|My normal hosting set up: 3 round tables of 10 on my porch.|
When I offer to host showers and luncheons, I usually tell the honoree that I can host up to 30 guests. I use this number because I know I can comfortably fit three round tables of 10 on my covered porch. Where I live in South Texas, rain is rare and cold is even rarer. However, even when I am unsure of the weather, I know I can seat 30 inside my home as my backup plan so I never stress if the weather turns bad unexpectedly.
Above is a picture of a bridal shower table setting I have used, but this time with pink and blue toile tablecloths found on sale at Williams Sonoma outlet. I bought these at the same time as the pink and green toile tablecloths in this table setting entry.
Having a fixed plan to host 30, allows me to take advantage of sales. I try to buy 3 round table cloths for an outdoor party, plus 2 rectangular tablecloths in case the party moves inside. I rent the white round tables and chairs for the porch, but if I host a party inside, I use my own dining tables. For this shower, I used blue and white ceramic pots for centerpieces that I found probably 15 years ago. They are great for multiple settings and I have used them over and over again. The Spode Blue Room china on the above table was first collected by my sister, Eldarose, for her everyday china and then I started buying it also. Since we both collect it, I can borrow extra dishes from her if I host a larger party which I did later this same day. The cobalt blue glasses are from Pier One. The white linen napkins are wrapped with blue satin ribbon. This party's favor was a favor bag from Michael's craft store filled with M&Ms stamped with the bride & groom's name.Personalized M&Ms can be ordered online HERE.
|Different angle, same party.|
TWO PARTIES IN ONE DAY? BIG MISTAKE!
This bridal shower from the first picture was from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. My guests and I had a great time, but as soon as they left, I had to begin preparing for another party that evening.
In hindsight, it wasn't a great plan, but on that same day, I had planned on hosting 60 people for dinner at my house for another couple getting married. I used the same Spode Blue Italian china, cobalt blue glasses, and centerpieces thus saving money on flowers and rented chairs and tables. To individualize the parties, I decided to rent blue buffalo-checked tablecloths and I bought blue and white checked napkins from J.C. Penney's online. I found invitations with a blue and white checked fabric square at invitationbox.com. The party favor was again M & Ms with the names of the bride and groom. For this tablescape, I used blue chargers I ordered from Horchow. I did save money by hosting back-to-back parties, but I was certainly tired the next day. Immediately after the earlier party, I started preparing for the evening party. I cooked for the earlier party on Friday but I still had tables to set on Saturday morning. After the bridal brunch, I set up tables for the evening party out in the yard. I hired a caterer and waiters for the evening party but I was still responsible for desserts. So after setting the tables in the yard, I had heart-shaped lemon squares and brownies to prepare. After the guests left that evening, we did clean up until 3 a.m. so I don't recommend 2 parties in one day even with the help of caterers and wait staff it is a LOT to do in one day.
|Blue & white Buffalo check tablecloths add an enjoyable country feel for an outdoor setting.|
|The yellow roses pop against the blue & white backdrop.|
|My mother seated with my sister, Elsa, and my mother's closest friends standing behind her.|
I don't have pictures to upload right now of the table settings for that evening shower, but when I again hosted about 60 people for dinner on my mother's 75th birthday, I used the same Spode Blue Room China with rented blue & white buffalo-checked tablecloths setting. The only notable change is I used yellow roses and blue hydrangeas for the centerpieces for my mother's birthday party and white linen napkins wrapped with a blue satin ribbon instead of the blue and white checked napkins from JC Penny's I had used at the couple's shower.
This night was memorable because my mother's tight knit extended family members and her closest friends were able to join us. As a special gift to my mother who insisted on no gifts, my siblings and I came up with a funny Top 10 list. To take it easy, we had a catered dinner with wait staff and we hired a photographer to take pictures of the family. The menu was Italian. We served appetizers, lasagne, salad, bread and dessert. The photos above are my own photos from that evening I took before we all sat down for dinner.
WRITTEN BY REBA
WRITTEN BY REBA
|Another Blue and White table setting can be seen HERE|
|Reba's Red and white Toile Table can be seen HERE|
|See more Tablescapes HERE|