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How to get an A+ in Fun with a Back to School Party Table

Posted in TABLE SETTINGS
on August 29, 2017

Make the grade with your family when you put together a celebratory and fun Back to School party table, using inexpensive items and things from around your home! 

Back to School Party Table

In addition to pumpkins and crunchy, whirly twirly leaves, Fall means back to school. I know many of you are already back in class, but here in Virginia, we start back after Labor Day. This year is a bit different for us – we’ve decided to take a break from homeschooling with our youngest child. A lofty decision, to say the least, but one that feels right for us. Wish us luck and send tissues!

To celebrate Fall and the start of the new school year it seemed like a fun time to set a back to school party table to mark the occasion – you know how I love a good tablescape! Lucky me, Chloe from Celebrate & Decorate asked me to participate in a Fall tablescape right around the same time. Be sure to scroll down to see the other Fall tablescapes – there are new settings all week so check back often.

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To add to the fun, I’ve added these fun cupcake toppers and place cards to my Goodies area, available to subscribers. You can get them here! Now on to the fun stuff!

Back to School Party Table Ideas

The Table Runner

A paper table runner in gold is the perfect backdrop for the magnetic letters borrowed from your kid.

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A black flannel-back vinyl table cloth, cut to size, and placed over a flannel “shooting star” table cloth makes for a quick and chalkboard – and what school function is complete without a chalkboard?!

Use white drawing chalk to prepare the vinyl before writing on it and offer colored chalk as a fun alternative. Let everyone go nuts, writing on the board!

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The Centerpiece

Grocery store flowers add color and height to the table when displayed on a cake pedestal. A fun ceramic apple figurine is a perfect addition to the casual centerpiece.

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The Table Setting

I have fancy china, but hardly ever use it. Instead, I love to pair colorful dessert and salad plates with plain, white, every-day dinnerware.

Always check Target dollar aisles for cute back to school decor like the adorable pencil figures and apple clothespins below. Download these fun place cards here!

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Buffalo Check napkins keep things fun and add color.

Pairing measuring tape or ruler ribbon with alphabet letter beads makes a quick and easy napkin ring, especially when you use the beads to spell out school-related words. Use scotch tape around the edge of the ribbon to easily thread the beads.

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Food Serving Ideas

Retro looking Milk Bottles with Tops and straws add color and a bit of pattern and are the perfect vessel for apple juice poured from a fun Mason Jar Drink Dispenser.

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Peanut Butter and Jelly – the quintessential school lunch!

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Other Decor

Using Paper Fans in your party decor is a simple, inexpensive way to bring in color and texture!

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I’ll be a little teary when they all get on the bus this year, but I’m so glad I’ll have the memories from the summer – and this little tablescape – to get me through the day.

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I hope you’ll be flying through your day, too! To help with that, don’t forget to stop by and take a peek at these other lovely Fall table settings.

Thanks for stopping by!

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How to Set a Tablescape Right Out of Broadway’s South Pacific

Posted in TABLE SETTINGS
on May 22, 2017

This tropical table setting brings to life the exotic and favorite characters, the feelings of excitement, danger, romance and love conquering all that is Broadway’s, South Pacific. Transport your guests to another era and another place! 

 

So,  you know I love a good tablescape. But it’s unlikely you know this about me; I LOVE live theater.

This Love Started Early

Here’s another bit of Knockitoffkim trivia – I’m a one-time stage actor. Yes, friends, I once held the lead role of “Snow White.”  For weeks on end, rehearsed the perfect sob, for hours and hours at a time. Believe it when I say I nailed the forest scene where the flawed but kind Woodcutter leaves Snow White in the woods. But, the pivotal moment of my performance came when I, as Snow White, returned from the dead briefly to help my beloved dwarfs, raising my arms so they could carry me off the stage. #whosaysdeadgirlsdontdance.

All about the Show Tunes

These days, I spend a lot more time watching live theater than participating in it and have seen several productions, much more than once. My favorites include Cats, Wicked, Les Miserable, and Phantom of the Opera. I also have a bucket list of those I will see someday. On it? Hamilton. Duh. Also on that list, “South Pacific.” I’ve seen “South Pacific” in every digital way possible and almost every version made, but I’ve never seen it live. Some day, I will change that, and I will experience all of the romance, danger, and excitement first hand. I’ll be front and center, belting out “Wash that Man right outta my hair” and “Some Enchanted Evening”! As for today, I’ll have to settle for bringing the Broadway production to life through this fun tablescape. I created this table setting for the Broadway Tablescape Blog Hop, hosted by the dear Chloe at Celebrate & Decorate.

 

Broadway’s South Pacific for your Table

I had SO much fun putting this table setting together, showcasing my favorite moments and characters of the production and bringing the feelings and exotic setting of the play to my very own home. To help you do the same in your home, I’m sharing a free “South Pacific” Playbill printable with subscribers to my newsletter. Rest assured you can unsubscribe at any time!

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Bloody Mary (‘s are) is the Best

If you’ve never seen the play or the movie(s), first, fix that right now. Go on – watch it and come back.

Next, know it is the most romantic of love stories set in the South Pacific during World War II.  Nellie, a self-proclaimed Cockeyed Optimist and Navy nurse, falls in love with a French Plantation owner with a shady past. “South Pacific” has it all – Excitement, glamor, palm trees, racism, and a passionate love. So, so much love. If that isn’t enough, “South Pacific” has Bloody Mary. Bloody Mary is a feisty Vietnamese woman, who’s broken English is made up entirely of dialogue she’s learned from the GI’s stationed there. You can imagine how colorful and expletive her language might be automatically making her one of my favorite characters. #Iloveagoodcussword.

She’s represented in this tablescape with her namesake cocktail – the Bloody Mary and the grass skirts she sells.

Based on a Book

“South Pacific” is based on James Michener’s 1946 Tales of the South Pacific. A quote from Tales of the South Pacific reads “I wish I could tell you about the South Pacific. The way it actually was. The endless ocean. The infinite specks of coral we called islands. Coconut palms nodding gracefully toward the ocean. Reefs upon which waves broke into spray, and inner lagoons, lovely beyond description. I wish I could tell you about the sweating jungle, the full moon rising behind the volcanoes, and the waiting. The waiting, the timeless, repetitive waiting.”

This “crate” started out life as an Amazon box. With a little added trim and a stencil a perfect prop for this tablescape is born!

Women in the 40s had the best hair accessories

“South Pacific” takes place in the 40s. Polka dots are always in style, but for some reason, the polka dot hair scarf reminds me of that era, hence the reason I added a polka dot scarf to my napkins.

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A Much-loved Play that Transcends Time and Eras

“South Pacific” won 10 Tony Awards during its initial run in 1950 and another 7 for its first revival in 2008. It closed on August 22, 2010 – I’m waiting patiently for its return!

Although I won’t be crossing “South Pacific” off my bucket list anytime soon, I’ll hold out hope that someday there will be another revival. In the meantime, there’s always Hamilton.. and my acting career!

Huge thanks to Chloe for including me in this hop. Be sure to check back every day this week as we gear up for the upcoming Tony Awards. Today, be sure to check out tablescapes from Everyday Living and Up To Date Interiors. And, don’t forget your free Playbill Printable

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St. Patricks Day Tablescape

Posted in TABLE SETTINGS
on March 6, 2017

Are you looking for timeless, inexpensive table settings and other home decor ideas for St. Patricks Day? If you are, you’ve come to the right place!

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My friend Meg of Green with Decor invited me to participate in the St. Patrick’s Day Home Tours(thanks, Meg!). Before you go, be sure to check out the other ideas from the other talented and fabulous blogs listed at the bottom of this post. But for now, let me show you what I came up with and share oodles of table setting pretty picture goodness with you!

According to Wikipedia, “table setting or place setting refers to the way to set a table with tableware—such as eating utensils and for serving and eating. The arrangement for a single diner is called a place setting. The practice of dictating the precise arrangement of tableware has varied across cultures and historical periods.” This definition is followed by 13 –  thirteen – photos of the different courses and service settings throughout a formal meal. It’s dizzying.  And if that weren’t enough to attest to the seriousness of table-scaping, Y’all, Amazon has a book on the “Art of Table Setting.” I’m not all about that. I’m honestly excited if I can put the utensils in the right place (fork on the left), and about using what’s around the house – well, save for a few gold and green coins that I picked up!

I do like to put together a beautiful table, especially for parties – my family loved the settings we put together for Halloween and our Spring Tea Party – and St. Patrick’s Day is no exception.

Clearly color played a huge part in this table setting. For a table runner, I pieced together three fat quarters of quilting fabric in coordinating colors and patterns.

The centerpiece is a combination of spring flowers and plants in yellows, whites and a shot of plum. I used two potted shamrock plants, one in purple, one in green – you can find them at most grocery stores at this time of year – daffodils from my yard, as well as a bouquet of Shasta daisies, green pincushion flowers, and freesia, all displayed together in a large basket. Like the table, it’s loose and informal.

The gold chargers are ones I’ve used for Thanksgiving and Christmas. The plates and silverware are those we use for every day – it’s so fun to dress up ordinary things for a holiday. No matter what you serve it looks fantastic!

The napkins are folded into a clover shape and topped with a gold coin embellished St. Patrick’s Day ribbon.

A few other inexpensive, festive touches make this table fit for any leprechaun who might want to leave his pot o’ gold!


While it’s likely this table setting will not end up on Wikipedia my family so enjoyed it, and I hope I was able to provide you with a few ideas for your table this St. Patrick’s Day!

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Huge thanks again to Meg for including me in this home tour.. it’s been so much fun! Please, be sure to visit the other links for more St. Patrick’s Day decorating inspiration!


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