Deck the halls with boughs of holly, fa la la la la la. Decorating the table (and halls) for Christmas Day dinner is one of my favorite things to do. I consider it my contribution to dinner since my cooking skills are not quite up to par like those in my family. We all have our strengths and weaknesses, right? I like to think my strengths are making things pretty, like this tablescape. This year I wanted to keep the color palette a bit more neutral with mixed metallics. The garland and pop of plum ribbon gave it just the right amount of color.
My favorite part about the table is the garland, I can never get enough of it during the holidays. This one was fairly easy to do too! I purchased 75′ of cedar garland from the flower mart, 12′ was for the table and the rest was to deck the halls. I cut up the strands of the glitter garland that I bought from Michaels (I purchased silver, white, and gold) and tucked small pieces throughout the cedar garland. This gave it a little bit more of a whimsical look.
When you work for a company that has event rentals like mine (Bright Event Rentals). It makes it so much easier to create tablescapes like this one. I was able to get all the necessities I needed; china, glassware, flatware, linens, and chairs from Bright. I’ve been collecting the candle holders over the last few years and like to use them all on the table to create a warm and cozy feel. The taper candles came from World Market and are a steal right now! The little geometric shapes on the plates are from the Target Wondershop. Does anyone else think that everything in this collection was ridiculously cute?! These little guys are actually paper ornaments that I flipped upside down to sit on the plate.
I hope you all enjoyed this post as much as I enjoyed sharing it all with you!
One of the things I love most about entertaining is the designing and planning that goes into it. Whether it’s as simple as a nice cheese board and some wine or a full on themed party; I adore the details. Hosting can be pricy though, especially if you’re hosting a Thanksgiving gathering. That’s why I wanted to find a quick, inexpensive, yet pretty way to create a centerpiece or two for the Thanksgiving table.
Here’s what I did….I went to my local Safeway because they actually have a rather large floral section and their prices are pretty reasonable. I picked out one harvest bouquet for $11.99 and then grabbed two different sizes and colors of carnations. I know, I know…..most people hate carnations but I actually really like them. The best part is that you can get a bundle for as little as $3. These particular bundles were $4.99 which brought my grand total to just under $25.
Using vases that I already had helped keep the total cost down. I split the harvest bouquet into thirds so that I had plenty for each vase that I wanted to fill. I then arranged the flowers in their vases and filled in with the various carnations. Carnations really are a great filler. Arranging these only took me about 15 minutes making them not only a great expense saver but a time saver as well.
Flamingos. Cactus margarita glasses. Inflatable cacti. Tequila. I mean….what more could a bar cart need?! This bright and cheerful display was for Cinco de Mayo a few weeks back but can also be the perfect touch to brighten up any gathering.
I love how mini and cute these patron bottles are and not to mention the perfect little touch to the bar cart decor.
This tissue fringe garland yielded itself as the perfect party backdrop for the bar cart. I almost wish I would have added more to the wall because I ended up loving it more than I thought I was going to. It was an easy and inexpensive way to add some flair to a rather boring white wall.
How fun are these large tissue paper flowers? I picked them up at Target at only $8 for the bunch. Both the garland and the flowers would have been easy DIYs, but let’s face it….there isn’t always time to DIY everything and that’s okay! It’s why Etsy was invented.
Can we talk about these FABULOUS laser cut flamingo stir sticks?! I’m basically obsessed with them and have given them a permanent home on the cart.
I can’t even lie…I’ve actually been hoarding this inflatable cactus for like over a year. I spotted it on clearance at Party City and thought it was fun and funny but just needed the perfect occasion to break it out. Who would have thought it was going to become such a trendy plant during my year of hoarding.
There seriously could not be a more perfect occassion to use a cactus margarita glass than Cinco de Mayo. In case you noticed, I totally did a “wardrobe change” with the flamingo stir sticks. I originally had these flamingos in the glasses but forgot I had the laser cut ones stashed away so I swapped them out mid-shoot. I think either one is a great choice!
These grapefruit LaCroix mixed with squirt and tequila make for the perfect paloma.
Cheers to a festive celebration!
Bright colors, tacos, guac, and margaritas….these are a few of my favorite things! I mean, come on, who doesn’t love a festive and colorful celebration?! I know I do! Cinco de Mayo is the perfect excuse to break out the fun colors and mix them together.
El Pato sauce cans are the perfect flower vessel for Cinco de Mayo
The celebration would’t be complete without some fiesta flags
I mean, how cute are these?! I love mini everything! These mini Patron bottles served as the perfect touch to the glassware on the table and also served as a party favor.
This table cloth is actually a Mexican blanket from Gunn & Swain, I can’t wait to take it to the beach
Target had the perfect finishing touches for this table with the wooden flowers in bright colors that matched the fiesta flags
Could there be a better occasion to use a cactus glass? I think not!
Check back tomorrow to see one of my favorite drinks in these darling cactus glasses!
Hold your horses! It’s almost time to kick off the most iconic horse race of all time, The Kentucky Derby. If you’re like me then you love anything with a good theme and The Kentucky Derby is the perfect excuse for a party or festive tablescape. This table is filled to the brim with all things blush, black and white stripes, and flowers galore. Grab yourself a little mint julep and feast your eyes on this rose filled table.
May the best man, ahem, horse win!