I thought today I would recap my own table top design to give you a little more insight on my inspiration and AMAZING vendors I used.
As I mentioned yesterday, Abigail from Paper and Cake designed some pretty fabulous printable paper decorations for us to use.
Pottery Barn Kids gave each of use a $250 credit to use for our table top designs. I just fell in love with the baby rattles right off the bat. To be honest I had selected one to use as a napkin wrap and it ended up being sold out from the holidays. But I think this one was darling sitting on the napkins with the fondant animals by Edible Details (more on those below).
The next item I selected was this wire elephant. LOVE him! I tied a big ribbon bow on him and had him nestled and sitting on top of this old box from my dad.
Lastly, I choose to spread around the table the alphabet wood blocks. They are so classic and timeless in themselves and I felt they really added to the overall animal theme.
Brittany from Edible Details made the most amazing fondant 3D animals to sit at each place setting. I asked her to make them in the colors of the printables but to take it a step farther and add some more defined characteristics to them. I not only placed them at each place setting but had them sitting on the PBK blocks. She also made little leafs that were hanging from the rims of each glass.
Next I knew I wanted to use Abigail’s favor boxes on the backs of the chairs. I think I might have come up with that idea before I even knew what I was going to do with the rest of the table. I found these raffia fans from Oriental Trading Company and the safari animals in the $1 bins at Target. The ribbon was left over from Lauren’s Butterfly party (yah, I hold onto things that long!). And this is what I got when I was done:
I am such a interior designer way of thinking in the way that I can not start a design without selecting the fabric first. It is a religion for me in the design field. A way I have always started my projects. So over the holiday break I swear I spent HOURS looking for the right fabric. I really did not want to use something that had animals on it (more afraid I would pick something someone else had than anything) and actually had thought an ikat print would be what I wanted. But after an endless search I could not find one that was bright and cheerie without breaking the bank. THEN I discovered Fat Quarter. Have you ever been on Kimberly’s site? It is my new favorite place to shop for fabrics. She has such a wide assortment and very reasonably priced. And of course I settled on something kind of unconventional and a little non-safari related. But that was what I liked about it. Kind of unexpected. I selected this Kate Spain fabric for Moda Fabrics called Terrain Bloom Dahlia.
Next I went and did a little shopping- in my house. I had bought these black and white chevron napkins because . . .well just because! Honestly when I pre-set up the table at my house I used them as stand ins. I had selected a lime green solid linen from the rental company. They just kept catching my eye though. And the more I looked at them sitting on top of the fabric from Fat Quarter, I loved it. So I brought them with me to see if Amy would let me use my own napkins instead of the rental ones. Ask me where I got them! TARGET for $3. I now want to use them for everything.
My next go to place was Homegoods. LOVE that place. I swear I always find stuff. The world globe, wood giraffe and twig balls were purchased there.
Lastly the large lantern in the middle of the table was gotten from Ikea. I have been wanting these for awhile so it was the perfect excuse to nab them.