This past weekend was both my daughter’s 4th birthday and Easter, so I was completely inspired by my friend, Lucy’s watercolor menu printable and decided to create a bright floral-inspired tablescape!
I went ahead and copied her idea of using teal plates (Target melamine) and fuchsia napkins (World Market), but added these floral green/teal plates (also Costco melamine), and some deal-of-the-century thrift store gold flatware ($37 for 9 place-setting).
Then I took a trip to my local florist and picked up these brightly colored gladiolas. I found a mix of pink stock, various types of daisies, lilies, and other small flowers at Trader Joe’s.
You know, when I was younger I used to HATE gold. Anything gold I thought looked like an old lady. Now, it’s my favorite for home decor accents, jewelry, accessories… I could go on! Does that mean I’m officially an old lady? If so, I don’t care. This video from Elf pretty-well encapsulates how I feel about all the gold things.
I really wanted to have this table moved outside under the pergola, but Bruno thought it was a little too chilly, so we stayed in. I used a clearance gold-rimmed tray from Target to go under the center pitcher, and some thrift-store brass candle holders with white tapers surrounding it.
I also had a cute little drink dispenser filled with raspberry lemonade, but I forgot to photograph it, except in the background of this pic!
I brought in one of my trestle end tables to hold my daughter’s birthday cake, and I sorta love how it turned out. I used a boxed yellow cake mix, divided into two 8″ pans. Then sliced each cake in half, so I had 4 thin layers. Then I bought some white frosting, mixed in some neon food coloring and spread it between the layers.
This is about as fancy as I can get when I make my own cakes. I used some flowers from the various bunches I bought from Trader Joe’s, and did my best to arrange them on top. I actually used lots of Pinterest images to learn how to arrange them, because I had not a clue at first.
I’m no professional, but this brightly colored cake with flowers made my girl SO happy.
You should have seen the smile on her face when she saw this table! “This is for ME?! It’s beauuuuutiful Mama!”
Since we were combing Easter dinner with her birthday celebration, we had a bigger menu than is typical for birthdays. Since Bruno is Brazilian and and his aunt and uncle who came over are also Brazilian, I made some menus in Portuguese (since that is the only language we speak when they come over).
I normally don’t post pictures of my family, but this one was too pretty to not share. And it makes me laugh when I look at Owen (my oldest)’s creepster side-smile.