August 8, 2011

Carnival Birthday Party

When Laura asked for my help in planning her youngest daughter's birthday party, I was so excited to help. She had chosen a carnival theme and we had so much fun bouncing ideas off of each other. We spent hours pinning pictures and sharing our ideas. After much debate and going back and forth between a traditional (pink) girl's color scheme, we decided that the aqua and red would give the bright and fun feel of a summer carnival. Our husbands might think us to be a little "over the top" with all of the details we planned, but I was happy with the end result. 

August 5, 2011

Peacock Feather Tablescape

When Pizzazzerie announced their Summer Stripes Tablescape Contest, I was so excited to come up with a design entry. The only criteria of the contest was to incorporate stripes into the design. I scoured  many stores and websites looking for inspiration. During the summer months stores are stocked full of striped tabletop accessories. I didn't want to just buy striped objects; that seemed too obvious and, I think, half the fun of creating something is to use your imagination.

I have always loved vibrant jewel tones and what better represents these colors than peacock feathers!? Using this theme I found creative ways to incorporate stripes into my design. Of course, Laura was kind and patient enough to come and take pictures of my design. I just love how she captures all of the details through her beautiful pictures.

I started with a white and deep turquoise patterned tablecloth. Each place setting included a metallic purple charger, a plate with a thick cobalt blue striped rim, and a deep turquoise striped napkin. Napkin rings were handmade using green and aqua sequins and purple feathers.

 Each guest drank blue raspberry soda from a glass bottle with a blue and white striped straw.

Mini birdcages were used as place card holders. Stripes of purple, blue, and green ribbon hung from these cages. I designed place cards that included a purple peacock feather design and a striped design at the bottom of each card. 

Chiavari chairs in a natural fruitwood color had stripes of colored metallic ribbon tied to each chair.

For the large centerpiece, birch branches and vibrant colored peacock feathers were place in a tall vase striped with purple, green, and blue metallic ribbon.

Purple crystals were hung from the branches as well as striped cone vases holding hydrangeas in shades of purple, green, and blue.

 For the smaller centerpieces, I layered purple, emerald green, and sapphire blue aqua gems in vases for a striped effect. Vibrant colored peacock feathers and other feathers were arranged in these vases. Striped turquoise and blue candles were also placed on the table.

I didn't end up winning the contest but I had so much fun designing this tablescape. I can't wait for Pizzazzerie's next contest!

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