Dimples and Tangles


You all might know that I periodically decorate tables for large events at our church.  I always try to share those with you since I know that some of you do the same for various activities.  And, even searching Pinterest, it can be tricky to find simple centerpiece ideas that aren't too extravagant or expensive when you're working on a lot of tables.

A few times throughout this year, I'll be decorating for a luncheon for all board members of our state's various entities of our Baptist General Convention.  I'm responsible for a large centerpiece on the serving line, and about 15 regular table centerpieces.  My goal was to create a simple yet classy setting, but still on a budget!

As I considered ideas I looked around at all of the blue and white I have scattered around the house and remembered images I love like this one, and inspiration struck!  I counted and determined I had enough things to spread around all of the tables.   I don't really set things up before I get to the venue to decorate, I just take what I have and wing arrangements when I get there.  Since I wanted to make sure I had enough, I put in some of my milk glass and white pieces to fill in if needed, but I wanted the main focus to be the blue and white pieces.

I wanted to add some greenery but try to consider things that don't involve fresh flowers since buying enough to look substantial can get expensive.  I love to hunt outdoors for whatever I might be able to use, but at the first of February there are not a lot of green options to clip!  I knew that magnolia leaves would be a perfect mix, and an added bonus is that they aren't fussy at all!  They can be cut early and really don't even need water to stay looking nice.  I was able to clip a few branches from a sweet neighbor a few days before the event, and they just sat in the back of my car until I was ready to trim and arrange them for the tables.  I had a few blue and white pots that already had a green plant in them, so I used those as well.

Here was my car loaded up to go, the front was packed too!  (I used some tubs and large baskets to transport a lot of the smaller things, but the bigger ginger jars and pots I just hand carried in.)

Bowls of oranges rounded out the centerpieces.  I watched the grocery ads for a few weeks before the event for a good sale (they store well), and found a steal on 3 pound bags so I loaded up.  That ended up being the only thing I really had to spend money on.

My stash all laid out and ready to pick from...

I chose to keep the linens simple and just used black cloth tablecloths and napkins.  My sweet Mom volunteered to help and sat and folded almost 150 napkins for me.  She's an expert at the pyramid fold now! 

The caterers came in after I left and added dishes, drinks, salads and desserts, so the tables looked much more full when finished.  Wish I had a photo of everything all together!

In a separate room there's a serving line made up of two long tables with a round in the middle for a centerpiece.  I saved some of my larger pieces for that table and just played with it until it looked nice from every side.

I had a few extra pieces left so we also added a bit to the table where a coffee bar would be set up.

 If you'd like to something similar but don't hoard blue and white pieces like I do, you could get a similar look with all white pieces, or brass... I think the key is to just keep the pieces fairly consistent on all of the tables.  Ask friends who might have collections if you can borrow some things, too!  I rounded up some of my milk glass collector friends for these tables and we had plenty when we put our collections together.

I'm so happy with how everything turned out, and everyone was very kind with their comments.  Now... to come up with another great idea for the next luncheon in May!  Hmmmmm.....

For more event decorating ideas that I've shared, click here.

I'm often asked where I get all of my blue and white pieces.  A good number of them are finds from Ross, but that's a "right time, right place" kind of deal.  Several are from Homegoods and I've found a few on FB Marketplace or thrifting.  Here are several that are easy to order online if you'd like to start building your collection. (Affiliate links used)

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I'm so excited to be spilling the beans about a new project that kicks off today!  I'm joining a fabulous group of talented, sweet bloggers that are working over the next few weeks to each refresh a space in their home.  Everyone is choosing whatever space they want to work on, hence the "Choose Your Own Adventure Refresh" theme!  (Anyone else remember those books? They were a childhood favorite of mine!)  Today, each of us will be sharing the space we plan to take on, as well as some before photos and our plans for the room.  Next week, we'll share our progress, and at the end of the month we'll share the reveal.  Whew!  This is a quick one!  

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For the next two weeks I'm going to be working feverishly to refresh my......   DINING ROOM!  Here's how the space looked on Monday just before I set the table for Valentine's Day:

Let me start by saying I think this room is great as is!  I had zero plans for a makeover in the Dining Room until about 3 weeks ago.  Here's how it went down...

I always have an eye out for vintage furniture that I like.  I lean towards a traditional style of furniture, but updated with color, new fabric, or styling.  For quite a while I have been wanting to find a set of cane back chairs.  Well, a few weeks ago this showed up on Craigslist-

I loved the shaped and size of the chairs and they were in great condition so I bought the set.  However, I like to mix and match my chairs with the table (I don't like having a matching set), so I planned to re-sell the table.  But, the more I got to thinking about it, I decided that I needed to keep the table.  We entertain often, especially with family, and we always have at least 8 adults that sit around the table.  Well, with my current table, trying to fit 3 chairs on each side between the legs is impossible, and we all end up squished around the table.  So, the pedestal base on this table won me over since it will allow for more chairs around the table.  And, it has 2 leaves to extend to almost 120" if needed!  I will also say that I had tired of the super dark finish of my current table.  Even if I had continued to use it, I had already been thinking about possible ways to lighten it up.

Now, the table looks nice enough in the Craigslist photo, but the top had some water damage and blemishes in the finish.  The rest of it was in great shape, though!  I also didn't like how super shiny the topcoat was, so my plan is to lightly refinish just the top to clean it up and give it a fresh coat of poly, with a slightly less shiny finish. 

That decision created a domino effect (as often happens in decorating!).  Remember when I just said that I don't like to use matching sets?  Well, if the table is going in the Dining Room, then the cane chairs need to go in the Breakfast Nook.  And the more I thought about that plan, the more I liked it because I currently have 6 side chairs in the Breakfast Nook that would be perfect to move to the DR so I can use 3 on each side of the table.  

The cane chairs have 4 side and 2 arm chairs so they wouldn't have given me the seating I wanted in the DR anyway (I'm keeping the wingback host chairs there so the 2 cane arm chairs wouldn't have been able to be used).

OK, that's a big rambling background on how and why this makeover is happening, but I wanted you to follow my train of thought (are you confused yet?)!  Some other time we'll talk more about using the cane chairs in the Breakfast Nook.   ;)

Long story short...  we're playing musical chairs, changing a few things, and keeping a few things in the room!  Things that will be staying are the green china cabinet, host wing chairs (but they'll get a color change), curtains (fabric here), and current crystal chandelier.  I'll be selling the tufted chairs, relocating the mirrors, and storing the old table for now, someone in the family might possibly use it. 

As mentioned, I will move the round back chairs from the Breakfast Nook into the Dining Room, and they will get a total makeover.  They currently have a semi-rustic wood frame and that wasn't the look I wanted with the new table, so I'm going to paint them white and change the fabric on them. These are a few images that inspired the white chair/wood table combo- (I pinned a lot more on my Dining Room Pinterest Board here!)

Source:  bhg.com

I know for sure that I'm going to add a bit more Chiang Mai Dragon fabric to the backs of the round chairs, but haven't completely decided yet on the inside back/seat fabric.  I was originally planning on a blue geometric pattern, but instead think I'm actually going to go with a solid, maybe a soft chenille or velvet type fabric.  I'll know by next week and fill you in! 

One of the new additions I'm most excited about are these gorgeous sconces from Hudson Valley.  I've been fond of these library style sconces for quite some time, and thought they would add some nice ambiance and soft lighting when installed on each side of the china cabinet.  I'll be sharing more about that next week.  

Here's a rough idea of how the plan is coming together!

I've been thinking I had all kinds of time for this makeover, but after actually mapping it out these two weeks are going to fly by!  I have a table to refinish, 6 chairs to paint then reupholster, 2 chairs to paint the frames on, artwork to figure out and lighting to install.  And everything in normal everyday life in between.  Yikes!  I'm so excited about the end result, though! 

Here's a full list of everyone participating in this Adventure Refresh, make sure to hop over and see what everyone is up to today.  I can't wait to see what spaces my friends are taking on, they all love color just as much as I do!

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Sticking with one of my favorite color combos, I built this year's Valentine's Day tablescape around a pink and red color scheme (which I used last year too, can't get enough!)

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My Mom has been doing a great job cleaning out and decluttering her house and she came across these collectible Royal Doulton Valentine's Day plates that she is getting rid of, but first she offered to let me use them on my table!  

Each one is dated by year with a different romantic illustration.  They're darling! (For sale here if anyone local to OKC is interested.)  She also gifted me the pretty pink stemware and let me borrow a few of her cut glass ruby stems.  The white dinner plates are from our casual service that we registered for when we married.  Still use them every day! 

These DIY candlesticks make a fairly regular appearance in my tablescapes, I just can't quit using them! With their happy pink color, I especially couldn't resist using them for Valentine's Day.  

I used my favorite table runner trick again... a strip of wrapping paper down the center of the table.  The top layer is actually 2 yards of the cutest pink and red patterned fabric that I just folded into the size I wanted and pressed the edges.  You'll probably see it again one of these days remade into pillows! 

I think that tulips seem to go hand in hand with Valentine's Day.  Some of the red ones were out of control but that's part of the charm... they have a mind of their own!

Both of my kids have activities the evening of Valentine's Day this year so we'll have a family dinner at some other time.  Ray and I prefer to go out at lunch (less crowded!) so it looks like we'll get a movie night to ourselves!  :)  What are your plans? 



Need more Valentine's Day Ideas?  Here are some projects you can do with your kids, and a few more table decorations-

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Happy Saturday!  I never post projects on Saturdays, but I just decorated for Valentine's Day yesterday and didn't want to wait any longer to share in case you're doing a bit of decorating this weekend too!  I typically don't put up a lot of decorations for Valentine's day, I just add a few touches to key areas- the mantel and the front porch- to make the house feel festive.  I picked up a few things from Dollar Tree and had some things from Hobby Lobby on hand, and in less than an hour yesterday I had a few new pieces made and up!

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Dollar Tree sells the cutest packs of felt hearts, I love the cut out scalloped edge.  They're super easy to thread a ribbon through and you've got a quick garland (I just put a pushpin in each corner of the mantel to attach the garland to).  I was watching my friend Charlotte's Instastories a few days ago and her son was putting pom poms on his valentines.  Brilliant!  I followed suit and decorated mine with these. 

I added a lighted mirror ball garland with it and a couple of new orchids from Walmart.  It all reminds me that Spring isn't too far away!

Let's move out to the front porch!

After Christmas I removed all of the ornaments from my flocked wreath and trees and kept them out for a "winter" look.  For Valentine's Day I just tied on more of the felt hearts with pieces of ribbon and added a big, simple bow.

I also bought a package of glitter foam hearts at Dollar Tree, punched a hole in the top of each one, and tied them on to the flocked trees with ribbon.

Door Color- Sherwin Williams Dignity Blue

So that's it!  With a few simple additions we're ready to celebrate the holiday this coming week.  I will be sharing a Valentine Tablescape with you on Monday, see you then!

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