Friday, July 13, 2012
The Big Recital Table
The Vivster (my daughter) recently had her first ballet dance recital. We turned this event into the epic event of the year. I mean, this was like the Academy Awards for three year olds. Both sets of grandparents came to Connecticut for the event. We even made a big dinner for the family the night before the big event.
I have long wanted to write a post about table settings for dinner parties. I haven't had a chance to gather photos from various different dinners, but here are the photos from the recital dinner.
I'm a firm believer that a person's decorating style transcends to everything they do. From the way they dress themselves to the way they decorate a table. It's no secret by now that I love to mix colors and patterns. I do this in my own wardrobe and also in my decorating. The table is no different.
I love to entertain because it gives me the chance to try to set the table in a different way each time. In this case, I found this teal and beige geographic fabric in my coat closet. I had intended to recover a room divider but never got around to it. This was a remnant fabric I picked up from the store for less than $10. I decided to use this as the base for the 'table cloth.' Then I added a burlap runner (also from the fabric store and I literally folded the edges under for a "seam." I added a linen colored place mat. I continued to layer the rest of the settings. The napkins are striped gingham.
The flowers are from Trader Joes. I bought bunches of similar hues and then re-organized them into small square vases. I had been to an event in the past few days that used the table settings (happiness, celebration) so I recycled them for this table. Added lots of low laying candles...and voila.
Unfortunately, I don't have more photos of the entire finished table...but hopefully you can get enough of an idea from here.
Oh, and in case you were wondering...I think a star was born at that recital!