First, let me tell you, finding orange in January is like asking for a root canal without anesthesia! If it wasn't cost prohibitive, the selection was not up to par. Especially when the birthday boy decided he doesn't want bright orange. It took all of December and most of January to figure out what orange direction I wanted to go.
I wanted it to reflect him: gorgeous, warm, elegant, casual and family oriented.
So... using my creative juices to glue (ewww!) the theme swirling in my head, I decided not to look in stores and into my closet instead! Well, what do you know, "Brain" did it again!
Had the rust colored heavy fabric from 2009, found candles in Marshall's for less than $3 each, used my fall dessert plates and my off white Bianca set, my country plaid napkins I found at Kohl's, orange marbles and tealights and "voila!" a gorgeous, warm, orange tablescape for Mr. Man!
The paper chains and origami birds on top, a family project. I found the pitcher at Marshall's, too ($7.99)
We made sure he didn't forget how "young" he is so we got just the right candles to remind him! lol
I made the cake, chocolate cake with cream cheese frosting mixed with a lot of orange food coloring!
Isn't my son, I-Dude, only 9, so clever to make cranes and eagles origami?
He also made that orange star. Mr. Man asked for pasta with shrimp and creamed peas and potatoes.
Used Nandina leaves and berries. Last December, the berries were very red, but in January, they were orange! How cool is that?!
Aren't these candles just gorgeous? The scent is called "Orient Tangerine". I love it!
Heeeeeeeeere's Mr. Man! The birthday boy, the gorgeous love of my life and father of my children!
Here's the two little ones, J-Pony, 12 and I-Dude, 9. L-Infinity is in Hawaii, attending Brigham Young University in Laie, Honolulu. She thought it was a great table, too!
TABLESCAPING IDEAS:("Brain" is sighing that we remembered) Now that the holidays are upon us, let's not worry about trends, traditions or aesthetics. Focus on what you know-what you have and the reasons why they stayed in the first place. Instead of one massive spread of flowers, trinkets and baubles on the buffet, why don't you scatter different picture frames of past Christmases? That way, when the guests arrive, you have an instant focal point and a conversation starter!