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

Posted in FAMILY PARTIES, TABLETOP
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 DECOR, FAMILY PARTIES, HOLIDAYS, KIDS PARTIES, PARTIES, TABLETOP
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!


Jewel Tone Christmas Pinecone Trees

Posted in CREATE WITH ME, DIY, HOLIDAYS, TABLETOP
on December 6, 2016

 

Hi friends! I’m here today to share a fun holiday project with you – Jewel toned DIY Pinecone trees! 

It’s the first Tuesday of the month which means it’s time for the December Create with Me DIY Challenge! This fun challenge is where you, our readers, vote on the projects we’ll work on each month, so be sure to scroll to the very last bit of this post to vote for next month’s project theme before you go!

This month our material was pinecones. Pinecones are such a great crafting tool, especially during this time of year. And, since I have Christmas on the brain, a Christmas project is exactly what I’m sharing today – jewel tone pine cone trees!

These couldn’t be more simple to create and the materials to make them and very inexpensive, especially if you are lucky enough to live in an area that has pine trees. Or rather, I live near an area that has a ton of pine trees. My son takes therapeutic horseback riding lessons on a farm nearby that happens to have an over abundance of pine trees and cones. During his last lesson, I arrived toting my own bucket! #anythingforcrafting

I love, love the popular bottlebrush trees that are so popular these last few Holiday seasons but more than the shape and texture of the trees I love the colors! This project was inspired by these.

To make some yourself you’ll need:

  • Large pinecones – about 10-12
  • Medium weight, brown cardstock
  • Cone pattern – I used this one here and printed it out on my computer
  • Glue – glue gun and regular purpose craft glue
  • Pruning shears
  • Paint in your choice of colors
  • Matching glitter(optional)
  • Clear spray

1. If you are using outdoor pinecones, start by baking them on a cookie sheet in a 200 degree oven for 30 minutes. This will kill off any varmints! Then, carefully remove the “petals” of each pinecone at the base.

2. Create your cones using varying heights according to the template instructions.

3. Using a glue gun, attach the petals point side facing towards you and down, starting at the bottom and moving around the bottom edge. Continue to add petals, moving upwards in rows, spacing them out evenly as you work until you’ve completed the tree.

 

4. Paint the trees in the color or colors of your choice. Let dry.

 

5. If using glitter, dot each petal with all-purpose glue and sprinkle with glitter. Let dry.

 

I love how these turned out and am so excited to display them on my dining table this Christmas!

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For even more amazing Pinecone projects, check out the other projects for December!


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Looking for other Holiday related posts? You might be interested in these!

DIY Monogrammed Wine Glasses
DIY Christmas Crackers

 

Festive Master Bedroom 



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