Dining Room

Dinner Party at My Place!

    The holidays are in full swing around here! The tree is up and the house is mostly decorated. But I have some work to do because we’re having a little dinner party tonight! The timing is perfect because I am participating in the Mark and Graham challenge with a few other bloggers. Mark…


The holidays are in full swing around here! The tree is up and the house is mostly decorated. But I have some work to do because we’re having a little dinner party tonight! The timing is perfect because I am participating in the Mark and Graham challenge with a few other bloggers.

Mark and Graham is the newest line from Williams-Sonoma and they focus mostly on personalized home decor. I was asked to style a table with these blue napkins that just happen to work with some of my vintage china perfectly! And I will always and forever love the green squiggle pattern on the salad plates.

Since my new dining room has lots of blues and periwinkle, I decided to run with those colors for the party decor. Even though pink/purple/blue is not usually what you’d think of for a holiday party! The blue tumblers are also from Mark and Graham. The opalescent goblets are vintage (my girls call them the rainbow glasses).  :)
This is the first dinner party we’ll have at our new table, so I wasn’t sure how to approach the table cloth/place mat situation. So I tried something a little different. I bought six black poster boards and cut and glued them together to fit just right. I like how it accentuates the unique shape of the table instead of covering it all up.
Then I used some neon pink washi tape to trim out the top and bottom.
For the center, I gathered up a bunch of crystal and glass candle holders. I had a few on hand, but I did buy some of these. (The shapes!)
Since there was no place to put a floral arrangement in the center of the table, I decided to make little ones for each place setting. ABC Kitchen does something similar in mismatched, tiny little bottles. So I stopped by the thrift store and bought six (very dirty?) glass bottles.

I used teeny tiny flowers like wild roses, small parrot tulips and even a little baby’s breath (I know, shocking!).
I cut down these chalkboard tags from Mark and Graham into little waving flag shapes for the place cards. As a side note, have you tried chalk pens? AMAZING.
I put the beverages on the skirted console. The monogrammed carafe is holding my favorite – sparkling grapefruit juice. Yum.
Trader Joe’s was selling these great boxwood wreaths last week for $10 each. I hung them up using some vintage trim I bought at SAS last time we were in Arizona.

So excited for this dinner now! 
Have you seen my fellow blogger-lady’s tables? I love how each of us went in completely different directions. Check them all out here – Coco+KelleyEmily HendersonCamille StylesSacramento Street.
Now for the important part (you know, the part where you can win stuff). Mark and Graham is giving away a $500 gift certificate if you stop by their FB page and vote on which table setting you like the most. Think of all the goodies you could get for $500! Think of all the future dinner parties! 

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45 thoughts on “Dinner Party at My Place!

  1. Where did you get your beautiful gold silverware. Is it called silverware if it's gold? Hmmm But seriously where did you get it? :)

  2. Wow, I had already seen the posts from Emily and others but I love how you did yours! Fantastic idea to use the black posterboard, it is perfect….a runner of sorts for the unusual shape. I love that it leaves some wood exposed! That is certainly not something I ever would have thought of. Great post!

  3. Such cheery colors–your creativity always impresses. Just an fyi to those who might not know: grapefruit and grapefruit juice can interact with several types of medication. Doctors don't always think to mention this; it's a good idea to check. Now, bon appetit! (Love sparking fruit juices.)

  4. I love how you used the poster board to highlight the table shape. One thing to think about though – the candles are too tall for people to see each other across the table. Always something to think about when choosing what to put in the center of your table. Still, gorgeous all around!

  5. I love it all! I especially love the black posterboard idea, I never would have thought of that. Did you attach it to the table in anyway or is it just sitting on top?

  6. How bad do I want to be sitting at that table!? It's just gorgeous! Good luck in the contest. I'm rocking my vote. Hope the party is so much fun tonight.

  7. Hi… How do you clean the dirty thrift store bottles ? They looked so grimey, but then on your table, so LOVELY ?!

    I have always wanted to know this… Thanks, T

  8. Lovely! My sister ordered me those napkins – only in natural linen – with red border and black monogram in the same font. Can't wait to get them on Christmas.

  9. I use google reader so I usually don't comment on any blogs but This time I had to. Everything about this is amazing but that placemat situation floored me. Love it!

  10. Isn't SAS the most amazing little find here in AZ. Not sure which one you went to but I do have my favorite for finding incredible fabric and trim.

    Looks great. I love seeing what you are up to.

  11. All I can say is WOW – your table setting looks AMAZING! I am definitely saving this for future reference. I love the idea of using black paper and dressing it up with washi tape. And the overall setting isn't so traditional red and green – simply beautiful! xo Jenna, SAS Interiors

  12. Love your room and love SAS! It's time to go visit again. It's been a while. I always find something unique to wrap my Christmas gifts with.

  13. Yours is far and above the most creative, spirited, and beautiful setting. And I'm biased toward Camille because she's a fellow Austinite. I hope you win!

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  15. the whole thing is AMAZING! Two questions:
    (1) where did you end up finding your table and chairs? love love love them.
    (2) The nutcracker on the skirted console — did you buy it like that or did you spray it completely white yourself? Either way, I LOVE the look!

  16. Please talk about your lovely china set! My husband and I registered for china when we got married last year, but I ended up returning the few pieces we actually received because it was so boring (maybe that's why hardly anyone gifted it?), I couldn't bare to complete it. Everything nowadays is blah silver on white. When did personality and color fall out of fashion?

  17. This is so beautiful. You are like a fairy making everything beautiful that you touch. I want to come to your house for dinner. Beautiful.

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