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! 


Lisa Mende Design said...

OMG! She is just precious! Love that table setting!

StagerLinda said...

Wow! You did an outstanding job. Love the table setting--and Trader Joe flowers--thanks for that tip. Love your attentionto detail. Your daughter is precious!

Elizabeth @ The Little Black Door said...

What a sweetie! Too cute! And the table is fab :)

Bethany [at] Powell Brower Home said...

oh my lord - could she be any cuter!?!?! i just wanna squeeze her!

Heather Moore Grahling | Vivid Hue Home said...

Thank you all for your wonderful comments! And don't let the picture fool you...that sweet ballerina is really a pistol in disguise! haha