I know I promised to post this last week, but I was totally sidetracked by the most fun adventure ever -- Paper Cowgirl!! That's another whole post (or two) in itself, and I can't wait to tell y'all about it.
But on to the birthday! Our girl turned 17, which we can hardly believe, and wanted a simple dinner with a few dear friends. She said "low-key, Mom, no big deal this year," like she thinks that I know how to do that. But I did vow to be as resourceful as possible, using things we already owned.
The inspiration for this table was this adorable print tablecloth, which was a duvet cover in its former life. It totally suits my contemporary teen, and is one of the few things around here that suits her modern taste!
We cobbled together place settings for eight, wondering along the way, where exactly do forks and spoons go, when they go missing from service for eight? Not ones to worry, we mixed and matched until plates and flatware and glassware all came together. Given our theme of using what we already had, I resisted the urge to run out and buy another box of the famed Gibson stoneware! Last, we added packages of Lemonhead candy for cheer and a simple party favor.
I chose vintage pressed glass, laid out in a somewhat modern line, for the center of our table. Some found orange and green plaid ribbon brought our citrus theme to the table. They were simply wrapped and taped around the pillar candles (low enough to be sure that they wouldn't catch fire). They looked so pretty when lit!
Key limes continued the citrus theme, lining a bowl for our centerpiece. We did purchase one white mum plant from my favorite dollar store, and cut it apart to create the low centerpiece. A few simple paper flowers made from crepe paper accented our arrangement. And I was finally able to use this vintage flower frog that I bought at a yard sale last year!
The flipside of this former duvet had been used on a client project, and only a bit of the fabric remained. It made a great table runner for the buffet in our (yet unfinished) dining room. Then we broke out the ribbon and crepe paper, and the room really became a party!
We added a candelabra and a plate rack, which left room for cake and presents to be added later.
How fun is this mirror adornment? Totally copied from an Amy Atlas party. Some heavy string, hung betwen two nails, was draped with crepe paper and curling ribbon. The girls loved it!
Our sweet girlies had such fun, and I was so glad that we had taken the extra time to make our dinner a bit more festive.