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Tablescape Tuesday: Easter Floral Hoop Wreath

Happy Holy Week!  Easter is one of my favorite holidays.  Mostly because the weather is starting to get nice, the kids have fun activities to do and we always do a big brunch.

Brunch is probably my favorite meal of all time.  Do you love brunch?

You can’t have brunch without a table to sit around, so today I’m sharing my Easter tablescape with you.

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You (at least if you follow me on Instagram) actually helped me put this tablescape together.

Easter Tablescape Poll

Recently I asked on my Instagram stories for some help deciding on how to put my Easter table together.  I was having a hard time deciding on what to include on my table.

I broke it down into little categories then asked my followers to vote.  Do you love that little poll option on Instagram?  I think it’s pretty fun.

I asked if I should go with a neutral or colorful color scheme and the votes were basically split.

Then I asked if I should go with a floral centerpiece or something unique.  This option leaned more in favor of something unique.

So I threw out a bunch of ideas to my husband who is so lucky to get to be my sounding board on things like this, haha.  I thought of using an umbrella, because it’s springy or a wheel barrow.

But I ultimately decided on combining something unique with some flowers.  So I made a floral hoop wreath.

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Although these hoop wreaths are kind of all the rage right now, I decided not to hang it, which is how it’s most often displayed in parties or home decor, and instead propped it up right in the middle of my table.

It makes a fun statement and is a little different but still has that classic floral centerpiece vibe to it.

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Floral Hoop Wreath DIY

Like I said before these floral hoop wreaths are pretty popular right now.  And for good reason they are super versatile.  They work great for a boho themed baby or bridal shower, a fairy birthday party, or wedding backdrop.

You can even make them unconventional and instead of using flowers use things like dinosaurs, balloons, or seashells depending on what type of party you’re hosting.

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So I’ll do my best to break down how I made this hoop wreath although I didn’t take any pictures during the process.  I did do a time lapse video of me making the wreath.  Over all it too just over 15 minutes to make it.  So not long at all.  Scroll down to see that video.

DIY Hoop Wreath Supplies

You’ll need the following supplies:

  • Embroidery Hoop (Always use your Hobby Lobby coupon!)
  • Artificial Flowers and Greenery
  • Floral Tape
  • Scissors, Wire Cutters, and Floral Scissors

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DIY Hoop Wreath Tutorial

This how to is pretty easy.  I started with the part of the embroidery hoop that had the block and screw on it in order to stand it up on that.  But if you’re hanging your wreath, I’d used the simple hoop without the block on it.

Then I started by adding my greenery to the hoop first.  I secured it in place by wrapping floral tape around the stem of the greenery and the hoop.

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If necessary you may need to use wire cutters to shorten the stem of your artificial flowers or greenery.  I did that to all of the flowers I used on my wreath.

Then I used my floral scissors to cut the flowers off of the longer stem and tucked them into the greenery on the hoop.  There were a few pieces that needed floral tape to secure the flowers into the greenery.

As I built the wreath I would add flowers, turn the hoop around and check it from all angles to make sure it looked full enough on all sides of the hoop.

Once I felt it was full enough I just propped it in the middle of the table and used some moss covered bunnies to help hold it up.

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That last part sounds like a no brainer.  However, you should have seen how much time I wasted and frustration was had by trying to figure out how to get the hoop to stand up.

After adding the flowers and greenery, one side of the hoop was a lot heavier and kept making the hoop fall down.  I mean there was nuts, washers, play doh and boxes involved.

After lots of failed attempts I got so frustrated I just propped it up on the bunnies while I tried to figure out another way and it stayed upright.  Then I thought to myself “what an idiot.” Why didn’t I try the simplest, most common sense way the first time, haha!

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Anyway, it’s still standing up even after kids have bumped into the table during dinner, so it’s a pretty sturdy (yet simple) solution.

Watch below to see a sped up version of me making the floral hoop wreath.  I cut a few boring parts out and you might see me chatting with my husband while I was making this.

Easter Table Scape Details

Other parts of the table scape are made up of things I already had on hand.

I wanted to appease those Instagram voters and went with a more colorful pink table runner.  Whicker chargers add some much needed texture.

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And moss covered bunnies do the same, not just hold up my hoop.

I incorporated some pink and gold lanterns in the table scape as well and plan to add some fresh flowers to them closer to Easter.

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Plus, I rarely style a table scape without my gold flatware anymore.  I just love the richness it gives to practically every table design.

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To add a little more color and fun I picked up some inexpensive “Happy Easter” paper napkins at Homegoods.  I just plopped them on top of the plates, but thought it could be fun to use a gold Sharpie to write names on them for place cards.

What do you think of wrapping the cloth napkin around the charger under the plate.  I think it breaks up the visual in a good way.  Ideally I’d use pink napkins, but you can only do so much with what you have on hand.

Shop This Tablescape

If you’d like to recreate a similar look for your own Easter table, just click on any of the images below to get similar products to the ones I used.

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What’s the most inspiring part of this table scape for you? Do you think you want to try your hand at making your own floral wreath?  If I can do it in about 15 minutes, I know you can too!
Happy Easter!  And may you be surrounding a beautiful table this Sunday with family and friends celebrating that we are saved and loved!

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Tablescape Tuesday: 3 Fall Coffee Table Ideas

It’s Tablescape Tuesday!  One of my very favorite series around here.  It’s a chance to show party centerpieces, dessert tables, styled coffee tables or gift tables.  Today I’m giving you three different fall coffee table ideas.  They range from simple to elaborate, and I hope you can get some inspiration from at least one of them.

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Simple Fall Coffee Table Ideas

I don’t think you can get more basic and simple than by putting a few pumpkins on your coffee table.  I used these black and white buffalo check pumpkins in a group of three.  Simple, but their bold pattern makes a big statement.  I also think putting them in an odd numbered group like three or five makes a bigger impact.

 

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Easy Fall Coffee Table Idea

Next up is a coffee table tablescape that’s a little more involved.  It uses things you probably already have on your coffee table though, so that’s easy.

Just mix your typical books and coasters in with some more natural fall elements like pine cones.

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I used a black and white Ugandan made basket to tie into my fall color pallet of black and white.  I also removed the covers of the books to keep them more in line with my color scheme.

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Another way to use natural elements is to collect twigs, branches, or even weeds to put into a vase on your coffee table.  It will bring the outside in and bonus points if they are fall colors!

Advanced Fall Coffee Table Idea

This last fall coffee table look is more advanced and involves using several different accessories.  Plus, it’s a mix and match of the previous two looks.

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I took the same book stack with a pumpkin from the second look and added in some greenery.  With everything corralled on a whicker tray this fall coffee table look is all contained in one area.

I love the texture that the whicker tray provides and the life that the greenery gives. I do plan on switching out the greenery for some eucalyptus leaves a little further into the season.

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Which is your favorite look?  Do you think any of them are too difficult for you to replicate?  Did you gain any inspiration from them?

It feels like because we have little kids people are always surprised we have a coffee table, let alone stuff on it.  But I think because I’ve never changed my decorating style since having kids, they are just used to it.  Neither of them bothers the things I have out.

That is until I change things up.  When I switch stuff out for the season the first couple days they tend to explore things a little more.  But then, like usual, they get used to it and lose interest.

What’s typically on your coffee table?

 

 

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Tablescape Tuesday: Bollywood Inspired Dinner Party

I keep seeing an article floating around the mom circle about how it’s so much nicer for kids to receive experiences instead of gifts.  I’m totally onboard with this idea because I’m somewhat of a minimalist and just don’t want a bunch of toys at my house.  I even requested no gifts at my daughter’s fourth birthday.  FYI, she got a bunch of gifts, haha!

However, we can’t expect grandparents and friends to get them experiences if we’re not willing to also.  Because let’s face it, grandparents are probably going to buy the kids whatever it is they want anyway.  Even after asking you what to get them, #amiright?

So how about giving your kids an experience during an everyday event instead of just at birthdays and holidays?  You can do so through your menu and tablescape decor at meal time.

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I’m certainly not advocating doing so every night for dinner.  I’m right there with you moms that are struggling to get dinner on the table while the baby is crying and the toddler is having a melt down over not getting yet another snack.

But every now and then don’t you think they’d remember a really special dinner table?

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This past Easter season we tried to host a different family for dinner every week.  I tried to make them fun themed dinners.  You can see one here and another here.  Today’s tablescape Tuesday is a Bollywood themed tablescape and dinner that we hosted during Easter.

I wanted to make an easy crockpot meal and love this **chicken curry dish**, so the only thing that made sense was making a Bollywood themed tablescape to go with our Indian meal.  This meal is a big crowd pleaser when served over rice and with naan.  I love this naan that I get from Costco.

Thankfully, I used things from around our house to put this tablescape together.  The only thing I had to get were some flowers from the grocery store.

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I had some gold buckets from the Target dollar spot that I used as vases for the grocery store flowers.  I also dispersed some glitzy tea light holders throughout the middle of the tablescape.

The place settings were made using my go to combination of gold chargers + white plates + gold flatware.  I added in some deep purple napkins and gold napkin rings.  The napkins almost match the table runner perfectly.

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The colors and taste of this meal are sure to leave a lasting impression on your guests and your kids.  And how great that you can give your kids an experience without even leaving your house?!

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Who is with me to start making experiences at home during meal times?  What are your thoughts on toys versus experiences for kids?

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An Inspired Summer Peach Party

Are you ever inspired by what’s around you or in season?  Well, today’s peach party post (#alliteration) was most definitely inspired by it being peach season.  I love this time of the summer where you walk by the peaches in the grocery store and the smell makes you buy them.

I love a good peach and the best ones I’ve ever had come from not too far from us in Palisade Colorado.  If you ever have a chance to try a Palisade peach, do it!  I’m hoping this post inspires you to throw a peach themed dinner party, and if not at least go eat some peaches.

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I really wanted the peaches to be the star of the table, so this centerpiece is all peaches.  It’s also really easy to recreate.  The orange, yellow, and burgundy colors of the peaches are great so I mixed in some plums to bring out that burgundy color.  Just snip a couple of small branches from a bush or tree to add in some greenery to the centerpiece.

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I wanted to add in some more pink and (surprisingly) didn’t have any pink flowers around my house.  So I just made one with some tissue paper and tucked it into the peach centerpiece.

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Peach Party Place Setting

For the place setting I wanted to bring in some texture so I used my woven chargers.  These things have come in so handy.  I use them all the time.

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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?

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