April 24, 2013

setting the table

Last week I mentioned that I was lucky enough to help a great local shop, The Service Bureau, with their table at the annual Table Tops Spring Fundraiser for St. Louis Children's Hospital. It is a great event for an even better cause and I was thrilled to participate.

The Service Bureau wanted to go with a 'Nantucket on the Fourth of July' theme and I was totally on board. You say Nantucket and I say oh yeah baby. (read that in your best deep voice). Prep for the event was such a chore - I had to shop the store for items to include on the table that would best showcase what their store has to offer. Good times people. Good times. It was so much fun to say, 'I'll take two of those, and can we have four of these'? It was all very Pretty Woman, but without the snotty sales girls.

One disclaimer before we get to the pictures - in all the chaos I neglected to bring my 'real' camera, so these are iPhone pictures in a room that isn't well lit to begin with. So when you look at these pictures imagine them looking better in real life. And if you follow me on Instagram (@littleblackdoor) you've already seen some of these. (I guess that's two disclaimers)


Although we certainly used red, white and blue through out, we made a point not to make it too 'themey'. Themey, it could be a word.


We used picture frames from the store to display the menu and put a personalized invitation at each plate. A great way to show off all the wonderful stationary they sell.


I loved the lanterns they had in the store, but since it was a daytime event I thought candles would be a bit boring. So instead I decided to use the lanterns as vases and put a beautiful nosegay of flowers in each one. The striped ribbon coordinates with the stripes on the seats.


The craft paper placemats are so fun and I love that the little crab legs stick out behind the chargers.


The chairs were finished off with alternating red and blue scarves from the store along with sea grass ribbon.


After we finished our table, we walked around to see what everyone else had up their sleeve.

My friends at Indie Mats did a great job on their table.



This was a bakery that made their entire tablecloth out of paper cupcake holder things. Crazy time commitment.



Very similar to one of the inspiration pics I had in my post last week.



It was a very lovely event and a great time for me. A big thank you to Becca for including me, The Service Bureau and Bloomin' Buckets.

Been to any great parties lately? Need help planning for one? Let me know, I can help you out!

30 comments:

  1. Your table turned out great! Congrats. Love all of the details and those crab placemats! So many beautiful tables....looks like a fun event.

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  2. I love this! You did such a great job my friend!

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  3. Themey ... is a word!! And you rocked it. Don't you just love seeing all that creativity in one room!! Great job! xo

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  4. You did great! Sometimes working with someone else's theme or plan can be hard, but I think you went above and beyond! xo Kristin

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  5. Your table turned out so well - I think my favorite element is the accent on the chairs with the scarves. What a fun event!

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  6. I love your table!! Especially those crabby placemats, the perfect amount of quirk. Kudos Elizabeth!

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  7. Love your table! You did a marvelous job merchandising the store's products! Great Job!

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  8. Love it! The crab placemats are so creative...and the graphic picture frames add a nice punch. Great job!

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  9. I knew you'd totally rock it! Soooooo creative and looks GORGEOUS!!

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  10. Not themey at all...unless that's code for awesome. I love it!

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  11. I'm biased elizabeth, I love yours the best, followed by the table with paper lanterns, great job and lucky you got to participate at such a wonderful and worth-while event! BTW, you have a spammer atop of my comment - Mr Anonymous waist to height calculator...

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  12. Girlie, You know how to layer a table! It is gorgeous!

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  13. Wow, they're all beautiful. But, yours is exceptional! :)

    Julia
    www.livingoninspiration.com

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  14. i love pretty woman moments! and LOVE what you did here- the layers are gorgeous! beautiful! the chairs put yours over the top, but yes they are all so inspiring!

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  15. What a beautiful job you did! I love how creative you were with the scarves and the lanterns. So colorful and summery. They invited the right person when they called you--you have got mad table setting skills!

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  16. Oh good! I'm glad you posted your tablescape. I was beginning to think I had missed it. I love it! Especially the chair tiebacks. Very original. Love all the other ones as well. Don't you hate when you forget your camera? That happens to me more and more lately!

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  17. Oh you are good, really good! I love the crab legs too and how clever with the lanterns.
    Got any good Princess party ideas up your sleeve? My solution is a castle bounce house for the kids and beer for the adults.;)

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  18. Wow! You did an amazing job! I love that you framed the menus. Great touch! Your table was my favorite. :)

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  19. Fun fun fun, I loved seeing all the different tables and creative ideas!! You did such a fabulous job with the Nantucket unthemed theme :)

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  20. I love all of these table scapes and WELL done my dear!!!!
    Whitley

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  21. wow...what a stunning table for such a wonderful cause. Just love all of the attention to detail, and the nosegay of flowers with the touch of stripe ribbon is stunning!!

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  22. Beautiful!! I love all the little touches on your table. It is obvious you know how to rock a table setting. I feel an onslaught of party planning opportunities coming your way!

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  23. Obsessssssed!!! Your table is breathtaking!

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  24. Your table was seriously wonderful. I love all the detail and ribbons-the flowers in the lanterns was a great move! That had to be such a fun project.

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  25. WELL DONE YOU! That's fantastic. And I'd love to go to a good party STAT. Tis the season!

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  26. Your table is gorgeous! The colors are lovely, the details are perfect - love love love it.

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  27. omg this looks like so much fun! and your table looked absolutely fantastic. so much creativity...how much fun to "shop the store" to see what you could use on the table. you did a fantastic job. love the scarfs on the chairs, the chargers, the flowers in the lanterns, the crab placemats...the whole nine yards. terrific!

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  28. You totally win. Love your table and the details are fabulous! You, my dear, are fabulous. xxx

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  29. Looks FAB! which i probably said when i saw them on instagram :)

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