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10 Party Tablecloth Alternatives

Hey there, long time, no hear!  Turns out when my daughter is on summer break I can get basically nothing done!  Thus I’ve been a little MIA so far this summer.  Hopefully I can find some motivation, carve out some kid free time, and get back in business.  I have so many ideas and no time to tell you all about them.

Today’s idea hit me when I was trying to come up with a runner to use for my daughter’s upcoming fourth birthday.  You’ll get to see that in a few weeks, and it’s going to be a good one!  You can see some of her previous birthdays here, here, and here.  So, I wanted a fun runner to use on the dessert bar and then started thinking of all the things you can use for a tablecloth or runner instead of an actual tablecloth.

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I rounded up some great alternatives to using tablecloths on your table and found some amazing inspiration and links so you can get them for yourself.

10 Tablecloth Alternatives

1. Rugs

First up is rugs.  Yep, not just for floors, throw them across your table and bring the pattern and sturdiness of a rug to your party.  Bonus, is that some rugs would make clean up a breeze!  I love how Boho Beach Bungalow used these little faux fur rugs from Ikea on her chairs, but I say toss them across the table for a winter cocoa party and they’ll look great!

2. Scarves

Next, scarves.  I actually don’t really own any pretty or dressy scarves.  Just warm ones, hello Colorado.  But a silk scarf across a table or tied to a serving tray would be so pretty.

3. Sheets

If you have a large table to cover, but not a large tablecloth, use a sheet.  Yes, a bedroom sheet can cover a huge area and they can be fairly inexpensive.  Plus, there are a ton of colors and patterns to match any party.  Here are a few fun options!

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4. Wrapping Paper

Wrapping paper is one of my go to ways to cover a table or decorate a party.  It makes a great table runner and you don’t have to cut it down, just roll it across the middle of the table and you’re done!

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5. Balloons

I’ve used balloons as a table runner before.  See how I did it here.  I love this inspiration.

6. Kraft Paper

Kind of like wrapping paper, but kraft paper or butcher paper is another option to use instead of a tablecloth.  It’s great for a rustic look, or when you want your guests to help decorate the party.  Just provide some crayons, markers, or pens and let them get to work.

7. Burlap Coffee Sacks

I was recently at an antique store with my sister-in-law who is a great treasure hunter and party thrower.  See one she did here.  At the store we found these old burlap coffee sacks and both agreed that they were so cool, but had no idea what we’d use them for.  After a little thinking, they would make a great tablecloth for a party or a coffee station at a party.

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8. Shower Curtains

Shower curtains are another way to cover a large table inexpensively.  They make great tablecloths and photo booth backdrops too because they already have the grommets in them!

9. Blankets

You can never go wrong with using a blanket as a tablecloth.  I mean they are so closely related.  Plus you can use a blanket for a lot of different parties.  Christmas blankets around the holidays, your favorite sports team’s blanket for a boys birthday, a picnic blanket for a summer bbq.

10. Lace

Lace is so pretty when thrown over a table because you get to see some of the table peeking through. This wedding photo is amazing!!

The major thought process is that if you don’t have what you may think is the perfect thing to host with, use something else.  Don’t let not having hosting gear hold you back from opening your home and inviting others in.

Who knows, the alternative may be even better than what you had wanted for the original?


DIY Hanging Floral Installation

Last week we talked all about how to incorporate this year’s wedding trends into your home parties.  You can see all about how to do living backdrops and potted plants, lucite, and saturated colors .  Another trend I keep seeing is a large over the top hanging floral installation.

But, they seem difficult to do, expensive, and a little impractical for a party at home.  However, today, I made a smaller DIY version and I’m loving it!  It’s definitely something anyone can do and still have the same kind of impact of a large floral installation.

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Hanging Floral Installation Inspiration

Here are just a few floral installation inspiration images.  I love how grand they all are and the flowers and greenery are gorgeous.

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DIY Hanging Floral Installation Supplies

Without spending a fortune on flowers and a lot of time building something just like the inspiration above, I was able to make my own version.  It’s much smaller, but it still gives the same feeling as the larger versions above.

Here’s what you’ll need to make your own hanging floral installation.

  • a stick, branch, or dowell rod
  • flowers, garlands, or greenery
  • string or twine
  • floral wire
  • scissors

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You first have to think about where you’re going to hang your installation.  I wanted to have the same feeling of an installation above a table like the pictures above, so I hung mine over the dining room table.  To do this I just hung the twine over our dining room chandelier.

If you want your installation above a table, but don’t have a chandelier, there are tons of ways to make that happen.  You can screw a small hook into the ceiling over your table.  Or try tying your string onto a small nail in your ceiling.  If your installation isn’t very heavy you could even try to use a 3M Command Hook attached to the ceiling so it would be easy to remove after the party.

DIY Hanging Floral Installation How To

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It’s not difficult to make this installation at all.  I basically just wrapped the garland around the stick and secured it using floral wire.  As I went I adjusted the garland to get the look I was going for.  To do this I had to stop and hold the garland up to see what it would look like once hung.

You will also have to tie your string or twine to either end of the stick so you are able to hang the installation once it’s done.

I was going for a full look with some greenery hanging down from the stick.  Thanks to a 50% off sale at Hobby Lobby, I was able to use two garlands for the price of one to achieve the fullness I was looking for.

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Another way to hang it would be to tie each end of string or twine to the chandelier individually.  Having the glow of the light above could make the installation look even better at night.

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I kept my table centerpiece super simple because of the impact of the hanging installation.  A collection of lit candles would make a very romantic “in the garden” kind of experience.

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So what do you think?  Is this something you’d like to try at home?  Do you think it resembles the inspiration at all?  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.

I was able to make this installation, thanks to that sale, for less than $20!  I also had all the other supplies on hand already.

Plus now I have some great spring decor over our dining room bar!  And it would be really easy to change this up with the seasons by sticking in different flowers or leaves for each season.

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That one piece of floral wire is glaring at me! I’ll have to hide that one.

Have a great weekend friends!


Wedding Trend 2018: Potted Plants

Well friends, we’ve made it to our last wedding trend of the week.  You can catch the other two trends here and here.  It has been fun reimagining how to use these trends in your own party.  Today’s potted plant trend is another that will be pretty easy to incorporate into any home party.

After researching several large wedding websites and figuring out the biggest wedding trends of 2018, I narrowed it down to lucite, saturated colors and today’s potted plant trend.  Now I’ll give you some inspiration and ways to incorporate it into whatever kind of party you’ll be having this year.

Potted Plant Wedding Trend Inspiration

Lining a walkway, like a wedding aisle, is a huge way the potted plant trend is being done at weddings.

Another way it’s being done at weddings is by putting potted plants on tables as centerpieces and table decor.

And lastly, living backdrops for ceremonies, photobooths, and wedding decor make a big statement at any wedding. This succulent backdrop is really impressive.  I’m mostly impressed that the bride grew almost all of the succulents herself!

How to Incorporate Potted Plants into Your Home Party

It’s pretty easy to use this trend throughout your home party if you already have potted plants around your house.  All you may have to do is move some things around.

If you want to recreate the potted plant trend as a centerpiece, this diy from Magnolia is super easy to follow.  I mean Joanna Gaines can basically do no wrong, right? I also love how the candle is in the middle to bring a little more ambiance to your tablescape.

Now if you want to recreate the look of having a living backdrop but can’t make a huge wall of plants, I totally understand.  Most houses don’t have space for something like that.  Give one of these options a try to do it on a smaller scale.

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I love how rustic these options are and that you would only have to grow a few plants instead of an entire wall of them.  Put them near your kitchen and grow herbs for easy access to any recipe you might be creating.  These pieces would also make great decor for your patio or house after the party is over too.

And lastly, instead of lining an aisle at a wedding ceremony, use potted plants to line a walkway up to your party.  This could be along your sidewalk, or through the backyard to get to the main party space.

I love how coastal and inviting this front porch looks.  Who wouldn’t want to go to a party at this house?

That wraps up this week’s wedding trend series.  Did you get any inspiration from the trends to use at your next party?  I’d love to see how you incorporate these trends, so be sure to tag me on Instagram or Facebook with your party photos!

I hope you all have a great weekend and have something fun to celebrate!




Wedding Trend 2018: Lucite

Welcome back from the weekend folks! I hope you had a chance to rest and recharge.  I know now is the time of year where people start thinking about upcoming summer weddings.  Do you have any to attend this summer?  I wanted to give you my take on a few of this year’s wedding trends you may be seeing.

I researched several large wedding sites including Martha Stewart Weddings and found a common trend.  All this week I’m going to be sharing those wedding trends with you, but even better I’ll be showing you how to incorporate them into your home parties.  I mean, I do most of my entertaining at home these days since I got married almost 9 years ago.  Crazy how fast time flies!

First up this week is wedding trend number one, lucite or transparency.  Clear and see through wedding elements are going to be all the rage this year.  Just check out how some of these weddings incorporated them into their ceremonies and receptions.

Lucite Wedding Trend Inspiration

How to Incorporate Lucite into your Home Party

Although it is hard to incorporate the big over the top party decorations from the inspiration above, it is easy to use lucite throughout your party in smaller ways.

Incorporating clear or acryllic into your tablescape is an easy way to use this trend.  I love the idea of using clear chairs at your table.  Most party rental companies have clear chairs available to rent.  For around $5.00 you can get the perfect clear ghost chair.

If you don’t want to use chairs around your table, incorporate clear chargers, plates, or flatware.  I love the options below that you can get on Amazon.  Those dinner plates have great reviews too and are reasonably priced.  These are all things you could have everyday and use for a lot of different parties too.  Dual purpose for the win!

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If you don’t want your table to be the feature at your party but instead want to use clear party decor, there are a ton of ways to do that too.  Just check out the cool inspiration pictures below.

  • Use clear balloons
  • Glass containers to hold party favors, snacks, or treats
  • Clear place cards (link below), these would be great party favors too!
  • Hanging crystals or clear beads as a backdrop
  • Use lots of bubbles for a kids birthday, a bubble machine makes this really easy
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What do you think of this first wedding trend?  Do you like the clear and translucent look of a party?  Would you like to see more of these do it in real life kind of posts where I try to recreate a party look at home?  If so, be sure to tell me in the comments!  And also be ready for two more wedding trends later this week!



5 Ways to make Serving Water Pretty

Howdy, did you enjoy the fun color combos I talked about earlier this week?  Today’s post however was brought on by something that happened at our Easter brunch.  Keep reading for the full story below.

5 Ways to Make Serving Water Pretty

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So today I wanted to share a few ideas on how to dress up serving water at a party.  It’s a basic necessity to have at any party, but making it pretty might encourage guests to stay even more hydrated.

1. Use Dispensers

This is the main way I serve water at any of my own parties.  I have a great glass dispenser and stand that I got several years ago that still works wonderfully.  However, I don’t just fill it with water and call it good.  I like to add things to the dispenser to flavor the water or make it look prettier.

There are a ton of water additions that taste great and look pretty.  Any of these work great:

  • lemon and cucumber
  • strawberries, blackberries, raspberries
  • cucumber and mint
  • orange and lemon
  • lemon and lime
  • mint and lime

It’s also really easy to dress up your water dispenser with fun signs, ribbon, or party decor.  Love the bandana on the dispenser below at a cowgirl party.

2. Pre-mixed Mason Jars

Serving individual glasses of water is great, but pre-mixing them in individual mason jars is even better.  They look so cute with the lids, plus they’re spill proof.  That makes them great for kids parties, especially these plastic mason jars.

3. Pitchers or Carafes

I recently used my collection of carafes to serve water and thought “why hadn’t I done this before?”  I mean I use them for mimosa bars all the time, just not to serve water.  It was such an easy way to keep a reserve of water on the table to refill glasses when needed.

I have open top carafes, but getting some of these would be a great way to serve water at the table.

4. Dressed Up Water Bottles

Water bottles are an easy way to keep party guests hydrated, but they aren’t that pretty to look at.  There are a ton of places to make custom labels for your water bottles, but that seems like a waste of time in my opinion.

I’d rather set up or display the bottles in a prettier way.  Grouping a large amount of like items together is always an impressive way to display something and that’s no different for water bottles.

I love the idea of grouping water bottles together in interesting containers like buckets, crates, suitcases, or troughs.

5. Water Glasses

Serving water in traditional glasses isn’t totally out of style, but there are fun ways to do it.  I love using a collection of party coordinated colored water glasses instead of clear glass.  They can make a big impact and help bring in the color scheme of your party.

Try renting glasses from a party rental company instead of having to buy and store a bunch of glasses you may not use regularly.  But if you want to buy some, I love these, these, and these.

With any of these pretty water alternatives it’s a great idea to dress up the ice too.  You can never go wrong with adding fruit or flowers to ice cubes, or even glitter.  Just be sure to not put ice cubes in drinks with things that aren’t edible.  Love this ice mold I made for the holidays with a bundt pan, fruit and herbs.  It looked beautiful in our punch bowl.

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I hope some of these ideas give you inspiration to use at your next party.  Like I said before serving water is necessary, but making it look pretty is almost as important.  Here’s to no more bland water containers!



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