Tuesday, April 29, 2008

May Tablescape - Happy Mother's Day

May is almost here so you know what that means, another tablescape! (And I'm even early at that!) Since the biggest holiday is Mother's Day, it won't surprise most that "Happy Mother's Day" is the theme for May's tablescape!

Since Mother's Day is all about Moms, I decided to make this May tablescape very florally and feminine. I found this great liz claiborne home tablecloth at TJ Maxx Homegoods. Although they don't always have the greatest selection, they always have such great deals on linens and I thought that this baby blue and rose pink cloth would provide the perfect backdrop to this tablescape.

I also found the above dress form and originally thought it would make a great Mother's Day gift for my own Mom. But, then I got a great idea - it would also make a great focal piece for my Mother's Day Centerpiece.

I added sparkly pink tulle to the inside of the dress form to make it pop a bit more as the focal point of the centerpiece. Faux flowers were also added around the neckline and belt line.

Above is a view of my Mom's place setting.

Yet a closer view of the same place setting. While browsing TJ Maxx Home Goods I also found the above pink and white striped napkins. They match perfectly and add the perfect feminine look to the tablescape. For place cards, I printed names on striped card stock and placed these place cards into cute little shabby chic frames. These place card frames can also serve as a perfect take-home favor. I also added my own personal collection of strands of pearls and bracelets to dress up this place setting a bit.
Another place setting - this one for my sister. Who is also a Mom - of three kids.

I printed her name on green and white card stock and inserted it into the place card frames.

Above is a view of one of my favorite sets of dishes. They are creamish with pink scrolls. Very feminine and very shabby chic-ish so when I remembered I had them, I was super happy to be able to use them in this tablescape!

To add ambiance to this tablescape, I integrated lit candles to this talbescape. Faux florals and pearls (my pearl bracelets fit perfectly around these pillar candle) were added to jazz up my plain pillar candles. These candles were also placed a top my favorite set of shabby chic pillar candle holders.
I also thought these hand crocheted gloves added a bit of femininity to the centerpiece.

To see many more photos of this piece, please visit the slide show I've created here.

Tablescape Ingredients:

Shabby Chic Frames: Larger frame was purchased at TJ Maxx. Smaller place card frames were purchased at Michaels.
Floral Tablecloth: liz claiborne home - TJ Maxx Home Goods
Pink & White Striped Napkins: TJ Maxx Home Goods
Metal Dress Form: TJ Maxx Home Goods
Shabby Chic Candle Holders: Hobby Lobby
Lace Tablecloth: available at most antique stores
Faux Flowers: The Flower Factory
Hand Crocheted Gloves: Antique stores
Pearl Jewelry: Antique stores, various department stores, Claires
Pink and White Scroll Dishware: Target - several seasons ago