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Last week, I posted my dreams for a great Mother’s Day celebration. I’m pleased with how it all turned out – especially the table! I love this orange and pink inspiration picture and really wanted to make it a reality in our house.

Orange and Pink Tablescape1The table runner was the starting point for me with this table. Its actually a full tablecloth (from the colorful summery tableware section at Target) that I folded and used as a runner. The white tablecloth is one my mom has let me borrowed for several years and is from Williams-Sonoma. The napkins are just a yard of fabric I cut into sixths. I love the Greek key pattern playing off of the lines of the table runner ..and of course I love the orange!

Orange and Pink Tablescape4The chargers are ones I’ve had for years (from Bed, Bath and Beyond) and the china, flatware and goblets with silver rim are all wedding china and glasses. The pink goblets are also from Target (in the same seasonal tableware section as the runner) as well as the multi-colored dipping bowls. I love that they had several colors grouped together so I bought a pink set and an orange/yellow set.

Orange and Pink Tablescape2The flowers are my favorite part. I purchased three sets of colorful roses from our local grocery store that has an awesome floral department (Uptown Grocery for those in the OKC area) and mixed them up to make these arrangements. I am in love with the combination of pink, coral and orange. The vases are from Dollar Tree (the best place for glassware like this!) and I let my mom and grandma each take one arrangement home with them as their Mother’s Day present so now we have one lonely vase – I may need to go get more for myself!

Orange and Pink Tablescape3 I’m so happy with how the tablescape turned out. This will be a fun and vibrant area to look at as the weather continues to get warmer and warmer – come on, summer!

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Have you started planning your Mother’s Day celebration yet? We are hosting my mom and grandma at our house this year so I have started dreaming out what I would like to happen. The trick is the execution so how this actually turns out is TBD. 🙂

Mother's Day2I would start with a bright and colorful table of hot pink and orange.

Mother's Day1I would use beautiful place settings like these Tiffany bamboo sterling silver utensils.

Mother's Day3I would have plenty of flowers to soften the table and make the room smell lovely.

Mother's Day4No party is complete without a bar so I would have a Bloody Mary bar…

Mother's Day5…and also a mimosa bar! Because, why not?

Mother's Day6I would serve Eggs Benedict (or some version of it)…

Mother's Day8…and also bacon because no breakfast is complete without it!

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard that the 2013 Pantone color of the year is emerald. Described on their website as a lively, radiant and lush green, Pantone shows many options for using this color in your home and wardrobe. I’ve seen it all across Pinterest as well so I wanted to try it out for myself.

Pinterest Image - Emerald TablescapeMy favorite emerald in your home example is this beautiful tablescape from Pinterest that incorporates black, white and gold. I love a decorated table and since it is the first thing you see in our house, I always try to have a set table with fun and fresh elements.

Emerald Tablescape1This is my version that mostly uses what I already had in the house! Since switching out my great-great-uncle’s chairs for gold ones weren’t an option, I brought in a pop of gold with chargers from Bed, Bath and Beyond. The table runner? It’s just two yards of fabric from Hobby Lobby! (I plan on recovering a bench with this fabric once I’m ready to switch over the table to something for summer – yay for double-duty!)

Emerald Tablescape2I always try to start with our wedding china and its holding up quite nicely for being used so much over the past five years. Some people only use their dishes once or twice a year but since its always out at our house, we use it quite often! The flatware is the matching pattern to our china and the green ‘napkins’ are actually a yard of emerald green fabric from Hobby Lobby, cut into six pieces and folded to look like napkins.

Emerald Tablescape3The beautiful green glasses are the only really new thing on this table. I found them on eBay and fell in love with the blown glass. The water glasses are gifts from our wedding and match the china. I would love to have some with a solid band of gold, too!

Emerald Tablescape4Last but not least, beautiful hydrangea. Tables are so much prettier with fresh flowers and I love these big, white blooms! Our local Whole Foods always has great sales on flowers and last week had a really good deal on these. They are one of my favorites!

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One of the funniest things about Pinterest is that the longer you stay on, the more you see some of the same images come around and around. This picture is one of those but one that takes my breath away every time I see it.

The cascading flowers are unbelievable and unreal! If I walked into a room with a table like this, I’m not sure I could do much else besides gawk and gush. The white tablecloth, candles and ghost chairs are pretty fabulous as well but those flowers. Man, that is how you do a floral arrangement!

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It is definitely the most wonderful time of the year! The house lights are up, the tree lights are on and my dining room table is set and ready for a great meal with anyone who wants to drop by. I love seeing friends and family as much as possible, let me know if you want to come by for a warm bite to eat or a nice hot toddy. 🙂

I kept our table as simple as possible while still feeling festive. I wanted our decorations this year to be a nice combination of traditional and modern so almost everything is green, white and silver with natural touches.

I used silver chargers from Bed, Bath & Beyond layered with our wedding china plates and a mix of salad plates from I got on clearance from Pottery Barn three years ago and my mom’s Christmas Spode china. The water glasses are our crystal ones from the wedding but I’m still on the hunt for some fun and cheap wine glasses. Any suggestions?

I used a natural, textured runner from Target on top of my mom’s white linen tablecloth. (see a pattern here? she lets me borrow a lot!) The mercury glass vases are the cheap ones from Target and I wrapped two Dollar Tree glass vases in cinnamon sticks. Both are filled with flameless votive candles that are 3/$1 at the Dollar Tree – such a great deal! The jute tree in the middle was a Christmas craft fail from last year – remember that one?

I love these glittery snowflake ornaments I got at Dollar Tree last year! They were 3/$1 and I thought they were so cute. This year, I used jute twine to tie them to the back of the chairs and add some sparkle and fun to something besides the table. I keep seeing people tying things on the back of the dining chairs and I love the extra added touch it gives to the whole look.

Here’s another look at the whole table. I’m still finishing up the vignette on the buffet in the back of the room – I’ll definitely show you that very soon!

I hope you enjoyed looking at my table, thanks for joining me! I’m excited to see what everyone else does, so I’m definitely going to visit as many other linked posts as I can.

It’s Overflowing: Christmas-scapes party

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Confession: I LOVE Ellen! I have watched her show almost from the beginning and I just think she is absolutely wonderful. She brings a very fresh, fun and sincere energy to daytime television. Today was her season premiere and I love the new set design! These are the only two photos I could find since it just premiered today so bare with me.

In this photo, you can see her new coffee table that is made out of a tree stump! I go ga-ga over tree stumps as side tables and love this extra large one as a coffee table. I have serious table envy!

In this photo (I know, I know) you can almost see her new side decor. If you’ll look around Ashton’s rump, you can see the big spheres and orbs that she has nestled around the plants. I love them and love how they are grouped together yet thrown around in a natural and casual-type feeling. So cool!

I got these photos from the Ellen Show website but maybe you have seen some better ones? If so, please pass them on!

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Yesterday, I showed you the DIY tablecloth I made for our 4th of July tablescape! Today I’ll show you how I pulled it all together and made a DIY centerpiece to celebrate this great weekend.

This was my inspiration photo, courtesy of Pinterest. I loved the simplicity of the bottles with candles! I definitely wanted to recreate this feeling without spending a lot of money.

I started with 9 beer bottles, four taper candles (not pictured) and these flag cupcake toppers and sparkle picks from Hobby Lobby.

The bottles were brown so I spray painted them white to lighten them up. A clear bottle would have been ideal but I was working with what we had! The look on Conner’s face when I asked him not to throw away the bottle when he was finished drinking was priceless! The labels wiped off really easily after they had been soaked in hot, soapy water for about 30 minutes.

I started with the cupcake topper flags. They rest perfectly in between the white napkins and textured napkin rings! The white napkins were a steal of a deal – 12 for $9.99 from Bed, Bath & Beyond before I used a 20% off coupon. The napkin rings were a wedding present from Williams-Sonoma. I wanted just a touch of Americana on the table without being too corny or cheesy and think this small gesture is perfect.

Here is a look at the centerpiece! I love how the candles fit perfectly in the neck of the bottle and the sparkly picks add some fun and festive zest to the table. I ended up using several in one bottle because they were so skinny and thin. I like the bigger affect of several grouped together.

Here is another look at the table with the DIY tablecloth and DIY centerpiece. It is exactly what I was going for and I’m so pleased with the results! It was easy, quick and cheap – just what I wanted!

The little American flags gives each guest his/her own taste of the 4th and the candles and sparkle in the middle group everyone together. This look might not be for everyone, but I love it and am ready to serve up some barbecue! Happy 4th of July!

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