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Tablescape Tuesday: Coffee Table Refresh

Wow!  How long has it been since we’ve had a Tablescape Tuesday?  A long time!  Today’s is super simple too, but it’s funny how getting one new thing can make you look at things totally differently.  That happened when I got a new tray for my coffee table.  I’m loving how the new tray made me do a little coffee table styling refresh. But I especially love the outcome!

I’ve seen tons of pins like these on Pinterest with inspiration and how to’s for styling coffee tables.  They are a great resource that are pretty detailed but simple with how to style a coffee table.

Coffee Table Styling How To

The basic concept for coffee table styling is to use the following items:

  • A tray to corral things
  • A candle
  • Something living (plant, flowers, etc.)
  • Varying heights which can be done through books or objects
  • Something odd shaped

That’s it, sounds simple enough right? I think if you can utilize at least three of these things you’re doing pretty good.  I mean you have to have some place to actually put your coffee on your coffee table right?

So here is my interpretation of how to style a coffee table.  I was doing most of these things before, but this whicker tray really amped up the texture of my coffee table.

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coffee table styling, coffee table mood board, how to decorate a coffee tableI just love the chunky woven whicker of the tray.  A couple decorating books are typically on my coffee table or in my living room.  I recently picked up a new candle from Target and it smells amazing.  I would link to it, but I pulled the label off pretty quickly after I got home.  At this point, I can’t even tell you what scent it is.

Thanks to hosting a party, I had some leftover flowers that I rearranged into a smaller vase for the coffee table.  The finial was picked up from Marshall’s years ago.  Places like Homegoods, Marshall’s or Hobby Lobby are great places to get something a little quirky or oddly shaped.

We also have about a million tile coasters, but I especially like the ones we picked up on our trip to Maui when we lived in Hawaii.  They are from this little wine tasting room that had the cutest grounds.

Coffee Table Styling Resources

If you want to give your coffee table a bit of a refresh I’ve rounded up some great options for you.  I highly recommend starting with a tray.  It’s the base of everything else.  Here are three that I think would be great!

Hello gold handles!

If you want that whicker look, this tray is perfect.  Especially if you have a wooden or darker coffee table.  The washed out whicker would offer some great contrast and texture.

Love these trays because they are reclaimed.  So they won’t be exact or like anything else.

Coffee table books are great to have.  You can’t go wrong with decorating books.  Here are a few I recommend:

If you have a passion for something definitely get coffee table books in that genre.  It’s more entertaining to look through books of things you have an interest in.

I hope these few tips have been helpful and the resources give you a place to start on your own coffee table refresh.  Just remember to add a few of the items from the styling how to and you’ll be enjoying your coffee table just as much as me.

 

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Real Life Party: Picnic Themed Birthday Party

Happy Friday friends!  I hope everyone had a great Fourth of July and have since recovered.  Today I’m giving you all the details on my daughter’s third birthday.  We hosted a picnic themed birthday party and it was so fun!  You’ll get to see lots of picnic ideas, picnic food, and fun!

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We hosted the party at the park in our neighborhood.  It had been super hot all week and then randomly we had a really cool, windy day.  It was kind of a blessing because I didn’t have to worry about keeping cupcakes and food cold on a hot summer day.

The kids all played at the playground for awhile and worked up an appetite.  It helped to bring some outdoor toys to the park.  Things like buckets, shovels, and balls kept them entertained.

Picnic Food

To keep all the food together and individually packaged for the moms and kids, I picked up some great cardboard lunch boxes from Hobby Lobby.  I also got some chalkboard labels from my local party supply store to label all the boxes.  This is a great way to keep special dietary restrictions separate, and no fighting over who gets what.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyPicnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyPicnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyFor the kiddos lunch, I tried to keep the menu pretty kid friendly with Chick-fil-A nuggets, baby carrots, chips, and a picnic staple watermelon.  I was able to prepare all of the food the night before and kept in the refrigerator. The morning of the party was pretty relaxed since all I  had to do was load up the lunch boxes and get everything to the park.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyPicnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyThe little plastic cups pictured above were great to keep all the food separated.  I also just about fell down when I spotted that red gingham washi tape at the dollar spot at Target.  All the other red gingham decor and party gear was from Hobby Lobby.  It was on clearance, so that was even better!

For the moms, I tried to keep the menu similar, but felt like we needed something a little more grown up than chicken nuggets.  Although, Chick-fil-A nuggets are pretty delicious.  I made a large baguette sandwich and was able to slice it up into equal portions for all the adults.  It’s a great way to make one big meal to feed everyone.  All you have to do is make one big sandwich on any loaf of bread you enjoy, then cut up into however many portions you need.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyPicnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyI wrapped up the sandwich portions in parchment paper to hold all the sandwich fixings inside, then tied it with red and white twine.

It seemed like everyone enjoyed their picnic lunch and were full enough to carry them through until dinner.

For dessert and to celebrate the birthday girl, I ordered cupcakes from my local Safeway store.  If you live near a Safeway, I highly recommend getting cupcakes from their bakery.  The icing is delicious, the cake is always moist, and a dozen cupcakes are only $6.99.  You can’t beat the price for what you get.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyTo dress up the cupcakes, I found these small rubber ants at a local farm store for about .50 cents a piece.  It was the perfect little decoration to add to the picnic themed birthday party.  It was also nice that it didn’t take a whole lot to just plop these onto the tops of the cupcakes.

Note to self though, never order red icing on a cupcake again!  The kids were a mess after eating these, haha!

Picnic Birthday Party Set Up

As far as setting up the picnic, it was a pretty easy way to throw a party.  All you really need to do is throw down a bunch of blankets.  Thankfully, everyone that came also brought a blanket so we had plenty.  I also had a small pop up tent because I was expecting blazing sun.  It ended up serving as a semi-private potty station for all of our potty training toddlers.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyI used some more red gingham pinwheels and banner party supplies from Hobby Lobby to denote our picnic area.

Picnic party birthday, picnic party with lunch boxes and red gingham, park playdate picnic birthday partyHosting a picnic themed birthday was pretty easy.  I highly recommend it if you are in need of an easy party on a small budget, or for a last minute party.  Other picnic ideas could be to have a theme, like a sandwich themed picnic party where everyone brings their favorite sandwich to share.  A wine themed picnic party with wine and cheeses sounds amazing! A picnic themed party is a great way to make the normal pot luck a little more interesting too.

I was pleased with how our picnic themed birthday party turned out. Most importantly, I think my three year old enjoyed it.  She likes to throw blankets down on the floor at home all the time to have a picnic.  This seemed was the perfect way to do a quick and easy party for her.  I had planned on not doing much for her birthday this year, but am glad I put in a little effort and did something special!

I hope you all have a great weekend and maybe get outside to enjoy a picnic!

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Balloon Week: DIY Balloon Arch Without Helium

Whew, we made it to the end of the week and through all of the balloon related posts this week.  In the final post, I’m showing you how to make a balloon arch without using helium.  It’s all thanks to one little party decor gadget that has made all of these balloon posts possible.

I recently hosted a #girlpower themed baby shower and wanted to make a fun statement piece, so I thought an arch would be perfect.  But have you priced a helium balloon arch?  They are expensive!  So this is a great alternative to shelling out so much money.

DIY Balloon Arch without Helium, Pink, Black, and White Balloon arch, Balloon installation, entrance statement with balloonsFirst I blew up balloons in various sizes, in various colors matching the party theme.

DIY Balloon Arch without Helium, Pink, Black, and White Balloon arch, Balloon installation, entrance statement with balloonsHere are all the supplies you need.

DIY Balloon Centerpiece and table runner, pink and purple balloon centerpieceNext I used the balloon decorating strip and popped the tied end of the balloon through the holes. I promise, this balloon decorating strip is a game changer when it comes to doing anything with balloons.  This next picture isn’t great, but you can see how the tied end of the balloon goes through the holes in the strip.

Just start popping them into the strip and fill in as necessary.  Then find a doorway to hang the balloons up.  I just taped the strip to the wall and ceiling.  You may have to adjust a few balloons once it’s hanging to get the fullness you desire.  If spots look a little bare, just blow up another balloon and pop it through the hole.

DIY Balloon Arch without Helium, Pink, Black, and White Balloon arch, Balloon installation, entrance statement with balloonsIt makes a great entrance or backdrop to any party.  And all you have to spend out of pocket is about $8 between balloons and the decorating strip.  Although if you don’t have strong lungs you may want to purchase a pump to blow up the balloons.  It only took me about an hour to make this whole arch.  So for not a lot of money and not a lot of time you can have a great statement piece at your party.

DIY Balloon Arch without Helium, Pink, Black, and White Balloon arch, Balloon installation, entrance statement with balloonsI was pretty surprised at how well the balloon arch held up too.  I finished the arch and hung it up about a week before the party and it was still holding up great the day of the party.

There are so many ways to use this method when decorating for a party.  Make an arch like I did, attach the balloon garland to stair handrails, hang a bunch from the ceiling to make a balloon filled background, or attach them to the front of a buffet table.  It would also look great if you tucked other things in between the balloons.  Flowers, streamers, leaves, or garland would look great and fill in any bare spots.

You can bet that I’ll be having a lot more balloon arches and garlands at my upcoming parties, that’s for sure.  Happy 4th of July weekend, be safe and eat a lot of bar-b-que.  If you need some last minute decor inspiration, don’t forget to check out my patriotic front porch.

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Balloon Week: Making an Entrance Statement

Day three of Balloon Week is here!  Are you liking these shorter, quick tip, balloon themed posts?  It was fun creating them because I already needed the balloons for different events and now I get to show you all of them.  Today is all about your party entrance.  I’m showing you how to dress it up using balloons.

A couple months ago I had a business anniversary party.  I wanted to do something fun as my guests came in and thought what better way than to dress up the party entrance?

I used my super easy, free balloon weight idea to hold these helium balloons in place along the walkway through my house.

As guests walked in they got to walk through a runway of balloons!  So fun!  It’s a good thing I planned to have them inside because we got a late spring snow storm and were dumped with about 12 inches of snow the night of the party!

This balloon idea is just as versatile as the others I’ve posted this week.  You can change out the colors of balloons to match your party.  But I also love that you can use this idea to make an entrance statement in so many different areas.  Try lining the walkway to your front door, the driveway, or a path to your backyard party.

How about lining the stairs of an event that’s taking place on a second floor?  If you wanted to avoid using helium, you can use this balloon decorating strip to make a balloon garland and attach it to the handrail of the stairs leading to your event.

Grouping the balloons together at your party entrance would be a great statement too.  Grouping balloons together and placing with any signage you have at your event draws attention to what the signs are instructing your guests to do, where to go, or what’s available.

I also love the idea of covering the ceiling with balloons at the entrance to your party.  This would work great especially if there is a foyer area that would contain all of the balloons.  Then your guests could walk through the balloon strings that are dangling down.

What is your favorite way to make a statement at your party entrance?  A sign, balloons, or something else really fun?

 

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How to Make DIY Balloon Weights

It’s day two of Balloon Week!  Today I’m going to show you how to make your own balloon weights.  Have you ever bought helium balloons and then had to buy weights to keep them where you wanted them?  Well, those balloon stores are getting so much more money out of you when you buy the balloon weights to go with your helium balloons.  There’s no need to do that anymore!

 

With just a few supplies that I’m sure you already have at home you can make your own, for FREE!  That’s the best part!

Supplies Needed

  • Tissue paper
  • Canned goods
  • Washi Tape
  • Scissors

With just these four supplies you can make your own balloon weights.  It’s super easy too!

What to Do

First you will need to tie the balloon string around the canned good.  I love that you can adjust the height of the balloon by tying it at different levels.

Then place your tissue paper down and put the canned good in the middle of the tissue paper.  Wrap the canned good with the tissue paper and gather together at the top.  Secure the paper with some party coordinated washi tape.  That’s it!  Done!

Here’s what it will look like when you’re done.

You may have to adjust the paper a bit to keep it in place or covering the canned good.

Isn’t that a genius way of creating your own balloon weight and not shelling out more money when you are already picking up helium balloons?  I love creating and finding ways to make party decor with things that you already have at home.  There’s nothing better than using what you have, saving money, and still having a party look pretty and festive.

These are also so versatile because you can change out your balloon colors, tissue paper colors, or washi tape to match whatever theme your party is.  You can use them in a group for a backdrop, line the walkway to a party, or even spell something out using different colored balloons.

Tomorrow, I’ll be showing you how I put these DIY balloon weights to use for a fun party I had.  They definitely made an entrance statement!

 

 

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