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Tablescape Tuesday: 5 Thanksgiving Place Settings

Happy Tuesday friends, and welcome back.  I needed yesterday to recover from all the birthday celebrating I did this past weekend; I had a great 30th birthday!  Check out how awesome my cake turned out on The Daily Hostesses Instagram, you’ll love it!

Today I want to get back into our Tablescape Tuesday series with some Thanksgiving inspiration, it’s been a while since I’ve done one. In the Tablescape Tuesday series, I show you options to dress up your tables. It could be your dining room table, coffee table, gift table, or buffet table. I think putting a little extra effort into how a table looks and is designed can make your guests’ experience so much better. Hopefully these five festive Thanksgiving place settings will get you excited to spruce up your Thanksgiving table, it is only about a week away!

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Just add a charger + a plate + a napkin + a little pumpkin + a name tag + silverware= super simple place setting.

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Just add a charger + plate + napkin + silverware tied with twine + name tag embellished with some washi tape + napkin + a sprig of rosemary = a fragrant place setting.

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Add a place mat + charger + plate + napkin + silverware tied with twine + washi tape embellished name tag + pot of succulents tied with a matching bow (this would make a great little Thanksgiving dinner favor) = a mossy green themed place setting.

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Add a place mat + kraft paper (throw away for easy clean up and write whatever you want directly on it) + plate + pot of succulents + rolled burlap flowers (how=to post to come) = rustic, easy to clean up place setting.

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Add burlap tablecloth + charger + plate + grocery store flowers + pine cones + pumpkins + pumpkin name card holder (just slice a small opening in the stem and stick the name card in there) = flower filled place setting.

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Taking just a few festive things and adding them together can really take your Thanksgiving dinner from sitting at a basic kids table to dining like an adult.  Although that doesn’t mean to overlook those kids tables.  Using some kraft paper and adding a few crayons could be super fun for the kiddos attending your Thanksgiving.

I hope you are ready to gear up for the biggest meal of the year.  Have you done all of your grocery shopping yet?   If not, don’t forget to grab a bunch of flowers from the grocery store and make a place setting like #5 above!

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A Beautiful Real Life Party

Here at The Daily Hostess I’m all about “celebrating every day!”  When it was time to officially launch the blog and put it out there to the masses, I thought there was no better way than to celebrate with a launch party.  We recently hosted the launch party in our home with some of our closest friends and family.  I’m really proud of how beautiful the party turned out.  I think the color scheme was perfect and reflected the blog so well.  We had yummy appetizers and a signature cocktail, and of course we had a champagne toast because no party in my opinion is complete without champagne.

Pinterest Graphic-Blog Launch PartyHere are a bunch of gorgeous photos from that night.  You can see how I planned the party by following my 5 easy steps here.  Stay tuned for tutorials on some of the decor that I diyed and a crowd pleasing, delicious, appetizer recipe in the near future.  Without further ado, take a look at The Daily Hostesses Blog Launch Party.

The entrance to the party.

The entrance to the party.

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There were several varieties of appetizers, dips, and a couple different charcuterie boards.  For something a little sweet we had mini-cupcakes from my local grocery store.

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I purchased flowers at wholesale prices at Costco and cut and arranged them myself.  It’s a cheaper alternative to buying arrangements from a florist, but it does take a little extra time.

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I placed my business cards with all of the blog information throughout the party so the guests could have an easy way to reach the blog and share the info with others.

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The tablescape was made using a wrapping paper runner, some gold candle holders, pink vases, and a few tissue paper garlands.  Tutorial on how to make those garlands will be posted in the next week or so, be sure to come back and learn how to make them yourself.

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For the “launch” part of the launch party, I did a quick tutorial on everything you could find on the blog.  I wanted to make the TV area where we were showing the tutorial a focal point of the party.  I loved the way those pinwheels and tissue poms looked so much that they stayed up for several days after the party was over.  I also made a quick banner with the blog initials.

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I hope you enjoyed taking a peek at one of my real life parties as much as I enjoyed planning and decorating for it.  Hopefully you’ve seen something here to inspire you for your next gathering.

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Tablescape Tuesday: Pink and Gold 1st Birthday Celebration

In the Tablescape Tuesday series, I show you options to dress up your tables. It could be your dining room table, coffee table, gift table, or buffet table. I think putting a little extra effort into how a table looks and is designed can make your guests’ experience so much better. Hopefully every Tuesday you’ll be inspired by simple ways to make your tables beautiful.

For this week’s installment, I’ll be talking about my daughter’s first birthday food and favors table. There wasn’t a specific theme to her party but I knew that I wanted it to have a gold, pink, and coral color scheme with some crowns thrown in for good measure.

Pinterest Graphic-Pink and Gold BirthdayThere’s also a bonus at the end of the post!  I’m over at my friend Tiffany’s facebook blog The Club Mom talking fun Tuesday tips involving a baby item and champagne glasses.  Hmmmmm, wonder what it could be?!  Be sure to check out her blog and like her page for awesome funnies, fails and super deals! Follow Tiffany’s family’s obsession with shopping club warehouses for products and deals they create a need for!  Plus, Tiffany is so funny so you’ll definitely get a giggle anytime you read one of her posts. 

DSC_0439The food and cake table area resembled the theme the most so I made a large backdrop to define that area as the focal point.

For the base of the food and cake table scape I used a gold colored cloth tablecloth from Party City. They have these great tablecloths that are a really good quality, they are pretty much the same quality as renting from a party rental company, and you get to keep them afterwards. I just wish they were long enough to go all the way to the floor, but I guess you can’t have your cake and eat it to #seewhatididthere. To ump the gold sequined factor I layered a gold door way curtain on top of the table cloth.

To make the backdrop I bought really inexpensive crepe paper streamers in coordinating colors from Paper Mart online. I just taped them to the top of the pergola behind the food table.   The wide crepe paper streamers are so versatile! You could make really awesome fringed garlands with this tutorial from Oh Happy Day.

DSC_0436On the table, I made sure to use different levels to display things like plates, napkins, and the cake. To add some height I just wrapped some empty boxes with color coordinating wrapping paper. I set plates and napkins on different height cake stands, and put silver ware in color coordinating lanterns I found at Target’s dollar spot. I love the dollar spot, you can find some awesome party décor there that’s super cheap.

There are so many ways to add height to a table; empty boxes, stacked books, tiered serving trays, or crates. Get creative and look around your house for things you never would have thought could work for a party, but I bet they will.

DSC_0441 2For the favor table I used some leftover coral colored fabric I had on hand that I had previously used for my daughter’s crib skirt. Then I put the yummy mini lemon cake favors on some gold chargers that I got at Wal-Mart forever ago to corral them and wrapped them up in some cellophane bags with pink ribbon. I also used a gold picture frame to add a sign to the table welcoming guests and reminding them to take their favors with them. To go along with the crown theme, I made some lace crowns using this tutorial from girl. Inspired. It was kind of a long process to get the lace to stiffen, but they turned out so cute, and our kiddie guests loved them!

And I couldn’t resist showing you all a picture of the birthday girl loving her birthday cake!

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Don’t forget to click here to check out a fun tip using a baby item and champagne glasses over on my friend Tiffany’s facebook page.  It’s sure to help you clean up from your next celebration!

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Tablescape Tuesday: The Easiest Place Setting Ever

In this new series called Tablescape Tuesday, I will show you some options to dress up your tables. It could be your dining room table, coffee table, gift table, or buffet table. I think putting a little extra effort into how a table looks and is designed can make your guests’ experience so much better. Hopefully every Tuesday you’ll be inspired by simple ways to make your tables beautiful.

To kick off the series this Tuesday, I’m showing you the easiest place setting ever! I recently had some friends over for a casual dinner. Because the evening was pretty laid back I didn’t put too much effort into an elaborate table, but I wanted to do something a little extra special to let everyone know where they were going to sit.DSC_0473

About 5 minutes before our guests arrived I ran to my ribbon stash and found some navy blue grosgrain ribbon and some scrapbooking stickers. The steps below for making the place setting couldn’t be any easier.

  1. Measure the distance from under your bowls to the edge of the plate. There were no precise measuring tools used, I just held the ribbon under the bowl and cut it at the edge of the plate.
  1. Then put a capital letter sticker of your guest’s first name at the end of the ribbon. Or any kind of sticker, or any combination of name, number, or symbol.
  1. Repeat for each place setting you have then step back and admire your work! So easy!

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Putting the extra 5 minutes into making a place setting made the table look a little nicer, especially since I was just using our every day casual plates. Another reason to take the extra time to add a place setting is because it cuts down on that awkward moment of people wondering where to sit and trying to take the host’s lead.

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I hope you were inspired to make an easy place setting!

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Celebrating everyday!