I love Autumn, primarily because it ushers us ever closer to my favorite season, Winter. Yay for possible but won’t really snow!!! So, if you follow the blog you know I decorate our Friendsgiving table ever year. I try to keep it fresh by staying away from the typical Thanksgiving reds, oranges, and browns. And you won’t see a hand turkey on any of my tables.
I always start with a practice table. Thank God we just bought a fabulous new farm table so I go to try it out with some style. I used our random Delft-esk china plates with my World Market cups. It went over well so I stuck with the plan.
First I switched to black paper plates. I know dishes are always more stunning, but when you are expecting over 50 friends that clean up is just not feasible. The color scheme was mixed metals (gold, silver, and mercury), natural green, white, and purple.
I always like a little something fresh on the table to I made a large leaf garland…I should really do a garland making post, white hydrangeas, and purple hanging amaranth. I sprayed the pumpkins and put some on mercury stands. Simple…right?
Of course I added a little quote to each place setting with a hand made wreath. “Gratitude is the sign of noble souls”-Aesop
The finished product was just want I wanted and the evening was filled with food and love.
Grrrr! The fabulous hostess Ashley!!!
That’s me and Jasmine (black hat)…you’ll all get to know her a little considering she’s my new fashion blogger!!!
Alright people. Friendsgiving was so exciting and my life so exhausting that it took me almost a week to post this. But I made it and just in time to show you some table ideas for the real deal, THANKSGIVING!!! I love Friendsgiving and for multiple reasons of course friends and food are among them but it also serves as a dry run for fun decorative ideas. I mean I NEVER get to design my mom’s tables like this.
Ok first things first. Setting up the folding tables was all about understanding the space and the needs of our guests. The space was my cousin’s gorgeous home with wood floors and glass walled, colored lit recording studio. The guests were 50 super smart super chatty people that wanted to talk and eat. So, rather than arranging out 4 folding tables in a long banquet style I made two square tables. This was accomplished by aligning the tables side by side. Everything was covered with white linen table clothes and a black and white printed runner (in other words old washed curtains). Renew, reuse, recycle!
Then I started layering my table. First the gold chargers, napkin, gold paper plate, and silver disposable flatware. Let’s be honest for a moment. If you invited 10 people then you use real dished but if you are expecting 50, disposable is the only option. Then I wanted to add some height with large glass vases, mason jar, wine bottle with candle, and mercury votive. After that I started layering flowers. First the hanging amaranthus, then a whole array of chrysanthemums in purple, dark purple, and white. Finally, I placed candles and my little spiky balls from my last post.
Here is a close up of the hanging amaranthus.
And here is more I placed above the mantle. Finding balance around the room is very important. You don’t want uber cute tables and a drab space.
Then we ate and were merry.
The spinach balls were inspired.
And look at how cute this little patio is…ummm adorbs.
Happy New Year C&C readers! December was an eventful month for your dear Cupcakes. I lost friends to eternal rest, completed steps toward a future desired, and found a special someone to breath my breaths with. All in all, an emotional roller coaster. Without going into detail, I’ve been pretty physically, mentally, and spiritually overwhelmed. To remain sane I had to keep one word in mind “balance.” I found balance in mentally stimulating conversation, laughter, meditation, and knowledge. Find what helps give you balance in this new year hone in on it and practice it as often as possible.
The events of this past weekend led me to find a new favorite drink, bubbles and berries. It’s berries in simple syrup, poured over dry ice (this causes the bubbles), and topped off with some champagne. It’s sweet, pretty, and fun. Try it and let me know what you think!
Obviously, friends are wonderful; humans are social creatures who need love and connectedness. However, I have some wisdom for you from ROBERT GREENE’S book The 48 Laws of Power. “Law 2, Be wary of friends-they will betray you more quickly, for they are easily aroused to envy. They also become spoiled and tyrannical. But hire a former enemy and he will be more loyal than a friend, because he has more to prove. In fact, you have more to fear from friends than from enemies. If you have no enemies, find a way to make them.” The lesson here, don’t mix work and play.
We’ve all had mixed emotions for Jen in the past few years. My personal emotions have ranged from pity, to joy. But now I’m not quite sure how I feel about her new cut. I’ve long loved the quintessential Jen tresses and I’m a little taken back by the chop… However, I’m willing to roll with it, she’s in crisis. What do you guys think?