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Tablescape Tuesday: Blue and White Spring Tablescape with Ginger Jars

It’s time again for one of my favorite series here on the blog, tablescape Tuesday.  In this series, I give you inspiration and tips on setting up and designing all kinds of tables around your home.  Dining tables for dinner parties, like today’s post, or coffee tables, end tables, and party tables.

If you were around a month or so ago, you saw that for Lent I tried to have a different family over for dinner every week.  This tablescape was for one of those dinner parties.  I got so much pleasure out of putting these dinner parties together.  Some of the tablescapes, this one included, are some of my favorite I’ve ever done.

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blue and white spring tablescape, ginger jar centerpiece, spring table ideas, gold flatware, spring dinner partyblue and white spring tablescape, ginger jar centerpiece, spring table ideas, gold flatware, spring dinner partyI used my super clearanced ginger jars as vases for a spring mix of flowers.  I loved how the blue and white ginger jars tied into my new blue cloth napkins. The napkins are from Homegoods.  It’s a great place to find quality cloth napkins at reasonable prices.

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I definitely think when having people over for dinner that haven’t been to your house before it’s a really good idea to use place cards.  Place cards help alleviate that awkward dance around the table where people are trying to figure out where to sit.

blue and white spring tablescape, ginger jar centerpiece, spring table ideas, gold flatware, spring dinner partyI always like setting out serving dishes on the table before any food is done. This helps me to make sure I know how all of them will fit on the table.  It’s a great way to plan out your tablescape.

One of my best tips is to do this and add post-its to the platters.  Labeling the platters like this lets anyone know where to place food or dishes as they are brought to the table or eating area.

blue and white spring tablescape, ginger jar centerpiece, spring table ideas, gold flatware, spring dinner partyI was inspired by the menu to make the tablescape my version of what I thought a Tuscan table would look like in spring.  Blues, whites, and texture with wicker.

For dinner I made a beef ragu that cooked in the crockpot all day.  It was so tender and delicious.  I put it atop papparadelle pasta, which is so pretty I’m shocked I haven’t used it before.

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blue and white spring tablescape, ginger jar centerpiece, spring table ideas, gold flatware, spring dinner partyI added a super simple arugula salad and some crusty bread to round out the menu. I love how the green of the salad and the green in the florals make the blue and white ginger jars pop even more.

blue and white spring tablescape, ginger jar centerpiece, spring table ideas, gold flatware, spring dinner partyMy goal with a lot of these posts is to inspire you to take something from what I’ve done and have your own celebration.  One easy thing you can take from this post to use at home is to serve dinner from a platter with your family gathered around.

Wouldn’t it be nice to take your typical spaghetti dinner and serve it from a platter around your dining room table?  If you want to add in a nice place setting, centerpiece, and place cards that’s even better.  I hope you feel inspired to do just that the next time you have spaghetti!

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Tablescape Tuesday: Pink and White Easter Tablescape

It’s time for one of my favorite series on the blog, Tablescape Tuesday.  I love putting a fun, themed, colorful table together for all kids of parties.  And I love sharing them with you!

I hope today’s tablescape gets you ready for Easter!  It’s right around the corner.  What have you been doing to celebrate the season?  You can see what I did for Lent here.  I am looking forward to more fun too, with egg dying and some crafts with my kiddos.

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Easter Tablescape

So for Easter, I wanted to use this bright and colorful tablecloth I’ve had for several years.  Unfortunately, it’s starting to fade a little from washing it.  A themed tablecloth is a great foundation for any holiday table.

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I actually read in an article about how the French entertain that unless your table is exceptionally beautiful you should always use a table cloth.  I thought that was interesting, even though I don’t always follow the rule.

So I decided to use my pink lily table cloth and really play up the pink with some Easter lilies and pink Easter eggs.  In order to not make it pink overload (although my 3 year old daughter would love that) I mixed in some textured chargers, greenery, and mossy Easter bunnies.

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Easter Tablescape Place Settings

I love these place settings and the addition of some yellow daffodils.  How fun would it be to have your guests all add them to a vase of water in the middle of your table before you start eating.  Maybe go around the table and have everyone say something they are grateful for.  Or a funny story about the host.  Or their favorite Easter candy.

Easter tablescape, Easter table decor, Easter decorations, Easter ideas, Easter table settingsEaster tablescape, Easter table decor, Easter decorations, Easter ideas, Easter table settingsThese leaf place cards are so cool.  I love the greenish yellow color they bring to the table and the different ways you can use them.  Be sure to check my Instagram stories to see the different ways I plan on using them for Easter.

I’m pretty excited to sit around the table on Easter Sunday and enjoy a delicious brunch with family and friends.  What are your Easter traditions?  Do you decorate for the holiday?

I’ll be touring my spring home in the next week so be sure to come back to check that out.  I may just do a live walk through on my Facebook page too.  Lots of things to check out for spring.

And you know what’s funny?  I put this bright and cheery Easter tablescape together when we had about eight inches of snow on the ground outside!  Spring in Colorado is….interesting.  We always seem to have a late spring snow.  I’m sure we’ll probably have another before summer officially rolls around.

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Party Plan: At Home Date Night

It’s Valentines week!  Are you excited or dread this day?  I’m grateful to have my husband in my life and his love, but we don’t usually do much for Valentine’s Day.  So I thought it would be fun to just do a little at home date night.  Thanks to some much earlier bed times for our kiddos we have more time to spend together in the evenings.  While most of those evenings are spent falling asleep next to each other on the couch, maybe for Valentine’s Day we can manage to stay awake and enjoy a nice meal together?

If you’d like to celebrate with a special someone, it doesn’t take much.  Share a delicious meal together, add in some quality time just the two of you and it we be the perfect evening.  I hope this party plan gives you the inspiration you need.

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At Home Date Night Tablescape

I set up this pretty tablescape that is all things red, pink, and love.  Thanks to a kind neighbor I was able to just borrow the red chargers and not have to buy them for myself.  To complete the place setting I used my new gold flatware.  I’m in love with this set, it’s really heavy duty and so pretty.  I love it more because I waited (with fingers crossed it wouldn’t be sold out) until it was 66% off after Christmas at Hobby Lobby.  Such a steal!

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I used some champagne glasses we already had on hand and some pretty purple water goblets.  A quick bunch of flowers from the grocery store in some pink vases and the table was set for a pretty date night.

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At Home Date Night Menu

Now moving on to what to make for dinner.  Several years ago after almost a year apart from each other (thanks dual deployments), this entree was one of the first meals I made for my husband once we were reunited, and it was so good.

Plus, the man loves him some baked brie, so I found a really yummy looking recipe.  It only has three ingredients so it’s easy too.

For our date night dessert, something simple.  Some brownies and strawberries with a little whipped cream.

Date night at home, date night tablescape, valentine's day tablescape, valentine's day place setting, date night menu, valentine's day menuI printed the menu out and placed it on the table.  Just an extra little something to make our date night feel fancier.

You can find all of the recipes below.  Just click on the links and get the full recipe.

Date night at home, date night tablescape, valentine's day tablescape, valentine's day place setting, date night menu, valentine's day menuThere are those simple flowers from the grocery store.  Just pick them up when you go shopping for groceries to make this menu.  Place them in the center of your table for a quick lovely smelling centerpiece.

What are your plans for Valentine’s Day?  Are you going to celebrate with your special someone or do you normally just consider it another regular day?  I at least hope you take a minute and show some love to those that are special to you.  And if you have the time, make a special meal to share with your spouse and have an at home date night.

 

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Valentine’s Day Snack Time Party

What’s a better reason to celebrate than snacks?!  My daughter is ALL about snacks!  She’d literally eat them all day long and never have a meal if I let her.  What is it about a snack that make kids so happy?

So in honor of snack time and the fact that we won’t be around our friends on Valentine’s Day I decided to throw a snack themed Valentine’s Day party for my daughter.

Here are all the details of what snacks we had, the tablescape, snack buffet, and crafts we made.  It’s so easy to celebrate, just invite a few friends over and set out some snacks.  It doesn’t have to be elaborate or fancy.  Just spending time with friends is the goal!

Valentine’s Day Party Snack Buffet

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I set up a little snack buffet of goodies all kiddos will love.  Mini oranges, cheese sticks, and Valentine’s treats like cookies and cupcakes.  other really good snack options are pretzels, popcorn, carrots, and apple slices.

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I can not get over how beautiful these sugar cookies are!  I got them from a friend of mine that makes beautiful and delicious cookies.  She owns Cookieliciousness and you can find her on Facebook here.  Go order some NOW!

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Valentine’s Day Snack Party Tablescape

I set up a fun color scheme table so my daughter and her friends could chow down on these snacks.  I used our DIY valentine’s holders as a placemat and as a way to collect the valentines that everyone brought.

A simple piece of wrapping paper covers my table to keep it safe and clean while tying into the theme.  Adding some colored napkins and color themed plates ties the whole table together.

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How cute are those handwritten names on the Valentine’s?  I’m getting so impressed with how well my daughter is learning to write letters. Thanks preschool 😉 kids Valentine's day party ideas, kids snack party, Valentine's day snacks

kids Valentine's day party ideas, kids snack party, Valentine's day snacksThis is one reason why I love party styling.  Tying fun straws to the juice boxes took an extra couple of minutes, but it made the table so much cuter.  Adding a little extra time or effort can really enhance the look of your party, but it doesn’t need to be anything over the top. kids Valentine's day party ideas, kids snack party, Valentine's day snackskids Valentine's day party ideas, kids snack party, Valentine's day snacksThese cookies were a big hit.  Why are these soft sugar cookies so delicious?  I know they are not good for you, but man they are tasty.  This little lady obviously loved them. And she had so much fun playing with her friends after not seeing them for awhile because of being sick.

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There were oranges offered to so there was a somewhat healthy alternative to cookies.  #balance

This was a really fun way to host a playdate.  It’s something anyone could do, just invite friends over and provide snacks.  The kids will love it!

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Tablescape Tuesday: Christmas Tablescape

Hi friends, it kind of feels like I’ve been away for awhile, but I guess that’s what happens when you have a busy weekend.  Is everyone in full blown Christmas mode yet?  It’s only two weeks away!  So much to do before then, right?

I wanted to get a little ahead of the curve and created my Christmas tablescape early.  On Christmas I’ll be busy enjoying the kids with their gifts and cooking Christmas dinner.  The table is now one less thing I’ll have to deal with.

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I wanted to use a lot of candles this year to really reflect the season of light we’re in.  Some candle holders and votives I’ve had add a touch of light while a few red candles make it festive.

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I also added pine cones to the centerpiece and place settings.  Right before dinner, I’ll add name cards to the pine cones. I’ll just stick the name cards between the different “branches” of the pine cones.

Thanks to the garland I bought for another area of the house, I was able to snip a few branches off to add some greenery to the centerpiece as well.  I’ll be posting a full Christmas home tour coming soon.  I just need the lighting to cooperate long enough to take pictures.

Christmas tablescape, Christmas table settings, Christmas table decor, rustic table decor, rustic Christmas centerpieceI had a few fake berries in my Christmas decor so I stuck those throughout the garland to add in a bit more red.

Christmas tablescape, Christmas table settings, Christmas table decor, rustic table decor, rustic Christmas centerpieceAnd a full shot of the dining room so you can see how the Christmas tablescape works with the rest of the Christmas decor.

Christmas tablescape, Christmas table settings, Christmas table decor, rustic table decor, rustic Christmas centerpieceI jazzed up the top of our bar with some Christmas tins and extra ornaments.  I made the chalkboard sign a few years ago and it’s still holding up.  Although it could use a bit of touching up.  This is a really easy way to fake a chalkboard.

Christmas tablescape, Christmas table settings, Christmas table decor, rustic table decor, rustic Christmas centerpieceChristmas tablescape, Christmas table settings, Christmas table decor, rustic table decor, rustic Christmas centerpieceI’m pretty excited to gather around the table and celebrate Christmas with friends that are like family.  Now if only I could finalize my menu.

I’d love to see what your Christmas table looks like.  Do you decorate it or have a centerpiece?  Do you leave your table empty and let those gathered around it make all the memories?

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Celebrating everyday!