, can be prepared the day/night before an event and can be used in a number of ways. We selected coordinating colors from our bags of linking balloons and created long strands that we draped over the center of our table, working around the cake as a centerpiece.
While I love a stunning bake shop cake, there is something meaningful about a homemade cake for a special event. While we often hire bakers for our children’s birthday parties, my mom (Nana) or I make something for the kiddos on their “actual” birthdays as we celebrate together at home and open presents. This fun, 6” naked cake was created using a vanilla baking mix from Miss Jones Baking Company. We followed the provided instructions, but baked the layers in 6” baking pans for a smaller, taller end result. We used their confetti frosting in between each layer and then added extra as a topping. For a touch of whimsy and color, we added these tall pom pom toppers.
To see more behind the scenes shots as we put together this DIY pom pom cake, visit our blog post: “A DIY Cake for Any Celebration” featuring vanilla cake mix and confetti frosting from Miss Jones Baking Co.
How do you celebrate special occasions in your home?
Kate’s 5th birthday wish was a spa day with her best girlfriends. So, what better way to make that happen than to bring the spa to them?! A mobile spa bus is the perfect way to share special birthday memories in the comfort of your own home. Since most of the party activities happened on the bus itself, we kept the décor for the event simple and streamlined.
Kate loves everything girly and elegant, and of course, the color pink. So when designing her dessert table, we opted for a frilly curly willow tableskirt wrapped around a 48” round table. To make Kate even more the star of the show for her party, we created a pink silhouette of her profile with gold background accents and her signature bow headband as the backdrop. Framed in simple white, this art piece is the perfect addition to her bedroom as a keepsake after her party. I love including décor elements into birthday parties that can be re-purposed somewhere else in the home or reused for future parties.
Her birthday cake was a modern, two-tiered gold and white show stopper! While simplistic in its design, the gold stripes across the base tier of the cake helped to tie the other tabletop components together. And, I love the unexpected nature of the larger bottom tier of the cake in juxtapose to the smaller gold top tier. Cake was served on pink and gold ombre “Happy Birthday” paper plates alongside gold glitter paper napkins and with gold plastic forks.
As an alternate dessert choice, and for the many parents attending the event, we also served varying shades of pink nail polish sugar cookies displayed in a low, white bowl.
Guests took home varying shades of gold and pink nail polish, complete with favor tags reading “Mani Thanks, Kate”.
Mani Thanks for taking a peak at Kate’s 5th birthday party details!
After making it through a hot Texas summer, there is nothing more enjoyable than dining al fresco poolside at our home with family during cooler weather.
Every Sunday, we get together with grandparents nearby and enjoy dinner and dessert and I am hoping that this becomes a long-standing tradition. While we don’t decorate and put together an elaborate tablescape every Sunday, it certainly is a nice treat when we do, and our kids get to feel “grown-up” for a few moments which they get a kick out of.
I fell in love with these green pumpkins and well, that was the design basis for this Fall tablescape. Our dinner guests were greeted with this handmade “Give Thanks” canvas banner by our friend over at Grey Dot Co. I love how the colors paired perfectly with our table’s design.
To bring in texture and contrast, I layered our green dinner plates with white chargers and seagrass placemats. Layering colors and textures is a great way to create a visually appealing tablescape, regardless of theme.
To bring in a touch of black and white, which works extremely well with green, we added this trending black gingham runner to the table underneath our green and white pumpkins. While I love an elaborate tablescape as much as the next gal, I lean toward simple designs with elements that can be reused after an event. Throughout Fall, simple pumpkins in interesting colors make a great table centerpiece concept, and they can be relocated to mantles or porches for the remainder of Fall afterward.
Serving as a fun place card holder and takeaway, we placed these custom succulents potted in textured white planters by The Succulent Bar at each place setting. Black and white gingham place cards, made complete with each guest’s name written in calligraphy, were gently leaned up against each succulent arrangement. While we specialize in digital printables, I loved the idea of a hand lettered element at this special dinner table.
Nothing is better than snacking on a yummy charcuterie tray, will sipping on one of our favorite Cabernet Savignon's during dinner preparation. With so many options to choose from when putting a tray together, it is an appetizer that is sure to please everyone at the table. Download the recipe for the Pesto Yogurt Dip we paired with our charcuterie vegetables below.
We hope you are inspired to create your own Fall tablescape. And, we hope you will share your favorite Fall recipes with us either below in the comments or on social media.
Styling & Placecards: Crowning Details
Calligraphy: Megan Marie Calligraphy
Give Thanks Banner: Grey Dot Co.
Succulents: The Succulent Bar