I started with a plastic tablecloth because our dining room table needs some protection with this little group of fingers!
Then I added woven straw placemats that I found at Pier One. I was surprised at how well they mirror the colors of the dishes and flatware! Just meant to be, I guess.
Next, I used "chargers" (actually dinner plates) of different colors that are reflected in the melamine plates I'll be using for serving lunch. I used a yellow plate, an orange plate, a purple plate and a green plate. The extra layer also serves to protect the table from spills!
I added a different colored napkin to each setting to keep the dishes separated. One is bright yellow; one is light yellow; one is bright orange and one is a red orange.
The main plates are melamine ones that I found at my grocery store. I thought the whimsical prints of ice cream fit the bill perfectly for a summer children's party.
The table setting is completed with mix-n-match flatware to add to the color of the table, Sesame Street plastic cups and sunglasses that will serve as favors for each person at the party!
My centerpiece consists of a bucketful of Play Dough and Play Dough "cookie cutters". It's colorful, and just a little tease of what activities are to follow after lunch! Two bottles of bubbles and two sprays of stars complete the centerpiece vignette!
The menu will be hamburger sliders, chips, cut carrot and celery sticks and fresh fruit salad. I placed bowls and platters on the table, but they're now empty since this tablescape is just a practice run. I've also taken out my cupcake holder from Williams-Sonoma that will be filled with pudding-filled cupcakes (lemon and chocolate), covered in confectioner's sugar. I love this party every year, even if it takes me a few days to get over it when it's done. Nothing can ever replace the sights and sounds of this special day when all the kids are together and I am moving non-stop from the beginning until the end---with a huge smile and a heart full of love!!
My cupcake holder:
A yellow plate:
A purple plate:
An orange plate:
A green plate:
The table, once again:
I'll be linking up to Cuisine Kathleen's Let's Dish Challenge at www.cuisinekathleen.com,
Christine's Table It! at www.rustic-refined.com and Susan's Tablescape Thursday at www.betweennapsontheporch.net. Please be sure to visit these blogs and see all the wonderful posts!!
Thank you, ladies, for hosting and giving us a place to have so much fun with our plates and such.
I love to read your comments, and will do my best to reply to you. Your kind encouragement and suggestions are always appreciated. Rosie