It has been literally for. ev. er. Since I posted one of my tabletops. Shame on Manda. Bad, bad Manda. Sorry about that guys! Itâ€™s not for lack of photos or lack of tryingâ€¦ itâ€™s just the time! But, you can only love me now because here come two [well, one kinda two] tables right atcha!
I became obsessed with the cool, modern pallet of poppy pink, yummy warm orange against a stale, slate grey backdrop. The 3 together became absolutely drool-worthy! I knew I wanted to use poppies â€œsproutingâ€ from grass for the centerpieces and the idea of a dual centerpiece became equally appealing to me. Two trays, the same size, shape and color. Filled with grass, then poppies bursting out towards each place setting. Fabulous. Of course, whatâ€™s better than having a bud and budlet tucked into each napkin! I chose to do a modern style long plate [which I love], with a modern take on the classic â€œmenu foldâ€ napkin that we all see these days- wrapping the plate. I did a salad plate above each place setting and to the right, leave the glasses lined on the left. So modern, simple and chic. Thatâ€™s what Iâ€™m all about. LOOK at those classy flutes! Ugh, itâ€™s love!
I chose a different colored flower for each napkin. That may be THEEE best part about buying poppies: itâ€™s a mixed bag of color. SO organic, natural, and wild!
As a favor [on that salad plate we mentioned] we opted for a fresh, ready-to-gobble option: a trio of mini cupcakes. Not only are they modern and gorgeous, but theyâ€™re deliciously one-bite satisfying!
The whole table. What a DREAM, right? It turned out so well!! By the way- this was one of my first times taking care of a centerpiece by myselfâ€¦ I wasnâ€™t thrilled with my droopy poppies at first but the more I look at them, the more I love them. Itâ€™s like they were meant to be that way!
Love this angle:
And LOVE the sun hitting the blooms:
And nowâ€¦ [are you ready??] for table #2!! For this specific look, I opted to add in the idea of a â€œkidâ€™s tableâ€. Kidâ€™s-only tables are great because you can vary your decor to suit them, and really have fun with the look. It exploded into itâ€™s own little world of table and I love it ever-so-much!!
Same linen. Same colors. Pizza for dinner!! I came up with the idea of using mini pizza boxes and turning dinner into a craft time full of fun. Provided that your catering company will be flexible with it, I basically filled this mini box with cut outs like the toppings they could put onto their own pizza: veggies, pepperoni, extra cheese, sausage, pineapple. I know that kids love a good activity! We also switched their plates to white square plastic ones to be more kid-friendly.
I loved the idea of giving each kid a balloon, tied to the chair. The more you can do to make them feel special, wonderful, and loved.. the less theyâ€™ll care if theyâ€™re in the corner or even in another room! The pink trays that you see on each seat are lap trays- coloring books and crafts provided for them are easy to use since they have a place for everything!
Switch out those mini cupcakes for a box-o-goodies, kid style! From bubbles to candy to slimey sludge, itâ€™s a good time all in one place! And donâ€™t forget the centerpieceâ€¦
Creating a smaller centerpiece will give the kids more room on the table to make a mess [and isnâ€™t that what all kids love doing??]. I swapped the poppies for large round suckers in cotton candy flavor- a crowd pleaser [â€¦ especially for my husband!].
I gave each place setting a sparkling fruit juice so that when the toast arrives, theyâ€™ll feel just as special with their bubblyâ€¦ and of course, the straw attached is the easiest way to dress up ANY cute bottle/can! Behind the plate is the plastic craft box that we filled with goodies- easy to move and then take home at the end of the night!
My favorite thought/aspect of the kids table has got to be the bedtime basket. Since most weddings these days have just a handfull of kids, and most of those kids end up by 9pm sprawled across 3 chairs out like a lightâ€¦ why not make it a bit more comfy for them? Ribboned together is a small pillow and blanket for them to grab when they get that sugar coma we all know they love. Plopped in the corner near the kids table, itâ€™s the perfect ending to a great evening for the kiddos!
All in all, the table came out beautifully and was captured even MORE beautifully!!
Hereâ€™s the list of people who I now owe at least a kidney to, for their time, energy, efforts, and love!
Rentals provided by Signature Party Rentals
100% CUSTOM linens by Dress My Chair [yep, she made â€˜em to match my vision!] Venue setting was at Rancho Capistrano
Adorable mini cuppies provided by Once Upon A Cupcake
Suckers for the kids from Ju-C Suckers
And last but CERTAINLY not leastâ€¦ for the visual stimulation: Hazelnut Photography and KimLe Photography Wonderful, wonderful, wonderfulâ€¦ right? Now- leave me comments on this seriously. Because if I donâ€™t get any, Iâ€™ll assume you hate it. And if you hate IT, then you may as well just say you donâ€™t like me. SO yucky. And I know [well, I think we all know] that you love me. :)
Have an ab fab Monday!