Saturday, April 30, 2016

50th Birthday & Farewell Dinner Party


It was with mixed emotions that I hosted a 50th Birthday dinner party for my sister this past week.  While it was a happy occasion, it was made a bit sad by the fact that she will be moving away soon. Thus, the gathering was also a farewell.

We didn't let that dampen our spirits though as she is happy about the move and we wanted to wish her all the best as well as celebrate the milestone birthday.


Of course, I wanted to share with you the tablescape and decorations I created in case you have any similar events coming up and need a bit of inspiration.

My tablescape design began by choosing a colour scheme of fuchsia pink and black.  Then I set about creating a personalized centerpiece.

Using paper in landscape mode on my computer, adding clipart with a pretty font for the words, I was able to make a print-out that fit the theme.  I then placed it in a cylinder vase.

I made it so that one side of the vase read Happy Birthday while the other side read A Fond Farewell.

I placed a tealight in the insert in the top of the vase so that as the evening wore on, the words glowed in the dim light.

I set the cylinder vases on mirrors and scattered some acrylic ice around them.

Pink gerbera daisies and white votives softened the look.



 I also gave the gerbera daisies a bit of a different appearance by placing one in the bottom and one in the top of a cylinder vase with glass insert.

 I really liked how a single flower is made more prominent with this type of display.

If you want to try this, just be sure to place the top insert inside the vase just before your dinner party as the bottom flower/water will cause condensation on the inside of the vase if you leave it for a long period of time.

There was a bit of a western theme added to the party as it relates to the place where the guest of honour is moving. 

I bought this pink cowboy hat at the Dollar Store and made the 50 is Fabulous sign to add to it. The pink bandana was from the DS as well as... 

...a fuchsia pink It's My Birthday necklace which I draped over her soup bowl until she sat down when we made her put it, the hat, and the kerchief on. 
She was a good sport about it all!

The dish stack

I placed these coordinating paper napkins under each wine glass.

My new dinner bell placecard holders were called into action again.



I also decorated the sideboard area for the occasion.

I had fun making this banner which I'll be able to use for other birthday parties as I can just remove or change up the 50th part.

In keeping with the farewell theme, I used these 2 small suitcases in the décor.

I made a luggage tag using clipart on my computer.

Here's what I served for dinner

With lots of laughs and a few tears, we were able to celebrate both the Fiftieth and the Farewell sending my sister off in style!

Thanks for visiting!
I'll be linking this post to these wonderful blog parties:
Saturday Sparks on Pieced Pastimes
Share it One More Time at Everyday Home
A Bouquet of Talent Saturday at Life on Lakeshore Drive
Sunday Showcase at An Alli Event
Silver Pennies Sunday at Silver Pennies
Dishing It & Digging It at Rustic & Refined
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Make it Pretty Monday at The Dedicated House
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life
Tuesday at Our Home at Our Home Away From Home
Tutorials & Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Swing Into Spring at DIY by Design
Share Your Style at Essence of Home
Share Your Cup at Art & Sand
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Thoughts of Home Thursday at Décor to Adore
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Five Star Frugal at A Tray of Bliss
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Creative Ways at Posed Perfection
Foodie Friday & Everything Else at Rattlebridge Farm
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Weekend Retreat at AKA Design
Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home

Sunday, April 24, 2016

Summer Dreaming


I am definitely getting ahead of myself, but I'm already doing a bit of summer dreaming. We have had an early spring here with a lot of beautiful warm weather and that has me thinking of spending time outdoors.


Unfortunately, that has not translated into us getting an early start to the spring chores :(

   Thus, I am still  looking forward to setting up our cabana area in the backyard but in the meantime, I thought I'd share some pics of the space from years past.

We have definitely grown to love this backyard space.


Each year, we add a few more elements to it.

It is another area where I get to add table decor and that's always fun :)
 
Lots of celebrations and family gatherings are held out here.

Such as Canada Day...

... Father's Day...


...and other get-togethers with friends.



Last year, we added outdoor lighting to the space.



We love the ambiance it provides.


Another addition has been a firebowl.



It provides a warm and a cozy vibe for summer evenings.

And when summer eventually turns to fall...


...we can still enjoy a lot of time out here.

Sometimes an extra blankie is needed but we stay outdoors as long as we can.



Yes, I'm definitely looking forward to hauling out the furniture and starting to get this area ready for the season.

Okay, maybe not the hauling of the furniture but definitely the decorating...



...and the relaxation afterwards...


With the fantastic warm spring weather we've had so far, I'm hoping for even more days (and nights) spent in our backyard this year.


Thanks for visiting!
I'll be linking this post to these wonderful blog parties:
Saturday Sparks on Pieced Pastimes
Share it One More Time at Everyday Home
A Bouquet of Talent Saturday at Life on Lakeshore Drive
Sunday Showcase at An Alli Event
Silver Pennies Sunday at Silver Pennies
Dishing It & Digging It at Rustic & Refined
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life
Tuesday at Our Home at Our Home Away From Home
Tutorials & Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Swing Into Spring at DIY by Design
Share Your Style at Essence of Home
Share Your Cup at Art & Sand
Thoughts of Home Thursday at Décor to Adore
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Five Star Frugal at A Tray of Bliss
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Creative Ways at Posed Perfection
Foodie Friday & Everything Else at Rattlebridge Farm
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Weekend Retreat at AKA Design
Show & Tell Friday at My Romantic Home


Sunday, April 17, 2016

How to Set a Pretty Spring Tablescape



With Mother's Day fast approaching, I thought I'd share a recent spring-themed tablescape I created and provide some basic tips on designing something similar for a ladies luncheon or other spring get-together. 





 Spring is such a fun time to invite some family or friends over and celebrate the freshness of the new season.

For this spring themed table, I started with a soothing colour pallet of soft teal, white and silver.

Usually, more subdued or pastel tones are associated with spring but go with what you like. It looks best though if you keep your colour combo to 2-3 colours at most. Greenery accents act as neutrals especially for spring.

Blossoms, nests and candles with glass and silver were the basis of the centerpiece.

If you have hurricane or cylinder vases that will fit inside each other, you can create something similar for the center of your table.  A single glass vase of any variety would also work.

Faux blossoms or other spring floral stems can be wrapped around the inside vase. 
 If you do not have the inside glass vase, use a faux candle so there is no danger of the floral stems catching on fire.

 Problems getting a pillar candle to sit level in a vase? Just use a filler like the white sand I've placed in the bottom of the inner vase.

Round up any decorative nests and eggs or spring-themed accents to place around the base of the vase.

A bit of faux greenery helps fill in any spaces.

Take some additional faux blossom/floral stems and run them out from the center glass vase. I set my center vase on a mirror for some added sparkle but this is not necessary.

Silver-look candleholders were also placed on mirror coasters. Again, this an extra embellishment and not crucial.

Small white birds add to the spring-time look.

If you don't have any birds, look around your home to see if there are any other small ornaments that would fit with the spring theme and colour scheme.

I am a big fan of layering table linens.  Tablecloths, placemats, runners, cloth napkins all add to the luxurious feel of a tablescape.  As long as they coordinate with your overall plan, go for it! Just make sure they are ironed :(

Placecard holders are a great way to add extra embellishment to your table.

I created these using small glass bowls (from mini-tasting sets) and placing a small nest, eggs, blossom and greenery inside.

The actual placecard holder is a mini silver dinner bell which actually rings.  I found them in the post Christmas sales at a local grocery store.

I think these will be fun to use to have guests ring when they need their wine glass topped up :)
Just tuck the name card inside the glass dish if you don't have the actual holder.

These beautiful charger plates that look like actual dinnerware, are actually plastic.  Charger plates are functional as well as decorative as they keep any food spills on your tablecloth/placemats to a minimum.

You will notice, there are no plates on the table.  This allows for either a buffet type luncheon where the dishes are set beside the food (in the kitchen in my case) or if you prefer, you as the hostess, can dish up each guest's plate and bring it to the table.


Having a refreshing glass of water waiting on the table when guests sit down not only looks pretty but is a thoughtful gesture.

Be sure to remember to create ambiance with candles which can be real or faux.  I chose some crackle glass votive holders but put water and floating candles inside rather than votives.

I hope you have been inspired to get out your pretties and try setting a table for a ...

Have fun and enjoy this wonderful season while it's here!

Thanks for visiting!
I'll be linking this post to these wonderful blog parties:
Saturday Sparks on Pieced Pastimes
Share it One More Time at Everyday Home
A Bouquet of Talent Sunday at Life on Lakeshore Drive
Sunday Showcase at An Alli Event
Silver Pennies Sunday at Silver Pennies
Dishing It & Digging It at Rustic & Refined
Metamorphosis Monday at Between Naps on the Porch
Amaze Me Mondays at Dwellings
Show & Share at Coastal Charm
The Scoop at Stone Gable
Inspire Me Tuesdays at A Stroll Thru Life
Tuesday at Our Home at Our Home Away From Home
Tutorials & Tips at Home Stories A to Z
Wow Us Wednesdays at Savvy Southern Style
Swing Into Spring at DIY by Design
Share Your Style at Essence of Home
Share Your Cup at Art & Sand
Tablescape Thursday at Between Naps on the Porch
Thoughts of Home Thursday at Décor to Adore
Grace at Home at Imparting Grace
Five Star Frugal at A Tray of Bliss
Inspiration Gallery at Craftberry Bush
Home Sweet Home at The Charm of Home
Creative Ways at Posed Perfection
Foodie Friday & Everything Else at Rattlebridge Farm
Feathered Nest Friday at French Country Cottage
Weekend Retreat at AKA Design