Happy Birthday!

This summer one of my mom’s best friends, Kim, turned 50 and my mom threw her a formal birthday dinner for her family and some of her close friends. So I jumped on the opportunity to help plan and decorate.


Kim and my mom both love the monogramming trend. Therefore, we got letters of her initials and ribbon from Hobby Lobby and hung them from the chandelier in our dining room. I decided to add two of those bows (one in the front and one in the back) to the inside of the chandelier to draw the eye upward towards the letters.

My mom’s decor colors mainly consist of gold and red. She didn’t want a color pallet for the party that would clash with what she already had but also didn’t want it to look “Christmasy.” So we went with red, gold, andIMG_1161 cheetah! The champagne colored runner is  a sheer table cloth that we folded and scrunched up in the middle of the table and the cheetah material on top is actually a cheetah scarf.

For the centerpiece, we didn’t want anything too tall because we had the letters hanging. The candle holders are from Pier 1 and the cheetah and red candles are from Hobby Lobby. Hobby Lobby has a beautiful selection of unique candles, such as the cheetah ones and Kroger has a great florist that did our rose arrangements for a low price.

IMG_2472I hand made the name cards with cheetah and red paper, glitter Mod Podge, tule from the bow in the chandelier, and some barrettes. I printed each name on the red paper, cut them out and glued them to the cheetah paper. Before I added the glitter Mod Podge, I made holes for three barrettes and the tule. After the Mod Podge dried, I inserted the barrettes and tied three strips of tule to the top.

The party was a hit! And everyone loved the decor. It doesn’t take much to throw a successful dinner party, and you can repurpose items from your own home or dig up things you already have that might be stored away. Just make sure to have fun with it!


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