Details of my design:
- My tablecloths begin with a gorgeous and affordable Mahogany Solid-Color 100-Percent Cotton Hemstitch Tablecloth in sunshine yellow from Amazon.
- My place mats are a blue/green rattan that I have had for several years and chose for their naturalistic texture and their sky/water-like color, which contrast nicely to the yellow both above and below them. They were originally purchased at Pier 1 Imports.
- My dishware (both the sunny yellow plates/ chargers and the multi-toned salad plates) hails from a lovely art glass china collection and might be one of the sunniest dish sets I have ever seen. In fact, it almost glows, and that is precisely why I chose it! It is made by a German company called Dibbern and the particular pattern is “Kristina”. I originally purchased it at Crate and Barrel. It is no longer available there. However, Replacements, Ltd. does carry some of the pieces as they become available.
- Lovely and versatile “candy pink” cotton napkins purchased at Amazon are nestled within Circus Bead Napkin Rings originally purchased at Pier 1 Imports and now available gently used on ebay.
- I tend to favor vignette centerpieces, and this tablescape is no exception:
- Two yellow palm wax tapers (purchased online at Aloha Bay) sit within off-white holders purchased at Linens & Things. (Note: beeswax, soy, or palm wax candles are preferable to paraffin as they do not release toxic compounds into your environment.) embellished with multi-colored satin ribbons grace the central spot.
- Complementing them both to the left and to the right sit Grasslands Road Rose Petal Platters (available on ebay) containing miscellaneous silks, fairies, and jewel-toned dessert bowls protecting floating candles.
- My homemade favors gifted to each guest were individually wrapped presents (in a summery floral printed paper) seated on fans. Each gift contained a fairy house box from Gaelsong and was topped with a Take Along Posable Pocket Fairy from Magic Cabin (sold as sets of 6, the remaining fairies were strewn in the centerpiece and about the room.)
- My place cards were simply cardstock printed on the computer and embellished with summery stickers including daisies and dragonflies from a local craft supply store. These rested within mushroom card holders from Williams-Sonoma.
- Other Room Embellishments included:
- White Cotton Duck Dining Covers purchased online from Target and embellished with decorative sprays put together personally from assorted summer silks
- Sheer curtain panels embellished with summer silk swags to separate the dining room from surrounding areas thus increasing the dream-like quality of the decor. The swag treatments are actually a combination of two summer garlands from a local craft supply store wrapped around one another to create a fuller effect.
- The decor was topped with a bouquet of fresh roses from my rose garden on side table. What a wonderful way to bring in the natural beauty of your very own land. If you do not grow your own roses, however, no need to fret. Locally grown ones serve as a more than adequate replacement. Feel free to visit your local farm stand.
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May your celebration be full of magic and your season be full of fancy!