Mexican fiesta tablesetting from Social Couture
circus theme tablesetting: Country Living, via Toast and Tables blogimage from Hostess with the Mostess via Simply Stated
It's party time this May around my house! Not to say that every moment is a party...I wish it was...but I am getting ready to put on several parties in the next two months, so I've got party-planning on the brain. I announced in my monthly e-zine, Feather Your Nest (go to the sidebar if you'd like to subscribe), that I'm beginning a special Party Planning series on Tuesdays throughout the month of May. Each week I'll be tackling an item on my mental "Party-Planning Checklist" and sharing ideas for how to turn your party into an Occasion (capital O). This week, it's...
circus theme tablesetting: Country Living, via Toast and Tables blog
What's my theme going to be?
Yes, you do need a theme. No, it doesn't have to be elaborate. It could be as simple as a color scheme; or maybe you've found some great paper plates and can use those as your starting point. If I'm hosting a baby shower (I've got them on the brain, with a few coming up), I usually start by asking what bedding/nursery decor the mom-to-be has chosen for her little one's room, then run with it, from invitations to decor to favors. For a brunch I'm having for girlfriends, I'm letting my new patterned (casual) dishes set the theme. My invites, place settings, and flowers will all pick up on the colors and contemporary style of the plates. It doesn't really matter what you choose as your inspiration, as long as you follow through with it in the details. (Note: don't be tacky...if you're worried that a certain element you have planned might be tacky...well, it might be. Maybe you should nix it. I'll talk about this more in a future week.) Perhaps you're hosting a Mother's Day Brunch. Does your mother have any special collections? An affinity for teapots, perhaps, or vintage hankies? Incorporate those into your table setting or centerpiece, and you immediately have a very personalized event.
For more ideas on finding inspiration for a theme, read this post by Jenn from Hostess with the Mostess. She's a guest blogger over at Real Simple magazine in their Simply Stated: Celebrations section and is probably blogland's foremost authority on entertaining.
Other sites for finding serious inspiration:Country Living - Cooking & Entertaining
A few inspiring blogs about entertaining: