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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?

Bollywood inspired dinner party, red, orange, and pink dinner party colors, Morrocan inspired tablescape, Bollywood party ideas, Morrocan party ideasWhat’s even more memorable is when the menu pairs with the decor.  It can kind of be a learning experience for everyone. You can enjoy a cuisine of a different culture and be surrounded by the colors and decor of that culture.

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.

Bollywood inspired dinner party, red, orange, and pink dinner party colors, Morrocan inspired tablescape, Bollywood party ideas, Morrocan party ideasThe colorful tablescape is sure to make a memory for our kids.  What kid doesn’t love pink, red, and orange flowers with a big elephant in the middle of the table?

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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.

peach party centerpiece, peach party decorations, peach party tablescape, peach themed baby shower, peach bridal shower, peach party favorsThe gold flatware is also something I use a lot.  I think it totally dresses up this simple place setting.  And an added pink glass brings out the pink colors in the peaches and plums.

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peach party, peach party decorations, peach party tablescape, peach themed baby shower, peach bridal shower, peach party favorsEven if you don’t want to eat outside (hello, bugs!) maybe this simple tablescape has given you the encouragement you need to invite someone over and gather around a table for a meal.  And if you include peaches you can’t go wrong this time of year!

 

 

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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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Tablescape Tuesday: Cinco de Mayo

You guys!  Doesn’t it feel like summer is right around the corner?!  It all starts with the warm spring days and then the holidays, like Cinco de Mayo, start happening.  Before you know it you’re next to the pool all day!  I’m getting so excited.

Today, I wanted to share a fun way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo.  It’s this weekend and the perfect opportunity to have a party.  Plus, it’s also the Kentucky Derby the same day, so you’ll get two for the price of one parties!  Some friends of ours are actually hosting a Cinco de Derby party, and I think it’s the best mash up in a long time.

Taco party, cinco de mayo party ideas, fish taco dinner party, mexican dinner partyIt’s no surprise to celebrate Cinco de Mayo with tacos and margaritas, but doing it with fun decorations and a full tablescape takes it up a notch.

Taco party, cinco de mayo party ideas, fish taco dinner party, mexican dinner partyI love that Cinco de Mayo lets you have so much fun with color.  Color in the tablecloth and color in the fresh food.  Welcome to my Cinco de Mayo fish taco party!

Taco party, Cinco de Mayo party ideas, fish taco dinner party, mexican dinner partyI set my table up using a Mexican themed blanket as a tablecloth.  The perks of living in San Diego for so long was getting some authentic Mexican gear!  Plus all the tacos.  With that as the base I then added our taco bar and decorated with small, faux cactus around the platters and dishes.

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Try putting your food out on a big board or platter.  It gives everyone access to everything they need to build their taco.  All it takes to dress up your platter is by adding all the things you are using anyway.  I added extra cilantro and avocados around the platter.

To top off the tacos I made a sriracha mayo by mixing about equal parts and then just drizzling on top of the tacos.

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Taco party, Cinco de Mayo party ideas, fish taco dinner party, mexican dinner partyThe table turned out so cute and on theme.  Plus adding a few extra little things like the tablecloth and cacti made the evening so fun.

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Cinco de Mayo Cucumber Margaritas

To help wash down those fish tacos, I made a yummy batch of margaritas.  I used this recipe to make a cucumber infused margarita that is so refreshing.

I will say that these are somewhat labor intensive because you have to juice the cucumbers.  But they are so worth it!

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Taco party, Cinco de Mayo party ideas, fish taco dinner party, mexican dinner partyCheck out that other Mexican blanket decorating our bar area.  Thanks to my makeshift Christmas card holder, I was able to just put the blanket over the twig and bring the look of the table throughout the whole party.

Do you plan on celebrating Cinco de Mayo this year?  Try doing it with some fish tacos and little cacti!

 

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