I’ve set a waning days of summer jungle table outside, on the covered porch.
With Labor Day not until September 7th this year, and temperatures still in the eighties to nineties, it still feels rather tropical here in Pittsburgh. How about in your neck of the woods?
Inspiration for the tablescape came from a set of plates decorated with an exotic animal print.
Yeah, I know; I need more tableware like a hole in the head lol! I had seen the plates months before, and resisted the urge to splurge. But by late August last year, they were on super duper clearance! Besides the plates are heavy-duty melamine, making them great for dining outdoors and dishwasher safe.
So come on outside on the porch with me for one last, fun jungle table of the summer season.
Today, I’m revisiting my Unbirthday Birthday, Alice in Wonderland theme event, celebrated on the outdoor covered porch and pergola.
In the Alice in Wonderland, Unbirthday Party Reveal, I told you about the terrible electrical storms we had the night before. It wasn’t until 11 AM the morning of the party, that I felt confident enough about the weather to move forward setting the tables up outside.
Previously, I’ve shared the “in case of rain,” or “Plan Bee” tables to seat 17.
Two Alice in Wonderland Tables would have been arranged in the kitchen and family room. While, bad weather would also necessitate the Absolutely Mad, Summer Tea Party Table bee-ing set in the dining room.
But, up until now, I’ve only shared glimpses of the actual alfresco celebration that took place on the deck. Put on your party hat and come join us outside!
Even though we won’t be able to celebrate in church or with guests, I’m going ahead and setting an Easter table anyway. What I’ll actually serve for brunch and dinner is still to be determined.
Who could have ever imagined a spring and Easter like this? But, under the circumstances, I think it’s important to celebrate the holiday as best we can. To cherish memories of Easters past, while being prayerful and hopeful that better days lay ahead.
With that in mind, I kept my Easter table simple; using things I had at hand. Since Pittsburgh has been under a mandatory stay at home order for quite awhile, I shopped my own home for seasonal tableware, linens, and decor.
Inspiration for the table theme comes from the rustic rabbit sculpture that anchors the centerpiece. And, I’ve used a sweet bunny napkin fold to add some whimsy to the pale yellow and pink Easter table.
Once again, I’m delighted to participate in the annual Easter Tablescape Hop hosted by Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate. I appreciate you hopping on over for a visit!
Today is a roundup of 12 fun to fabulous napkin folds I’ve used in styling tables for a variety of holidays, occasions and parties.
It’s not the St. Patrick’s Day theme post I planned.
Originally, I wanted to share our upcoming Ireland vacation itinerary, including details of the 10-day organized tour. Hubby and I also added five days on our own to explore the home towns and villages of many of his Irish ancestors. It’s to be a bucket list trip, and the fruit of my many years of genealogy study and research.
But, with the virus pandemic and worldwide emergency, I suspect our summer vacation to the United Kingdom is unlikely — at least when scheduled.
Instead, while we are all social distancing, I thought you might enjoy a little diversion. Because this too will pass, and then we’ll all want to return to normal, gathering together to celebrate holidays and special occasions.
Last week I shared, A Tweet Tablescape to Welcome Spring, which included a napkin folded into the shape of a dramatic bloom. Today, I’ll show how you can easily recreate the same flower napkin fold.
Not only does the 12-petal flower napkin look great on a spring or summer table, but think how lovely it would be for a bridal shower or wedding reception. The DIY fold is an inexpensive way to impress guests and add some “wow” to any gathering.
There’s no need for a napkin ring, ribbon or ties to create the pretty flower — just napkins, glasses and a little elbow grease!
Candidly, the flower is probably the most involved napkin fold I’ve tried over the past couple of years. But, I was able to get figure it out after just a couple of tries — and so will you!
To make it easy, I’ve illustrated each of the four steps in making the flower napkin fold. I’ve also included a couple of tips for more easy handling of the folds and petals. With a few minutes of practice, you’ll quickly get the hang of it.
Grab a napkin and give it a try!
Little birdies and woodland animals are just beginning to venture out as the first blooms open on my early spring table.
It’s one of twenty-six in this month’s Spring Tablescape Blog Hop. A big shoutout to Chloe of Celebrate & Decorate who is our hostess with the mostess! Organizing such a large number of bloggers is a big undertaking. And, one that takes a significant dose of patience and perseverance too!
Welcome to all! If you’re hopping over from Pam’s pretty pink and bunnies table at Everyday Living, I sure appreciate you stopping by.
Here in Pittsburgh, this really is a very early spring table. That’s because I set and photographed the tablescape way back on February 15th. There was snow on the ground and freezing temps. A few days later, hubby and I headed out for a weeklong Terrific Telluride, Colorado Ski Vacation. It was hard to think spring as I packed long underwear and ski gear, while dreaming of fresh powder lol!
But, by combining two sets of bird and animal dishes, I was able to find my early spring table mojo — with a somewhat unique color scheme.