Skeletal Dinner Party in October

Having an October enchanted evening with guests for dinner?  Invite a skeleton to the party.

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Invite a skeleton to dinner

This party has a host of guests that need some meat on their bones.  I simply folded the napkins into a coffin shape and placed the dollar store skeletons on top.

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Halloween dinner with Skeletons in a napkin fold coffin

Orange napkins and flat black plates are ready and waiting for the next meal.   Serving up the cat under dome for a centerpiece.  I also added some cryptic black metal handle flatware to create a dungeon mood.

pick your poison
pick your poison

You finest poison can only be drunk from a black crystal goblet.

Create your own skeletal dungeous table setting by using  various metals for cups, flatware, chargers etc.  Have fun with Halloween accents from the dollar store.

 

HE uncovers mysteries hidden in the darkness, HE brings to light the deepest gloom. Job 12:22

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Mother’s Day -2016 – Kate Spade Inspired Table Setting

Kate Spade Table setting likeness

It’s here!…Mother’s Day 2016 Inspired Design table!

Kate Spade Table setting likeness
Kate Spade table setting

This special table setting is a nod to Kate Spade, in case you had not already guessed by the earlier posts, Creatively made, using a bit of sewing, painting and style.  Bright Pink color with black and white stripes and of course Kate’s signature bow.  Remember the handmade gold dotted plates? Here they sit in the middle of a basic white corelle plate, encircled by additional elements to set the designer mood.

The signature pink bow was made with a bright pink napkin pinched by a gold band ring. If you remember the table runners made with a black and white striped fabric were sewed on the last post.  Here these runners are across the table instead of set down the center.  The quick made chair covers on the six chairs bring the table alive with color. Set with some wine glasses for style and designed all for MOM.

Inspired setting black white polka dots and pink bow
Inspired setting black white polka dots and pink bow

It’s the one time a year we honor our Mother’s with a special Day.

Alternating the elements for this style was easy.  This time I changed the plates  and added a coffee cup all atop a fresh white placemat.

Kate Spade brunch table setting
Brunch setting

 

 

 

 

If you just wanted to serve Mom special desserts.  You can start with the simple plate and change the napkin ring to a flower.  Simplify the style and place the spoon at the head of the head of the plate which is the placement for dessert spoons.  I added a tall polka dot drinking glass to keep with the Kate Spade designer theme.

Kate Spade simple dessert place setting
Kate Spade simple dessert place setting

Try your hand a shaping a table setting to capture the look and feel of a designer.  Just a few quick changes and you could change the whole atmosphere for a special day. Lunch, brunch or dinner! Make your guests feel special by stepping up your game at the table!

Kate Spade another take
Another take on the place setting

 

 

 

This one song  reminds me of being a Mom and having a Mom,  sung by the late Whitney Houston “I will always Love You“.

Happy Mother’s Day !!!

Ephesians 6:1-3  “Children, obey your parents in the Lord, for this is right. “Honor your father and mother”—which is the first commandment with a promise— “so that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth.”

Easter is Hopping!

You might have all your ducks in a row…but I have all my bunnies in row.

Napkins Multiply like Rabbits
Napkins Multiply like Rabbits

Napkins

These colorful little bunny napkins will be filled with flatware for an Easter brunch.  The napkins needed to multiply like rabbits, so there’s enough for everyone.  This year I have decided to release my standard of traditional  seating and hop into a new plan.  Buffet style which I titled on my Pinterest page  “Buffet ole’ ” style.  These nibbling little creatures each have a carrot  purchased from Michaels, to which I added some wire to keep the lil’ cottontails wrapped together.

Spring season brings back the color into our lives.  I’m hoping My ombre cake will be a hit!…I created 6 layers each one more intense pink color .  This is simply a white boxed cake mix, I recommend using 3/4 cup batter for each of the 6 layers and adding one drop more food coloring to each 3/4 cup batter.  Bake,  then stack them with frosting in between. The topping you see is green colored coconut. Simply add a green drop of food coloring into a sandwich bag with the coconut, mix around til the coconut turns green. Place it on top of the cake with a few candied eggs.

Pretty in pink Ombre cake
Pretty in pink Ombre cake

Check back and will update with a photo of the cut layers of cake.

6 layer Easter cake
6 layer Easter cake

St Patty’s Day Tablescape

I know I’m not Irish ancestry… but isn’t everyone Irish on St. Patty’s Day?

What’s more refreshing than a bright green color after a long dark winter.  Green predominately reminds us of Spring.  Grass begins to turn green and crocuses spring up with green leaves a sure sign of spring. I think setting my March table with an eye for green anything, gives a nod to the Irish Day.

So fill up your pot with the corn beef and cabbage and set your table for “Luck O’ the Irish” dinner.  This month my bright green placemats start the setting, topped with a wood look square charger.  I used a very simple square inexpensive corelle plate for squared symmetry.  I scored the napkins a few years back at CB2.    Purchased as 4 napkins in various black and white patterns.

Fresh green table setting
Fresh green table setting

 The little clovers in the center are just stuffed felt Michaels store holiday items.

 The best part of the table is the centerpiece the Leprechaun is hiding the wine bottle beneath his clever orange beard I believe he is smiling.  After photographing I decided the table needed a bit more glint so I changed the flatware to gold and added some gold coins for Luck!

gold flatware
gold flatware
Added Gold
Added Gold

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Leprechaun hiding the wine
Leprechaun hiding the wine
Irish Setter
Irish Setter

 

 

Set your lucky table and see if your Irish eyes are smiling!

Go then, eat your bread in happiness and drink your wine with a cheerful heart; for God has already approved your works. Ecclesiastes 9:7

 

 

Christmas 2015 A Season of Woodland

I can’t help but feel inspired when I visit the shops that carry tableware and home goods.  Everywhere I look I see natural tree limbs, birch or pine and toned down colors for the Christmas table.  No glitz and shine  and baubles but trending is,  a simple serene setting that takes you back to Grandma’s house when you were a child.

I must be on a kick for folded napkins, because this year I seem to be folding for every holiday.  The Christmas tree fold is the focal point of each plate setting and I followed the  instructions using green napkins that I had on hand. IMG_2764 I carefully ironed each napkin so the folds would be straight.  Note to friends: be sure to use only napkins made with cotton fiber content, polyester napkins or nylon napkins will not hold a shape.

The plaid tablecloth was an after Christmas purchase from last year that I bought on sale, since I saw the plaid trending and I love a sale!  The same Ubiquitous white plates were used again. The square form allows you fully appreciate the tree shape and texture of the napkin.  Above the napkin tree form I found an adorable little pine cone tealight at Homegoods to use for the topper.  Green pine bough with tiny lights and a birch candle center the table for a warm Christmas dinner 2015.

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Christmas table 2014
Christmas table 2014

Last year I had noticed this trend coming and searched very hard to replicate a sense of woodland setting.  I used red quilted placemats with black chargers under white plates.  For the napkins I used a natural beige tone one I found with a tiny Christmas emblem on it.  The napkin ring I created myself using a wooden curtain ring and tied with twine a rounded piece of faux greenery into a circle for a wreath and added a copper bell. In the center I placed a pine bough with tiny white lights.  The  copper flatware I was able to purchase from amazon. A simple birch candle and lantern complete the look.

 

 

I’m seeing plaids and fur and so much warm fuzzy decor that I want to hibernate for the winter.  Last year I created bottle covers out of old plaid shirts IMG_1878and lined them with dollar store foil car shades.  The inside is now insulated to keep your bottle warm or cold and outside is wrapped in classy plaid.  I stitched some of the edges of the fabric using a blanket stitch for a different look.  My bottles are dressed for every season.

If you’re trying to conceive a woodland look this Christmas look around your house for things of wood, check your backyard for pine boughs or birch wood. Use tall taper candles and wrought iron or copper tones of metal are trending. Plaid and fur additions can cozy up your home, even if you are living in a warm climate ..evoke the feeling of a cozy home and your back at Grandma’s house.

Luke 2:12  “And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.”

#grandmashouse

 

 

 

Hanukkah 2015

IMG_2747Our 2015 Hanukkah tablescape this year I decided to create a napkin folded into a Star of David.  The napkins in varied shades of blue are much more interesting than using only one color on  the table.  I love a shimmering table, so this year I found a beauty in silver at  TJMaxx the silver shimmer tablecloth reminds me that the night is called the Festival of Lights. IMG_2745

 

So with another holiday to celebrate, we plan and prep for a dinner celebration and in my house it always starts with the tablescape.

Hanukkah Table 2014
Hanukkah Table 2014

To me, a blue table signifies the Jewish holiday with drama.  Last year we set out these deep blue wine glasses purchased at TJMaxx, trump up the glossy drama, the navy blue glass with white etching  are unique and glamorous. Any formal table must have cloth napkins. These blue beauties are from Pier1 Imports, with a silver edge they shimmer with a glint of silver, matching that of the plate chargers.  Since I need so many white plates, I cheated by using my simple white Corelle plates which are masked by the glitzy silver and blue. A string  of silver light bulbs in the center cast a glow with a bright cheerfulness for the evening dining.  The table runner with the star of David sets the center with nod to the season of starry nights.  No Chanukah table is complete without the Menorah candle. The tiny candles burn out quickly unlike the oil that lasted for 8 days.  The Miracle of Hannukah! Image 12

This year the Holiday begins at Sundown on December 6th. Hanukkah, which is sometimes called The Festival of Lights, seems a bit perplexing to me. As a young child, I thought everyone who didn’t have Christmas lights on Christmas MUST be Jewish…and yet they call this holiday the Festival of Lights. I know…I know…. the true story of Hanukkah was about the miracle of oil …a 1 day supply of oil to keep the candles burning, lasted 8 days and nights. We like to entertain and eat and cook food so we appreciate every reason to have another dinner party.   My playlist of music includes some beautiful songs  by Michele Gold she shares the tempo and lyrics of her background in her heritage.

Stay tuned for 2015 tablescape. Posting pictures soon.

Place tags
Place tags

Our dinner consists of beef brisket (only the red will do). The latkes are potato delights that justify the need for fried foods which they say represents the oil for Hanukkah.

Even though I am not blessed with a Jewish bloodline, I respect and honor Israel and its people.

Psalm 122:6 Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee.